Saturday, January 24, 2015

Five for (Saturday)

Linking up with Doodle Bugs today for some Five for Friday fun. I had every intention to link up last night, but mexican food and my bed were calling my name! It's been a wild week! 


For grammar we worked on questions and statements. First up, we watched a Brain Pop Jr video to introduce the different types of punctuations and then sorted different words onto a question mark or period. Sticky note sorts are one of my faves! They are quick and simple. 


We also made these question mark hats. The kids had to write the question words inside their question marks and 3 question sentences. 


I've had this template for years and cannot find it on my computer, so I remade it. You can find it here



In reading groups we played Roll and Draw to reinforce comprehension. The kiddos always beg to play these over and over again. 


You can have your kiddos draw their response or verbally tell you. There are tons of variations plus more games in my Guided Reading Pack. You can find it here



As I was cleaning up files on my computer, I realized I never shared this spelling homework with you all. 
I am not huge on homework, but as a grade level we send home weekly spelling and sight words. The kiddos are tested every Friday, so practicing them at home is important! I wanted something that was consistent and very age appropriate. Most of these activities the kiddos can do even if they do not have much parent involvement. 


You can download it here


I recently came across Bible Journaling on Instagram and have not looked back since. It's addicting! 

And of course my Five for Friday wouldn't be complete without these two cuties! 


If you haven't already, head over to Doodle Bugs and see what others are up to for their Five for Friday



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More skip counting

This week we continued our learning on skip counting. Skip counting can be tough for little ones - especially if you start at any given number. Here in Texas, starting at any given number is quite the big deal! 

To help with this, we used these number line ropes almost daily! 

You can read how to make these here

During small groups I gave the students a starting number and the skip counting pattern - then they had to show the following 2 numbers. 


I love these things! You can use them for so many concepts! 

While I was working with math groups, the kiddos in Journal rotation completed this 100s chart by filling in the missing numbers skip counting by 2s. 


During a math training, our curriculum coach showed us these skip counting chains. 

I gave each kiddo a hundreds chart and had them use a number line (or fingers) to skip count by 10's to 100 and highlight the number they landed on. Then, they cut between each set of 10 and attached the strips together to create a chain. You could also use these to count by 5s. 

Afterwards, they each got a string and and tied the ends to create a skip counting necklace. These were a great way for the kiddos to see the pattern. I used this 120s chart from Haley O'Connor and just cut off the numbers past 100. 



We also made skip counting hats. You can download the hands here or here


And there you have it. A few more skip counting ideas to put in your file cabinet! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

We've got this!

Reading is all about comparing and contrasting this week. This is such a fun skill to teach. We started off talking about how a venn diagram can help us organize what is the same and different about two things. As a group we compared winter pictures on the board and then broke into table groups to show off our learning. 

Each table got 2 different winter pictures to compare and contrast. Check out this inventive spelling. It makes my heart gush with all things happy!!


This group had a snowball and snowmen. "Buttens" makes me giggle!
I don't know about y'all but anytime I group more than 2 kiddos together...sweat and fussiness starts brewing! To help prevent that, I always give each kiddo a job. A writer, gluer, cutter, on tracker, work checker...or anything else the group might need! It usually always keeps things from getting too sweaty! 
You can download the winter pictures here and here

With MLK day being next week, we made these writing crafts to spruce up the hallway!

Brain Pop Jr has a wonderful video on MLK. 

You can find the craftivity plus more by clicking the picture below. 

Now, I'm off to cuddle up with my babies and watch some Girl Meets World! Please tell me I'm not the only adult that loves this show?

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm linking up (a day late) with Doodle Bugs Teaching for some Five for Friday fun! 


This number line app! It is called Number Line! Ha! 


We use it weekly! We use it for skip counting, missing numbers, counting on, and counting back, and addition and subtraction. But, it is perfect for older grades too! I love it because you can change your set of numbers. You can find the app here
Do you use the Reflector App in your class? You can find it here. It allows you to mirror your iPad onto your board. If not, you should definitely check it out! 


Speaking of numbers, another one of my faves from this week is our strip diagram puzzles. We do not go into a whole lot of detail with these in first grade (that is more appropriate for older grades), but we definitely introduce them and practice breaking down numbers with them. 

