Wednesday, May 23, 2012

goodbye gift (for students)

Usually, as part of our goodbye gift to the students, my team and I write acrostic poems for each child using the letters in their name. They love hearing the words we come up with to describe them!

This year, I made these little goodbye gifts for my students to go along with their poems. I plan on giving these out on the last day of school.



And, I plan on using the tags you see below to hang around Ziploc baggies full of Starbursts. I will personalize each one by writing a little message on the back of the tag.


Very easy, simple, and sweet! You can download both of these goodbye gifts by clicking on either of the templates or by clicking here.

Do you all give out a special gift to your students on the last day of school?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keep On, Keepin’ On and Visualizing with Poetry

This time of year is hard for me. I know I may sound like a complete lunatic when I say this, but I could keep on keeping on… forever. My students and I have developed such a special connection, and it is hard to know that soon they will be gone. I just can’t believe it. So, for now, I’m going to pretend that it is not over quite yet (because really…it isn’t!)

Today, we began our unit on poetry by making visualizations as we read. We had all kinds of fun with this! We used a great $1.00 Scholastic Poetry packet I picked up yesterday (thanks to Mrs. Bainbridge for telling everyone about that great deal!) and Amanda Nickerson’s Music of Our Hearts poetry packet. LOVE HER! Plus, we were able to pull out some of the unused activities from my Common Core Aligned: Open Your Eyes and Visualize packet.

(Click on the image above to still grab that deal. The 187 online book is usually 19.99!)


(click on the link above  to take you to Amanda’s store…you’ll love this packet!)


(click on the link above to take to to my store!)

To introduce the lesson, I had everyone sit in a circle with the lights off. I made them close their eyes and visualize what they were hearing as I read the first poem. Then, we shared our visualizations with each other. I loved how they all used such descriptive language!

Then, I gave them three different poems to read. They paired up with a buddy, found a quiet spot in the classroom, and began visualizing. I allowed them to take turns closing their eyes as their buddy read the poem. IT WAS AWESOME. They were totally into it. Afterwards, they drew their visualizations on an organizer from Amanda’s packet. I loved walking around hearing their discussions. PRICELESS!


(yes, that is one of my students visualizing while resting his head on his beanbag!)




Who wouldn’t want to keep on, keepin’ on with a class like this?

Monday, May 7, 2012

butterflies, homophones, and an end of the year packet

Happy Monday!
To follow-up our Amazing Animal research reports, we kicked off the week with a study on butterflies. The kindergartners down the hall have been observing the different stages of a butterfly’s life, so this morning I snatched them to conduct our own observations.         
After we did a little observing, we did a little buddy reading on butterflies.
While reading, we completed a CAN/HAVE/ARE graphic organizer and a Main Idea and Supporting Details organizer. You can grab both of them here:
Tomorrow we’ll be learning all about homophones with the help of this little anchor chart I created AND Cara Carroll’s homophones activities (found in her Camping Capers pack). Love.her!
I’m also SUPER excited to show you all the newest packet I’ve been working on.
Familiar title, huh? I can’t wait to start this with my students!
This is a 40 page packet that includes:
26 page End-of-the-Year Celebration Book (for students to make) and an End of the Year Craftivity
Here’s a description of each page of the book:
- First Grade Celebration Book Cover
- Draw a Picture of Yourself
- First Grade Stats
- My School Rocks
- My First Grade Teacher
- My First Grade Favorites
- Interview a Friend
- Friends in 1st
- Fantastic Field Trip
- Yay for Play
- A Look Inside My Favorite Book
- Munch and Crunch
- I’m a Caring Kid
- Be Responsible!
- A “First” in First Grade
- A Goal I Still Have for Myself
- My Favorite Subject
- My Favorite Special
- A Note From the Teacher
- A Note to the Future Me
- A Look Into the Future
- That was Funny!
- Autographs (Last Page of Book)
Sample pages:
I’ve also included a little craftivity that goes along with the book:
Grab it all at my TPT store….ENJOY!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Animal Research Freebies and Currently

 We've been working VERY hard to finish up our animal research reports. A long while back, I found an anchor chart on Pinterest that was similar to the one you see below. I tweaked mine a bit to make it my own, though. I don’t know who the original creator was. If you know, please tell me so I can give them credit.

We also finished up using PebbleGo (love!) in the computer lab. Here is a freebie I created to help make sure my kiddos stayed organized:
Click on the image to grab it for free.
Now, we are in the “publishing” stage. I can’t wait to see their finished work (and illustrations). I plan on making one big classroom book when they finish. I’ll post more resources as we finish using them.

Last, but certainly not least, my current Currently from the pageant queen herself, Farley, from Oh, Boy Fourth Grade

Go link-up!
Have a fantastic Friday!
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