Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two Step Word Problems

This has been on my to do list for a long put a new product in my TPT store.  My orginal goal was to break even with selling and buying TPT products.  OK that will never happen.  I am loving all the wonderful products that other creative teachers are making.  I just do not know where they find the time however I do appreciate their efforts.

This week my class and I put together some two step word problems for Christmas.  I thought I would share with everyone.

They are simple enough and most of my students could read them.  The names were a bit hard for them to decode.  There is no assemble required.  You just need to print and teach.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bat Magic

Bat Magic Week

At my school it is so hard to teach something new that the students have not been exposed too.  That is why I like bat week.  Bats are a new topic for the children.  Most of the children could share personal experiences about bats however most of the students have not read the stories about bats. Our favorite bat stories were:  Stellaluna, Night Song and Daft Bat.

We made black bats to hang up in our classroom and a couple in the hallway.

Each student wrote a little report about bats.  I found the idea in the unit by Reagan Tunstall.  

We went to the zoo for the Bat Magic program.  It was so cute.  They set up a cave in the classroom.  They even bring a live bat into the classroom for the children to see. 

At the Bat Magic program the children make a cute brown bat.  This is a fun way to celebrate Halloween.   

Monday, November 3, 2014

Owl Babies

Owl Babies

I just love the book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and so do my students.  Every year when I read this wonderful book my students beg for me to read it again and again.  I think the kids like it so much because they can relate to the characters, especially Bill. 

One of the elements my first graders and I discussed was the setting and how the illustrater added details to make the owls look fuzzy. 

I had my first graders create an art project to go along with the story. 

1.  They sketched the owls with pencil on white paper.
2.  Then they traced the owls with a black sharpie.
3.  Next, they water colored the owls.

We let the owls dry over night.

The next morning we took paper scraps and created a background for the owls.  We cut out our owls and arranged everything.   

Another great owl book I use in my classroom is, Little Owl Lost. by Chris Naughton.  The illustrations in this book are wonderful. 

This is another book that my students love as well.  .  I use this book to talk about the character and what it means to be helpful.  I wish I could read to my students all day.  There are so many wonderful owl stories.    

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween

I have to admit I am not doing a good job blogging this year.  I am not taking a lot of pictures during our class times mainly because I am so involved in helping the children.  I guess that is my first priority. 

Anyways I wanted to share a couple of things that my students enjoyed this year. 

First of all the top three Halloween stories in my classroom were: 
·      Big Pumpkin

·      The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

·      Room on the Broom

We painted pumpkins for our classroom.

When we went to the Apple Orchard we were given a free pumpkin.  I sent a parent to get the pumpkin for us and she came back with this huge pumpkin. 

I found two great activities for free that we did throughout our Halloween Day.
·      Pumpkin Math by Kristin Smith

·      More Halloween Math from The Busy Class

I did purchase two activities:
The first was by Leslie Ann and it went with the book:  Room on the Broom

 The second was a fun activity with a  100’s chart by Primary Techie.   My students loved it. 

For a Halloween treat I made these cute little bags.  My students were so excited to get the treat bags.  You would have thought I gave them gold.  

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