Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Snapshots!

How was your day back from Thanksgiving Vacation?  Mine was GREAT!  My little firsties were so cute and eager to share about their vacations!    I thought they would be a little tired today, but they were ready to go and we had a very busy day! 

First, we enjoyed sharing our adventures for the first half hour!  I love mingling to music and sharing our news with each other! Then we got down to businesss writing about our break!  It was the quietest work on writing block we've had in a long while!  YAY!

First, we completed our graphic organizer.

Then, we wrote about our vacations!  I love the complete sentences and "first grade spelling"!
Then, we  started a new game with our "Fill-it-in" chart!  We complete this everyday during our morning meeting/calendar time, but today we added a fun twist!  The students work in pairs taking turns.  One rolls the die and writes that number in the center square.  Then the partner completes the chart. I love this activity for Math Tubs!  Some of the kiddos still need to use the hundreds chart for help so I make sure those are available!

And for Word Work today, the kiddos completed a "Fix-it" sentence about bats...that's right, bats!  It's November 30 and we are still highly engaged with our PBL bat unit!  I was a little worried they would have lost interest, but not a bit!  We still have lots to go, but we're going in depth and I love it!

Have you stopped by the Cyber Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers?  I know my cart is filling up fast!  I already purchased a bunch yesterday and am going back for more tonight!  LOL!

I have lots of "Fix-its" available in my TpT Store!
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Post Vacation Managment!

Wow!  It's been a while!  It's also been quite a year, so far! Yes, it's been one of those years in the classroom.  Don't get me wrong!  I love my students!  Each one, individually, is sweet and wonderful, but when all 22 get together I feel like a first year teacher, all over again.

Well, the week before break, my little darlings and I sat down for a class meeting.  We talked about what WE need to have a great environment to learn and have fun.  Our days were going better and I'm really looking forward to seeing them on Monday!  I'm going to surprise them with some new "prizes" in our "Reward Catalog"!  I love changing these up for the holidays...don't tell the students, but it's only the name and picture that change!  Last year's group loved the "fresh for the holidays" prizes!

If you find that your students need a little something "fresh" to help with the "Pre-Winter Break" excitement, you can grab my freebie here!

Hop over to Classroom Tested Resources for another Freebie!