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!

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!