Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Shared Research and Writing Project!

Oh my word!  I am soooo SUPER excited about my latest unit!  This is my biggest project yet and I can't wait for you to see it!  I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Ann Marie for contacting me and challenging me!  I am so proud of how this turned out.  A matching Safari/Zoo animals unit is in the works too!  Click on the pic below to check it out.  Be sure and download the preview to see all the pages included for the Bear.

Common Core Aligned!

Reading Standards for Informational Text
Key Ideas and Details
1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Craft and Structure
4. Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and   
    phrases in a text.
5. Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries,
    electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and in
    formation provided by the words in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
8. Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
9. Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic
   (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for
    grade 1.
Writing Standards
Text Types and Purposes
2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts
    about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Production and Distribution of Writing
5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and
    suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and
    publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge
7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how
   -to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).
8. With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or
   gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Holy Cow!  That's not even including the Science standards it covers!  Can you imagine how much fun the children will have while covering sooooo many standards?  My first grade team is SUPER PSYCHED to use this in a couple of months.  I will blog more on our ideas for this unit later!

We only have 3 days of school this week so we are doing a LOT of much-needed review.  I hope your week goes well!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Abe and Much, Much, More!

It was sooooo nice to have yesterday off!  Thank you Mr. Presidents!  :)  I was able to get some last minute center activities ready for this week.  Our hero this week is Abraham Lincoln.  Take a look at our centers in pictures!

Here's a look at my February Math Centers.  This week we are working on ten less, ten more, one less and one more.  On the back of our recording sheet we are working on counting on.  It has been nice using the same number cards for 4 different center activities!  Check it out here!

We are also working on telling time to the hour and half hour.  Here is Melissa Machan's "Telling Time with Snowmen" freebie.  Super cute!

 Here's another telling time center.  This one comes from the ladies of  "What the Teacher Wants".  My firsties are loving this!

How about a little contraction action!  This is a fun sorting activity from Ann from the Caffeinated Classroom.  It's called Contractions Make us Buggy.  Check it out!

Here's our Hero of the week - Honest Abe!  Art pics to come later this week!  If you want to know more about this timeline and where the idea cam from - check out Katie Knight's AMAZING 13 American Heroes Unit.

Here's an Abe Lincoln poem we added to our Poetry Folders this week! 

We do Scott Foresman Reading Street and our story this week is "Where are My Animal Friends?".  Here are a few sweet firsties practicing reading the play with character puppets.  This was a nice change in story!

Whew, seems like a lot doesn't it?  Oh well that's how we roll in 1st grade!  :)  Have a great rest of the week and I'll post Abe pics when we finish the writing part!

I leave you with one of my precious firsties!  Check out this AmAzInG new hair cut!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our Hero... George!

Oh my has this already been a busy week!  Valentine's Day and Presidents Day! Whew!  As promised here are my firsties studying up on their newest hero - George Washington.

This little Firstie decided Geroge needed a "stache"!

 Trying to figure out why George is so sad!?!?!

 This one looks a little guilty!

 Love this one!

Guilty #2?  Just look at those shifty eyes!

Here's George on our Timeline.

 Buddy Reading our Fluency story for the week!

We are ABSOLUTELY LOVING this unit!  Thank you so much Katie Knight!

I hope I can muster up some more energy for our Valentine's Day party tomorrow afternoon!  I. AM. EXHAUSTED!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 11, 2013

What We're Up to This Week!

Oh my word!  I felt like I didn't even have time to breath today!  Anybody else feel that way too?  We've been crazy busy lately!  Here's a look at our center for the week.

 Here is my February Math Centers in action!  This week my firsties are working on Place Value.

 Here my sweeties are working with my Toss and Ending Game.  They are adding -s, -ed, and -ing to their root words.

 Story problem practice!  Thank you Abby Mullins!

 Valentine ABC Order from Teach With Laughter!

Here's the Super Cute Frigid Digits Base Ten Blocks from Shaun Sanchez.

We started making our Smart Art for our new Hero of the week.  George Washington!
Pics to come later this week!

Have a "sweet" week!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Can you believe it's February?

Oh my word! Where does the time go?  I can't believe it's already February.  Here's a peek of what we're doing during centers this week.


 And Teach with Laughter's Doubles plus 2:

I am SUPER excited about 2 new units I bought yesterday!
I can't wait to use Susan's research project with my firsties!

I also bought some CVC clip art from The Hazel Owl.
I can't wait to use it to create some mini-lessons/games for some of my struggling readers for RTI!  

Short Vowel CVC Word Clip Art - Mega Pack {Save $5 by Purc
Get a better look at the bundle here.

Please check out a few of my latest units:

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February Math Centers and a Sale!

I was able to finish my February Math Centers Unit just in time for the big sale!

Click on the image below to check it out!  Be sure and download the preview to see more!

Here's what's inside:

One Less and One More
The student will pull out a number card from the bag/basket and write it inside the box.  Then they will write one number less on the left and one number more on the right.

Counting On
Same concept, the student will pull a number card from the bag/basket and write it in the box.  Then they will write the next 3 numbers.

Subtracting 10 Adding 10
One Less - One More
The student will pull out a number card from the bag/basket and write it inside the middle box.  Then they will write one number less on the left and one number more on the right and the 10 less on the top and 10 more on the bottom.

Place Value
The student will pull out a number card from the
bag/basket and write the number in the correct boxes on the place value chart.

It's Common Core Aligned!

Number and Operations in Base Ten   -   1.NBT

Extend the Counting Sequence.
1. Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120.  In this range, read and write the numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.

Understand Place Value.
2. Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones.  Understand the following as special cases:
a. 10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones - called a “ten”

b. The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.

c. The numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one,
two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones).

I'm joining a ton of amazing teachers in the Super Sunday Sale on TpT!  Everything in my store will be 20% off tomorrow.  Use the promo code: SUPER and TpT will give you an extra 10% off!  You can't beat that!  Check out my store by clicking the image below.
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Happy "cart filling"!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fluency Stories.... and.... a Sale!

Well, this week seemed FAST and FURIOUS!  We were out last Monday for a professional development day so we only had 4 days.  4 day weeks make me CRAZY!  I never feel like we get everything done.  
We have been using Katie Knight's 13 American Heroes unit.  My students have really enjoyed studying a hero each week.  Our weekly hero was Rosa Parks.  Here are a few pics of us finishing our fluency stories.  Next week we will be studying Susan B. Anthony.

I am very excited about the TpT Sunday Super Sale!  I already have several things in my cart!  How about you?  

Every unit in my store will be 20% off and TpT will add on another 8% on top of that!  Just use the promo code: SUPER.  You can't beat that!  Please check out my store.

Here are a few of my latest units:

Click on each pic to see more.

Happy "cart-filling"!

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