Happy 100th Day…. and…. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whew! We had a busy, busy week in first grade. With the 100th day of school and Valentine’s day back-to-back, it made for a fun, crazy, and exciting last two days of the week 🙂

100th Day

100th Day

Up first… the 100th day of school! It’s such a great milestone in our year. It means that we are 100 days into our journey- 100 days smarter and 100 days bigger! The kids {and teachers} love this day. It’s just a lot of fun- the kids are so proud of being in school this long and are so excited to celebrate!

We have the kids decorate capes at home, with 100 things on them of course! We wear the caps all day long and as one kiddo told me, “We’re just like super heroes!” Yes, we were 🙂

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

Capes!

Capes!

They all looked so awesome! We had stickers, pictures, stars, and pom pons! They all reflected the kid’s personalities and all looked so cool. They are the perfect thing to help us celebrate this important day.

We spent the day doing lots of exciting 100th day themed things, including…..

writing 100 words….

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

…..singing 100th day songs…..

100th Day

100th Day

….dancing to 100th day songs….

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

….finding, coloring, and graphing 100 pictures in the number 100…..

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

….rolling dice and coloring pictures up to 100…..

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

…..and seeing what weighed more than 100 coins!

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

100th Day

It was a blast! Everything we did revolved around the number 100. It was a really great day and one we will all remember.

 

As if that wasn’t enough fun….. the next day was our Valentine’s Day celebration!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

We used candy hearts to sort, count, and graph in math.

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Of course, we also made these ADORABLE bags to hold all of our Valentine’s day cards.

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

They were so easy to make. The white heart was cut out for the kids and they had to cut up pieces of red and pink to make a mosaic. After, we just glued on their name and stapled to a brown lunch bag. It made for the perfect place to pass out and store our cards to each other!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day!

I didn’t get any other pictures because we were too busy celebrating! But the rest of our day included lots of Valentine’s day stories, Valentine’s day cards, and Valentine’s day snacks. We had a great celebration!

Overall, it was a great two days. They were filled with smiles, laughs, and lots of hugs! This is a great bunch of kiddo’s and I really enjoyed celebrating with them!

Thanks for checking out our first grade adventure!

Book Character Day!

 

Happy fall!

Happy fall!

 

The puppies have been enjoying the fall weather, as well as our break the past few days. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time to eat, relax, and maybe even do some school work fun activities!

Book Character Day

A couple of weeks ago, it was National Reading week. We did a lot of fun things at our school to celebrate, like our Fall Reading & Family night. It was a blast! Families came back to school and rotated through different stations, which included story time, fall games, and even a guest singer who led the crowd in reading songs!

Another way we celebrated was our Book Character dress-up day. Our entire school picked their favorite character from a book. On our special day, everyone came to school dressed up as that character!

Book Character Day!

Book Character Day!

Here are some of the first grade teachers (myself included!) dressed as someone you might recognize 🙂

Emily Elizabeth!

Emily Elizabeth!

Here’s a second grade teacher as Emily Elizabeth from Clifford- isn’t it just perfect!?

The kids came to school as a character they got to choose themselves. They all looked SO AWESOME and we had so much fun.

We had some Elsa’s….

Frozen

Frozen

some Pete the Cat’s…..

Pete!

Pete!

a Rudolph, Woody, Darth Vader, a Ninja Turtle, a vampire, a Minion, and another Cat in the Hat!

Characters!

Characters!

Plus, some Tin men {from Wizard of Oz!}- which we just finished reading!

Tin men (and woman!)

Tin men (and woman!)

It was a really fun day, filled with lots of reading activities.

Book Mapping

Book Mapping

Since I was the Cat in the Hat, we read that story and worked in partners to map it. The kids drew the characters, the setting, the problem, and solution of the story.

Mapping

Mapping

We also worked on rhyming words, using lots that we found in the story. The kids used their iPads and the Doceri app to write words that rhymed with a given word.

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

Rhyming Words

During writing time, the kids wrote about who they were. Since we’ve been working on describing things using details and adjectives, this fit right in! The kids drew themselves as their character and told all about themselves!

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Character Writing

Speaking of adjectives, the kids also got to do a fun activity in grammar. We started by drawing ourselves in the middle of a bubble map. Then, the kids used adjectives, or describing words, to tell more about themselves (or really, about their character)

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Next, we used our iPads and the Popplet app to take this and digitalize it! Basically, we made the exact same map, just on our iPads. But this time, we took a selfie and used that as the middle picture!

