Well, here it is...the last day of spring break. I have accomplished a few little tasks like cleaning out the pantry, taking some clothes to get hemmed, organizing my closet, planting flowers---(saw a snake, so it was short lived) and getting rest. Today means laundry, grocery shopping, and preparing for the new week. I have some fun surprises for my little sweeties! We are in the midst of learning how to research so I made a little packet that will allow me to guide the students who need guidance and it is simple enough that others can work on it independently. We are integrating science (animals) with our research. Next, we will integrate social studies (landforms). I will be making a packet for that next. Too bad there isn't another spring break in the near future! After we research and write, we will make and paint paper plate animals to display what we have learned on the wall. I will post pictures. If you would like the packet, click HERE
Happy last day of spring break!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
One of the cool things about teaching first grade is how the kids LOVE to read. It is so sad when they get older and lose that enthusiasm. I want my kids to love not only reading books but also love to talk about them and be able to form their own opinions about them. I am going to start having book club meetings! We will start with the basics and once the students become familiar with the idea, their topics will become more substantial and maybe even to the point where they are coming up with their own agendas for their club! Click here for a free copy of my meeting log. I will be making more for fiction and nonfiction soon.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
These books are organized according to when/why I read them to the class. Some of those stickers say plot, main idea, retelling, reading/writing connections, writing procedures, and some are organized by author. I have this addiction to books. I love them! There are certain ones that I REALLY love to read to the kids, like Bubba the Cowboy Prince, Recess Queen, Catalina Magdalina... and ... and ...
Introducing...the awesome tree! Thanks to Mrs. Jump's blog I was (with my hubby's help) able to incorporate this fabulous addition to my jungle. I used PVC pipe for the trunk and I taped the base with duct tape, which I probably should add to my "Every teacher needs" label. The kids will love the writing station under the palm tree!
This year, my first graders will be able to enjoy some shade while at the computer station. You cant see them (the computers) because of that itty bitty pile under them and the ugly cords, all of which will be cleverly hid.
This is how I will manage writer's workshop. Actually, the kids will manage writer's workshop. On the clothespins will be a picture of the students. When they are prewriting, they will use their writing journals (which they will decorate and keep in their desks). When they are ready to write their draft, they willmove their picture clip to the drafting ribbon and keep their writing folder (with the draft in it) in the sloppy copy bucket. They will repeat this for revising, editing, and publishing. I am going to make another version of the signs and then post them on teacherspayteachers.
Welcome to one of the most important places in the classroom! Those snazzy little Pinterest seats were made by hubby. He was clever and made them hang over with a lip on the inside so they don't slip around. Inside the crates, I can keep reading logs, whisper phones, comprehension question cards, TPRI tests, and all kinds of helpful tools for guided reading.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Can't fold em? Hang em!
Everything has its place!
I have already posted a picture of these, but I am so excited about them! I had to reshape all these drawers to make them fit in my designated spot.