Friday, February 28, 2014

Brusha Brusha! Brushing Up On Adjectives!

Hello Friday, again. I feel like these weeks are flying by faster and faster! Here's my Five for Friday this week!
We spent a lot of time working with adjectives this week! We created some amazing, colorful, awesome, spectacular projects this week. Did I use enough adjectives?! We created these toothbrushes that described how their teeth feel after brushing. Of course, the kiddos couldn't resist running around (I mean walking quietly, we NEVER run around the classroom haha!) pretending to brush their teeth with these enormous toothbrushes:).
We also created these flower pots. The kids wrote adjectives that described flowers on the petals. These sure brightened up our classroom:)!

I LOVE our door:).

The kids also worked on adjective books throughout the week. I hope to upload this to my TPT store as a freebie (soon).

We spent most of the week reviewing various math standards this week. I was so impressed that my firsties were able to create their own word problems and represent the problem in multiple ways. This is HUGE for my kiddos!

Who loves cookies?! Room 16 does (or maybe just the teacher). As part of the new Common Core standards, first graders now have to write opinion pieces. The kids wrote about which cookies are the best, in their opinion. Here's how the final copies turned out.

Aren't those cookies so cute?!

New centers, hot off the press! The kids loved my new spring themed math centers! They focused on ten more and ten less, measurement, adding 3 numbers...and much much more!

Dr. Seuss Day is next Monday! We started preparing for "Seuss Day" by reading several Dr. Seuss books this week! The kids loved them. Who doesn't love these books?! Stay tuned for all of our Seuss-tastic fun next week! I have a lot to prep this weekend:).

That was our week in a nutshell! Happy Friday!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sweets, Treats, and Excitement!

It's time for Five for Friday!

Yes, I know, it's Sunday. Last week feels like a whirlwind! With all the Valentine's Day craziness....blogging just didn't make it off my to-do list!
We'll start with Valentine's Day. That was definitely the highlight of the week for the kiddos. I'll start by sharing this picture. 
I looked up sometime after lunch and noticed this wall. All my perfectly straight papers were now crooked and just barely hanging on! I'm not sure when or how this happened. My guess is sometime between Valentine's Day excitement and even more Valentine's Day excitement! The kids were so excited to pass out valentines the moment they got to school:)! Not to worry, this wall came down right after school. We all know I wouldn't last another day with wrinkled and crooked papers hanging on the wall.

Enough about wrinkled papers...moving on to Love, Splat. The kids LOVED this book so much! So, you guessed it...a Splat craft! 
Aren't they the cutest?!
Ok, it's confession time. I'm a teacher. Teachers are supposed to create cute little goodie bags for all of their kiddos for each holiday (which I always do) or special event. Not only are we "supposed to" but we absolutely love every second of it! This Valentine's Day, I didn't make a cute bag, or cupcake, or design a cutesy bag topper. I was completely exhausted last week! So, I took a trip to the Savemart bakery. My firsties got these treats and several cutesy crafts throughout the week:).
It wasn't so bad. The kids loved the treats! They didn't even notice that their goodies didn't come in a bag with a cutesy bag topper:).
With all the Valentine's Day excitement last week, I did mange to put together these Valentine's Day goodies for my grade level team!

My grandma comes and volunteers in my classroom a couple of days each week. The kids adore her! They wanted to make her a Valentine. So, we came up with this cute lil' mug. I saw the idea on Pinterest. It was actually very easy! The kids doodled on the mug with Sharpie and then I baked it in the oven for 30 minutes. Easy-peasy! 

We couldn't forget President's Day this week!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five For Friday-100th Day of School!

It's that time again! Five For Friday!
Oh my gosh...I can't believe we celebrated the 100th day of school this week! Is that even possible?! I feel like I was just greeting my cute little firsties on the first day of school! Any-hoo, we had a blast on the 100th day of school! Here are a few pics of our celebration:

100 day hats & ties. These were a HUGE hit!

They have a really cool teacher who spent her whole weekend making these 100th day cookie bags. Ok, maybe not all weekend:). Another big hit! I love that big smile!

My silly class!

Writing about our hundred day collections.

I finally finished my long vowel packs. While everyone else watched the Super Bowl at my parent's house...I made long vowel packs, and ate....and ate some more. The best part about Super Bowl parties...the food:)!
We also made these long I kites this week! It was the perfect activity to reinforce the long I sound. These kites turned into much more than a simple phonics/spelling lesson. I thought they would quickly create these:

But, instead...we got this...
...and this

It was very interesting to watch the kiddos problem solve! Getting the pieces to fit was no easy task. But, eventually, we got this:):


It rained A LOT on Thursday! We were on rainy day schedule all day. This was the one day a teacher friend and I decided to leave for lunch. We were soaked! But, we REALLY need the no complaints here!

The kids wrote opinion pieces this week. They wrote about whether or not they thought spring would be coming early or if we would have six more weeks of winter. We made these cute lil' groundhogs to finish it up! I have to admit, this is the first time, in a long time (maybe ever...shhh...don't tell) that I let the kids cut out all the pieces themselves. I know, it's terrible! I always like to have those perfectly straight edges. But, today I decided to let them do all the cutting! Here's how they turned out:

There you go....all student made:)!

Happy three day weekend!