Sunday, April 24, 2011

O-MI-GOODNESS It's GIVE-AWAY Time!

I can't believe I just hit 100 followers.  I didn't even realize I was so close.  How exciting!  So....it's time for a new give-away.  You can have 4 lucky chances to win!
1.  Become a follower of my blog, or already follow my blog, and leave a comment.
2.  Follow my TPT store and leave me a comment that you do. 
3.  Post about my give-away on your blog and leave me a comment that you did.
4.  Become a follower of Teaching Blog Addict and leave me a comment. 

Oh, and the important stuff...What will the winner receive?  A $25.00 TPT gift certificate!  Nice!
You can enter until Sunday, May 1st 9:00 EST.  The winner will be announced on Monday, May 2nd at 9:00 EST.  Good luck everyone!

Contraction Surgery

So, now that our way too short Spring Break is coming to a close, and I'm planning a unit that is sure to require lots of photos, it's time to clean up the memory card of my camera.  Here are some photos of some fun activities my students have enjoyed this year. 

First up, Contraction Surgery!  Thanks to this activity, my students all want to be doctors when they grow up, specifically--surgeons.  How much do you love the Dollar Tree?  Our surgeons garb, with the exception of the goggles, was all provided by the Dollar Tree.  We used shower caps, painting masks, and latex gloves; all of which doubled as surgeon's wear.  The goggles were free, they are included in our science kits which are replenished each year. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My A-dorable first grade Easter Bunnies!

Here are a couple of pictures of my first grade Easter Bunnies.
Here is a closer look at a bunny and her writing:

Another Bunny's writing:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

I think I can make it to spring break.  Since we had an especially rough winter in the Hudson Valley of New York, we are making up a snow day on the first scheduled day of our spring break, which is Monday, April 18th.  So, we have school on Monday, and then all the students and teachers get to enjoy the rest of the week off.  I think I can make it!

So, what do you teach your students on the one...and only day you see them...in the week before you enjoy the rest of the week off? Hmmm....Good question.  I'm thinking I'll do a bunch of Easter themed activities.  I have a few planned.  Any suggestions?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I would make a good Easter Bunny because...

I used these with my first graders yesterday.  I loved every single answer, and a few really surprised me.
 
I took pictures of each student and printed them on the laser printer.  Students then colored their picture, cut it out, and dressed themselves as a bunny.  They attached their "bunny selves" and their bunny writing to construction paper to adorn our bulletin board.  Too fun, and A-dorable! I'll post pictures of the completed project soon (Just as soon as I get them hung up on the bulletin board that is!).
The Easter Bunny has lost his hop

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Egg Glyph

Here is an Easter egg glyph I created for my students.  When I use glyphs with my firsties I give them the questions/answers glyph key first.  We go through the key together, and students circle or otherwise mark their answers.  Finally, I give them the glyph page to complete.  When students have finished coloring I will have them cut out their egg and paste it to construction paper to display.
Easter egg glyph

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Homophones

My first graders are like little homophone detectives.  They LOVE finding homophones.  We have this little saying that we say, as we form a phone with our thumb and pinkie finger and place it to our ear and mouth...These are homophones because they sound the same, different spellings, different meanings.  It doesn't even rhyme, but they love this little homophone jingle!  Here is a homophone station I created. 

As I have said in previous posts, I like to use pocket charts for these matching activities.  You could use them as a memory or concentration game; I just find that my firsties have a tough time being, shall we say...honest? "He peeked at that card" One yells.  "No, I didn't!" Yells the other, and so on and so on.   Taking turns at a pocket chart just feels more manageable for me. 
Homophone match
And a recording sheet:
Homophone match recording sheet

RE-PORT C-C-C-ARDS!

A beautiful spring weekend in the Hudson Valley of New York....Spent doing REPORT CARDS!!!
Okay, now that my tantrum is over...Does anyone else out there use Datacation/Skedula?  How user "unfriendly"do you find this? They open and close the report cards to give you only a brief window of time to get them all done.  They give you 80 characters to provide comments for parents??!!  Seems to be no way for teachers to manage their class list, so how do you get new students imported??

So, I'm willing to bet that most of you have no idea what Datacation/Skedula is.  And...now that I am done my venting--I am actually going to attempt to get some report cards done.  Have a nice weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Antonym Match

You can use this as a memory or concentration game, or you can place the pieces in a pocket chart for students to match.  Students will find antonym matches by matching a worm to a bird that has the opposite meaning.  As always I included a recording sheet. 
antonyms birds and worms match
Antonyms birds and worms recording sheet

Easter Bunny/Basket Making Words

Here's a new making words activity.  My students are always so excited to see new letters for making words activities being placed in the pocket chart.  This one has two different uses.  I made the words EASTER BUNNY BASKET.  So you can use either Easter Bunny or Easter basket.  I made two different recording sheets; and if you're like me and can't stand to leave the back of a page blank, there is also a writing extension for the back page as well. 
Easter bunny basket making words
Easter bunny making words
Easter basket making words
Easter making words recording sheet 2

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dollar Tree Give-Away Winner!

So the lucky winner, as selected by random number.org, is Lucky #7: chellebaby123 from http://firstgradeall-stars.blogspot.com/ 


She said: I am a follower of your site and I also spend way too much $$ at the dollar tree!

chellebaby123, you have until Thursday, April 7th to contact me at fantabulous1stgr@aol.com so that I can get your giftcard mailed out to you. 

Congratulations!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dollar Tree Give-away ends today

The Dollar Tree give-away ends today at 5:00 PM EST.  I will use random number.org to select the winner.  The winner will be announced Monday evening.  Good luck to everyone who entered!

Friday, April 1, 2011

"Read the Room" Rain, Rain Go Away activity pack

Rain, Rain Go Away "Read the Room" activity pack and recording sheets.
Rain, rain, go away read the room activity pack
Rain rain go away read the room recording sheet
Rain rain go away read the room recording sheet 2

April Showers

Thankfully, we wound up with more April Showers than snow here today, and avoided using yet another snowday.  Since our Spring Break has already been shortened by one make-up snow day, most of the teachers were praying for rain.  It appears that we may be able to salvage the remaining four days of our Spring Break. 

In honor of the rainy day we've had here today, I am posting a new making words set.  My students thoroughly enjoy these making words activities.  I print the letters on cardstock, cut out, and then place in a pocket chart for students to manipulate.  I have a two sided recording sheet--mostly because I hate to waste a piece of paper by only printing on one side;  (Yes, the teachers have had to buy their own copy paper at our school for the past two months now!) but also because I like to be able to extend the activity to include writing. 

April Showers making words

April Showers recording sheet

April Showers recording sheet 2