Saturday, September 27, 2014

Five for Friday{ish}

I know, I's Saturday, but I'm just now getting around to linking up for Five for Friday.
It's been awhile since I've linked up with this Linky Party, but I felt like I had a bunch of randomness to share and this was perfect.
Now that it's officially fall, we started writing about it.  I shared this writing freebie on my blog this week.

We have been waiting not so patiently for our butterflies and on Friday, we finally had one emerge from it's chrysalis.  The students were SO excited.  "This is the best day of my life," was said more than once.  Yes, they were hyper and yes, I felt sorry for our PE teacher because she had to have my class right after the butterfly came out, but I was so happy that they were able to see it and they didn't miss it over the weekend.


This next week, we will be learning all about bats.  We will be reading tons of nonfiction books, but I also have a lot of fiction books about bats as well that I wanted to throw in and have some fun with.  I created this little unit that we will be using next week with our fiction books.
I'm so thankful for the amazing weather we've been having in Indiana lately because both of my girls are playing fall soccer and we are at the soccer fields three days a week. 
I have had a lot of requests to bundle my Games Galore packets and I FINALLY did.  I am not finished with November, December, and January yet, but they will be added as I finish them.
These NO PREP games are perfect for centers, as a time filler when you just have a couple of minutes, or when you know your students need to move and do something different. 
If you just need the October edition, you can find it by clicking below.
Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall Freebies

It's my favorite time of year!
Even though it will technically feel like summer for a little while longer, which I am perfectly alright with, I love pretty much everything about fall.
I wanted to share some fall writing freebies with you.
Just click on any of the pictures above to download these FREEBIES.
Just for fun, I created this Fall Collage that I thought I'd share as well.
Happy Fall Y'all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

October Games Galore

Last year, I started creating my Games Galore packets.  These monthly packets include 10 NO PREP partner games {5 language arts and 5 math} as well as two whole group games.  I love having them on hand when I have a few extra minutes.  I also use many of them during small group stations.  Students LOVE playing games and they don't really know they are learning and reviewing important skills ;)  It's a win-win!
I just finished up my October packet last night.
I am excited to use these with my firsties next month.  You can check out the packet by clicking on the picture above or the picture below.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apples, Apples, Everywhere!

I love apple season!  My husband and I took our girls to the apple orchard this past Saturday.  There is nothing like a fresh picked apple.  They are so much better than the ones you buy in the store. 

We started our Apple Unit at school as well this week.  On Monday, we read "A Day at the Apple Orchard" and then created a list of things you can make with apples.

Today, we had an apple taste test.  The students sampled a red, green, and yellow apple and we came up with adjectives to describe our apples.
 The students picked their favorite color of apple and wrote about it.  We will be finishing these tomorrow.
These ideas and many more can be found in my A Bushel of Apples unit.

Now, I am seriously craving some apple pie ;)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

All About Habitats

Brrr!  It is cold this morning here in Indiana. 45 degrees!  Now I LOVE fall, but we went from the 90's to the 40's within a week.  Now I just hope that fall sticks around for a long time and winter is not coming too quickly. 
Anyways, this last week, we have been learning all about the habitats.  1st graders absolutely love learning about animals!
We started off by learning the definition of a habitat.  Then, each day we learned about a different habitat.
We read about each new habitat and highlighted the important information to answer the questions.  This was their first introduction to using text evidence, so we did these completely together.  They were able to use highlighters, so that's always a bonus ;)
The students couldn't wait to see which habitat they would be learning about next!  They loved seeing the pictures of the animals from each habitat.

I am REALLY excited about this new packet!
This 100 page unit introduces the temperate deciduous forest, rainforest, desert, ocean, polar region, and wetlands habitat.  Each habitat includes an informational page along with comprehension questions that are perfect for using text evidence.  You will also find a full color animal sheet for each habitat and animal writing opportunities.  We wrapped up our unit on Friday by completing our Habitats booklet that is included in the packet as well.
If you head over to my TpT store, you can download a sample of the packet.
Now, I'm off to grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte (decaf, since I'm pregnant) and go apple picking with my family! 
Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Flashback to our Teddy Bear Day

Did you know that today was National Teddy Bear Day?  We had so much fun celebrating by bringing our teddy bears to school and completing activities from my A Teddy Bear Day packet. 
I'm flashing back to my post about our Teddy Bear Day last year.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Teddy Bear Day

Today was our Teddy Bear Day!  I had each of my students bring in their favorite teddy bear from home.  Some brought in different stuffed animals if they didn't have teddy bears. {I also brought some extras from home just in case any of them forgot.}
We began by making folders to hold all of our goodies for the day.  They cut out these labels and glued them onto folded construction paper for their folders.
Next, we wrote about our bears so we could introduce them to everyone.

We used measuring tape to measure our bears.

The students came up with adjectives to describe a bear.
All of them loved reading to their bears and having their bears join them at their desks all day.
We also completed plenty of math activities with our teddy bear theme.  The students had to make predictions for how many gummy bears were in the jar.  After we counted them together, the students found the difference between their predictions and the real answer.

We also used our gummy bears to complete some ten frames since we just started working on finding compliments of ten in math.
In another math activity, we used Honey and Chocolate Teddy Grahams to complete addition and subtraction problems.

You can find these activities and many more in my Teddy Bear Day Unit.

We had so much fun and it was nice to have a special day that was a change from the ordinary, but still full of learning!
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