Join me in my adventures of teaching the first grade through many pictures and stories!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Behavior Charts...

Behavior charts are a great way to help those students that need a little extra motivation to follow the rules and learn appropriate classroom and school behavior. Tie in a learning target to help your students relate following the rules to learning in school! You can personalize the behavior chart by choosing different awards pictures and different award activities.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flower Clock Writing..

I figured what better way to discuss the parts of a clock, the minutes, and time then match the flower clock in my classroom with a flower clock writing craft...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Telling Time Craftivity...

I can't wait to use this telling time craftivity from my telling time unit with my students... I think they will enjoy the wristwatch!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Writing Center in Action

We've started using our writing center and I'm finding that my students love the freedom of choosing what they're going to write about and the format they want to write it in. They especially like the idea of writing emails and reminders. I like having many options for them to mix it up each week!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

How To Be A Team Player

I used the football helmet writing craftivity to discuss how to be a team player with my class. I enjoyed discussing with my students ways that we can work together and help each other out. They really got into it. I was impressed with their creativity with the football helmet designs.. a lot of Cincinnati Bengals helmets. Fall makes me think of football and the football unit and football flipbook really brought in the spirit of football season!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Star of the Week

My class has been loving our Star of the Week display this year! I like to do a star for the whole week because it gives us enough time for each student to share or teach us about their hobbies, family, etc. The parent letter makes it easy and it's fun to see the pictures the students bring in and we get to learn all about each child!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins...

We're getting ready to start talking about pumpkins after fall break. I love doing a pumpkin unit and discussing the life cycle, how to carve a pumpkin, and estimating pumpkin heights, weights, and amount of seeds.

Here is what we did with our seeds last year:
Estimated the amount of pumpkin seeds, students were pulled out in small groups to help glue the seeds to the pumpkin. When it was finished students took turns circling groups of 5. When it was all ready we counted the seeds as a group then compared it to our estimates.

This year we'll use our Pumpkin Investigation Book as we do this unit. Afterwards we use our pumpkin to vote and graph how to carve it (scary, happy, silly, etc.). We'll use our How to Carve a Pumpkin Flipbook for this activity!