Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hello Sunshine

Good Evening!

Tonight I blogged over at Hello Sunshine about a few of the fun Halloween math activities that we have been working on this month. Go check them out if you can and look at all the other posts from my awesome friends about their favorite math activities or teaching tools.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Peek at my Week: Week 10

Hello Again!

I am returning again to join DeeDee Wills at Mrs. Wills Kindergartern for her Peek at my Week linky. Come join us if you can!

 Last week we ended our pioneer unit and we always end with a Pioneer Day. It was so much fun but it was incredibly exhausting. I wrote a post about it yesterday, feel free to read through that and see the adventures we had.

This week will thankfully be a little calmer than last week. This week we will be studying bats in science. We will be using two different packets to complete that unit. It will be lots of fun. We will also be celebrating our 50th day of school this Friday. Our 50th Day is actually Thursday but we pushed the celebrations to Friday because we were able to get a 50's Dress day approved. I work at a private school where students wear uniforms, so Halloween dress or shirts aren't allowed. Having a 50's Day helps alleviate some of the frustrations over that.

Here are my plans for the week. Links to all the packets you see on the plans are below the image.

Bats: Math and Literacy Activities
Thankful Thoughts
Number Sense to 100
The Pumpkin Prayer
Pioneer Unit
Bat Bits
50's Day: Activities for the 50th Day of School
Candy Corn Mathtivities

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pioneer Activities

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday was our Pioneer Day. We host this awesome day for our first graders every year at the end of their pioneer unit. It is crazy, super exhausting, but completely worth it when you see how much fun the kids have in their activities. This event is also made possible by the wonderful parents we have at our school and in our classes who step up and help us run the centers.

All our festivities start at lunch and go to the end of the day. We have a dad come on campus and grill hot dogs for our lunch. We pair that with popcorn, apple slices, and cookies. Once they have eaten and had a recess break we split the first graders into 4 teams. Each team will visit all 4 centers: Pioneer Chores/Cooking, Pioneer Games, Pioneer Crafts, and Pioneer School.

In Pioneer School the kids use feathers and ink to write the alphabet on hornbooks. Then they use rocks to help them solve math problems. They will also read a pioneer story book and have fun with a mini spelling bee.

At the Pioneer Crafts center they complete 2 crafts. First they make a mini wagon with popsicle sticks and paper. Then they make a yarn doll. This center takes the most volunteers because of the yarn dolls. The kiddos do great with the yarn wrapping, but the tying of the doll is difficult for them.

For Pioneer Games they have fun with Wagon Wheel races, hot potato, duck goose, musical chairs, and they drop clothes pins in jar while pinching it between their chin and chest. We do provide music for this center using a cd player because neither of us can play a fiddle.

Pioneer Chores/Cooking is the favorite. Several years ago a dad at our school built us a wooden goat that he rigged to be milked. His wife covered it with faux fur and gave it ears, eyes, and a mouth. The first class to have the goat for Pioneer Day named it Snowball and the name has stuck. This center is probable my favorite to because of the goat. It is amazing how little aim first graders have. Poor Snowball is usually soaked after being milked, yet the bucket is typically empty. They also have fun washing clothes using a washboard and then hanging them on the line. They sweep, collect wood for a fake fire, and then finish by making ice cream.

At the end of the day we have very happy but tired children. We also have very exhausted grown ups. It is so worth it though watching them have fun in each group all dressed up like little pioneers. I have included a few pictures below.

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Peek at my Week: Week 9


Well fall break as come to an end and we are now returning to what I feel is the craziest part of the year. We have 5 weeks until Thanksgiving break and in that time we have our PT conferences, Pioneer Day, book fair and the activities that go with that week, Thanksgiving units, and our 50th day of school celebrations. It is all a lot of fun but it is a little crazy and exhausting as well.

I am excited to be sharing all these things with you this year. I am going to give you a glimpse as I link up with DeeDee Wills at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at my Week linky.

Prior to fall break we had been in our second week of our pioneer unit. We had a lot of fun that week. We started by learning how to Square Dance. They had so much fun! We then talked about the types of homes that Pioneers would build when they got to their new land. We then learned about patterning as we made our quilt squares from different size triangles. Some kids were very serious about their squares. Others were very free in their pattern creations. At the end we made a lumber house and added our own artistic touches to the picture. Those are now hanging on my classroom wall. The kids did a great job with them. Here are a few pics of them in action.

This week will be even bigger though. We are closing our pioneer unit. To close the unit we have a Pioneer Day. This is a day where they come to school dressed as pioneers and we go through centers with pioneer activities: games, crafts, school, and chores/cooking. We also have a first grade only barbecue before the fun begins. The kids love it because it is a special, fun event just for them. Little do they know they are actually learning as they go. Look for a post this Friday with some fun stories and pics about how the day goes.

That is are biggest activity/lessons this week. The rest of our plans are laid out on the plans below. The links to all the files you see can be found below the image.

Number Sense to 100
Pioneer Unit
Thankful Thoughts

Have a wonderful week!!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sharing Sunshine

Good Morning!

This morning I am linking up with my friends over at Hello Sunshine for the Sharing Sunshine linky. Come over and join us if you can.

I love this time of year because of all the holidays. I also love that I work at a Christian school and can do fun Bible projects. I know that most of you work in public schools and probably won't use this but I just had to share it because it always makes me smile this time of year.

Every year I have my students write the pumpkin prayer and do a project that goes along with it. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of my sample. I am on fall break this week and did not want to make the 40 minute drive to my classroom for one picture. Sorry! This will also be the first time I have shared it with anyone. I used fall break to actually put all the pieces in one file. I do have the pics from my freebie so that you can get an idea of what I do.

It's a fun activity for my firsties and it looks great up on the wall with their little kid handwriting. If you want a copy it's a freebie in my store. The link is at the end of the post.

The Pumpkin Prayer

Thanks for joining me today! Have a wonderful evening!!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Peek at My Week: Week 8

Good Afternoon!

After a two week break from my blog I am back. It was a crazy two weeks filled with a wedding, a sick toddler, and a sick mommy. Things are settling down now though just in time for our final week before fall break. So excited for a week off!!!!

This beautiful Sunday I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for her Peek at My Week linky. Join us if you can and get some great ideas from some fellow teachers.

This week we are continuing our Pioneer study. I am loving the interactive notebook component I added this year. The kids seem to like it too. We are also setting up all the volunteer information and sign ups this Monday and Tuesday for our Pioneer Day. That will be the week we return but it takes a small army to make the event a success.

We will also be using our reading time and our half day on Friday to study Christopher Columbus. We have a mini book and writing craftivity that they will complete along with some comprehension and vocabulary activities.

Those are our two big things this week.  Everything else is pretty much the same. We don't want to start too much because of Fall Break the following week. Below is a copy of my plans and links to the products that I am using this week. The only link I don't have yet is to my pioneer unit. Hoping to have the finishing touches done tonight and then I will add a link here.

Math Key Words
Number Sense to 100
Columbus Mini Unit
Pioneer Unit

Have a wonderful  week!