My example

My example

You can see my example above. It always amazes me how quickly the kids learn new apps. This was probably only the second or third time we’ve used this app, but the kids were already pro’s!

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

Describing their Character

By the way, you didn’t think our class pet Spot would miss out on the fun, did you? Of course he was Thing 2, matching with my Cat in the Hat theme 🙂

Spot!

Spot!

It was such a fun day! Thanks for checking in to our adventure!

All Smiles

All Smiles

100 Days of School!

 

100th Day!!!

100th Day!!!

Yesterday we celebrated the 100th day of school! The kids came in so excited and we spent the day doing all things “100”!

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

First up was making 100th Day crowns! The kids colored in their crowns that said “______ is 100 days smarter!” and we attached them to paper bands.

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

100th Day Crowns

After lunch (we only had a half day of school), the kids put on their capes! Earlier in the month, we sent home cut pieces of tablecloth and told the students to make a 100th day cape! (many students made their own capes which was awesome too!) We got the idea from Pinterest (of course!) and did it last year. It was a BIG hit so we knew we had to repeat it this year. The kids can decorate their capes however they’d like! Many kids put 100 things on their capes.

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

Capes!

100 fingers!

100 fingers!

Pink cape!

Pink cape!

I love how different they all are and how they reflect that student’s personality! I love seeing all their capes, and love how much fun the kids have in them 🙂

What did I wear? Not a cape. This year, one of my first grade co-workers came across the idea to make shirts with tally marks made of ribbon. The tally marks count to 100. So….

Shirt!

Shirt!

That’s what we made! How cute did they turn out? The kids loved it and right away were counting the tally marks. They were so excited to see the teacher’s celebrating too!

Up close

Up close

They were simple to make. We bought a bunch of ribbon from Wal-Mart and then just cut out pieces. Then, we hot glued them to t-shirts. They turned out so cute!

 

Next up, another fun 100th day activity! The kids cut out the numbers “1” “0” “0”…

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

Cutting

…and then had to use those numbers to create a picture. They had to use their imagination and turn them into something else. Their ideas were awesome- as usual 🙂

A dog

A dog

A butterfly

A butterfly

A lion

A lion

A house

A house

An angry bird!

An angry bird!

A snowman

A snowman

A car

A car

These were just a few of the amazing ideas I saw! The kids really liked this activity and were giggling as they saw how everyone turned their numbers into something different.

Next up, a little moving! We love getting our wiggles out, so what a better way to do that than moving along while counting to 100! We did several songs where the kids had to do different exercises while counting, the Macarena while counting, and other sing-along songs!

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

Moving and Counting

We also read the story “It’s the 100th Day Stinky Face!” (we read a different Stinky Face story on Valentine’s day and the kids loved it)

In the story, he can’t think of what to bring for the 100th day of school. He ends up (spoiler alert!) bringing 100 questions.

After, I told the kids that we probably ask 100 questions in school everyday too! But we also probably can write 100 words as well. So I gave my little genius’ a question: Can you write 100 words? Yeah!

Book

Book

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

They were off! The kids were really focused. While they were writing, I could hear them say things like “Wow, I have half done!” “Oh man, I can’t wait to write 100 words!”. It was really cute 🙂

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

Writing 100 words

So, that about sums up our 100th day! It was filled with lots of fun things. The kids are definitely 100 days smarter, bigger, more creative, and turning into the most wonderful first graders! Here’s to the next 100 days!

Thanks for checking in on our adventure! Be sure to come back soon!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Top ‘o the morning afternoon to ya!

Happy St. Patrick’s day and happy Monday to you all!

My kiddos are at gym right now and I wanted to pop in quickly to show you the AMAZING pictures of the leprechaun traps our students and families made last week.

(We try to send home one family project each quarter and for third quarter, this seemed perfect! We asked the students and families to use things at home or they bought to create a trap to catch a leprechaun!)

They also had to fill out some graphic organizers as part of their homework about the trap they created.

Planning Page

Planning Page

Sequence

Sequence

What it looks like

What it looks like

Writing

Writing

Last Friday, the students turned in their homework pages and traps. We set them up outside the hallway when we left and hoped we’d find some sneaky little leprechaun men and women this morning.

BUT…..

those guys were just too tricky for us!

However, they left behind some footprints we could see!

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

 

Their traps blew me away- I couldn’t believe how creative, imaginative, and awesome they were!

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Traps

Even though we didn’t catch one, we still had a lot of fun trying!

