## Black Friday is Just Around the Corner!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Black Friday is 1 week away!  First Grade Buddies will be throwing a sale that day…we will have BIG DISCOUNTS on our most popular products!

Here's a sneak peek at the products that will be discounted:

Here's what we were up to this week (join us at #FOURSQUAREFRIDAYS):

"My sister is thankful for her friends, her family, her freedom, our veterans."

Our kiddos are enjoying our Print a Standard activities for each of the CC standards.  This week we were working on NBT.3, Comparing Numbers.  We like how there is a variety of coloring, cutting, sorting, and spinner activities included.

One of our favorite Opinion Writing books is a Fine, Fine School. It's such a cute book.  Our kiddos wrote their opinion using THIS graphic organizer (it's FREE!)

Have a nice weekend!  See you next Friday! :)

## #foursquarefridays {11/14/14}

Hello there!  We have had a busy week!

We loved how our number representation turkeys turned out!  Our students enjoyed showing their "secret number" multiple ways!

Have you ever read the book, Spoon?  If not…make sure you do!  It is SO CUTE!  We like using it to introduce opinion writing.  This week the kiddos answered the prompt, "If you were a piece of silverware, which piece would you be and why?"  There were clever responses (as you can imagine).  If you'd like to try this out in your class, CLICK HERE, for a free copy!

"I want to be a knife.  I want to cut cake.  I can smear stuff."

We finished up our adjectives unit this week.  The kiddos enjoyed drawing their self portraits and using adjectives to describe themselves.  We love using our Monster Grammar unit to teach all of the first grade Common Core grammar concepts.

Last, but not least, our kiddos have worked hard on their Prove Yourself journal prompts.  We use our Math Prove Yourself and ELA Prove Yourself packets to encourage our students to explain their thinking and provide evidence in a fun way.

This is one prompt, "7 ten sticks and 8 cubes equal 87," answered 2 ways:
Top:  "I think this is false because it is switched around."
Bottom:  "I think this is false because 7 tens and 8 ones equals 78 not 87."

A few ELA examples:
The prompt was, "Which is best, a pen or pencil?"
"I think a pencil is best because you can erase and with a pen you can not erase."

The prompt was, "Which is best, a wagon or a bike?"
"I think a wagon is best because you can carry stuff, you can carry your kids, you can deliver pizza."

Providing evidence is so important and a hard skill, we love having a fun way to practice it!

Want to give these a try?  Check out this FREEBIE Sample!

Have a great weekend!

## #foursquarefridays {11/7/14}

Hi there!  Hope you've all had a great week!  Below is a peek at what we were up to this past week.

We had fun with the Zero the Hero craftivity from Becca at Foxwell Forest.  We used him to celebrate our 50th day of school.  It also fit in well with our place value unit!  We started our unit on "Connecting with Characters."  We love using Mean Jean!!  She is such a strong character to talk about and the kids relate well to her.  Plus, this book is great for teaching Character Change.  You can grab the freebie we used below!

On Friday, our school had it's annual Veteran's Day Assembly.  This is a great event where Veterans related to kids and from the community are invited to come to our school to be honored for their service.  It is always a wonderful experience.  We also have the kiddos write letters to the soldier to display in the hallways.  You can grab our letter temple below.

Another thing we've been loving in the classroom are our new Emergent Text Evidence Passages!  We love how easy these are to merge into our Guided Reading Groups!  They meet the needs of so many of our readers right now so they can practice this important skill!

We offered the passage below as a freebie sample!

If you LOVE these passages as much as we do, come check them out!!  And here's another little secret....we've sending out a small set of Fall passages at a "Buddy Bonus" to our TpT followers this weekend!  Be sure to follow our store!

Have a great weekend!