Monday, April 28, 2014

Must Read Monday

I am linking up with Chandra over at Teaching with Crayons and Curls for her Must Read Monday linky party!


This week we are reading all about Owls! I am reading Owls by Gail Gibbons and Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. I love both books! They were recent purchases through Donor's Choose.


I whipped up these two worksheets to go with the books this week.

You can get them here for free!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Poetry

This is the first year I have taught new types of poetry to my first graders. I have always taught list poems and acrostics, because they are easy enough for the students to create. I love teaching poetry, but I love even more when the students can create poetry too. During April, we have written poems about peeps, Easter, and Spring.  I found these great doilies from The Dollar Tree, and bought egg shapes and pink and yellow flower shapes. Such a cheap and easy way to incorporate something other than worksheets :)

I made this acrostic easily, you can get it here for free!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

All about Eggs day!

The week before Easter, we studied eggs and did many egg experiments during our Gifted and Talented Resource time. I co-taught with our Resource teacher, and the kids had such a blast. I made a half book for the kids to record their predictions.

Our egg-sperts used this nifty book :)
Salt water versus regular water
Shaking and smelling the eggs to see if they could tell a difference between the raw and hard- boiled.
Spinning the two eggs
Squishing the raw egg, look at those missing teeth :) Love it!

The last day, I took about an hour and let the kids wrap a raw egg for The Great Egg Drop. They had to work in their group, and use the items that were on the floor to make sure their egg stayed safe. I loved that they worked on it themselves. I do love the ones that go home, but this way I could hear their reasonings and watch them work together.



My floor when all the students were finished picking their supplies.
The end results

Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter Party

This year for our Easter/ Spring party, I decided that I wanted to incorporate books. I know my parents loved me for this :) Each student chose a book and created a snack to go with the book. If the students wanted to participate, they each got an extra credit grade. If they couldn't participate by making something, they could still create a snack and write about it, but not bring it in, and still get the extra credit. My parents and students were SO creative. I was like a giddy little kid looking at all of the snacks. The kids loved it, and so did I. I have never been more excited about a party than this one. I have some pretty amazing parents this year, and they really helped make this party a success! Here are some of our snacks :)

This cutie made up her own Frozen story and then made Edible Snowflakes.

If you give a Cat a Cupcake

Loved this :)

Delicious Spiders!

"Put me in the Zoo" Cookies 

"Frozen" drink (She made the drink idea herself- sprite and blue food coloring with fruit)

"Cat in the Hat" strawberries and bananas

These had jokes on them :)

Each one had a golden ticket! So cute and I was glad they were individually wrapped, so I could send something home too.

Oolaf treats
This is my snack :)