Friday, February 24, 2012

For my fellow Texans

We are beginning our Texas unit next week.. yee haw! :) To start off the unit, I’m introducing this poem to my class to put into their poetry journals.


Here is the poem for your class if you’d like a copy! If anyone has any fun Texas activities, let me know please!!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Contraction Crocodiles

Check out this cute little activity that contraction activity. It’s from a TpT unit called Crazy for Contractions by Cara Carroll! Love her stuff! I made a huge crocodile, and we placed all of the words on his belly. The unit also has a really cute poem that goes with the crocodile! 


After we put the word cards on the belly (the cards are in the unit),  my students made their contraction crocodiles, and then had to choose five words from the crocodile’s belly and turn them into contractions!

Here’s a close up! The pattern is in the packet, I just ran them off on colored paper to make it easier.


They had a lot of fun with their crocodiles, and I really think that it helped them remember how to make contractions!



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I *Heart* President’s Day!

I love February, and not just because it’s my birthday month! I absolutely love teaching about presidents! My first graders are always so excited and interested to learn about these real people of the past!

This week, I’ve been using BookFlix A LOT! If you haven’t tried Scholastic’s Book Flix yet, check it out! It’s amazing!!! The username is elv and the password is bookflix. This site pairs up fiction and nonfiction books. I use the nonfiction books during my shared reading time and show the book on my promethean board. So great when you don’t have a big book to use on a particular topic!

After learning and reading about Abraham Lincoln, we did a few craftivities to expand our learning.

With this activity that one of the sweet teacher’s on my team found on pinterest, they had to write about what they would do if they had Abraham Lincoln’s hat. Their writing is glued underneath the hat.

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Then we got out the popsicle sticks and made Lincoln’s log cabin!

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Fun, Fun, FUN! Love learning about Lincoln!



I love fractions! We had been working through Cara Carroll’s Fraction Action Unit that she is selling on TPT! LOVE THIS UNIT, … SO many great activities! I took her fraction caterpillar activity and tweaked it a little for Valentine’s Day. I’m not the only one who did this, because I’m pretty sure I saw it on Pinterest too! Anyway, they turned out really cute, and my kiddos had a great time doing them! Sorry if the pictures are a little blurry… they’re phone pictures. You know how those are!

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Here’s a close up of what one of my sweet kiddos did!


Definitely doing this activity again next year!


Character Maps and Clouds

Oh boy, it’s been absolutely forever since I’ve posted! So, so sorry blog friends! We’ve been doing lots of fun things in the classroom that I’d love to share, so hopefully I can get caught up! We were working on characterization not too long ago, so I made a few character maps so that we could record the traits as a class. I put their ideas on stickies so that I could use the maps again next year! Here are a few of them…




We also worked on clouds and weather a while back, and we made these cute weather books that I got from The First Grade Parade!



I’ve got lots of president stuff to share with you soon!!!