Five for Friday (5/27/16)


Last Friday, we watched Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer after a week long book study. The kids were a little nuts excited, so we did an impromptu directed drawing of Judy and Stink. I think they turned out pretty good. What do you think?

This one is mine:

And this is my mini-me's:

Tuesday evening was our school's Multicultural night. It was a much better turnout than I expected. The kids put our Panama display together and a parent brought in food to share with others. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get decent pictures of the performers. :(

We read Oh the Places You'll Go a little early this year. I typically do this the last day of school, BUT this year, we've been having a hard time making good choices and going down the right paths. We had a long discussion about what "roads of life" are and where our choices can take us. It was a little deep for 1st grade, but we needed it.

I started reading Explore Like a Pirate this week and so far it's pretty interesting. It's about gamifying your classroom. It goes along with Teach Like a Pirate and Learn Like a Pirate. I was thinking of doing a summer book study on this book. If you're interested in reading or linking up with me, let me know.

Next week is our last "week" of school. We go three days and then we're F-R-E-E!  So Monday, I can officially say this:

What's on your summer bucket list? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday awesomeness and have a great weekend!

Five for Friday (5/20/16)


Happy Friday, y'all! It's our LAST FRIDAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!!!!! It's all a little bittersweet. I know you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, here's this week's Five for Friday: 

This week, I started reading The Innovators Mindset. This is a must read this summer! It's easy to read and full of inspiring ideas and Aha! moments.

In class, we've been reading Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. I found this awesome book study to go along with it. Today is movie day so we can compare and contrast the book and the movie. The kidletts are also writing their own dares for the summer this afternoon. RARE!

Next Tuesday is Multicultural Night at our school. Each class is researching a different country and making a presentation to go with it. I'm big on having the kids put together their projects so they can take ownership of the whole thing. This is what they came up with:

It's not a work of art, but it was created by them, for them so it's perfect.

Yesterday was field day. It was raining all day here in Central Texas so it was kind of disappointing. An hour in the morning is not the same as the all day event we were looking forward to. But they still managed to have a good time. 

I gave the kids the task of teaching the class something they are an expert on and had them develop their own lesson plan to go with it. We've had a couple directed drawings, a lesson on swimming (on the classroom rug), a "How to Make S'mores" lesson (double thanks to the mom who brought in the supplies to do it! Yum!), an "All About Washington" from my student who just moved here, and several others. This little beauty gave us a little presentation about dragons. (According to her this is NON-fiction!)

Check out her stance. She will definitely be an excellent teacher if she so chooses!

And BONUS: If you haven't been to the GoNoodle blog lately, you should definitely go check out their end of the year freebies. They have a word search that helped fill the time on our rained out field day and a summer banner printable that we turned into a sentence strip hat. Too cool!

And that's a wrap. Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday action. Have a great weekend!

Five for Friday (5/13/16)


Happy Friday! We made it! Woo hoo! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday action. 

Our school has Multicultural Night every spring and each class is charged with researching a country and creating a gallery-style presentation to represent that culture. Our class is working on Panama. We started our research journals this week and we're learning tons! I can't wait to see what they create next week when we put together the presentation for the school.

I found a little Panamanian folktale to go with our Panama unit. Have you read it before?

I created some literacy pages to go along with it. You can pick up free a copy here. 

We're reviewing fractions in math, so I whipped up a little activity called "A Fraction of Me." The kids created themselves with 1.5 inch paper squares then wrote what fraction of them is each color. They were really creative! You can pick up a free copy of this here. 

Did you see GoNoodle made a Finding Dory game?! It's adorable, but it's only here for a little while. We did it 3 times the first day.

This was one of our messages this week, too. I couldn't agree more, GoNoodle!

And finally, this box of crayons did magical things in our room this week.

After a week of inside recess and being "quiet" while the big kids tested, the natives began to get a little restless. This box of crayons was awarded to the best cleaner-upper and chair stacker in the class yesterday. It was A-MAZING to see how quiet and careful they were just to get a fresh box of crayons. Try it. Make a big deal about it. It WILL work (at least for most of your kids).

Have a happy weekend, y'all and thanks for stopping by. Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday awesomeness.

Five for Friday (5/6/16)


Happy Friday, y'all! It's been a crazy busy week with all the teacher appreciation stuff, May the fourth, and Cinco de Mayo, but we made it. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday action. 
Yesterday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a little help from my friend 1st Grade is Wienerful! We learned all about Mexico and Cinco de Mayo and did a little opinion writing about chips and salsa. We also read Skippyjon Jones and modified the cat directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies to make our own little Siamese Chihuahuas.

We've been learning about animals for weeks now and the kids (and I) are were just done with researching animals, so we took a little creative spin on our writing time. I found some animal foam stickers in a box I had forgotten about SO…the kids each drew an animal out of a hat (without peeking!) and wrote a story about it. I told them it could be fiction or non-fiction, whatever floats their boat, as long as they were writing. We had some pretty creative little stories!

We've been using our end of the year math centers for a couple of weeks now and the kids just can't get enough. It's full of games they can play with partners and need minimal assistance from me. :)

Next week we start preparing for our school's multicultural night. Each class gets a country to research and represent in a gallery-like exhibit. Our class has Panama and, so far, I am learning a TON. I put together these research guides and made them look all fancy. The kids are so excited to get to use them!

Because it's the end of the year, we're all a little worn out. This actually happened this week:

Thank goodness for GoNoodle. The natives actually sat still for a few minutes while doing a little Airtime breathing. 

But it's all good 'cause tomorrow is Saturday and there is NOTHING scheduled on the calendar. 

Glorious sleep! I'm going to need it to get through the next few weeks! :) 

Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fabulousness! Have a great weekend!

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