 You can download both of the activities above here and here


In LA, we worked with verb tenses. We started off watching Moby from Brain Pop Jr to introduce verb tenses, and then sorted sticky notes onto our t-chart. Afterwards, the kiddos completed this flip sort from my team mate, Jessica, at Wild About Firsties for their independent practice. 



In phonics, we worked with long a and bossy e this week. You can read more on that here. To get in some winter crafts, the kiddos sorted long/short a words and created a winter scene with the long a words only. They had to mark out the short a and glue to the back of their winter scene. We did these last year as well, and I always love to see their creativity! 

You can download the a word snowballs here

and last but certainly not least....

my babies! 

If you read our angel baby's story, then you may know that he had his sixth surgery last Friday. He is healing and doing so great! Keep the prayers coming please! And that cute little sister right there....well, she makes my heart HUGE every single day! 


Stop by Doodle Bugs to see the other favorites from this week! 




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sight Word Party!

Sight words are huge in first grade! We read them non-stop. I am always racking my brain for different ways to practice them. I always like to have a variety of ways to practice so the kiddos don't get burned out. So, Sight Word Party was created! 


Here's a more detailed look into the party :) 



 My kiddos love anything and everything that is Bingo! I wanted something that was editable so that I could change out as needed. These Bingo boards are all editable. Just click the box and type in your word list, or you can use a Vis-a-Vis marker to write your words on the board and wipe them off when finished.  It also includes the card template. 


3 different editable game boards are also included. Again, you can click in the box to type your words, or use a wipe off marker to write the words. 




All you need is dice and counters for the game boards! 


Do you love spinner boards as much as me? Goodness gracious I am a sucker for anything that can be made into a spinner game! There is just something about a paper clip and thumping that takes things to a whole new level of fun!

There are 2 spinner activities included. 

Spin a Word: spin the spinner - find a word on the word wall (or word list) that has that many letters and record. 

Spin and Write: spin the spinner - write a word from the word word like the number says. 


Throw some dice into sight word work and it makes it ten times better!

There are 2 dice activities included that are very similar to the spinner activities. 



A few more fun things going on at this party...



.....and a few basic printables such as ABC order and assessment pages. 

All activities include both full and half recording sheets to save on paper if needed. 

If you'd like to join in on the party you can find everything here! 

I'm off to tuck my little bitties into bed. Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Back to it!

Well, I am officially ready for bed! I woke up this morning all ready to go and mid morning I was dragging my feet! 

As much as I wanted to go back to sleep, the kids were ready to go! I knew I had to keep things going with little to no down time today. 

We are beginning to work on long vowel sounds (CVCe) so we started off by meeting our bossy friend E and making these hats. 

You can download the hat blackline here


In word work I pulled out this goodie from last year. It's super simple and gets the job done. The kids differentiated between long and short a words. You can find it here


In reading, we dug through my new neighbor's trash and drew conclusions/inferences from the things we found. This is nothing new - I used it with my 3rd graders years ago and it was always a hit. My kids FLIPPED when I pulled out a diaper! Hilarious! Afterwards, they worked in groups to pick 3 things from the trash and write a conclusion about those 3 things. 


I love how these turned out! You can download the trash craft here


In math, we are working on skip counting. We started off reviewing skip counting by 10's with this hand activity. In small groups, we used these beaded number lines. I cannot take credit for this idea! Our math curriculum coach showed us these and they are seriously genius! 

They were so simple to make. I actually made over the summer in just a few hours. All you need is a key ring, bungee cord, and beads. I got everything at Hobby Lobby. I made mine go to number 120, but you could definitely just do them to 100. Either way they hit the jackpot! 

You can download the skip counting hands here. After writing their numbers, they glued the hands to a sentence strip. 

While I was busy reinforcing counting by 10s with my small groups, the others were loving their new Winter math stations! We are constantly drilling number order and number lines so these two were a must for stations! 


If you purchased these stations, you will need to re-download. The number cards to the number line were missing! And, it's on sale for the rest of the week! You can find them here


Now, I'm off to hit the sack! See y'all later this week!