Friday, April 19, 2013

Five for Friday 4.19.13



                                                                                                           
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.

2.  Our Flat Stanley adventures continue.  We are always amazed at how far Flat Stanley goes!  This week we received one back from Honduras!  They even sent along snacks for the kiddos to try...plantain chips and candy.

Many Flat Stanley's also come back with pictures of tourist destinations in the city they visited.   What a neat way to "visit" other parts of the world without even leaving our classrooms!  This FS visited San Francisco!


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:
We will also will try this for independent work using the worksheet below.   If you'd like your FREE copy, click below!

(Fonts:  First Grade Scoop and Kevin and Amanda
 Clip Art:  Doodle Darlin')

5.  We have some of our favorite products in several giveaways!  Don't miss your chance to enter as there are GREAT prizes in each of these!  Hurry...many end this weekend!



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...

20 comments:

  1. Love your vivid mental images chart!! :)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey

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    1. Thanks, you could probably do a more challenging version with your older students.

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  2. Hi Tamra and Sarah!

    I've just found your blog through the linky and am your latest follower- it's so sweet! I too love the vivid mental chart- I teach year six in New Zealand but this kind of thing would be so good for my kids too!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

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  3. Those illustrations for the Earth Day activity are too cute! Visualization is one of my favorite things to teach because it is so fun to see what each child is picturing! Thanks for the freebie!
    Aylin

    Learning to the Core

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    1. It's one of our favorite lessons too! Have a nice weekend!

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  4. Love your visualization charts! Thanks for the freebie!
    Gwen
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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  5. You have totally made my day! I am so excited to actually see a picture of another class of firsties using my Measuring Penny activity.
    Thank you so much for including it on your post.
    Your kids' What a Wonderful World artwork is precious.

    School Is a Happy Place

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    1. We found your blog last Sunday through the Mentor Text linky. Your freebies are amazing; so well made and Common Core aligned! Our kiddos really enjoyed the Measuring Penny book and activity.

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  6. I'm DYING over the lips in that picture - hilarious! Happy Friday guys!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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    1. Isn't that picture precious?!?! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I love the What a Wonderful World idea. Will definitely consider doing that next year. Also the Mental Image worksheet. We could have used that for our Mary Mack comics!

    I found your blog through the Five for Friday linky party and am now a follower! :)

    Pam
    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

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    1. Thanks for joining us! We are glad to have you!

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  8. I also have my kiddos illustrate What a Wonderful World. I love what they come up with. It looks like we are contributing to many of the same giveaways! Newest follower :)
    Sara
    Polka Dot Kinders

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    1. Neat! I bet in K the pictures are really cute too! Thanks for joining us!

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  9. Love the mental images activities - perfect for me for next week! Thanks! :)

    Sara
    Primary Buzz

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    1. We are glad you can use it! Have a nice week!

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  10. Love the book! One of my favorite songs for the classroom :)

    Danielle
    Carolina Teacher

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, it's a great class song; every year when we play it for the first time the kiddos say, "Hey that's the song from the movie Madagascar!" Funny to hear that same comment year after year! Have a nice week!

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