Monday, December 1, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Hi everyone!!!





I writing a quick post tonight to let you know that I'm taking part in a holiday giveaway with some amazing folks!! Just enter to win by filling out the Rafflecopter below. It's a great way to kick this season off right!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Relatives Came: Predicting and Making Connections

Hey everyone!!

I don't know about you but this month is FLYING by!!!! It's crazy to think that 5 weeks ago I was meeting my firsties for the first time and now it seems like I've known them forever....it's so crazy how quickly we get attached to our students but it happens....and I am SO attached to these little people :)

I wanted to share with you a book that I used in my whole group lesson that drove my instruction in small groups. A teammate of mine shared this book with us and we thought it would be perfect to use for predicting and making connections......there is a freebie at the end of this post for ya :)

It's called The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. This is a GREAT book!!!!


It's about a family visiting relatives in the country and all of the fun things they do together until it's time for them to leave and go back home.

Below I'm going to share what I did every day to give you an idea of how my lessons worked to make it flow from learning about predictions to making connections.

Monday: "What is prediction? How do we predict and why do we need to predict?" We created a definition for predicting as making a guess about what might happen in the story. I showed the students the importance of taking a "picture walk" or previewing the text to get our minds ready to read and to see what will happen in the story. Pictures walks are only for looking at pictures. We don't read words...we just focus on what's happening in the pictures/illustrations. We talking about how important illustrators are in the book making process....that was a great conversation!  We had some discussions on what they think is happening in the book, who the characters are, where they're going etc.


Then they completed this sheet as a follow up to our discussion by writing a sentence to explain what the story is about, draw a picture of what they saw on their picture walk, and use a questioning strategy to get them ready for tomorrow's "first reading" of the book


Tuesday: We went back and reviewed our prediction definition. This will be our first reading of the story. I wanted my students to really focus on the characters and how they can relate to something they did. 

I used this sheet for us to discuss how the actions of characters in the story are similar to our own actions. They filled this chart out and wrote about their connections using simple sentences.

Wednesday: Second Reading- I read the story a second time, and this time I wanted my students to focus on the sequence of events. We've been talking A LOT about how literary texts have a beginning, middle, and end so I wanted them to really hear that in this story. 


They drew pictures to show the setting, characters, beginning, middle and end.

Thursday: The students took their story map from yesterday and added more detail to the sequence of events by using their pictures to write sentences. 


Here are a couple of pictures of my students' working on these.....



If you like these printables, you can grab the entire packet for FREE at my TpT store


I hope you enjoy this packet and please leave some feedback! I always love to hear how my resources are working in other classrooms :) 

Happy Monday Every One!!! 




Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pictographs: What's in My Cup?

We are already heading into week 3! This first 2 weeks were crammed full of routines, rules, procedures and all that jazz, that I'm finally ready to really dive into teaching some serious concepts!!

I did start my unit on Pictographs in math last week and I wanted to share a fun activity we did on Friday.

I'm all about my students getting involved in their learning and not just sitting at their seat filling out a piece of paper. For this activity, I wanted my students to show me that they understand how to make a pictograph, the parts that are needed for a pictograph, and how to read the data on a pictograph.

I used objects I already in had in the room, which is a huge bonus!!: counting bears, buttons, unit cubes, and linking cubes. Each student had their own cup of different objects and each students' cup was different as to how many of each object was in it.

I gave out the cups and had students sort through their objects.

Then they worked on their own to figure out the data they had and take that to create their own pictograph. From everything I taught them about pictographs throughout the week, I was hoping they would take it and run....and they did!

Here are some pics of my kids showing me their understanding!




I also have to share this simple letter a parent gave me last week. It really means a lot when parents take to the time to do this :) 



Have a great week everyone!! 

Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, August 22, 2014

Classroom Reveal!

Well....I made it!!!

I made it through the first week of teacher workdays and I made it through Back to School Night!! I loved meeting all of my kiddos! It's going to be such a fun year:)

I wanted to share my classroom with you.

Back in my last post, I shared what it looked like when I first walked in the door....about a month ago....you can see that here.

And here is my room now!!!


Let me give you a quick tour. I snapped these pictures about 10 minutes before the parents arrived.....I'm so lucky because I almost forgot....let's just say there was some last minute changes :)


Here are my Decoding Strategy posters. You can find these over at my TpT store along with bookmarks that match!! LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!


Here is the Informational section of my classroom library along with some literary and Dr. Seuss texts on the top shelf. Love my little Melonheadz kids at the top. It says "Reading Rocks in First Grade!" These are placed on my small group reading bins.


Here is the other side of my library. More Literary texts and BIG Books. 


My "BEE an Author" board. Our county has adopted the Lucy Calkins Series as it's writing program so I had to make sure I had room to display all of the wonderful writing I'm going to see this year ;)


Here are my writing tool boxes. Each table shares a caddy and each table is labeled by an animal. I've never done this before, but when I saw Creative Clips had her Zoo set out...I had to do it!!


Here are the reading boxes for each group. 


and their Math Tool baskets.


Here are my birthday treats. I'm actually giving TWO of these out on the very first day of school!!


Here is a little treat I had for my parents. I found this idea on Pinterest...I don't have the exact link but this poster I made on my own.


And finally a little treat for my new kiddos!!! 

I had such a good time tonight and look forward to sharing many more ideas with you!!!

Thanks for taking a peak at my 1st grade classroom....my home away from home! :)