Sunday, January 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Weight and a FREEBIE!

Oh no not mine!  Especially now that I'm in my third trimester!  We're talking measurement! Our entire 4th six weeks is dedicated to measurement....minus next week where we take a short break to celebrate the 100th day!  Last week we were focused on comparing objects according to their weight.  This is one of my favorite units and the kids had a blast with it.  I snapped some pictures from a couple of our activities.

The first day we did an activity from AIMS called Balancing Beanie Babies.  The kids started out my making their own beanie baby.  I gave them some pantyhose, a tub of beans and a spoon and set the timer for 5 minutes.  They filled their pantyhose with as many beans as they could before time was up.  I then tied of their beanie babies and they were ready to measure.

Here the kids are filling up their pantyhose with beans.  

Once their beanie babies were finished the goal was to use the balance and compare their beanie baby to objects in the classroom.  They were looking for an object that was lighter, heavier and the same as their beanie baby.  Here are some of their findings...

We also explored classroom objects and compared them according to their weight.  Students were looking for the object that was heavier and circled it on their recording sheet.

For this activity we used a box of chalk instead of an individual piece.

Click the image below to download the recording sheet!

We continue our measurement unit this week as we explore capacity.  Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Procedural Writing

We started our procedural writing unit today. Not gonna lie....I was really nervous!  This year has been beyond crazy for our class.  We started with 27 then went to 12 then went back to 26 then down to 24 and now back to 12.  I feel like I lost so much time in the beginning and we've been playing catch up ever since.  Writing has been a frustration for me this year.  I just felt like I was modeling, conferencing and goal-setting to death and we just weren't getting anywhere...and then today happened.  I had noticed quite an improvement in their writing after we returned from break.  However, this was a completely new unit and I just was very unsure of how it all was going to work.

We started with the mentor text "Charlie Needs a Cloak" by Tomie dePaola.  We talked about how they can be teachers and teach others how to do something through their writing.  I modeled a very simple activity we do every day during Daily 5 (Read to Self).  I started by drawing the three steps (Get your book box, pick a book, read the book) and then added words to help my reader better understand my writing.  Then it was their turn to try it out.

I was so proud of how they applied their new learning!  There were How-To's on riding a bike, writing in your journal, and my favorite...."How to Learn"...just to name a few!  Love it!  Here's one I snapped a picture of...

We've been using Deanna Jump's and Deedee Wills' writing lessons and I love them.  So user friendly!  If you do not own these and you're looking for great, all-inclusive writing lessons then you definitely need to check these out!

I'll be back later this week with a post on our measurement unit!  Have a terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy New Year (A Little Late)!

Happy New Year!  Hey....better late than never right.  I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  I took my son Parker to Disney World for a week without the hubby.  And while we did have lots of fun....a toddler and a 6 month pregnant mommy waking up at 4:45 every morning for early park entry was exhausting.  Needless to say I will never make that trip without my sweet husband ever again!!  I spent the rest of the break in bed recovering which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Our kids started back on the 9th and we have been busy testing ever since.  I love seeing how much my sweet babies have grown over the semester.  We do still have LOTS of work to do though.  We should finish up testing this week and by my count that gives me 10 school weeks before I'm off for maternity leave.  I am so excited to meet our sweet Kinley but it's always so hard to leave at that time in the year.  I know they will be in good hands though.

With all the testing we've been doing, I haven't managed to snap too many pictures but I did grab a few shots of this adorable activity we did during our short week back.

I got this precious idea from Cara Carroll over at The First Grade Parade.  Click here to see her post and check out some of her New Year freebies!

Here are some of the packets we will be working from over the next few weeks!  Click the images below to check them out!