Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Grade Fun with Animal Habitats!!

I am so excited to share what we did during our study of animals and their habitats.  We started the week talking about wild animals and their habitats.  Our project idea inspirations came from our story of the week "Animal Park" which focused on animals found in Africa.

And then I was reminded by Shelley Gray of those quadramas (only we did a triarama) that make great bases for a habitat project!!!  Wow!!!  My parents loved this family project!!  They did an AWESOME job!!

And then I thought...Oh my gosh!  I have the zoo unit from Mrs. Jump that would go PERFECT with what we are learning!!  Wow!!!  My class loved this too!

I would love to hear how some of you integrate Animal  Science into your busy schedule!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bird Fun With Projects and Video!!!

I know I am not the only teacher to say how exhausted they are at the end of each week.  By week 12 things usually start settling down a bit but I am only halfway there!  I have to admit that even though I am in my 6th week, I see so much growth with my first grade group!  I can't wait to see the end result in May!  I know it will be record setting for me this year!
This week we entered into the world of habitats, hatching, and survival with birds!  Our school adopted the Reading Street program a few years ago and I really like the variety and challenges of the program.  We learned the short e and initial blends and the big question of the week was "Which animals can you find in your own neighborhood?"
We watched a video my husband put together on the baby birds that hatched in our backyard.  From there we made bird houses for the students to put up to observe the birds around their house and write about what they saw and learned.

Fly Catcher Bird Video

We enjoyed this project so much, we are continuing next week with a take home project:
Make Your Own Habitat!
I'll post it when it is finished!!
TGIF!!!!!!! (almost)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

King of "ing"

Our First Graders had fun learning the inflected ending "ing" today.  We did this last year as well thanks to another one of our First Grade teachers.  She found this activity buried in her teacher stuff from 10 years ago.  We love finding ways to make reading more fun for our students!

Okay, I can spell..."construction" paper...GEEZ!

If you'd like to try this with your kiddos, CLICK HERE to download the crown!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Huge Fall Giveaway!

I am having a Fall Giveaway! 

Starting tomorrow until October 1st, if you are a follower of my blog or  become a follower this month and leave a comment on this post,  and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 gift certificates to Walmart or Amazon to purchase those much needed items for your classroom and a grand prize of 21 small canvas bags with decorating glue and fall foam shapes !  3 lucky winners will be announced October 2nd!

Thanks for looking and Good Luck!!!!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oh So Clever!

I love it when I find a blog with several clever ideas, so I wanted to bring the same idea to you!  As a busy mom, wife, and teacher, I can't seem to find the time to look through all the fabulous blogs I follow.  We're talking 100's!!!
Since I am home with my daughter who is sick and napping today, I was able to spend the majority of my day online...I know...GEEK!  But it was FUN!! 
You may have already seen these, but here are a few items I thought were "Oh So Clever" and wanted to share with you!  Happy Thursday!!

Painted alphabet and number rocks from Mrs. Patton's Patch

Rain Gutter Book Shelves from Raising Olives
Go to this site and it has a tutorial on how to make these.  I will have a new project in my daughter's room this weekend!

Crate Seats
I have seen this idea on a few other blogs, but dang it if I can remember where!  If anyone knows of others, please post it as a comment so I don't leave anyone else out! With how busy my life is right now, I may have to hold off on this project until this summer (hee hee)

I found this one on Mrs. Nelson's First Grade web site

I found this one on Frogs Bees & Under the Seas.

Friday, September 2, 2011

First Grade Farm Fun!!

Boy has it been a busy week for me and my first grade group!  Our theme of the week was “How can people help animals?”  I used my product “First Grade Farm Fun” to go with this theme.  My students were learning Short Vowel /i/, what Realism and Fantasy is, how to identify Nouns in a sentence, how vets and people can help animals, and addition.

I introduced a game I made for our Word Work center that goes with short i.  The players roll the di and move their game piece.  If they can read the short i word, they can stay.  If they can’t read it they lose a turn.

I introduced Realism and Fantasy with a story I wrote called “Farm Animals to the Rescue”.  What was “real” was that a vet can really help animals.  What was “fantasy” was that the animals can’t really talk.

Here was a worksheet I made for the students to identify nouns that went with the story I wrote.  Then they unscrambled sentences.  This was great for my Writing Center!

The students made cats and dogs in writing to tell how you can help animals and how vets help animals.  We made a T-chart with a list of how vets can help and how people can help.

For math, my students played a bingo game.  I used it to identify numbers to 20 and adding 2 numbers up to twenty.  I let the students have extra counters to use to add the larger numbers.

Last we did an activity to tell why pigs love mud.  I got this very cute activity from Deanna Jump's Simple Science Volume 1  We made mud with instant chocolate pudding mix and milk.  Then I used a pink marshmellow for the pig nose.  It was a lot of fun!!

All this and more is available for you too if you  would like to use it with your class.
Click the link below