This is a fun linky for a
lazy Saturday!We’ve been enjoying
our freedom since yesterday and it is so nice to take it easy!The girls at Collaboration Cuties are
hosting a linky for the next 4 weeks to showcase great Mentor Text across
subject areas.This week is
Literary Mentor Text and we’ve chosen to share a book/acvitity we did for
Opinion Writing was new
for us in 1st grade this year.We searched for strong texts to use as models to teach our kiddos about
this form of writing.One great
book we found was A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.If you are not familiar with this book,
it is a story about a principal who loves his school, teachers and students so
much, he wants them to be at school more often.He instates school on weekends, holidays, and summers.One girls shares with him about how
going to school is keeping her away from other important things. He is about to make another anouncement
and the kids get worried about when else he will make them come to school.This is the point we stop reading and
have our kiddos record their opinion about what the principal should do….most
kiddos think the principal should stop making the kids go to school so much.
Here are two versions of
the organizer to use with your kiddos so they can state their opinion.Select the version which would best fit
Hope you have a chance to
check out this book and enjoy it with your class!
It’s Friday; which means it’s time for our
Five for Friday linky!
We have reached 100 followers!!! We
are so excited about this! Thank you for visiting our site and joining us
in this journey! We have made connections with people we would’ve never
known otherwise! To celebrate, we would like to give away one of our
products; Rainbow Math. Rainbow Math was an idea we had to help improve
our students’ fact fluency. We have been so pleased with the results. Each
kiddo has a ring that they keep their addition facts on. The facts start
at +1 (which are red) and they add a color each time they pass a level.
We started this in February and we are excited to say we both have students
that have passed ALL ADDITION levels! When the students pass addition,
they move on to subtraction. Recently we introduced 2 digit addition and
our students did so well; we think part of this is their ability to add quicker
and their improved confidence from their Rainbow Math practice.
is a raffle if you’d like to try for your copy of Rainbow Math!
week we worked on the equal sign; it’s meaning and ways to use it. Many
young children see the equal sign as “the end of a problem.” We wanted to
make sure they understood that an equal sign means “balance” or “equal values.”
So, we introduced “Equal Ellie.”
In this packet there are 4 activities that allow the students to see that the
equal sign is a symbol for “balance.” Below is an anchor chart we made
with one of the activities; the students had to sort the number sentences into
true or false. If you’d like to try this in your classroom, the picture
of “Equal Ellie” will take you to our TpT shop.
week we completed our Economics unit. We set up a class cookie factory to
teach “division of labor” and “quality vs. quantity.” Every year it’s a
student favorite! We divide the students into 2 groups; a factory that uses
division of labor (assembly line) and a factory that has no rules or guidance.
It’s always so neat to see the difference in how the cookies turn out.
engaging activity we did this week to conclude our Economics unit was a
classroom store. At our classroom store we sell goods and services.
The students have to make the goods and provide the services! They even
have to make a sign to put up in their shop (they get so creative!!!).
This is one of our favorite activities in first grade!
of the activities above (the factory and store) are a part of our
"Economics in the Primary Grades" packet!
A couple more examples of
our use of this packet...
cute is this: "A haircut is a service provided by a haircut girl."
Vocabulary cards (designed to look like stores) are included
to make anchor charts or to hang around the room!
Click here for a freebie from our Economics packet:
are officially on Spring Break! We plan to work on “end of the year”
projects this week…can you believe it’s time to say that?!? We can’t wait to
share the things we come up with on our blog in the coming weeks!
Here is a fun
little linky from Jess at I (Heart) Recess!You talk about a product from a blog or TpT and share how
you’ve used it in the classroom.We like this idea because we find seeing an idea in action in the
classroom leads us to be more inclined to try it ourselves!Luckily, there are lots of blogs that
year, we have a resource that has been very valuable to our reading
comprehension packs from Lindsey at The Teacher Wife have integrated into our strategy
Here are some
pictures from Tamra’s room (she organized them so they can hang all year!):
We have found
these comprehension organizers and activities to be a great fit for our 1st
graders to understand and complete the tasks.They can be used in various settings: whole group, small groups or
independently during their Daily 5 rotations.The organizer sheets can be modified for all levels of
learners – kiddos can draw their answer or write about their answers.Check these packs out and see how they
might fit into your comprehension instruction!