May 21, 2015

My Room is NOT Cluttered!!!

Are brains are stuffed full of NEW knowledge!
We can read books.
We can write books.
We can add and subtract numbers.
We can count coins.
We can preform science experiments.
My room is definitely proof of all that.

If you know me then you know I LOVE me some anchor charts.
They absolutely cover every possible wall, nook, and cranny in my room.
And what's better than showing off what we know!?

Let me show you just how much I love them!

At the end of the year, the charts I don't have laminated and won't use again next year, I send home with my kiddos and they go nuts for them! 

May 18, 2015

Mentor Text Monday: Making Inferences

My firsties vocabulary this year has been out of this world!
I just love hearing use the same statements on their own that I do when I read a book aloud...
"This reminds me of..."
"I infer..."
"I wonder..."

Such great thinking going on in their little brains. 

This week we read a book called Never Take a Shark to the Dentist.
This books calls for a perfect lesson on making inferences. 

I talked them through the first few pages.
Then I started calling on students to make inferences.
On the last few pages, I let the voices inside their brains do the talking.
Here are some of the responses I got:

This book we a great review on inferring for us but it would also be a fabulous one to use for introducing the comprehension strategy! 

May 11, 2015

Mentor Text Monday: Making Connections

The end of the year is full of so many fun activities but I like to keep my little firsties' brains fresh on the comprehension strategies we have learned throughout the year. So for the next few Monday's, I'll be sharing with you a fun read aloud and an activity to accompany the book and comprehension skill. 

Making connections are simple to do, especially when EVERYONE has a story to tell! 
And I'm not one who likes to stop and let everyone share their connections either. 

So when I saw this genius idea from Teaching in Tapas, I implemented it immediately!
Whenever I'm reading and my students have a connection, they simply make this hand signal, hold it up, and I acknowledge them by shaking my head.

You can imagine all the connections made with this week's story: Friends.

Before I started reading I gave each student 3 sticky notes. Throughtout the book, if they  had a connection, they would write their thinking down on one sticky note. Their goal was to fill up all 3 by the time I finished the book. 

We put their connections on manila paper and then they illustrated them. 

"This story reminds me of my playing with my friend."

To make sure their voice was heard, they chose a partner and each of them shared their favorite connection to the story.

Check back next week for an activity for inferring!

May 7, 2015

Prepositions and Plants

Prepositions and plants, plants and prepositions!
Just a little of what we've been studying...along with alliterations (hence this posts' title).

So, prepositions in 1st grade has this teacher like......

Can't we just focus on nouns/verbs/adjectives!?!?

As I'm chugging along teaching prepositions, I know I had to make learning about these "words" more interesting...enter craft time! I incorporated a template for a butterfly I found on Pinterest (duh!) and turned it into our "Preposition Pals"!

They accompany our plants in the window well!

Speaking of plants, we have been knocking learning about them out of the park!

Once we knew exactly how to take care of them and what their needs were, it was time to plant!

We take time out of our day to observe the changes and record them in our observation log. 

They come in with excitement to check their plant each morning! Here is where we record our findings.

You can find it in my TpT store.

Don't forget to snag 2 FREEBIES for your plant unit {HERE}!

May 5, 2015

I Love You Because...

Mommies are such special parts of  our lives!
From cuddles to coaching, she is always there (mine included).
I want my student's mommies to feel extra special this year.

I found this adorable idea on Pinterest and could not pass it up because I know if I were a momma, I would adore it!

All I had to do was prepare the backdrop!
I printed out the words "I Love You Because", each letter on one sheet of paper and hung it to the backdrop.

During Writer's Workshop, we brainstormed reasons we love our mother's.
Each student got a whiteboard and marker and wrote down their personal reason.

We loaded up and headed down the hall where I took each of their pictures!
I know I won't be receiving one but I am darn sure excited to send them home with my firsties for delivery on  Friday!!!

April 14, 2015

Do I Always Teach With Food?!

Why do I always use food to teach?

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

I guess you can say I love food and my kids do too!
Plus, it just makes learning that much more fun!

For introducing adjectives this week, I used Brainpop, my anchor chart and apples.

The kids used their 5 senses.
They wrote down one adjective on a sticky note.

 We added them all to our chart.

If you need help introducing adjectives (or any other grammar) check out my anchor chart pack.

If we learned anything this week, it was that food + learning = guaranteed fun!

April 10, 2015

Five for Friday

Friday, Friday, Friday...
let's talk about what this week brought us.

We learned all about the life cycle of a chicken this week.
Today we read the book Chicks and Salsa (a must when teaching about chicks). 
In the story the chickens/pigs/ducks are tired of eating thier food so they have fiestas!
Our reader's response was to think about what we are tired of eating and what we want to eat instead.

I'm tired of eating...

Instead I want to eat...
healthy food
raman noodles

This is our second week writing how-to papers. 
This week we involved a favorite food and taught our peers how to make a PB&J sandwich.
We actually turned our paper into a sandwich book!!!

If you like the above activity, you can find the templates (plus 10 more) in my TpT shop.

Vowels pairs ai/ay were are spelling pattern for the week.
We sorted words and played a school appropriate version of "spin the bottle".
They each got to spin my empty water bottle and then use the word in a sentence.

Funny how something SO simple can be SO fun!

Last of all, here are the ladies that keep me:

They make this job worth it!
Love them BIG.