Friday, May 6, 2016

Prefix freebies and Adverbs!

After wrapping up suffixes last week, this week was all about prefixes. We kept our focus just on prefixes un- and re-. 

I wanted to pop in real quick and share a few freebies with you all. 

Most of our activities were the same as the activities we did with suffixes. We started off by playing Match It. Each student got a base word card or a prefix card. They had to walk around the room to find their match. After finding their match, they added their new word to a pocket chart and described what their new word meant. Due to a major #picturefail on my part, you can read more about the game here.

Afterwards, we made these flip flap books ....
...and sorted base words by un- and re-. 

We also made these Pretty Prefix flowers by using the flower craft from my Addition and Subtraction Fun pack. 

After making their flowers, they had to choose two words and use them in a sentence. 

We also completed this Two in a Row sort. 
They had to circle the prefix and underline the base word. 

We also made these Flip Its. This activity is always such a favorite with my group of students!
Under each base word, they had to write the correct prefix. 

You can download this activity plus the sorts mentioned above here

And before I go, I wanted to share our adverb suns with you all. 
We do these every year,....and every year I think I love them more!

Happy weekend friends! 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Suffix sorts with lots of freebies!

We have been working on suffixes over the past few weeks. Suffixes can be somewhat tricky for first graders, so having them apply the skills in as many hands on ways as possible....the better. 

I start our learning off with -ed and -ing. I introduce the rule with this flip anchor chart that was inspired by Amy Lemons a few years ago. 

After introducing the rules, I give each student a sticky note with a base word on it. The students read the word and sort them under the correct flip. This gets them up and moving. I also have them explain why they chose to put that word under that flap. 

You can read more about the chart here

Afterwards, we sort words into this flip flap book for independent practice. 

You can download the sort here

....and we make these Sunny Suffixes
You can download the suns here

For suffixes -er and -est, we made these flip books. 

We then switch over to suffixes -ful, -ly, and -y. We start off by discussing what these suffixes mean and match up base words to the correct suffixes. I gave each student a base word and suffix...they had to find their match. 

To get that independent practice in, we matched base words to the correct suffixes with these flip flap books

We also completed this Three in a Row journal activity. 

We also completed this Flip It activity. Students had to write the correct suffix under each flip. I love how this friend illustrated each word. This was not part of the directions, but I sure do love when they go above and beyond!

Now that we have wrapped up our suffix learning, we will start prefixes this week! 

Happy Sunday friends! 
I hope you all have a blessed week! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cause and Effect FREEBIE

Last week we reviewed cause and effect with the story The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. After listening to it, we listed the different causes and effects from the story and made these flip flaps. 

After making the flip flaps, we glued them down to construction paper. 

I had my students work in groups to complete the sorts, but each person in the group completed their own. I paired up a struggling reader with a higher reader. 

We did directed drawings to create the pigs. I love how they turned out!

You can download this quick and simple cause and effect freebie here. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Earth Day, Dream Houses, and Suiting Up for Summer!

I wanted to share a few Earth Day activities with you all....I know I am late in the game, but maybe you can pin them for next year. 

Over the past few years, we have read The Lorax and created these 5W poems to summarize one of the characters from The Lorax story.

The Once-ler (who)
cut down truffla trees (did what)
a long time ago (when)
in the forrest (where)
to get rich. (why)

I let them choose if they want to write about the Once-ler or the Lorax. 

The Lorax (who)
was in charge of trees (did what)
a long time ago (when)
in the forrest (where)
to help the Earth. (why)

These poems always turn out PRECIOUS! 

We also make these silly Earth's and write about what we can do to help keep our earth clean. 

This is a picture take a few years ago, but we also make these trees and sort what helps our earth and what does not help our earth. We are finishing these up, so I have not been able to get a new picture. 

You can find all the above activities here

Switching gears over to math. The past few weeks, we have been learning all about non-standard measurement. On Friday, we made these dream houses and measured them with cubes. 

....and with the end of year coming up (can you believe it?!?) we will be "Suiting Up for 2nd Grade" by making these soon!!! 
You can find these here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

More measurement fun!

Have you heard of the Mouse Math series? They have the most adorable math books. One of my favorites is If the Shoe Fits by Jennifer Dussling. It is a wonderful book to use when introducing appropriate non-standard measuring tools. It has the cutest storyline about two mice that find a shoe and wonder if it will fit in their playhouse. 

After reading the story, we sorted out non-standard tools on our anchor chart by what would be the best to use and which would not.  Next, we made tool boxes and each student sorted their own tools. 

The next day we measured out how many paper clips long the playroom in the story is...

 ...and then measured our shoe to see if it would fit in the playroom. We loved this activity.
After measuring their shoe with paper clips, they had to explain why or why not their shoe would fit in the playhouse. This was a great way to incorporate problem solving into our measurement unit. 
We also worked a lot on our measurement vocabulary. I encouraged them to use these words as much as possible throughout our unit. 

Another great measurement book that we read was Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.  While reading, we stopped and measured different birds from the story with inchworms and recorded the measurements on our anchor chart. 

I like to record our measurements on sticky notes that way I can reuse my anchor charts year after year. 

Afterwards, we made our very own birds and measured the different parts of them with inchworms. 

We also measured parts of our friends with inchworms. 

They were cracking me up during this activity! Saying "aaaaahhhhh a worm is on me!!!" Too funny! 

We have had lots of fun measuring with my Math in a Snap Measurement pack. You can check out a few other activities with did with mentor texts here

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plants and Measurement!

Now that I am caught up on sharing pictures from the past few weeks, I wanted to show you what we have been up to in math and science. 
Last week we started our measurement unit, and lemme just tell ya' has been my students favorite! Not kidding! I have been wanting to add some mentor texts into my math instruction for awhile now and I finally went for it! I complied four of my favorite mentor texts for measurement into one big unit called Math in a Snap Non-Standard. This unit comes with lesson plans, vocabulary, small group/station activities, craftivities, questioning cards, anchor charts and more. Here's a peek. 

We started off last week by reading Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy. Definitely a favorite mentor text for measurement. It is incredible. We sorted all the types of measurements and then moved our focus to just length. We sorted the types of units we use to measure length: standard and non-standard. 
We measured Penny using dog biscuits and paw prints. We compared the measurements and wrote about why some of the measurements were different. 
We also added to our KWL anchor chart throughout our learning last week. The discussions that we have had while adding our new learning has been fantastic! 

Another great mentor text we used for measuring is Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. This was a great book for our new vocabulary words, "estimate" and "actual". We started off by estimating the lengths of different animals and recorded them on our digital anchor chart. Afterwards, we used small sticky notes to find the actual length. 

This book was a huge hit! 

We also traced, estimated, and measured our hands. 

We estimated and found the actual length of the gorilla's hand.

...and recorded both the estimations and the actual measurements on this craftivity
We also used our digital anchor chart to compare and order three of the animals from the story. We used this flip flap book to record our comparisons. The size of the squid eye fascinated them! 

You can find all the above activities here. I cannot wait to come back and show you all what books we are using this week! 

Last week in science we learned about living and nonliving things. We made this plant craft. My students had to write and illustrate the four things that plants need in order to live. 
You can find the plant craft here

Before I go, I wanted to share a fundraiser that I am a part of. One of my sweet blogging friends, Ashley Reed, has a coworker that was recently diagnosed with cancer. This bundle includes some incredible units from several different amazing bloggers. This is a great opportunity to pay it forward and bless a family in need. Head over to Ashley's blog here and see how you can help donate. 

Happy Tuesday friends!