April 22, 2014

Character Traits

Any other teachers out there who just can't get enough of David Shannon's books?
They are funny.
I love them.
The kids love them.
We ALL laugh.
And they beg me to read them over AND over again!
 
We have been talking about character traits in the books that we read.
A Bad Case of the Stripes helped my students understand the difference between how characters look on the outside and how they appear to be on the inside.
 
 
Before we read the book, we recorded how Camilla looked just from viewing the cover.
As we read, we stopped when Camilla's feelings changed throughout the book and recorded them also.
 
Some other good book recommendations for character traits are:
Scaredy Squirrel
Chrysanthemum
Wimberely Worried
Amelia Bedelia
 
What other books do you use that are great for teaching character traits?

April 17, 2014

Adding Suffixes to Silent 'E' Words

Honestly, I would really just like my firsties to take the skill of recognizing the pattern of silent 'e' and apply it when reading when they leave first grade. Low and behold, they are always expected to go far beyond what is reasonable.
 
We talked about "dropping the E and adding ING" to words that follow the silent 'e' pattern.
 
To help my students visualize this and in hopes of making it a little more clear to them we used popsicle sticks in one of our phonics lessons this week.
 
 
I called out a word.
Example: "Spell the word tape."
We changed the word by adding 'ing'.
Example: "Change the word tape to taping."
 
They were not allowed to erase the 'e' but simply covered it up with a popsicle stick to show  that all it really was doing was disappearing. The vowel sound wasn't going back to its short sound just because the 'e' went away.
 
They thought it was magic and LOVED playing with sticks!
Who knew phonics was so fun?

April 15, 2014

Teaching Adjacent Vowels

If you read my blog you know I'm a sucker for anchor charts and make one every chance I can get!
We started learning about adjacent vowels the last few weeks so I knew I had to make an anchor chart to go along with the great video we've watched (and begged to watch) almost everyday!
 
 
If you haven't showed this video to your students and you have or are going to teach adjacent vowels, this video is too cute and gives a great visual example of what happens when there are vowel pairs in a word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fb3Pdt8kxg
{Picture will take you to YouTube video}
 
We read the story The Kite from Days with Frog and Toad because it has many words with vowel pairs in the text.
 
My kids always love to hunt for word patterns in books from their book box.
That's just what we did. They had to find at least 4 or more words with adjacent vowels.
They wrote them down on kite tails.
They then designed their own kite and added their words. 
 
 
We added the words that actually followed the vowel pair patterns to anchor charts which we hung in the hall beside our kites. It was high flying fun!

April 13, 2014

Preposition Pals

Our study of grammar this six weeks has me thinking...
 

Prepositions in 1st grade?!
Okay, if you say so curriculum.
 
After introducing the concept with my pre-made anchor chart, we did some work on identifying these words in our small group meeting times.
 
Once we became more comfortable with these words, I read Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss.
(Idea came from Pencils Glue and Tying Shoes---another reason why I love Instagram!)
 
 
We made a list of prepositions we heard when reading the book.
 Then we added a few of our own to the list.
 
I came across a template for a butterfly on Pinterest and incorporated it into a preposition craftivity.
 
Students had to write 4 sentences using a different preposition in each sentence from our list.
Each sentence went on a different section of the butterfly.


 Turned out so cute that they were "hall-worthy"!
 
Pick up a pre-made ready to print Prepositions anchor chart in my Glitz and Grammar Anchor Charts pack!
 
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March 27, 2014

Fun Friday's!

Do you do anything special on Friday afternoon's?
We work SO incredibly hard throughout the week so I like to reward my littles (because let's face it,  they are still so little!) with a little something I call "Fun Friday".
 
During the week if they don't finish the work they have during their center rotations they put it in their yellow center folder. They are responsible for completing this work if they ever have any extra time during the week.
 
If their folders are empty, this means they completed all center work for the week!
If not, they have to use their Fun Friday time to complete their work.
The last hour of the day on Friday is dedicated to those who have an empty center folder.
 
They have several choices of fun things to do.
 
Some choose board games.
 
Other smarty pants choose this time to read!
{silent teacher cheer inside my heart} 

Some get artsy.

Other brainiacs play computer games.
 
How do you spend your Friday afternoons?

March 25, 2014

What's the "And Diesase"?


The And Disease.
Sitting down during writing conferences I have noticed and influx of "and" being used in my students writing AND it is driving me crazy AND I finally decided to address it AND it went like this.
 
I asked one student if she would allow me to model a lesson using her paper. She agreed so I read it aloud to the class putting major emphasis on the word AND when I read it in her story.
When I read it they {laughed and laughed and laughed}! 
They thought I was crazy for using the word AND so many times
Their response "That's a lot of and's Mrs. Griffith".
 
I modeled to them what can be done with the word AND.
We crossed out the word AND then added a period in its place.

 
.  They were surprised when I told them that --they-- were actually the ones who were consumed by this disease! I had them go back and edit their papers for the "and disease", capitalization and punctuation.
 
We came up with a solution: When we reread our stories and find that we have the "and disease", we will erase the word and add a period in its place.
 
Problem solved, hopefully!
 

 

March 23, 2014

Help the Hudgeons Fundraiser


You may know Michelle from Smitten with First. She is a very sweet blogger friend of mine who is a first grade teacher in Texas. Her and her family are expecting their 2nd child. It was almost 2 months ago that her family received some difficult news about their growing baby boy. Piercen has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
 
 

 
Michelle shares her personal story on her blog HERE.

Smitten with First
 
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In the meantime, myself along with many other bloggers have come together and created a fundraiser to bless the family during this difficult season. With the purchase of a bundle (there are 3 to choose from), you have the opportunity to help the family and help your little ones in the classroom by using these wonderful products!!
 

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