I sing everything and all of the time.
Here is the song I sang, but it never had an ending- leave it to the kids! The rock!!
Greater than less than or equal to
Greater than less than or equal to
Greater than less than or equal to
That's the end of our song.
Song:1 little 2 little somethings
There are actions to this as well. I will try to explain this as well as I can. I will see if I can get permission from one of my math students parents to put up a video.
Anyways we use our whole body to do a big alligator arms up on one side for greater than side, then to the other side for less than. Then we make an equal sign right in front of us.
Monday, February 28, 2011
I sing everything and all of the time.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I love love love Dr. Seuss!!!!! He is my favorite author. I have MOST, but NOT all of his books.
I have bed sheets, comforter, trashcan, DVD's, clothes, shoes, socks- you name it, I probably have it. Check out some of my Seuss items.
In January, I found three new Seuss DVD's at Target.
Earlier this summer, I found these Seuss Goodies at Target.
In one of my reading groups we are of course going to do a Seuss Book study.
We will complete a Cat in the Hat glyph from the Virtual Vine.
On March 2nd, we will have a pajama day and spend our time reading Seuss books. In math, we will do Seuss math. We will visit our very own Seussville in the other Mrs. R's room.
We will do Seuss science too in the ASP.
I found this cool app while searching for an unrelated topic lol
I have some ideas on my On the Loose with Dr. Seuss pages.
Friday, February 25, 2011
I have been calling the Firsties "Smarties Pants" for a while now, not sure why. Then Abby came out with this post. Scroll all the way down and you can get the printable too :)
I really didn't want to fill up the whole thing with smarties, so I stuffed our lovely brown paper toweling inside and added a small paper cup. The smarties fit perfectly!!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
A child walks into a teachers office and asks to borrow her 'dinosaur dictionary' when she asked what that was, he said the "thesaurus" brilliant !!!!!!!
Posted by Kinderpond at 11:49 AM
I set out the letters and if I have a recording sheet I hang it near the letters in a sheet protector.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We use the clip chart in our classroom.
We also have a rainbow square carpet in the room. It has red, green, purple, and blue.
I made a seating chart in Word and hung it on the wall.
Anyways, I try to acknowledge great behavior by calling the children who are on the top of the chart. So I glance at the clip chart and say "If you are on yellow" you may line up. All of the children immediately whip their heads to see who is on yellow. One bright child says we don't have yellow." We all giggle and say "You are ON yellow." She told us she was thinking about the carpet color. We were all laughing. :) In her defense, She was very close to me, so maybe I was blocking her way :)
Monday, February 21, 2011
Here are some awesome masterpieces (RDW) that some of the students made at my school:
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Seriously Seuss is on the loose this year. In the past, I have had my students dress up to celebrate different Seuss books.
I asked the students if they wanted to get the chance and they wanted to. :) Y'all, I am so excited that they want to do this!!!!!!!! As Abby would say, "I am twelve kinds of excited!!"
I picked several books, chose something that would be easy to dress up too. Then I had a wonderful idea to match snacks too. Some were easy ideas like eating goldfish for 1 Fish 2 Fish :) I don't want to use all sugar filled snacks. We did marshmallows and icing last year, but that isn't an option for me this year. I need to really limit the sugar.
Check out Donna's new
Here are the books we will be celebrating this year:
1-Cat in the Hat- wear red and white- red and white stripes cookies
3-Crazy socks to go with Fox in Socks
4-Animal Print- If I ran the zoo- animal crackers
7-flower day- Daisy head Maisy
8- hat day- Batholomew- bugles (looks like hats?)
9-Shape of Me and other Stuff-chex mix?
10-1 Fish 2 Fish- red and blue day- gold fish
11-Funky shoes- FootBook- maybe fruit by the foot- fruit roll-ups??
14-Eye Book- crazy glasses-??
15-My Colored Days- wear all one color
16-ABC book- letters and words- maybe letters and numbers cookies??
17-Green Eggs and Ham- green- green eggs
18- I Wish I had duck feet- animal prints- pringles ( to make duck beaks)
28-On Beyond Zebra- Stripe Day- zebra cakes
29-no book here yet lol
31-okay so I haven't picked this one either lol
I need your ideas please :)
Here is how we have celebrated it in the past:
Seuss Days- explained
Of course I still need to come up with some quick ideas for each day too- there isn't much leeway in my day to do everything I want to do. So between reading the book and an activity, I will only have about 10-15 minutes. Maybe I can squeeze in something during snack time.
