Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Wishes

Christmas GIfts

My kids had so much fun painting a winter tree scene today.  These are going to make fantastic gifts for their parents.  They all did an amazing job.  They followed my step by step directions and I did not have to help with the drawings at all!!  I got this idea from a blog a while back. As soon as I can find the blog again, I will give her credit for this great idea!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Elf Diary

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

 It was sooo cold outside today!  The kid's enjoyed staying inside for recess.

For the past few years The Elf on the Shelf has visited our classroom.  This year the children named him Lucky.  They told me that he is sooo "lucky" to be one of Santa's Elves.  Each day during our morning meeting the children write in their Dairy of an Elf about where Lucky has decided to hang out for the day.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Rebus Writing

After reading several stories about pilgrims and Native Americans, the children did a fun writing activity using pictures.  THEY LOVED IT!  The stories they wrote are super cute!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Veteran's Day Soldiers

Last week we honored veterans and all the people that work in the armed forces.  Together we completed a tree chart of what soldiers are, have, and can do.  Then the children made soldiers and wrote 2 complete sentences with capitals and ending punctuation.  They loved making the soldiers!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Thankful List

Good Morning!  It's a beautiful day, inside anyway.  It's freezing outside! My fist graders were excited to share all that they are thankful for.  It's a wonderful list.  I am very thankful for my sweet group of first graders. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Creature Features

 The children had fun learning about describing
 properties from the book "Creature Features," by  David Drew.  After listening to the story, they made their own Creature Features book.  They also made a creature and a box for their creature.  The most fun was guessing the creatures!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It Didn't Frighten Me!

Happy Halloween! We spent the day celebrating Halloween.  The best part was making our "It Didn't Frighten Me!" book.  First, I read the book by Janet L. Gross / Jerome C. Harste.  

Night after night, a young boy sees strange creatures outside his window. None of them frighten him—except a big brown owl.

We then made our own books using adjectives and nouns describing night creatures in the tree that didn't frighten us, and at the end the one creature that did frighten us. I took a picture of each student acting frightened and glued it to the last page.
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 It is a wonderful learning activity that the children love!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Word Work

Fall Adjectives - Word Work/Work on Writing

Last week we came up with a list of Fall adjectives.  We called them "WOW" words.  After making an anchor chart of Fall adjectives, the children picked one of the words. 

During word work they wrote the word using a white crayon and painted over the word with water colors.  They turned out beautifully.  The children had so much fun.

At writing time, the children wrote two sentences using the adjective on their leaves. 
Fall is cool.  I wear a jacket in the fall.  
Fall is pretty.  There are pretty leaves all over town.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Leaves

Down, down,
Yellow and brown,
Leaves are falling,
All over town.

The children loved using crayons and markers to color autumn leaves.  They made cute rakes to display their leaves and the poem.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fun with Apples!

Apple Adjectives

We had a lot of fun with apple adjectives this week.  We read a cute book APPLE FARMER ANNIE by Monica Wellington.  The illustrations are wonderful!  We then brainstormed apple adjectives and wrote them on an apple anchor chart.  The children wrote apples adjectives on apples and used the adjectives to write sentences about apples.