Monday, June 2

all about space

Today was my first day of summer vacation! It was absolutely wonderful! We spent the entire day on the lake. It is going to be a great summer!
Here is a look at some of the things we did in May.
For this moon craftivity we drew a circle and colored it in with a yellow crayon. Then we painted over the entire paper using black water colors.
All of the activities above can be found in my newest unit spectacular space!
I just had to share this precious mother's day portrait. How adorable is this drawing. Her mommy has a band and loves to sing. The labels are found in my mother's day unit right here.

Wednesday, May 14

flowers and plants

Next month is June! I am so excited for June! Here is a little look into some of our spring time activities. In April we spent some time learning about flowers and plants.
We attempted to grow plant pals using grass seeds. Sadly nothing grew.
The idea for the inside of this foldable came from Chalk Talk.
We read the adorable book Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. My kiddos loved learning about plants and this is a great read. Chart inspiration by First Grade Fever.
We also talked about soil. Chart inspiration by Chalk Talk.
We discussed what plants need.
We soaked bean seeds over night then removed the seed coat so we could see the parts of a seed.
We started our unit with our all about plants schema chart. Chart inspiration by The First Grade Parade.
 We read lots of books about plants and made a tree map.
We loved this graph question by Julie Lee. After having a potato taste test we graphed the question, How do you eat your potatoes? I picked up baked potatoes and French fries from Wendy's.
We ended the unit with dirt cups and a little how to writing. My kids loved this!


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.
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