Monday, October 31, 2011

If You Give A Student An Oreo

Better late than never!  Here are some pictures from the writing activity we did during the O.R.E.O project.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winning Worms

My kids are doing great with recognizing, writing and counting numbers, but......... Oh....My.....Goodness!!!!  They are having such a hard time with knowing where numbers fall on a number line!   So, I have been pulling out the "Winning Worms"  (from The Mailbox) every week to help them practice. 

Here's how it works:

Each student has the numbers 1-50 in a bag.  Player #1 pulls a number out of the bag  and places in on the correct square on their worm.  Then player #2 does the same.  If they pull out a number, and the square is already covered, the number goes back in the bag, and their turn is over.  The goal is to be the first player to cover every square correctly.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shape Rocket Game

After studying 2D shapes, we reviewed with this Shape Rocket game from .  It is played just like Candyland.  It really got the kids talking to each other-- about the names of the shapes, and for some, explaining how they knew that based on the number of sides.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Even and Odd Numbers

We review even and odd numbers every day during calendar.  We talk about how the only digit that can tell you if the number is even or odd is the one in the one's place.  The song we sing goes a little something like this:

Even or odd....odd or even,
these are two kinds of numbers in the world.
Odd or even....even or odd,
these are two kinds of numbers in the world.
0, 2, 4, 6, even!
1, 3, 5, 7, odd!
0, 2, 4, 6, even!
1, 3, 5, 7, odd!
However your number ends, you can tell if it's
Even or odd....odd or even,
Even or odd!!!!!!!!!!

The song was saved on my computer when I got assigned to my classroom, so I have no idea who it is or where it came from!

First Grade Connections has another even/odd song.  Go check it out!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shape Monsters

We have been studying 2D shapes and their attributes (faces, edges, and vertices) for about two weeks.  Now it's time to let the monsters out!

Students used 2D shapes to create a "Shape Monster".  Then they had to write a story about their monster. 

These pictures are from a colleague's class....hopefully my kiddos will get to finish theirs soon!   I think they look GREAT!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's PIGometry, baby!

We are in the middle of a 2D shape unit, and PIGometry is one of fun activities I like to do. 

The students have to make a pig by following these directions:
1.  Choose black, pink, or gray paper.
2.  Cut 7 similar circles for the head, body, eyes, snout, and nostrils.
3.  Cut 2 congruent triangles for ears.
4.  Cut 4 congruent rectangles for legs.
5.  Glue all pieces together to assemble one pig.
6.  Twirl and attach a pipe cleaner for the tail.
7.  Write about your pig.

I helped my kiddos with #7.  I gave them this frame to use:

I used __  ___ for the head, body, eyes, snout, and nostrils.
I used __  ___ for the ears.
I used __  ___ for the legs.

I absolutely LOVE how the pigs look so different, even though they all got the same directions.  Take a look!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jumpstart's Read for the Record

Sit down to read. Stand up for children. 

Millions of children in low-income neighborhoods are at risk of school failure before they even start kindergarten. Jumpstart's Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, allows Americans to demand that all children receive the quality early education they deserve.
On October 6, 2011, more than 2 million voices will call for an end to America's early education achievement gap by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney – setting a world record in the process! Sit down to read in your community.You'll be standing up for children everywhere!

Head on over to Read for the Record to sign up or for more information.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Currently I'm...October Edition

Currently I'm......
~listening to the AC~ Brrrr!! 
It's FREEZING in my classroom!!
~loving the cool mornings
~thinking~ I'm proud of myself for getting out of bed
 at 5 AM and walking this morning
~wanting COFFEE
~needing~ wait, maybe COFFEE should go here!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Did you and your class join in the OREO fun?  Check out my earlier post, with pictures, from our  Deliciously Fun Day !  Here is the paper I made for the Sink or Float science activity. 

OREO Sink or Float

I'm having trouble downloading the paper I used for the writing, but basically it was:
"If you give ____ an Oreo...."  The kids had to finish the sentence and illustrate it.  I put all their pages together and made a book titled If You Give A Student An Oreo.