Sunday, February 23, 2014

What In the World Have We Been Up To?: Pint-Sized Presidential Fun (& Freebies!)

Happy Sunday evening!  Here I am, blogging... (instead of lesson planning... or cleaning... or grocery shopping... doing everything else I should have done this weekend!)  Actually we did do our taxes this weekend.  After that I felt pretty drained and unable to do anything productive.  Is that your feeling too after filing?  :)

Anyways, I DID finally get together all the Presidential fun we had last week and put together some fun ideas and freebies for y'all!  Here's what we've been up to...

Measuring Abe Lincoln

This was so much fun!  First we measured Abe Lincoln and I modeled (once again...) how to measure using feet and inches.  Then we broke into partners and practiced measuring each other.  Once the students measured each other, they came up to the board and filled out their partner's info on the class data table (sorry, I forgot to snap a picture!)  Then I let the kiddos measure me and I modeled using my information to fill out the comparison sheet.

After that the kiddos worked on their own.  They turned out great!

Now Abe Lincoln is standing out in our hallway.  (I know his beard is funny... I did the best I could!)

Compare/Contrasting George Washington & Abraham Lincoln

We've been reading lots of biographies (which I introduced as a special kind of nonfiction about people)!  It was great because my kids had a lot of background knowledge about nonfiction from our Arctic Animals unit (which I never did get around to blogging about...)  I especially recommend the biographies from Pebble Plus because they are easy to read and include timelines, which are a great nonfiction text feature.

In this Venn diagram we compared and contrasted facts about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  I laminated the above Venn Diagram so we can use it many times.  We used sticky notes because I wanted the kids to be able to take their notes to their seats, to help them with our fun report project...

This idea came from my teammate and I love it!  The kiddos used the sticky notes to copy 3 facts about their favorite president, then had to write 2 more facts on their own.  Then they used the guided drawing steps to help with their Lincoln/Washington picture.  The reports are hanging out in our hallway along with Abe.  They look great!

You can grab the Venn Diagram pieces (plus a recording sheet) and the measurement activity by checking out my newest freebie.

Enjoy!  I hope everyone has some Suess-tastic weeks coming up!  :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What In the World Have We Been Up To: Valentine Days Doozy

Happy President's Day Long Weekend everyone!  I hope you're getting the chance to catch up on some sleep... planning... and posting!  :)  Here's what we've been up to this past Valentine's Week...

Word Work
I really need to get better at snapping pictures of our word work, but here's some of the sight word fun we had this week!

We also played this fabulous and FREE game from Julie at Make, Take & Teach in small group.  My class loves her games and they are fun to spice up our word work time in guided reading!

Math Stations
Thanks Vickie for this fun candy heart graphing freebie!  Grab yours by clicking here.

We also practiced a bunch of skills: measuring, counting/graphing, number writing and number sense!

These math stations come from my new Loads of Love Math Stations pack.  Check it out below!

We put conversation hearts in hot and cold water, made predictions and then observed!  This was a great science experiment.  I love how one of the kids related it to our snowman experiment, saying that the hot water would obviously "melt" the candy hearts just like when it's hot a snowman melts!

You can grab the recording sheet for this experiment for FREE by clicking on the picture.

Dramatic Play
The Post Office has returned!  We are having a blast with this station.  We started by reading Biscuit's Valentine's Day, in which Biscuit and his friend deliver all their valentines by hand.  Then we brainstormed ideas for how to send valentines to someone far away- send it through the mail!

This, of course, brought up the question of how to send something in the mail.  We brainstormed ideas, read some great books and wrote down the process on a chart.  Then we launched the post office!

There are several different options for students to send: post cards, cute Valentine's letter paper...

We are working hard on identifying the values of money, but it's a tough concept!  I added a little extra support to our price chart.  (P.S. Got the clear frame from Dollar Tree!)

I made "I Can" charts to help students remember how to do each step.

It's also been very helpful with classroom management!  At the end of each day, I pick 2 students who have been leaders all day to get to be the mail carriers, check the mailbox and deliver mail to student folders.  They love it!

Other Fun Things
I just love tear art!  These multi-colored valentine's turned out so cute.  We made them after reading our new heart poem this week.

Had to make the one pictured above on the fly, but this weekend I put together a cuter version for next year!  Click on the picture to grab yours.

We also played Candy Heart Bingo at our class party.  In case if you missed it on Freebie Friday, don't forget to pick up that fun and EDITABLE freebie by clicking on the picture!

I don't know about you friends, but I am tuckered out.  February is crazy!  100th Day Party, Valentine's Party... Too much for a non-party animal like me!  :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Fun February Freebie Friday!

Need a fun, free and EDITABLE game for your Valentine's Day party or February centers?  Grab this fun HEART bingo freebie for your class!  Pre-made cards are included for numbers 1-100, or you customize your own bingo cards to suit your class needs!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Don't forget to check out the other fun freebies at TBA!  :)

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