Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mr. Y the Robber Guy

Looking for ideas to teach "y" as a vowel?  Check out my new unit on TPT!  Mr. Y the Robber Guy is packed with over 50 pages of activities to help your kiddos understand this phonics skill.  You can grab your copy by clicking on either image below!

My Penguin packet is in its final stages and should be complete within the next couple days!  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  Our family was blessed this holiday season and our sweet Parker was definitely spoiled.  I have been enjoying the extra time with my family but I've also been hard at work.  I just finished my Winter Centers packet and it's now posted to TPT.  Click the image below to check it out!

On my project to-do list for the rest of the break is a unit on Penguins, Arctic Animals, and Magnets.  Keep checking back for updates!  We're in the process of cleaning and fixing up our house so we can hopefully put it on the market very soon so I'm sure that'll slow me down some! We'll see how much I get done before school starts back on the 7th.  Again, Merry Christmas and I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their winter break!  

Friday, December 14, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

We have been hard at work these last couple weeks having lots of holiday fun.  Here's what we have been up to...

We read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell" and practiced sequencing the main events of the story.  We created a whole group chart first (sorry forget to snap pictures of it) and then the kids completed this sequencing activity individually.

We have been working on creating lists so the students were able to write their own holiday wish list!  They were supposed to be able to cut pictures out of magazines but I ran off and left them at home so they drew pictures instead.

It says "I want a ninja" and "I want an iPad."

"I want a dinosaur."

Today was our "Grinch Day".  One of my favorite activities (and the only one I remembered to take pictures of....what is wrong with me!?) was our writing on how to make the Grinch grin.  We've been working on verbs so our kiddos wrote about what they would do to make the Grinch grin.  Super cute!

"tickle him"

"go trick-or-treating with him"

"marry him"  Love it!!

"play with him"

"play a game with him"

Here are some of our math stations from this week.  All of these can be found in my Very Merry Christmas packet on TPT, except Roll a Snowman.  That's a part of my Winter Centers unit that should be posted some time this weekend.

Students roll the dice and color or dot the number.

Students practice creating patterns with their snap cubes and then recording them on their recording sheet.

In this game, students draw a number card and string that many lights on their pipe cleaner.  They then find the number on their recording sheet and color in the correct number of squares on the ten-frame.

Students work on subtraction from 5.  This game is similar to the combinations to 5 game in my Christmas packet.

Students roll the die and draw the correct part of the snowman.  Their snowman is complete when he has a hat, head, face, middle and bottom body and two arms.

I'll be back next week with updates on our Polar Express Day!  If you're interested in any of the activities you saw in this post, click on the image below to see the packet on TPT!  It has recently been updated to over 150 pages with 5 new first grade level math stations.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Primarily Plants

We just wrapped up our plants unit this week.  Check out some of the fun activities we did!

First we created these adorable grass head guys/girls for us to watch grow throughout the week.  We then recorded our observations in our Grass Head Journal.


This little friend named his T- Rex.  Love it!

Here they are labeling the parts of their grass head (grass, seeds, soil and water).

We also discussed the life cycle and basic needs of plants as we created our "My Seed Book".


                                                                                               "There is a little plant inside of me."                                                                                                

"The sun helps me grow more."

These are just some of the pages from the book.  You can find the whole book as well as the Grass Head Journal pages in my Primarily Plants unit on TPT.  Click the image below to check it out!