Friday, November 9, 2012

Spidey Senses

...or just a fun Halloween craftivity!

So for those of you who don't know my classroom can get hectic real quick! I technically teach first grade (all day) but in the afternoon our all day kindergarten program joins me in my room so I jump from a teeny tiny class of 10 firsties to a loud and very talkative class of 25 mixed first and kinders!

The Friday before Halloween our school has a school-wide Halloween parade...and you guessed it...of course it's held in the afternoon! Well our kindergarten teacher (who typically teaches pre-K in the afternoon) has Friday afternoons off so i twisted some arms and got her and an aid to help me in the afternoon before our parade so we could host some fun Halloween centers. The kids were so excited about this it was too cute, and I'll confess, for my first year teaching and this being the first big holiday of the year, I was pretty proud with how the day turned out lol. I organized the centers and then turned the others loose to help man them and the kids ended up making some Halloween slime, playing pin the nose on the pumpkin on the smart board, played some Halloween math games, and made sp- spider hats with yours truly!

The hats were kind of a combination of about 500 different projects that I had seen and fallen in love with and then came to terms with the fact that you can't do them all....or so they say, until you combine them all! (haha beat that "system"! lol) Ok, back on track, promise lol....So anyways, we made these super adorable spider hats. Each child got 8 spider legs (pre-cut) and my kinders had to write an s- word on each leg while my firsties had to come up with 8 words starting with the bled sp-. The kids wrote the words on each leg and we then attached them to a large headband that the decorated to look like a spider. After some according folding, stapling, and some lovin', we came up with these gems!

I was one proud teacher :)

Graph a Sweet Tooth

So I promise I don't completely forget about my blog! I take pictures for it all the time and then get home and don't feel like sitting down to put it on here for all of you!

We use Saxon math at my school and while I really do like the program, and they do incorporate a lot of hands on manipulatives into the program, I absolutely love math and have so many fun ideas floating around inside my little head and tend to think the lessons can get kinda dry after a while. So...needles to say I'm always looking for fun ideas and supplementals to go along with the weeks' lessons.

I MAY have shifted lessons around by a couple of days to make is work just right but what kid wants to graph pattern blocks on Halloween week when they can bring in their trick or treat wrapper to graph instead (and trust me they loved having to write in their planners to eat candy! Haha) Anyways, the kids brought on their candy wrappers from home and we spread them all put and discussed all the different ways we could think of on how to grasp the wrappers and then looked at the pros and cons for each. In the end the kids decided it would be best to graph the wrappers by color and then they went to town. I supplied the kiddos with tape rolls and they worked together as a class to decide where each wrapper went....they even came up with putting in a rainbow row for those that dent fit anywhere else!

Needless to say the kids were ecstatic about the math lesson and it made for great conversation starters while it hung in the hallway!   Below is a picture of the finished product!   Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Doubles Game

My little firsties have been working so hard at learning their doubles addition. We do flash cards every morning, sing our doubles rap several times a day (and let me tell you they get into this one!), and work on our fact sheets during jobs. Because of all their hard work I promised them a game and let me tell you, this one was a hit!

 I made my kiddos a doubles roll and cover game and they got to use my brand new foamy dice (they don't make any noise, they don't bounce, and they are a fun bright color...aka kid approved!) and they loved it! I love how easy it is to get them excited about learning! Tell them its a game and let them sit on the floor with a partner and they are ready to go!

Hmm I was going to post my game as my first freebie but I'm not entirely sure how to! Any suggestions are more than welcome!

Have a great beautiful, and relaxing fall night! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Adventures of First Grade Leaf People!

Call me a manipulator, but I'll do about anything it takes to get my kids to want to write!  (Don't lie I know we're all guilty!)  This week with fall quickly coming in all around us I decided to bring a little bit of the outside in with us!  I debated on having the kids go on a nature hike for this but we really don't have many trees on property or close by that this would work with, so the kids settled on my "handy dandy bag of leaves!"  :P

This little craftivity took us under 10 minutes to put together, the kids loved drawing on leaves and being able to use their sharpies (ahh the simple things in life!), and were eager to being writing all about what their leaf person saw when they landed on the ground for the first time this fall!  

Read some of these gems for yourself! LOVE THEM!

And I love quotes from my kids, so here's a good one from today!  
After asking a boy to remove his snow hat at the lunch table "but it keeps me warm, it's perfect for a warm head party in my hat!"  -- where do they come up with these things!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

I'm Alive....I Promise!

So not that I have oodles of people that follow this little ole blog of mine (though I wish I did...hint hint! :P  ) but I do feel bad in my lack of postings! Let's forward though my life since my last post! lol

1. I moved away from home and now have a nice little townhouse half a mile from school that I am in LOVE with decorating!

2. I met me adorable 10 little firsties that I get to spend all of my days with!

3. I also met my 15 quite rambunctious kindergarteners that I get to mix in with my firsties in the afternoons!

4. I lived through the first several terrifying days of school!

5. I recently celebrated reaching day number 31 of school and me and all 25 kids are still alive and kicking! haha

I realize this isn't the most informative post but I promise to get some pictures and class projects on here real soon! I thought I already knew that this would be a crazy expeience, but this has been so much more crazy and rewarding that what I could have every imagined. I wake up every morning excited to go see my students smiling faces and sorry for all those people who have to go to work everyday not loving every aspect of what they do.

So I think I'll wrap this up here and go look through the last couple weeks of pictures and get you some more insight into my class!