Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween to all!

As I walked into my classroom this morning I thought...enter at your own risk!  The day should prove to be CRAZY as every Halloween is.  I hope I have the energy to see it through!  BUT with my handy "Trick or Treat" packet in hand I feel sure there will be enough enriching activities to get me through the day with a little learning taking place too!  Happy day to you all!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Go Away Big Green Monster!

What fun we had with Go Away Big Green Monster.  Our "monster cakes" turned out so cute and the kiddos had so much fun making them. There is a cute link on uTube follows with an adorable song...Go Away Big Green Monster.  We really got into singing it! Go Away

I then used Smilebox to put pictures of the kiddos frosting, singing and creating.  I immediately sent it to the parents so they feel a part of the day!  If you don't have Smilebox it is so worth the investment.  I love it.  So easy to post on your Websites too!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday, Monday...

Well the weather has certainly got everyone buzzing!  It is scary listening to all the tales and I am saying a silent prayer for the safety of all who are in the path of the storm.  I had recess duty this morning and believe me it was not "treat" fact I thought it was a "trick" as the wind chill was 28 degrees.  Brrrrr! Since I forgot my camera tonight (today Go Away Big Green Monster and tomorrow Room On the Broom) I will post my new unit instead and a freebie.  Look tomorrow for pictures and updates of our two days prior to Halloween.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday "freebie"!!

With Autumn here in the North it is always fun to do a little something special with leaves.  I created a packet for my classroom that gets a little of every  curriculum area in and really hits the Common Core Standards...BANG! It also has a cute little craft for display.  Enjoy your weekend everyone.  I think I'll go on a "leaf hunt"!
And for the "freebie"

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Haunted House

Okay so the houses are green.  Maybe they are covered with moss from being old and in the woods.  To be honest I just didn't have any brown construction paper which concerns me because it is only the start of November! we used a ghost, pumpkin and bat sponge to paint on the house.  They turned out cute.

Drying in our "haunted hall"!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Red Ribbon

For Red Ribbon week our entire school gathered around the flag pole to say the pledge and then to say our school pledge.  Even the tree was in "theme"!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A "batty" good week!

 To enhance your study of bats here is a fabulous link for kids.
Incredible Bats
There are videos and all sorts of interactive games using bats.
Perfect for the computer lab or for computer in the classroom.
This unit can be purchased on my store: TpT
and the "freebie" is: Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

Try again...

For some reason the "free download" for Thanksgiving was acting up.
Let's try this again.
Thanksgiving "freebie"!

Friday, October 19, 2012

And the winner is...

Number 13!!
That comment was 1st Grade Delight.  She will win $25 worth of products from my store.
I will do this again soon.  It was fun reading all the "smile" comments.  Thanks all for participating.
Because I can't let any of you go away without something here is a little "freebie" for you!!

There is a word work, graphic organizer and writing activity.
Click Here
Happy weekend to all!! Michele

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yikes it's Thursday...and the drawing is tomorrow!

We had so much fun with Splat today!  By the way it is a "freebie" at my store.
And then created these adorable cats and pumpkins!
The story had some wonderful vocabulary for us to explore.

But the best ever was the "How many seeds in a pumpkin?"
Day one we scooped and sorted seeds.
Day two we counted.
Two groups counted by 10, two by 5 and two by 2's.
Amazing but the counts were very similar.
The great big one had 456.
The fat middle one had 438,
The tall middle one had 386.
The two small ones had 420 some.
BUT the surprise is the 4th pumpkin from the big one which is really the smallest had 524.
I would recommend this book and activity to all!
I'd love to share pictures of the actual counting and scooping but they all have kids in them.
See you tomorrow for the drawing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A little pumpkin treat and a reminder!!

Don't forget!
Just leave a comment on what makes you smile.
$25 in free products!!
Ends Friday.
Baking seeds tonight.  Counting tomorrow.

Simple and cute as can be!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I've been Boo-ed have you?

If you want to know how hop on over to First Grade Fairy Tales.

A little "freebie" to make you SMILE!

Slowly but surely comments are coming in.  Can't wait to see who will be the winner.  To make you "smile" today I have a little something for a "freebie".  Hope you will enjoy it.  Michele
It is just one of the many items I made for my "kiddos" to practice their math facts.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Exciting news...

Yep, $25 of free products from my store.
You must be a "follower" to enter.
The winner will be announced on Friday, October 19th.
(A random generator will pick the winner.)
Enter by leaving a comment on my blog about:
Tell your friends.  Let's have a little fun while trying to win!

Finally Friday! and a "freebie"

Hmm no full moon here and still is was a "chat" till you drop kind of week for my kiddos.  Yikes they never quieted down!  In between chatting we did get a little something done and absolutely loved learning a little something about pumpkins.  Tuesday we are going to "scoop and count" so the pictures should be adorable.
I hope to capture the looks on their faces as they reach the inside.  Descriptive words required...
So today was day one of Pumpkin Mania! If you scroll down you will also see a fabulous link for interactive pumpkin activities for kids and you "freebie"!

I used this to evaluate the pumpkin stories they wrote.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fire Safety

This interactive link is worth taking a look at for kids.  
They loved it and so did I.
Then check out the cute fire safety crafts we completed.
Not bad for a Wednesday, rainy day recess kind of day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Columbus Day and a "freebie"...

So I start today asking the students to write one thing they know about Christopher Columbus.
He has a hat.
He lives in a house.
He had a boat.
Seriously they had no clue.
Finally one little girl says, "I know that he came from Spain."

Hey it was a start.  And so our day began.  Actually it was nice not having them know too much because by the end of the day they could share lots of facts with me!
Love Scholastic News.  Their new "white board" ability makes it worth every penny.
We started with the video they have.  Then "explored" what is an explorer.

Following that we used this mini book for our "read to self" during  our literacy centers.

In our word work we practiced ABC order with Columbus words.

Ah ha...notice we knew nothing to start.  Lots of book choices for  "self selected reading".

During "listen to reading" we listened about Christopher Columbus.

And writing...we focused on Christopher Columbus was...wanted.

And here is our "nifty" craft.  The ship sails around the world.

Best children's program yet for computer...BBC Columbus.