Tuesday, April 15

all about weather

 We loved learning all about weather . . . especially twisters! We made a giant twister inspired by First Grader at Last. After reading all about tornadoes we charted our new learning on sticky notes and added them to our twister.
Another great idea by First Grader at Last . . . torn paper tornadoes. We used old magazines to tear up pieces of dark paper, glued the paper into a funnel shape, and added glitter.

Then we learned all about clouds. We went outside and observed clouds in the sky and then brainstormed a list of adjectives to describe clouds. We used the adjectives to write cloud list poems.
This cute little chart was inspired by the one Cara made over at The First Grade Parade.
At the beginning of our unit we created this wonder wall and followed up with our own individual I wonder research form. The kids ask their own questions and find the answers on their research form.
 I love this ROY G BIV craft. I do it every year! 
We learned about tools to measure weather. Chart inspired by Today in First Grade.
Our weather words!
Be sure and check out April's posts on weather over at Chalk Talk. She has great ideas. The weather words circle map came from her.
We read the book The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins and discussed wind. I brought in my hair dryer to show how wind moves.  
For more weather ideas check out my all about weather unit here!

Thursday, March 20

hello spring

A lot has been happening over here. We have been busy and in need of a much deserved spring break. Here is a glimpse at some of the things we have been working on. In Texas it's rodeo time so we spent some time learning about cowboys and Texas.
Making text to text connections with Armadilly Chili and The Little Red Hen 
We made chili pepper patterns. I love this activity I got from April Larremore over at chalk talk.
We made this little cowboy craft followed up by the writing prompt, Every cowboy needs  . . . boots. The kids painted their boots using water colors.
We read Armadillo Rodeo and talked about the story elements.
In February we had fun learning about the Winter Games. We compared the summer games to the winter games.
Then we graphed which Olympic sport is your favorite and talked about the data. I passed out white boards and let the kids write along with me.
For writer's workshop we learned what a biography is and started writing Olympic athlete biographies. My kids loved writing about Gracie Gold.
We made a circle map of winter Olympic sports.
We brainstormed words that describe Olympians. We used this circle map to help write Olympian list poems.
Olympian list poem.
When we come back from spring break we are going to continue learning about weather and landforms.
This reader can be found in my landforms unit.

Wednesday, February 5

Winter Olympics

The Olympics start tomorrow! Will you be discussing the Olympic Games in your classroom? We are going to spend all next week on the Olympics. My kids are so excited to start all the fun! I'll be back with lots of pictures from the week. Here is a little preview of what we will be doing.
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Get the whole unit here!

Sunday, February 2

Researcher's workshop

We started a mini inquiry unit on Antarctica during our penguin study. My kids loved exploring this continent. I wanted my kids to be able to ask questions and wonder about information. I also wanted them to be able to read with a question in mind. I modeled how to ask a question and how to record the answer. Then I got my kids to ask their own questions and find the answers. I listed the questions on our chart below.
Now the kids are ready to ask questions and wonder about information.
This one says, "I wonder if whales live in Antarctica?"
Here is one of our read-alouds we used to learn new information.
  Grab your own copy of the research form below.
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