Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bunny Time!

Okay, I admit it...I bribe my kids!  Please tell me I'm not the only one!
This week, due to it already being a crazy week with Spring break, AND then it snowed today.
Yes friends, SNOW, in Ohio in April after it was 86 Sunday.  
Whatever.....so all these little changes can make the kiddos a bit crazy, right?
SO I bribe them!  
This week I'm bribing them with a simple little craft.
We're on our telling time unit in Math.
We did a little bunny math story today.
My students wrote digital times for the analog clock and wrote about an activity that the bunny was doing during that time.  They had to illustrate them as well.  Their pictures were pretty cute!

Tomorrow, they will make this little craft.
Now, NOTE I'm not a crafty person.
Most of my crafts turn out looking like bears.
Just ask my friend Hadar (aka Miss Kindergarten)

But I am pretty fond of this little guy and I think that my kiddos will enjoy him.
I have the patterns if you'd like to use them.
You can click HERE to grab them.
I included two versions of a clock face. 
One with numbers, and one where students can record the numbers.  

I like my students to add details to their pictures. 
So they will use pink construction paper to add the bunny pads, ears and nose. 
The clock pattern will also be on pink paper.  

Then using a brad, jumbo paper clip and small paper clip, they will make the clock hands.
I hope they enjoy making this little guy.  I think he's pretty cute! :)

Enjoy! :)



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Share

Oh my!  It has been a while since I've used this little picture! :) 

Last year, I tried to blog every Sunday and share the great things my bloggy friends were doing, whether it was freebies or paid products.  Today, I'm going to showcase some of my own freebies.  A few that I did today, and some from the past as well.  I hope you enjoy!! :)

First up, Non-standard measurement. 
I thought this would be a quick fun review for morning work. I just LOVE the graphics! 

For a station activity this week, my students will be working on this.

This is a differentiated activity to review spellings of words. 

Some students will be working on vowel pairs and others will be working on CVCe words.

How to set up this activity:
 I bought some plastic eggs and numbered them 1-12.

Inside of each egg students will find a picture and jelly bean letters.

Students will name the picture, and unscramble the jelly beans to spell their picture card.
Then they will record their answer onto the recording sheet. 

I found this cute little basket at Party City for $1 and I'm keeping our eggs in them.
I purchased different color baskets to assist me in differentiation as well.
Easter Freebies--First Grade and  Fabulous

You can click on the image above to download any of the freebies that were just shown. 

This week we will also be reading The Easter Ribbit.  I just think this story is SOOO CUTE!

Click above to read about the story.   

Last year, I made a few activities to go with this story.  
You can click the image below to check it out. 

If you're looking for another station activity to review parts of speech, 
you may want to check this out.  Students will sort between nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

Last year I also posted some video links for Peter Rabbit.
You can click HERE to see an old blog post.

Check back tomorrow if interested in seeing the updated version of my bunny clock craft! :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More with -ar

So today, I let my kiddos practice -ar word families with the spinner game I shared yesterday.  I think it may have been a winner.  My fast finishers then choose two words to use in sentences on the back.   I *THINK*  we are finally getting the hang of this capital and period thing.  It only took all year!  Ya know, it's been a rough year.  We all experience classes like that, but, now that the end is approaching and I'm seeing their growth.  WOW!  I'm so proud of my kiddos.   They've shown me so much this year and have worked so hard to get where they are at.  I ALMOST think I will miss them during the summer ;)  Okay, I will miss them when summer comes.  

So, as I was saying, we did the spinner activity.  You can see it HERE. I wanted them to practice the words independently, and review them with parents again tonight.  I told them that we were going to put them to use as a game tomorrow.  They smiled.  Yes, those ornery smiles get me every time...and I get all excited to see their excitement.  I think....I hope....I have made learning to read for them fun this year.  I want them to enjoy it.  When  you have students that struggle, it's always important to continue encouraging them.  Sometimes you are their only cheerleader.  You are the one to help make the difference in many of their lives!!  

Soo---without further ado---I present to you another freebie!!  Here's a 4-in-a-row game. 
 I hope you and your students enjoy!  
Click on the image for your copy! :)

-ar Freebie partner game by First Grade and Fabulous

Thank you to the lovely graphics from Melonheadz KG and The Bubbly Blonde!

Monday, April 7, 2014

-AR Goes the Pirate! (A Freebie)

I've always liked the Bossy R---ar and or (I can skip er, ir, and ur---those are hard!).  
The kids like being a pirate as they practice the -ar chunk.    
They like listening to Heidi's class sing.

They like the phonics dance!
(Though we say "stick your head in a jelly jar--it's silly, we like that!)

We like the -ar song on Between the Lions.

To add to our excitement tomorrow, I'm going to have my students work on this little activity.

They will use a paperclip to create a spinner.
*Note, I have also found that small binder clips are WONDERFUL for spinner games. 
Then they will find a word that is within that word family, read it and color it.
What a fun little way to get them reading and practicing the -ar sound!
I'm so excited to share it with them tomorrow--and you right now!! 
Just click the image above!! :)

**Check back tomorrow because if time allows for me to create an -ar station for small group/partners, there will be another freebie for you!!

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