Sunday, February 26, 2017

3 Cheers for Dr. Seuss

I love Read Across America week honoring Dr. Seuss.  This year I decided to transform the entrance of my room for the week.  What do you think?

I think my students will love walking through the Truffula forest before entering our room! Super excited for the week.  Check back soon to see what fun we are going to have!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

3-2-1 Blast Off

Have you ever wanted to take a field trip into space with your class?  Of course you have!
Last week we were able to travel to all the planets in our solar system.  
We learned a little bit about each planet while we were there.  

 I hung 11 cards around the school. One for each planet, and introduction to the solar system, and one for returning to Earth.

Students used iPads to scan QR codes on each card. The code took students to various videos and songs to learn about our solar system.  

As they learned, they had to record their findings in their Astronaut Log Book.  (I included the QR codes in the log book so families can travel to space too!)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The phases of the Moon

This week we have been reading the book The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn Branley.  Our first grade team at our school uses the Guiding Readers 2nd Edition sets provided by Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills.

This book taught us about the phases of the moon.  This book did not discuss the gibbous moon, which I feel is an important one to teach my I did.  

I shared with them the 8 phases of the moon.

Instead of doing the worksheet that went with the book, I chose to do one of my favorite lessons with my students...Oreo Moon Phases!  This was a super fun and yummy way to learn about the moon phases.

I sent home with my students a Moon Watchers work sheet as optional homework.  This will give us a some real world experience.  Of course I encouraged participation with a prize to anyone that returns their Moon Watchers sheet.   Hey, what can I say...ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

Friday, February 3, 2017

100th Day of School

 This year I finally jumped on the "dress like you are 100 years old" bandwagon.  Let me tell you, this was my favorite 100th day EVER!  I have not had this much fun in a long time.

I had so much fun dressing up. I am even planning how I can improve my costume for next year. 

Check out some of my cute oldies!






Of course I could not resist using the app Oldify to make all my students look really really old...including myself. 

We played all kinds of 100th day games!  

Here are my students at the 100th day physical activity station.  Students had to do 100 hula hoops, jumping rope, bounding a ball, sit ups, etc. 

Playing race to 100.

Building a 100 domino train...then knocking it all down!

100 creatures/designs

Here they are creating their spinner.  After creating their spinner, they had to spin it 100 times and keep tallies of what the spinner landed on the most. 

Of course we couldn't go without writing 100 words...after our whole class read 100 books.