Monday, September 30, 2013

Johnny Appleseed and More

We did a few more apple activities. On Thursday we celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday. We even watched the short Disney video on youtube.


 We made this adorable Johnny Appleseed craft. He is holding a book that includes character, setting, main idea, and favorite part. I LOVE how it came out. Several of my students wrote (copied) the word Johnny on the character page. Some of my kids really get the idea of using multiple colors and adding details to the illustrations. We talked about the setting being outside and what outside would look like. I modeled it based on the details they provided, sun, trees with apples, the sky, and grass. We have been talking a lot about what good coloring looks like.. Many of my sweeties are still scribbling with one color. I think we need to keep talking about it. I was really impressed that many of them understood that the main idea was Johnny walked around the country planting apple seeds. Yes, those big brown circles are apple seeds.I forgot to take a picture of the favorite part. Several of my kids liked that Johnny Appleseed was barefoot. I think that was my favorite part.

This was a cute poem and craft came from Deanna Jump. It is a great fine motor activity and my kids loved it.

Finally, in math, we cut out apples with numbers 1-10 on them. They glued them in order and then colored them. Then I instructed them to draw themselves. I wanted them to see how many apples tall they are. I forgot to tell them to draw themselves from the bottom. Oops! I broke out the rulers and we drew lines to see how tall they are. It is hard to see, but they wrote, I am ___apples tall. 

Next up, Hot Air Balloons! The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta starts Saturday, October 6th and I will be giving away Hot Air Balloon freebies during the Balloon Fiesta all next week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


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I LOVE apples because it means it is the start of fall. I love everything about fall. I love the change in weather - my fall wardrobe is adorable. I love when leaves start to fall off of trees and yes. I LOVE pumpkin lattes. Plus, it means Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas are right around the corner!

We started the week by tasting apples. We made a graph and we wrote about which apple we liked.

I found this great poem on Pinterest and we having been having a blast singing it. Then I realized it was in this month's Scholastic News! We went to the online Scholastic News site and listened to it several times. Yes, we will probably listen to it again tomorrow. They also had a cute video for Johnny Appleseed. My honeys are excited for his birthday tomorrow. I promised them a fun craft.

At our literacy centers, we have been matching upper and lower case letters with initial pictures. My honeys are having a hard time with initial sound this year so I need to think of a way to help them.

 They loved sorting letters and words.

For math, we are working on developing a deep understanding of the numbers 1-5. I made these pie counting cards. They love anything with a clip. Sadly, several clips were broken this week. 

This Math center was my favorite.  Each basket gets three apples. Each apple shows a different way to make the numbers with dots. It was a great way to practice subitizing. There is a recording sheet for the kids to try drawing the different dot patterns, but we haven't tried that yet.

I am offering my apple pack for 50% off this week. You can find it here

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Letter A , Number Anchor Charts, and a FREEBIE!!!!

This week we learned about the letter Aa. I made an anchor chart just like I did with Mm. When we did Mm, no one independently could think of a word. With Aa, one little boy said animals and apricots, which I didn't have a picture for. I am NOT the best artist, so I don't like to draw on the spot. Yes, an apricot would have just been a round circle. Next time, I will try.

We also practiced writing the letter Aa on our dry erase boards.

On Pinterest, I saw the best pic of of number anchor charts from The First Grade Parade. I loved them and had to make my own!

My honeys had a blast with these! We did a number a day and we had corresponding sheets for independent practice. Right now they are on my math wall, which will eventually become my math word wall.

Their favorite math activity was also an idea I got from Pinterest ( I LOVE PINTEREST!) I saw this picture that lead to no where so I decided to create my own. It's a simple number sense ativity. Students roll the dice and count the corresponding number cubes out. I differentiated it for the levels of learning. The first is matching the dice to a picture of dice, as seen below. The second is matching the die to actual numbers. The third uses two dice. This activity was a hit and makes for a great math center. You can get it free and my shop.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time is Flying By!

Where does the time go? This school year is FLYING by! This is our fourth week and I haven't posted ANYTHING! To all of my blogging friends, you are awesome for keeping up with your blogs during this hectic time of year. I love it though. My class is adorable. We are on our second week of centers and it is going...ok. They are fine once they GET to their centers. They do not understand my rotation board, yet.

I spent the first three weeks doing procedures, The Kissing Hand, Chicka Chicka Boom, and my favorite, Pete the Cat. Rather than back track, I will just show you what we have been doing this week.

The first picture is from my writing center. I have a set of cards the kids can trace over for handwriting practice. They enjoy this so much more than a traditional handwriting sheet - although I still do that once a week. I also have laminated sheets with the students' names and picture where they can trace their names and their friends names. Later this week, I hope to introduce making a list. They can make a list of their friends ad make a list of seasonal words I will provide them with.

This is a picture from my word work center. Students find the letters in the beans and then color them in. I have a similar activity where the letters are in a bag with rice but I must have forgotten to take a picture. The beans are lowercase letters and the rice is uppercase letters.The bean box is a class favorite. It might have to disappear for awhile because they keep fighting over it!

This week we introduced the letter Mm. We made this anchor chart with all the things that start with the letter Mm. At one of the center's the kids cut rectangles and squares to make this mouse. They drew a face and a tail on him, but you can't see it. I love this alphabet animal book. There is an animal for every letter! (Yes, I had to google what a xysticus was!!!) A co-worker gave this to me. She think is came from Jessica Meacham, but I couldn't find it. If anyone has a direct link, let me know and I will share it.

That is a snapshot of my literacy this week and hope to show more soon!