Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another Round of Daily 5!

OK, I seriously can't keep up with my life!
Here is a round of Daily 5 that I haven't blogged about yet
{and there are more that I've missed sharing too!}

Read With A Partner

Students rolled a die, then read the fluency phrase, then highlighted it...Roll, Read, & Highlight! It's from Cara's pack {here}



Read to Self

Here students got comfy on the carpet & pillows, reading 'Good Fit' books to themselves.

Listen to Reading

I am loving the free story time site Storyline Online {here} and so are the kids!

Word Work

In Spelling my students were working on short vowel words, so I just knew they would LOVE doing Reagan's 'Flipping Over Vowels' activity. Students recorded the word on their pancake, then flipped it over to reveal the word that has the same consonants, but a different vowel. Find the free activity {here}.


Work on Writing

Students have SO much choice in this station! They can make lists, label pictures, write opinions, narratives, or to inform. They can make up stories, write cards to someone, or write the room. And...so much more!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2D and 3D Shapes and a Geometry Scavenger Hunt!

We are wrapping up our study of 2D and 3D shapes. We've discussed the shapes' names and attributes. We've recreated shapes using various materials and searched for 3D solids in our classrooms. {see post here

This week we did a Geometry Hunt in the classroom.





Students searched the room for shapes, wrote down the shape's name and attributes on the recording page, or identified the shape as 2D or 3D.

This idea is a freebie from Briana Beverly{here}. I had to change it a wee bit to fit with the standards we have covered. It was a fun way to reinforce geometry learning and to make it active learning too!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea: Flashlight Friday!

To make read-to-self a little more FUN, I have incorporated
FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!

I purchased these bright little LED flashlights at Target, in the dollar section. I thought it would be easier for students to have the same flashlights, and I love how small and bright these are.
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!

Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!



During Flashlight Friday, students get their 'good fit' books, find any cozy space in the classroom, click on their lights...and READ!
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!

It is amazing how the room goes quiet once the lights are turned out! I close the blinds and the door. It's really dark :)
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!

Students read under their desks, on the carpet, on their flipped-over chairs with pillows, on the Ikea chairs...pretty much anywhere.
But the point is...they are READING.
A simple thing to do, but something they look forward to every.single.week.
And because it happens only once a week, it never gets old!
Flashlight Friday: Make read to self FUN by reading in the dark using flashlights!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Geometry with 2D Shapes and their Attributes {freebie!}

We have been reviewing the common 2D shapes, and have begun to use math vocabulary to describe the attributes of these shapes.

After reviewing the shapes' names and their attributes, it was time to get hands-on.
First, students had to build the shapes using popsicle sticks.

Then they had to fill in their form- the shape's name, a drawing of the shape they created, and how many sides and corners it has.



I was waiting for the students to make a 'circle' with the sticks, but right away one smartie-pants pointed out that they wouldn't be able to do so using the sticks....awesome!


Then it was time to find the corners, sides, and parallel lines.

You can find the recording pages {here} and {here} for free!




Wednesday, October 08, 2014

All About the Setting...and Some Setting Selfies!

We have spent time learning about different components in books. Recently we have focussed on the story's setting.
I thought that when people take a 'selfie', you can tell a lot about what's going on because of the setting in the picture. So I made a set of pictures {using characters that I knew my students would LOVE} and had them write stories based on the selfie pictures. Thus, Setting Selfies was born!






You can find the Setting Selfie pack {here}.
We also used Lyndsey's amazing pack "It Was the Perfect Setting" {here} and it was a huge hit!
Here, students were given a character cue, and they had to come up with the setting, then write a story about it.
Here students had to read the story and make a picture of the setting using clues from the text.
Here, students made brochures to describe a place/setting of their choice. This is from Sarah's setting pack {here}.




Sunday, October 05, 2014

Fall Fun...Football Anyone? {Hooray for Fly Guy!}

I don't teach Social Studies {no fun pumpkin activities}, but we do get to have some fun fall football as part of our book studies!
Hooray for Fly Guy! book study companion activities for First Grade and Second Grade
My students LOVE Fly Guy, and this book is no exception!
Hooray for Fly Guy! book study companion activities for First Grade and Second Grade
You can find this book companion {here}








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