So please HELP a Seuss -a-holic out! And send me some ideas for snacks, book activities.
My awesomely-cool followers pointed me in this direction:
Learning with Mrs. Parker
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I was awarded the stylish blogger award from my friend Donna at Kinderglynn.
A while back I wrote this post: Gold Bar Words
Friday, February 18, 2011
I wanted to teach all of the children k-5 how to be volcanoes. I made up this action-thing. We talked about what shape a volcano was- a triangle. We put our hands together kind of like low praying hands. Then we weave/wiggle back and forth within our body frame and say magma, magma, magma. Then when we go past our heads, we say "explosion, lava" separate our hands. smoke cloud with our hands apart over our heads. Then we use spirit fingers to say "ashes ashes ashes" as our arms go down.
We talked about how it was magma inside but when it came out it was lava. I just started to show the K-1's but then taught it to them all. The 2nd and 3rd graders loved it too. Oh and they really learned it too!!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I love the Pampered Chef. That is what we have in our kitchen. :) However, I use lots of things in the classroom too or getting things ready for the classroom too!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
In December I hosted a Blog Hop using recycled materials in December.
I wanted to share how I store them. I got the polka dot shoe box at Target.
I put together the box and store all of the bottle caps inside.
After my students put together our star words and then they get to take a photo. They take their name off the cabinet and take a photo.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I turned my valentine's cards into a class book.
We began our day using some rhyming and colors.
We did a LOVE bubble map using our Elmo.
We sorted conversation hearts in math and figured out the fractions from eduperry.com
We did a money cube roll.
We played conversation heart battleship.
We filled out "Pieces-of-My-Heart" from Brooke Perry.
We filled out a chart about our friends like to, are, can from Kim Adsit's unit on TPT.
We figured out how many words we could make from valentines also from Kim's unit.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Here are two printables that I made for Monday's Valentine's day. I am not sure if anyone else in my building is doing this or any of the other first grade teachers and I am not trying to buck the system, but we are doing all things about LOVE on Monday.
We have math switch around every Morning. The students are split based on ability between four teachers.
One of our rotations will be for the students to roll two dice, write that two digit number down. Roll the dice again and repeat. Then add them together. For homework, I made one for them to do based on the same thing :)
Center recording sheet
Check back later to see what we did on Monday. :)
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Then in the long tube witch Tank a.k.a Big Scary had to get in the photo, contained materials for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Classroom art Contest that runs January- March 2011. It included a roll of white paper, stencils for all of the items in the story and all of those AWESOME paper. The paper is a cross between vellum and tissue paper!!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Under the Elmo, I put two penguins the students come up to the board and do the signs with their arms.
When I don't have these adorable Penguin Cards, I just write numbers on a dry erase board instead.
Please please please, let me know if they are yous so I can link this post to your blog/website.
WOOHOO!!! The author has been found!!!! Make sure you check out her site: A Place To Share.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
We do making words each week in the class, but recently, several teachers have been making different activities for the children, so that is a Word Work choice. I made a sign and I will laminate the sheet to use it every week. For the top Word Finder of the Week.
Another teacher was thinking about the same things as me! Check out her post here.
I find that word work is not very exciting for the children- well I think it is exciting, but they are not very interested in going there. When we only have two rotations, I ask my children to choose one reading and one pencil activity (either work with words or writing) Lately, I find that they are "copying" words from a book- I am so confused by this. Two boys did this last week and then a little girl was doing it again this week. :(
We are still working on building our stamina when doing anything with paper and pencil. I created a grid of writing options for the children. I haven't given it to the children yet because I have to teach them everything on there first. :)
Here is my recording sheet for word work.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Starting this week, we are going to be starting a new project in school. Based on our CAFE menu, we will be learning about expanding our vocabulary.
We have this as an addition to our room. There are different levels for the children to climb.
Everyone in my reading groups will now have homework- each and everyday, they will need to find two Razzle Dazzle Words per day. All of the children need to write down their words in the literacy logs.
We talk all of the time about "new" words instead of Kindergarten words. For example, instead of using the word "kids" we might say children. I would say that we hear at least one new word a day!! Last week Tuesday, we talked about 3 Razzle Dazzle words!! Mr. K, a student, came up with two of them!
