Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fox in Socks: Silly Sock Day!

Tuesday was a silly sock kinda day in first grade. We read Fox in Socks, wore silly socks, and worked with lots of rhyming words. Here is a peek at our day! 

I made a list of words before we read the book Fox in Socks. As we were reading, students tried to find words that word rhyme with the words on the list. They did a great job listening for those rhyming words!We did a little write the room activity to find rhyming words to match the words on their recording sheet.

This next activity, is one I got from the Mailbox a few years ago. I have each student a sock with a word on it. They had to find a classmate who had a word that rhymes with their word. We then shared our pairs of socks we made. The recording sheet is also from the Mailbox. 

Well friends, that’s all I’ve got for today! Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Sleep Book: Seuss Week Pajama Day 

Hi friends! This week we are celebrating Read Across America with lots of Dr. Seuss books. To kick off this week long event, on Monday we read The Sleep Book and wore our pajamas. It was a super comfy day, to say the least! :)

After we read the book, we did a little dreaming ourselves... we completed this super fun roll a silly dream writing activity and became authors!

Students took turns sharing their silly dream stories in the author chair! 

Click the pic below to grab this writing freebie in my little TpT store. :)

We also made a super simple, sleepy creature inspired by the book. This guy is just a paper plate colored yellow, a pom for a nose, and some construction paper for the hair and eyes. They turned out super cute! :)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy 100th Day! 

We celebrated the 100th day of school a couple weeks ago. This is always one of my most favorite days! It's jam packed with lots of fun, revolving around 100!
100th day mystery homework--- This is one of my favorite traditions. I send home these sheets with a paper sack and a directions page. Students are to fill the bag with 100 of something. And then write clues about their item. Each student takes turns getting up and giving us their clues and we try to guess what their mystery item is. Some items this year included toothpicks, marshmallows, dry beans, cotton balls, pennies and Captain Crunch. So fun!
Another fun tradition are these 100th day balloons. I hang balloons from the ceiling... but not just for decoration. I've put activities inside each balloon! Throughout the day, we pop the balloons and complete the activity inside. Some activities are skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, 100 jumping jacks, 100 high fives, 100 second dance session, 100 leg lifts, and my all time personal fave is 100 SECONDS OF SILENCE!!!! PURE BLISS! HA!
Students come decked out in a 100th day of school shirt. Here are a few from this year. So cute!!
This year we added something new....100th day photo booth! I found these adorable props from Oriental Trading and just knew we had to do this! I think we enjoyed it more than the kids! So many laughs!
I also set up my 100th day stations and students took turn work through these with a partner. 

We ended our day with special 100th day cupcakes... These cupcakes are a tradition too and always a super, yummy hit! 

My 10th 100th day is in the books and as always it was the BEST day ever as my sweet firsties always like to put it!! Here's to many more 100th days to come! :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anchor Charts Made Easy!

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I enjoyed another snow day today and we also had one this past Monday and two last week! So I've been able to be really productive these last two weeks. I've started a new little product line, called "Anchor Charts Made Easy." And I wanted to pop in tonight to tell you a little bit about them! If you are like me... you love anchor charts, but struggle with making them look great due to messing up the drawings or the handwriting or storing them once you have used them. I am the world's worst to throw anchor charts I've made on chart paper away, after I made them because they just aren't easy to store... and really once you have used them one year and stored them they don't look so hot when you go to pull them out the next year. So, I decided to whip up some simple, print and go anchor chart packs to help me out with this problem! These print and go anchor chart packs have color and black and white options {you can print on colored paper}, as well as some mini versions that are perfect for your focus walls or to put in student homework folders/binders to use as a reference tool. If you have a student who is really struggling with verbs, simply put the mini version in their take home binder as a reference tool to help them out with their homework, etc.

How to "Anchor Charts Made Easy" work? It's so EASY! All you do is pick the option that best suits {either printing in color or B/W} cut the pieces out, glue them to a poster board... and BOOM you have yourself an instant anchor chart that you can laminate and use year after year! I like using poster boards, instead of chart paper because they are much more durable and much easier to store. I get the 4 packs of colored poster boards at Wal-Mart to use for mine. The 4 packs have green, orange, yellow, and navy blue for $2.97. I also like to laminate mine for some extra durability. 

So far I have this print and go anchor chart packs for Nouns, VerbsAdjectives, Antonyms, Types of SentencesPronouns, Compound Words, 2D Shapes and 3D Shapes. AND I have MORE in the works that will be posted really soon so be on the outlook! :) Is there something certain you would like to see in my "Anchor Charts Made Easy" product line?? Shoot me a message and let me know!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Polar Express Day! 

Every year before we leave for Christmas break, we have a Polar Express Day. On this day, students come to school dressed in their pajamas with a stuffed animal, ready to embark on a magical journey! Kindergarten and 1st grade do this day together. Each teacher sets up an activity in their room and we rotate between classes. When students visit a new stop they get their ticket stamped. It really is such a magical day!

Hop on board and let me take you down a little memory lane from our 2017-2018 school year Polar Express Day!

My homeroom students entered the class to find their tickets waiting for them at their desks. We complete the first stop in our homeroom.

This year for my stop on the Polar Express, students were toy makers at Santa's workshop. I found these little color me puzzles at Hobby Lobby! 24 for $2.99 plus they were on sale! So I was able to score enough for every class at a very reasonable price! win, win! I set out markers and students colored their puzzles and took turns making magic reindeer food. 

In the past, I've done games and snacks. But when I found those cute little puzzles I just had to do that this year! :)

Sadly, I failed to snap any pics of the other stops and the activities they do in their rooms. One teacher did a reindeer thumbprint magnet craft, another did a bell bracelet craft, and the other did games.

Here is our hallway. Each teacher decorated their door as a train and we put down train tracks. The kids love it!

After we complete all of the rotations, we watch the movie and enjoy some sweet treats and hot cocoa.

Before it was time to go home, we received a very special and super cold package..... straight from THE NORTH POLE!!!! Santa sent us our very own believe bells! 

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our magical day! :)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Apple Week!

Where does the time go?? I blinked and it's November! I went to blog this morning and realized there were several things from September that I didn't even post about it. I'm going to try to back track with some catch up posts. So, first up I wanted to pop in today to share with you some highlights from our apple week! :)

We started our unit with a good ole apple KWL chart. Our interactive read aloud for this week was Apples by Gail Gibbons. I love her books!

These Johnny Appleseed cuties are one of my favorite crafts every single year! They make me smile!
These cuties and much more can be found in my Bushels of Fun with Apples packet.

We did apple investigations on Friday! The fabulous Cara Carroll has an awesome little Apple Investigations packet that I love using every year.

We also had an apple feast on Friday! So many yummy apple treats to munch on. Which is your favorite??
We did an apple taste test and the votes are in... red was the favorite in room 4!

We labeled the parts of an apple. You can find this in my dear friend Tiffany Gannon's September Interactive Read Aloud pack.

Well friends... that was just a little peek at our apple week! Have yourself a happy, happy Saturday!