Okay, we just finished writing autobiographies and we just had to make self portraits. Their autobiograpies turned out great and their self portraits are a hoot! I have them hanging in the hallway where everyone comes into the building. We have had a ton of compliments. The kids are so proud of their work. I saw this idea on Patton's Patch blog and since we were working on writing autobiographies I thought it would be perfect. Thanks, Colleen, for sharing. That also goes to all the wonderful teachers out there who are kind enough to share their ideas and projects. What a wealth of information, ideas, and projects everyone has and is willing to share. I have worked with some people who just won't share a thing. I always thought teaching was all about stealing and sharing. Oh well! Anything I have I am more than willing to share. So help yourself.
By the way, we are getting all excited about the eggs and chicks. They are supposed to hatch this coming Monday. First grade is the talk of the town in our school. I'll be sure to post pics when we get babies. Now, on to homework for my grad class. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, March 28, 2011
All my first graders ( and a lot of older kids in my school) know that popcorn is my favorite thing in the world to eat. I would pass up ice cream for popcorn. So when I saw this unit from Babblin Abbey over at the Inspired Apple I just had to have it. It was also good timing because we were going to be doing adjectives. We started by making microwave popcorn in the school kitchen and the smell permiated the whole school. The kids up on the second floor in the library could smell it. They knew exactly where it was coming from. Anyway, the kids really got the jist of adjectives with this wonderful project. If you are looking for an adjective activity this is perfect.
So, we are back from spring break and back in the swing of things. Usually we have break the week after Easter but since it's so late we decided to have it now and then have Good Friday and the day after Easter off. That'sfine with me because then it feels like a second break.
By the way, we still have the incubator and a dozen eggs. The kids can't wait for the eggs to hatch, which should be next Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
How do you celebrate birthdays in your classroom? Here's our birthday book that the kids take home on their special day. Inside is a sheet for them to fill out. It says their name and birthday and they can draw a picture of what they did on their day and write about it. The kids really love to take it home and just as well they love to see and hear everyone else's story. I also have a number graph, a large number 6 and 7. Their pictures are on the 6 and when it's their birthday they get to move their picture over to the 7. This is more exciting than the birthday book. It's usually the first thing they do when they enter the room on their birthdays. We also do the regulars, read a birthday book and pass out their treats, get their birthday certificate and pencil. So, if anyone has any other ideas to share I would love to hear it.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Every year I pull out the old incubator (it's from 1989 when I used to teach 4th grade) and we try to hatch baby chicks. The kids love it. We get 24 eggs and share them with the other first grade. The kids take turns turning the eggs 3times a day and hopefully in 21 days we get baby chicks. I have always been real lucky with this project and have had good batches. This is what the kids look forward to in first grade. It is fun to do.
Here is one of my favorite books to read to the kids while we are doing the chicks. It's about a man who lives in NYC in an apartment. He puts his hand out the window through the bars to check the weather and a bird begins to build a nest and lays eggs it in. The man stands there and doesn't pull his hand inside while the mother bird sits on the eggs and waits for them to hatch. Meanwhile life goes on below him. It's such an awesome story. This year when I read it I am going to either hold the nest while I read the story or have a student hold the nest. This nest was on my lamppost on my front porch last summer and I just had to keep it after the babies were born and gone. I hope this goes well. Sorry about the bad picture. I can't figure out how and why the picture came out sideways. Anyway, the book is called ALBERT by Donna Jo Napoli.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Here is another graph we made last week. We were reading The Little Engine That Could. Living here in Chicago we have a huge rail system and it's not surprising that all the kids have been on a train before. That's
the main means of transportation into downtown Chicago. I cut the trains from my Cricut, also. Too cute.
I'm heading out for the weekend scrappbooking with the girls. Can't wait. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.
Woo, hoo! I was awarded the Stylish blogger award from Janine over at Pinks My Ink.
Thanks, fellow blogger. I always love it when I know I have people checking out my blog. So here it goes. I hope I don't bore you too much.
1. I am one of 11 children (number 9).
2. I just started a cohort program towards my masters in reading (and so far I'm loving it).
3. I did the Avon 3day breast cancer walk in 2003 and we walked from Kenosha,WI to Chicago.60miles
and I only had one blister.
4. I have a 19 year old daughter and a 16 year old son.
5. I teach in a catholic school.
6. My favorite thing in the world to eat is popcorn. My kids at school say I should give popcorn up for Lent,
I'm not too sure about that.
7. Besides teaching my other favorite past time is scrapbooking. I own almost every scrappbook gadget
there is and I have a wonderful group of scrapping friends.
So, there I am in a nutshell. Take care and as always, thanks for stopping by.
Friday, March 4, 2011
As much fun as Dr. Seuss is I am ready to move on. Today we read Yertle the Turtle and they really got into the story. The kids felt bad for the turtle on the bottom of the pile, Mack. We went ahead and made our own turtles. I saw the idea over at Erica Bohrer's blog and I just had to do this one. Now on to more irish activities. Thanks for stopping by.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Tomorrow is Dr. Seuss's birthday and I have a few things planned. I would really like to thank all the great teachers out there in blog world for sharing their awesome Seuss ideas. It's always fun to get and try out new ideas. Thanks for stopping by!