Friday, April 24, 2015

Five for Friday: April 24


My first grade class had a wonderful week. Take a peek into our classroom to see what we did.
We are super scientist in first grade and have been connecting our reading, writing, and science curriculum.

I read many plant books this week to my students. Two of my favorites were Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed and Gail Gibbon’s From Seed to Plant.

My students made this filp book on parts of a plant, wrote about the life cycle of the plant, and started an investigation on celery.

The students are observing and waiting to see what will happen when we put red dye in with celery.

In reading this week, the students read the book Hi, Fly Guy! This is such a great book to read with first graders. They love that there are chapters in the book but it is still easy enough for them to read on their own. The students did a reading response and made their own fly guy and wrote about him. I love how they used many of the same ideas from the book.

In math this week, we are studying measurement and time. Measurement rolled over from last week and time was the main focus this week. I think they should be separate units but our math series puts them together.

The students measured kites with paperclips (which is actually a non-standard unit of measurement and a standard if anyone is curious). They drew pictures to go along with the kites and labeled them shortest to longest.

I read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle to my kids and talked about the time throughout the story. The kids then made the ladybug clock and practiced time to the hour and half hour with a partner. Now they have a clock they can practice with at home too.

It was my assistant principal birthday today. The first grade team knows that he absolutely loves Diet Mountain Dew. He always is drinking this during meetings. So for his birthday we made this little sign with Diet Mountain Dew and Mountain Dew cupcakes from a local bakery. He was so surprised this morning when we gave it to him in office. I know it made his day. I love that our school makes sure everyone always feels appreciated and I’m glad to return the favor.

Lastly, we got our tentative job assignments for next year and I will be moving on up! Drumroll please……I’ll be moving to second grade next school year! I’m very excited for the change and looking forward to a new grade level. I’ve taught first grade for six years and I think it was time to switch it up. I’ll be stalking all the amazing second grade blogs this summer.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I’m ready to rest, catch up on some TV, and scrapbook. As a side note, I only have 27 days left of school!! Bring it on, summer!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Five for Friday: April


It’s the little things in life that make moments special. Here are a few small moments from my past few weeks.

Last week was my Spring Break. On our last day our PTA gave us orange sodas as a treat for our hard work. The staff felt appreciated and I dare saw even more excited for Spring Break!

I also hit another milestone last week. Tutoring officially ended for the school year. So as a thoughtful gift our math and reading coach gave the tutoring teachers sharpies. I was very excited and graded all reading, spelling, and math tests with these before break. I tutored reading Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school started. I’m glad to now have that time back to just focus on my classroom and also feel proud that my fourth graders are ready for their state test.

Speaking of my fourth graders preparing for their state test…it was the first days of our FSA testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th this week. Another teacher and I took on the task on decoration the door and providing snacks for this fourth grade class. Here are the door decorations I made. “ Sail Through the Test” will hopefully encourage those sweeties to relax and do their best. I had many of these students in my class when they were in first.

This morning I woke up feeling great after a night of book club friendship. On my way to work I saw this beautiful sunrise. I don’t think the picture really even captures the pink and orange but the sky made me grateful and reflect on this Good Friday.

Lastly in class I had my students all pick an egg filled with jellybeans out of a basket. It was super important to them that they got the colored egg they wanted…oh little ones. They used the jellybeans to graph each color. It went perfectly with our graphing unit. The kids loved doing this jellybean math.
We even had this conversation, as we were packing up.
Student: “We didn’t do math today.”
Me: “Umm yes we did our jellybean math.”
Student: “Ohh wow! That was math! That was the most fun math!”

I love first graders sweet innocence and was reminding of that today through a simple fun activity. When I picked them up from music and was peeking in on them playing instruments, I thought to myself that I am lucky to have these kids.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend. I can’t wait to hit the beach (hopefully the weather will hold out!) and enjoy time with family and friends. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Fun

We studied similes and made rainbow similes. For each color they had to come up with a simile. For example: As red as an apple. They used food for a lot of their similes. It was a cute activity to see if they understood similes. I just cut strips of colors of the rainbow and the clouds out of white paper.

 I decided to hang them in the window to make the room bright and springy! 

We wrote about "How to Catch a Leprechaun" and I got some real creative writing out of my students. We did the adorable directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies to go with our writing. It was so much easier than a craft and shows off their own vision of a leprechaun. 

Our school committee also got us green apple popcorn. It was a delicious little treat.

Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Seussical Week Five for Friday

 I'm linking up for Five for Friday for a Seussical week at school.

     We had a super Seussical week and read TONS of Dr. Seuss books. My kids love how they rhyme and the colorful illustrations. They would re-read them throughout the week and took AR quizzes on them as well.

   On Monday we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday! I didn’t go all out but we did wear some fantastic hats. I had these in my closet from years ago when I order them from somewhere online. I wore my Thing 1/Thing 2 shirt and wore a hat to join in the fun.

   We had Seuss theme centers all week. I had several word work games they played, read and buddy read all the books, and wrote about the books. Each day we read a book and they wrote about them.

   This was probably their favorite writing activity of the week. Writing a letter to the cat from The Cat in the Hat. They didn’t even question me on if he was real. They just sat down and wrote a fun letter. Too cute! I love their innocence at this age.

  We did a directed drawing of The Cat in the Hat from First Grade Blue Skies. My students LOVED this activity. They listened so well and enjoyed doing art in class.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently: February

Listening: to Key and Peele on Comedy Central. They have a funny Super bowl special and my hubs put in on while he is putting away papers on his desk.

Loving: The beautiful weather outside! I know people are going to hate me for this but the weather has been perfect this weekend. It has been sunny and in the 60’s. It’s great for bike riding or anything outdoors. Sunshine makes me happy!

Thinking: about interventions at school and our Tier 2 and 3 students. For those of who don’t use the same lingo, interventions is a time where our kids are split up by their reading ability and getting differentiated instruction on what they need. Tier 2 and Tier 3 students are those who are not still developing their reading skills and are not on grade level. Tier 2 students are ones who need a little extra support and are just a little behind. Tier 3 students are ones that need a lot of extra support and are a whole grade level behind. We just switched up our groups for interventions and the majority of our kids are doing really well. They are in on grade level groups or above grade level groups. But the gap has gotten even bigger for the ones who are struggling in reading. My team just wants to do what’s best for them and keep giving them the instruction they need to fill in gaps. It just weighs on my mind. I want to help these kids succeed. 

Wanting: A long weekend to enjoy with my family and friends. The weekends are great but we have so many errands to do and I would like some time to just slow down and enjoy the whole weekend. Long weekends are just amazing because you have an extra day! I just want this time to distress and relax. Luckily we have a President’s Day weekend right around the corner!

Needing: To order party invitations but I’m super indecisive at the moment. I find one I like and then I see another that is just as pretty. Then I get distracted by the wording and change it up. I finally think I’m going to buy it and just can’t click the buy button. I just keep looking at invites over and over. I know I need to make a decision soon thought to send out these invites.

Pageant title: Umm this was super hard for me to decide on! I thought maybe Queen of Clean because I love things to be neat and clean. Then I thought that was boring and I don’t care sometimes about leaving a mess. So that was out. I asked my husband and he said I was the Queen of Everything. I told him that wasn’t helpful. So I came up with Queen of my Class. I really do feel like the Queen of my classroom. My kids are respectful and always I know they look up to me as a role model. They really make me feel like a Queen with all their sweet hugs, notes, and drawings