Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
A little leprechaun damage:
classroom shot from the front of the room
View of my guided reading table
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Today was our third field trip of the year. We went to the life and science museum http://www.ncmls.org/ . It's an awesome museum, and the kids had a blast! My class definitely didn't have their listening ears on, I spent a lot of time raising my voice :( I am forever grateful to my two parent volunteers...they were amazingly helpful.
This afternoon we wrote about our field trip on the form I found on Kimberly's blog: http://funkyfirstgradefun.blogspot.com/ . I'll take some pictures of their writing tomorrow. I was very sad because under the I learned column I had one little boy write "I learned that going to a museum you've been to a hundred times is boring." Grrr...I think most of our kids had a blast.
We found out we have some extra money in the first grade account so we get to go on two more trips this year! Yea! It will only cost our kids $5/each. We are a high poverty school, so funding for field trips is usually pretty hard to come by!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
1. No matter how many rules you create....you can't cure tattling.
2. Nose picking is contagious.
3. When a six year old says they feel like they are going to throw up....believe them!
4. Field trips will be a fun but exhausting experience.
5. You will get so attached to each child...and you will meet children with heartbreaking life experiences.
6. You can not please every parent.
7. You will go home crying on more than one occasion.
8. You can stay at work from 7am until 8pm and not accomplish everything on your to do list.
9. Six year olds will fight over anything and everything.
10. I love my job! :)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Step 1: Go to this link: http://pcool.scholastic.com/parentordering/login.jsp?ESP=SBC/ib//acq/pcool_slimnav_Parents///nav/txtl////
Step 2: Enter the Username: books for Africa
Step 3: Enter the password Kenya
Step 4: SHOP! Scroll through the list of books they have selected. Your card won't be charged until they submit the order.
Feel free to repost this!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I wanted to share a couple fun things we did last week.
The first one I can't take credit for because it's straight out of our reading curriculum (Reading Street). We worked on long e words with ea last week. I made this pyramid. Each student had to pick a card, read the word aloud, and if it has an ea they have to build the pyramid. We talked about why a pyramid has to be built from the bottom up. If the word didn't have an ea (there were some ee words thrown in) it was discarded into another pile. I also made a sheet for them to fill in with the ea words and ee words when they were complete.
Our story this week was The Dot. In the story the main character Vashti makes art by just painting dots. The theme of the story is that anyone can make a special treasure. I threw in an art center this week where the students made their own dot art. We didn't paint though, we used markers. I then hung our masterpieces in the hallway.
**Blogger is not letting me add any more pictures for some reason....so those will be added later.**
Friday, March 11, 2011
I entered this awesome giveway for a $10 Barnes and Noble Giveaway on Lindsey's blog: http://theteacherwife.blogspot.com/
I also entered a giveaway for Dr. Jean CD (I heart Dr. Jean) on Ms. Van Orman's blog: http://www.msv1stgrade.blogspot.com/
I hope I win one I never have before!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Our next born is Matty Cat...he's a Maine Coon
He's not very photogenic and apparently this is the only pic I have on my computer...he's huge!
Our baby is Valentina...she was born the day after we got married...she has definitely taken on the role of the baby of the family.
I only have two kids in the my highest group. One is male, one is female. I decided to go with a Magic Tree House book this time. We are doing book #1 Dinosaurs Before Dark. I got all my vocab and comprehension questions from this website: http://www.mce.k12tn.net/reading4/dinosaurs_before_dark.htm
Here is the packet: (Once again I need some help in figuring out how to do this!)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
1. I know I saw this on a blog, but I can't find it again. Feel free to leave me a message and I will give credit where credit is due. I bought some of those $1.00 reading glasses at the Dollar Tree (I LOVE that place!). I popped the lenses out and they are now magic reading glasses. I am taking them to school tomorrow to try out. I know they will be a hit during independent reading center.
2. Book club Packets! I got this fantastic idea from Ms. Van Ormen's blog http://www.msv1stgrade.blogspot.com/ and I decided it was the perfect idea for my highest readers. I made packets of comprehension questions for a Junie B. Jones book. They I assigned due dates for groups of three chapters at a time. They should have the entire book done by this coming Monday. This has freed up time for me to meet with lower groups, and I'm only meeting with this group once per week. They are given time daily to work on these either alone or together, so it is not expected to be extra homework. So far they are enjoying being "big kid readers" and doing a great job with their work. I'm going to try and include links to the two packets I've made when I figure out how!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12iasYsx_L6X1CNxcoqd9bpdcUBTQglYqQUPkNiELa6k/edit?hl=en# <~~~Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday (how do I rename the link?)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I am not the most creative person ever, but I decided to try this.....compared to most of the blogs I read...it won't be very exciting, but I'll try!
Some of my fave blogs:
http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/ ---Amanda is having a great Deanna Jump giveaway on her blog..check it out!