Adventures in First Grade

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Which Sense Makes Sense? Freebie

Next week, we will be exploring the five senses in the science work station.  I just finished creating a five senses sort.  The students will read the words, using picture clues, and sort each card by the correct sense.  They will record their answers on a response sheet.  ENJOY!

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Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spoooooky ABC Order Freebies

Oh, alphabetical order.  You are my foe.  It seems so simple, yet it is so hard.

Yesterday, I realized that I needed to have a mini lesson on ABC order.  We just weren't getting it.  So, today after the lesson in small groups, I gave each child five words to put into ABC order.  To make sure they were able alphabetize without the help of their neighbor's paper, children sitting next to each other had different papers.  To help them, I laminated and gave each child one of these:

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Here is a free copy of the ABC order that the kids completed in groups.  The awesome font is courtesy of DJ Inkers.

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Tomorrow, I am going to give each child another five words to alphabetize.  Here is your free copy:

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Font courtesy of DJ Inkers.  Graphics courtesy of Pixel Papers.

Fingers crossed that we have alphabet success tomorrow!

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thomas The Train

Thomas the Train has caused me quite a bit of trouble this week.  But he also created an amazing moment, too.  Let me explain.

This is my son's current AR book:

I should mention that my youngest son LOVES Thomas.  Loves.  Last night, Parker "stole" Luke's AR book.  He was looking at the pictures and very happy.  Until I told him that he would have to give the book back to Luke.  He threw a tantrum as only a three year old can and ran to his room.  Long story short, Parker hid Luke's book!  There was a lot of frantic searching, but we finally found it in his room...buried under a bunch of trains in his toy box.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.

However, something very interesting happened while we have had this book.  Luke has been reading to Parker in the car on the way home.  He got stuck on the phrase "branch line" and evidently pointed as spelled them for me.  Last night, before the Thomas book theft, Parker was "reading" to me, and when he came to the words branch line, pointed to them and asked what they were...just like Luke!  I thought it was so sweet, because obviously Parker cannot read, but he was trying to be just like his big brother.

Shh, don't tell, but I'll be very happy when he takes the test tomorrow and we have something new to read!  Thomas has caused too much stress around here!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I Like Fall Because...

I guess it's pretty evident from the last few posts that we have been learning quite a bit about fall lately.  On Friday, we brainstormed and planned a paragraph using the four-square model.  The sentences explained how we knew it was the season of autumn.  I'll be posting more about our writing tomorrow.
Today during science time, I had the students write the phrase, "I like fall because..." at the top of a piece of drawing paper.  Then they drew a picture showing why they like autumn.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

This student drew herself playing in a pile of leaves, a jack-o-lantern, and leaves falling from a tree.

This student loves fall because it is football season!!

Honestly, both of these pictures show what I love about fall, too.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Science Station: Fall (Plus Freebies!)

This week in my classroom, we are studying seasons.  Needless to say, we are concentrating on fall. 

Here is a picture of the Science Work Station:

In the station, they have a selection of fall books to enjoy.  In the baggie, there is an autumn themed memory game for the partners to play.  I will be adding deciduous leaves and paper for the kiddos to do leaf rubbings.  It was pouring rain this morning, so I couldn't add that element today.

Here is your first freebie, the Autumn themed memory game:

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Awesome fall graphics are courtesy of D. J. Inkers.

In the writing station, one of the choices of paper that the kids have is an autumn themed stationary.  Here is your second freebie:

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Graphics courtesy of D.J. Inkers.

Enjoy bloggy friends!

Happy Monday!