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of the parents and families who participated in this project! I can tell just how much time and effort went into making these. Let me tell you- the kids LOVED sharing them with each other and it was just such a fun experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

A lot of the kids are saying they want to try to catch one at home tonight. Good luck- they are very sneaky 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red, Pink, and Glitter

Valentine’s day was last Friday. This was the second holiday on a Friday in a row (100th day was the Friday before)… which teachers out there all know that two parties within a week is difficult a lot of excitement! 😉

In all honestly, the kids were so adorable as they came into class wearing red and pink shirts. They had big smiles, bags full of cards, and couldn’t wait to start the party!

We did get lots of actual class work done, while having fun with Valentine’s day too!

Right before lunch, we took time to decorate bags that we would collect our Valentine’s day cards in later.

Bags

Bags

Bags

Bags

Students could decorate their bags any way they wanted- as long as it had their name on both sides. Most students choose to decorate with hearts, flowers, or red/pink/purple colors.

Bags

Bags

Bags

Bags

Bags

Bags

After the bags were done, we set them aside to use later in the day.

A little while later, it was time for math. We’ve been working on fact families in math, which is one of our Common Core math standards for first grade!

  • CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

***Parents- click HERE to read about all of the Common Core standards for first grade!***

Before we started, we read the book “Pete the Cat- Valentine’s Day is Cool”!

Pete

Pete

In case you haven’t noticed- I am our class is very obsessed with Pete the Cat. We all just love his silly style and cool attitude!

When we finished reading, the kids got a pink heart with three numbers written on it. It was up to them to use the three numbers to create 2 addition sentences and 2 subtraction sentences (the skill we’ve been focusing on!)

Fact family heart

Fact family heart

Fact family heart

Fact family heart

Fact family heart

Fact family heart

From there, the kids got a template with a Pete the Cat face, paws, and tail. They went to work coloring in that cool cat!

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

Using the pieces of Pete and the heart, they put it all together to make an adorable Valentine’s day math craft.

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

Pete

We also glued the craft to a piece of construction paper and added glitter glue dots around the edges. The kids had so much fun added these fun, glittery details.

Final project

Final project

Aren’t these too cute? I love them and they are now hanging out in our hallway. 🙂

Final project

Final project

Final project

Final project

Another math activity we did was candy heart counting, graphing, and adding!

This is one of my favorite things to do on Valentine’s day because it is a great math review of skills we’ve already learned, but also gives them a sweet treat when they finish!

To start, I pass out a handful of candy hearts to each student. The first thing they have to do is sort the colors and record how much they have of each color.

Sorting

Sorting

Then, the worksheet asks them to add together certain colors. For example, pink + yellow or blue + green. They have to write how many they had of each color and then find how many in all.

Adding

Adding

Adding

Adding

 

Adding

Adding

It gets trickier when it asks them to add three colors together! For example, pink + purple + orange. At first the kiddos were very confused by this… but then they thought and realized they could use the hearts to help them count! Boom– problem solved!

Adding

Adding

Adding

Adding

 

The next page has the kids graph how many of each color they have. This part is lots of fun- graphing is always a good time in our class!

Graphs

Graphs

Graphs

Graphs

Last- the kids have to use the candy hearts to measure some pictures on the back page. This is a great review of non-standard measurement that we started the school year with!

Measuring

Measuring

Measuring

Measuring

And then they put away all the candy and didn’t eat one piece of it…..

Did you believe that? 🙂

Ok, when they finished they got to snack on their hearts and take home any extra!

After this, it was TIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT!

They had been asking ALL DAY when it was time to pass out their cards and the moment was finally upon us. The kids set up their brown bags, got their cards, and started passing them out!

Ready…. set….. GO!

Passing out Valentine's

Passing out Valentine’s

Passing out Valentine's

Passing out Valentine’s

They all look very focused in these photos, and they were, but they were having so much fun walking around and passing out their cards! The room was full of an excited buzz!

Passing out Valentine's

Passing out Valentine’s

All in all, it was a really great Valentine’s day. The kids did a lot of fun crafts and projects and ended the day with a Valentine’s party. The last thing I want to share with you is a card one of my student’s gave to me. When I read it, it melted my heart and was a good reminder of why I do what I do.

 

:)

🙂

It’s the little things that make it all worth it! All of the things the students gave me were heart warming and thoughtful! I am blessed with a wonderful class and supportive families- I can’t wait to keep working and learning with everyone!

Have a great night!