Each child has a word collector to write down their words. It is one thing to hear the Razzle Dazzle words, it is another to use them in our writing. I try to make it really exciting when the children use Razzle Dazzle Words in their stories and share them with the group.
We have run out of space in our room, so our chart and our words are behind the door!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We have 19 spelling boxes that go home Monday through Thursday for homework to practice our star words. We got the spelling cards and printed them on cardstock and taped them in the lids of pencil boxes.
Most of the kids are great about bringing them back to school. One of the problems that I have with this is, if they took out the box already, I don't know how long it has been since they took it out. Another idea was tried before, but then we tried this way. What are your thoughts on how to record what box they took?
Get your own spelling cards:
Spelling Task Cards
Spelling Task Cards
Spelling Task Cards
They are all basically the same :) Two have four on a page.
I love that the children are doing these! The ones in the boxes require little of any prep work. Some were not included due to that fact. :) Off the top of my head, we use the scrabble letters, colored pencils, half index cards to play memory, and the one where you write a letter in blue.
Monday, February 7, 2011
I was chosen as a winner by Teaching Heart Mom. Thanks Colleen!!!!
I am truly honored by this award. Something that I love to do- not for the recognition or the pay, but because it matters to all the children that benefit :)
Sunday, February 6, 2011
On Friday's we take the ASP to the YMCA. However, this Friday, we headed to a local camp.
Each grade did something different.
K's- studying mammals
Mammal furs. Later on there was even a bear fur, the children got to snuggle on them! They looked so cute!
Each first graders colored a paper snake. When they were all done, we laid them on the floor and then we measured how long we were against the snakes.
Here is Ms. S letting the snake check her out! EEEKKKKK
3rd- snow shoeing
4th- snow survival
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Our 100th day of school was yesterday and we had soooooo much fun.
We sent home a bag and a note requesting a snack. We asked that each family send in 100 pieces of something. One child in another teacher's room, brought 100 chips. This is how they arrived to school.
We combined our 100 pieces for our snack. Mr. B's snack was the heaviest and Mr. G's snack was the lightest. When we weighed them against the other first grade classes, Mr. B was silver medal and Mr. G was bronze medal.
We played at math game- it is the one we sent home for our weekend math game.
We designed a 100 sheet.
We read our 100th day poem.
I gave this to each one of my students- in my math group and then the regular ones too :)
Kinderglynn on TeachersPayTeachers. I had my firsties write T and H for tails and heads.
Here is the sheet that the children counted by 2's, 4's, 5,'s, 10's, 25's, and 50's!
Friday, February 4, 2011
I started a calendar club with the children. I wanted the children to be more actively engaged during calendar time, so I created this recording sheet.
Everything that is on the sheet is from our calendar corner. I added reading a graph though. Another thing that I have included, was in one of the boxes, the children do one of five things.
Monday: Write our Star Words for the week.
Tuesday: Write word family words
Wednesday: They write something about our schedule.
Thursday: Use tally marks.
Friday: Rhyming Words
I quickly look at their papers to see if they are in the "Club" then they sign their name to the paper. I display it. I was thinking of laminating it, but then I like the idea of keeping track of who is consistently finishing their work.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
We are talking about numbers in the ones place and the tens place. We send home math games on Friday's so I came up with this game to send home.
two sided token
Ones and Tens Gameboard
What are your best ideas for teaching ones and tens?
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a teacher?
A: Nothing- I had to stop teaching for a bit and it was the worst time of my life. So teaching is it for me!
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Scrapbooking, singing, and cooking. I have taken a photo of the day- this is my third year :)
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Teacher. We had photos taken in school with what we wanted to be- I wore a sport coat and held a book. Some day, I will scan the photo :)
Q: What are your guilty pleasures?
A: Starbucks :) Buying too many things for school :)
Q: What is your biggest fear?!
A: This by far was the hardest question on here :( Perhaps not being a mom or not being a teacher anymore.
Q: When you’re on vacation, where do you like to go?
A: I don't know the last time I was on vacation- but to our condo in Door County, Wisconsin.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: Believe in yourself.
Q: What do you value most in others?
A: Them being level headed :)
Q: If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass down to your kids, what would it be?
A: I would hope my sense of humor.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone in the world….living or dead…who would it be?
A: My gamma :) She is 90 and we eat together at least twice a week. My mother, grandmother and I live within 4 blocks of each other :)
A blogging girls weekend would be great, I want more than just lunch! lol