Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksginving!

Well, turkey day is finally here! Here are two more activities we did the last week or so. They got a big kick out of the Run, Turkey, Run! project. They came up with some really cute verbs for the turkey. Last week our reading test included a graphic organizer about main idea and details and I told them to put Thanksgiving in the main idea part. Then all they had to do was come up with 3 details about Thanksgiving. They could tell me whatever they knew or whatever they do on Thanksgiving. Well, one little lovely wrote as a detail "Run, turkey, run!"  We were laughing so hard at that answer when I started to correct them. He was right, the poor turkeys.

Monday we went on a fieldtrip to see the production of Pinocchio. The kiddies were so well behaved and we love the play. What a nice way to spend the holiday week. After we returned (and had lunch) I read The Great Turkey Escape to them and we went on to complete this adorable turkey activity(purchased from Foxwell Forest) Some of their answers were too funny. I loved the one that said to eat grilled cheese instead of turkey. These little lovelies have great imaginations.

We finished our short week with a half day of school on Tuesday and parent conferences the rest of the day. I know it's a long day but we get all the conferences done in one day and on to a long weekend. I don't know about any of you but I think is sure feels more like Christmas break than Thanksgiving break. I'm glad it's not though.
Have a great Thanksgiving, eat plenty of turkey and fixins', and get plenty of rest for the next busy month coming up.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are two bulletin boards you will find down our primary wing hallway. The Pilgrim hats are right outside my classroom door. The owls in the tree are outside a second grade classroom. I just thought they are so cute. What do you think?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cause and Effect, Indians, and The Windy City

 We've been working on cause and effect and as many of you know this can be a little confusing for first grade minds. So, I decided to bring in one of our favorite cats, Pete the Cat. Who doesn't love him! I read the story to them, we made an anchor chart of cause and effect actions in the story and then we pulled up Youtube and watched the author sing the song. They loved that part. Once we were finished they picked their favorite cause and effect and wrote about it and illustrated it. After we were finished with that part (and after lunch) we made our own Pete the Cats. They are so stinkin' cute. I especially love the ones with the legs going backwards. They're too cute!

This is not the best picture but it's hard to get any good pics of their projects that are hanging in the window. Even with the shades pulled down the pics aren't the best. Anyway, my firsties loved doing these Indians. (Thanks, Teri from A Cupcake for the Teacher).  Last week we learned about the Indians and their homes and what kinds of things they grew and did. This week is pilgrim week and so far it's a hit. I'll post more pics of the pilgrim projects later.


We made these turkeys out of scrapbook paper and they turned out adorable. The pilgrim hats have what they are thankful for on them. Before you know it, it will be time to take it all down and put up Christmas. We are getting ready this week for parent conferences next week. Next week we are also going on a fieldtrip to see the play Pinocchio. Our kids are so excited about going. We do one play a year becaue it's such an easy fieldtrip to do and they really enjoy them.

So I'm sure many of you have heard about the wild weather we had here in Chicago yesterday. My neighborhood was one of the lucky ones. We had WIND and rain but no tornados. However, I couldn't believe the wind. I can't even imagine what some of you go through during a Hurricane. We had several towns in downstate Illinois completely wiped out. So sad and scary. Keep those people in your prayers and hope they can get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Have a great week, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!