It's FRIDAY!!! Here are our 5 things...
1. Our kiddos have completed their "What a Wonderful World" books! Now they are ready to head home with each student for a night to display our creativity, as well as, show our appreciation for our planet! The book is illustrated to Louis Armstrong's song "What a Wonderful World," and the kiddos do an amazing job of depicting the song through their pictures.
This is one of my favorite examples; the baby is shown growing up from age "0" through age "9."
I also like this one, gotta love first grade artwork...it always makes us smile!
And of course, our Wonderful World!
If you're looking for a simple (and sweet) way to celebrate Earth Day, this activity is available in our store.
3. We worked hard on Measurement this week in math. We are definitely seeing a change this year with this concept as related to how it's taught through Common Core! I think we have measured objects using every possible manipulative...we are having a hard time not using rulers since it's what we have always done! We found this super cute FREEBIE from School is a Happy Place where the students walked around the room measuring objects using dog bones as their unit of measurement. The kiddos LOVED it!
4. We also worked hard on Mental Images / Visualization this week. Sarah found this idea on Pinterest; originally from Deanna Jump. It turned out so cute...it's fun to see how each child's image is so different!
I used this poem to work on Mental Images (and also inferring). I covered up the mystery object in the title and the 2 other times it was in the poem. I then asked the kiddos to draw their mental image with evidence to support what they thought the mystery object was. It was a canary; which I didn't expect them to get, but many of them drew a bird so I was happy! We went back afterwards and found key words that helped us arrive at our conclusions (it's difficult to see this in the picture; we circled the key words in lavender). A couple of kids guessed "lamb"....look at the first sentence in the poem...I can see why they drew this!
We both like to show that mental images change throughout a story. We did this activity whole group using post it notes:
(Fonts: First Grade Scoop and Kevin and Amanda
Clip Art: Doodle Darlin')
We hope you have a nice weekend! It's going to be cooler and rainy in our part of the country; so we may actually stay in and get some work done...