Product Swap!

Happy Saturday!  Hope you are having a wonderful start to the weekend!  We're enjoying some cooler weather and hoping to catch up on some relaxation!  We're posting today to share our experience with The Product Swap, organized by Jessica Stanford at Mrs. Stanford's Class.  We were partnered with Tamara Russell from Mrs. Russell's Room.

Tamara has many common core goodies in her TpT store.  We selected her Dr. Martin Luther King Mini-Unit.  Although we haven't had a chance to try this out with our kiddos, we really thought this little gem would really come in handy next year to fill a gap in our teaching materials.   
This unit has enough resources (printables and a PowerPoint!) it could stand alone as the only thing you'll need to teach about the importance of Dr. King (of course you'll have to add in a few good books).
  We love how Tamara has included a Power Point file in this unit.  We are all about using our SMART Boards for Social Studies and Science time!  Our county has many curriculum resources (this interactive and technology pieces) for Intermediate grades, but not Primary.  We love this idea of having a Power Point built into the unit!
Tamara has create many useful printables in this packet that help students student the importance of Dr. King's work and then relate themselves to Dr. King.  We think is is a wonderful opportunity for students to recognize the abilities they have in life to help spread peace and kindness!
Thanks so much, Tamara, for sharing this wonderful unit with us!  Be sure to stop by Tamara's blog at Mrs. Russell's Room and get to know this fellow first grade teacher and blogger!

Workshop Wednesday: Favorite Writing Mini-Lesson

Hi all!  We're linking up with Jivey for Workshop Wednesday.  It's a quick post...we are super tired!! - and it's only Wednesday :(.  This week our kiddos have been really chatty and unable to follow directions well.  Yikes!  Last week after spring break went so well....

Anyways, one of our favorite writing mini-lessons is for dialogue.  We use this lesson to help our kiddos understand what dialogue using dialogue in their writing is still a work in progress ;).  This lesson is really fun!  It uses the Pigeon books by Moe Willems.  Students love to identify with this guy and we love how great they can show the expressions of the pigeon from the books.  After reading through the books, we create a poster (found on Pinterest) to list the dialogue from the Pigeon and also focus on the manner which he was delivering the dialogue (this is where their great expressions come in handy).

After creating the poster, students work on their generating their own dialogue with a magazine pictures.  It is so fun to see what they come up with!

Earth Day Freebie

We wanted to share an Earth Day freebie to go along with our Wonderful World class book.  This is one of our favorite projects to do in our classrooms and we’ll be starting it soon!  After each kiddo has a part in creating the book, we’ll get it ready to send home to our families for a night.  The kiddos love to hear the comments our families write about our work!