Friday, April 5, 2013

Five for Friday {4.5.13}




It's FRIDAY...here are our 5 things!

1. We were on SPRING BREAK this week!  We: rested, shopped, traveled, exercised, discovered new restaurants, spent time with our families, celebrated Easter, and caught up on housework.  We did actually work a little bit too...report cards (sigh) are mostly done and we are underway on our End of the Year packet!  Overall, it's been a great week.  Spring Break is crucial; don't you think?!?   The first person that comments on this post to tell us what they did on their Spring Break will get a free copy of our Spring has Sprung packet; which we will work on next week in our classrooms!

2.  Sarah found this fun idea from Second Grade Sparkle and tried it out in her room (1st grade style).  It's a dandy for sure!  The idea is very simple but it got the kiddos so excited!  You start with a simple sentence and add to it each day until you have a complex sentence.  Sarah had her kiddos draw a picture to match the last sentence.  Next time she wants to have the kiddos draw a beginning sentence picture and an ending sentence picture and compare them.  I love that idea!

3.  Do you do Flat Stanley in your class?  First grade at our school has this honor!  I was so glad about that; at the previous schools I taught Flat Stanley was a 2nd grade project.  We read the book as a class and each kiddo sends a Flat Stanley to a family member or friend.  The person that receives the Flat Stanley takes "him" around with them and writes us back about their adventures.  Often we get souvenirs, pictures, and other fun things from the recipients.  The kiddos can't wait for their Flat Stanley to make it back to school to share with the class.  We will blog more about these as they come back!  



4.  We can't believe it's Earth Day soon!  One of our favorite projects that we do each year is our "What a Wonderful World" class book.  Using the lyrics from Louis Armstrong's song, "What a Wonderful World," this book draws in student creativity and creates a great project to share with families.  If you're looking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day, this is a quick and simple way to do so!



5. Let's talk about Pinterest!  It's such a blessing and a curse at the same time!  Here are a few things we've loved lately!  What have you found that you're going to try out?   

What a great way to "edit" a story...writing paper with reminders to check their work!

We will be teaching fractions soon...what a fun way to visualize parts of a whole!
Summarizing...so hard for first graders; this may just do the trick!
We need these reminders this time of year...do your kiddos need these reminders too?


Have a great weekend!!!

20 comments:

  1. I'm spending spring break in Chicago attending a wedding! So much fun!
    kcahcrim@comcast.net

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    1. Have fun, Christine. Your spring packet is headed your way. Thanks for stopping by! :) Tamra and Sarah

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  2. I love the idea of classroom norms instead of rules. Isn't Pinterest addicting?! :) I headed home for Spring Break and have been doing lots of sleeping, eating, and creating!

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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    1. Spring Break is good for all of those things! Yes, Pinterest is so addictive!

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  3. I love the handprint for writing a summary! I used it with my fourth graders for years! My Spring Break has been full of creating new products for the rest of the school year!

    Sarah
    Learning is for Superstars
    Learning is for Superstars is on Facebook

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    1. We are looking forward to trying it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful Spring Break!

    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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    1. It was great...2 more days, but they'll go FAST!

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  5. Uhhhhh Pinterest! Doesn't it make you feel so inadequate sometimes :) My hope is that if I pin it, it will magically clean my house, cook dinner and give me a whole new wardrobe! Happy Friday, Gals!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  6. Wouldn't that be GREAT?!? Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. I'm totally going to try that sentence building idea-- my little friends seem to be quite stuck on very simple sentences. I think this idea will def help them out- thanks for trying it out 1st-grade-style and sharing!
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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    1. I'm sure your little friends will enjoy it!

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  8. I love the sentence idea! It seems to be so hard for first graders to write more complex sentences. Hopefully this helps! 2nd grade does Flat Stanley at my school and I am so, so jealous!
    :)Kim

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  9. Yes, it is hard for them! Hopefully it goes well in your class too!

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  10. Love that class book for Earth day! Such a cute idea!

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  11. I love the sentence building activity, even though I don't teach ELA. At my last school, 2nd grade also had dibs on Flat Stanley. Luckily, I taught 2nd one year and got to do it! It was so much fun! I don't think anybody does Flat Stanley at my current school... *lightbulb*!!!

    Enjoy the last few days of your spring break!!

    Jenn
    Cuddle Bugs Teaching

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  12. I love the "What a Wonderful World" book...love that song!

    Danielle
    Carolina Teacher

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