The Garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our HMH Journeys reading story this week is The Garden from Frog and Toad Together. I LOVE this story! Frog and Toad are possibly my favorite characters for first grade readers. The story Cookies is my all-time favorite. We could all use a little of Frog's will-power with those cookies, the struggle is real!

Helpful Tip: Several of these stories, including The Garden have FREE videos available on You-Tube.

This story comes at the perfect time of year. I created this packet with supplementary resources to use for this story. I use many of the quick Print and Go pages as Lit Stations.

This week our grammar skill was subject pronouns and prefixes. We worked specifically with the re- prefix. We discussed what the prefix re- means and brainstormed words with that prefix. We wrote the words on our anchor chart and added this to our interactive notebook next to our suffix page. Later in the day the kids found the word RECYCLE on our blue garbage to add to our anchor chart, I am not going to lie I did a little happy dance - Yay! 


Since Frog and Toad is a fictional story I wanted to bring in some non-fiction text. I chose to use Seed to Plant as our companion text this week. I am obsessed with National Geographic KIDS books and this one might be my favorite. With this book we learned the parts of a plant, plant needs, amazing plant facts, about how plants are pollinated and so much more. 

We found a few great BuzzWords in our Seed to Plant book. I love hearing the kids add these words to their speaking and writing.
The end of the book has step-by-step instructions to planting lima bean seeds. We set-up a little assembly line in our class on Wednesday. Fingers crossed that by Monday morning we have some sprouts.  

We have a subscription to Scholastic Weekly Reader and this April Crunchy Carrots Grow! was perfect for this week. We used Kroger's Kindergarten's Response page to accompany this reader and it really challenged my kiddos to dig back into the text to find their answer. THANK YOU Kroger's Kindergarten, you are amazing! Best part: Her response pages are FREE!  

It was a crazy busy week and I am just exhausted! This afternoon as I read through my emails I came across this:

 This truly made my day! Thank you for the sweet words! :) I will be posting the next 2 Journeys stories this weekend: A New Friend and The Dot

Next week we are working on Amazing Animals and I will be back to share our learning. Have a wonderful week everyone. 



Goodbye Friend!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Why does it seem that only our favorite students move during the school-year? I lost one of my favorites this last week and I was so sad to see him go. His family is moving to Texas and I have known since the beginning of the year but it is still sad because he was SO GOOD. 


When students move from our class mid-year we make a little "Goodbye Friend!" book to make sure we all say a heartfelt goodbye and let our friend know they will be missed. I hope that this eases the transition for the student because we try and be encouraging about their move and new school. 

Each students writes a letter and illustrates a picture. We bind all the pages together and it becomes a cute little book. 

While the rest of the class is busy writing our letters, I ask the student who is moving to color the cover of their book (I provide them with a black and white version of the above picture).  

Here is a few samples of our latest "Goodbye Friend" book:



I would love to choose three people to win this newly posted product. Simply comment below with your email address and you may win!I will choose three winners on December 7th OR you can grab this fun "Goobye Friend" pack in my store. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I am very jealous of all the teachers who have Thanksgiving week off, we have school Monday-Wednesday this week. 

We have been so busy working on our Story of the Pilgrims Thanksgiving book. 


We make this book every year to go along with our study of the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Squanto, and The First Thanksgiving. The book turns our SO cute and my kiddos learn a ton! 
Here are a few of my favorite books that help us with our study of Pilgrims and Native Americans. My favorite of all is If You Sailed on The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern!

We are also using the awesome FREEBIE from Sarah Cooley. We have been writing one thing each day in our journal. 

and my favorites...

"It's not happy people who are thankful, it's thankful people who are happy." - unknown
 I hope you all have a day to eat, relax with family, and reflect on the things you have to be thankful for. 


Happy Thanksgiving! 
 

Five for Friday October 3rd

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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I posted Units 5 - 8 of Second Grade CORE Math today! YAY! These units are a total labor of love!
Each unit includes 10 days of everything you need to teach the second grade CORE math standards. These four units were created for 2nd quarter.  WOO HOO. Click on the "Math" tab on the top to see my Kinder and First Grade CORE Math Units!
Second Grade CORE Math Unit 5  Second Grade CORE Math Unit 6  Second Grade CORE Math Unit 7  Second Grade CORE Math Unit 8
    

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I am currently on Fall Break! The weather in Arizona has FINALLY become cooler. I have been outside jogging and riding my bike in the morning and it is just AMAZING! I don't think I would have been able to stand one more day of triple-digit temperatures!
I Love Fall weather its the leaves changeing colors , pumpkins, harvesting the fields, cool brisk fall air perfect time to take walks

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Our district adopted a new reading series this year, we are now using Journeys.
I have been hard at work creating resources for our new program. When we return from Fall Break we will be reading the book From Seed to Pumpkin. I created a little Print and Go Packet to use with the book.  You can read more about it here.
My daughter and I have had so much fun with this little unit.

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Yes this is my kitchen right now! AHHHHHH!
We are doing a little kitchen remodel and let's just say we still have a LONG WAY to go! I hope in a month from now I will be posting pictures of a beautiful finished kitchen. Fingers Crossed!

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Lastly, this is my newest project. Since I am not really helpful when it comes to the kitchen construction I have decided to devote my time to the decor. I have some drinking to do so I will see you all later! Happy Friday everyone!
 

From Seed to Pumpkin!

We have adopted Journeys Reading this year and part of Unit 2 is using the book From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer. YAY, a "REAL" book! We were given a class set of the book so we will be taking a small break for our weekly reading stories to focus on this book. We have some fun activities planned and I am so excited to take a break from our normal reading routine. 
I have been working on creating this new little packet to help. Note: This is NOT a Journeys packet so if you don't have Journeys you will LOVE it! 

We are going to start with an Anticipation Guide. I love hooking the kids right away and getting a brief look into what they already know and what misconceptions we may need to address. My kids love Anticipation Guides because they compete for the best score! :) 
From Seed to Pumpkin Print and Go Resources

We are then going to work on this little Pumpkin Life Cycle Book. I included pages for seed, sprout, vine, flower, green pumpkin and orange pumpkin. 

I also have included several graphic organizers, writing templates, vocab activitiy, ABC Order, Pumpkin Parts, Sentence Shuffle and a fun Pumpkin Investigation activity.

I had to get his Giant Pumpkin Puzzle from Oriental Trading. It was cheap and will make a FUN October/November Bulletin Board. 

We are going to finish our Pumpkin Unit by making these cute little waterbottle pumpkins! 

My daughter and I made this little guy today, SO CUTE and so simple with very little materials needed. Here are the steps if you are interested in making this with you kiddos. 

 

After pumpkins we are on to OWLS! I ordered my Owl Pellets today! 
I LOVE FALL! 

Johnny Appleseed

Friday, September 19, 2014

One more week until FALL BREAK! We are entering our tenth week of school and I am totally exhausted and in desperate need of a break! First quarter is so hard, I can't wait for time to relax and regroup. I just wanted to stop by real quick to share a couple picture of the Johnny Appleseed writing and art project we finished this week.

We have read several Johnny Appleseed books over the last two weeks and so we created a bubble map and circle map to show what we have learned. (Our school-wide focus this year is Thinking Maps)


Students used a red crayon to circle two adjectives on their circle map and then two facts from their bubble map. We took that information and used the sentence frame: 

Johnny Appleseeed was (adjective) and (adjective). He __________ and ______________. 

I created the little craft template to display their writing and it made the cutest bulletin board! 
I love looking at this bulletin board because it reminds me that cooler temperatures are on the way! I LOVE FALL! 
Reasons I love fall http://pusheen.com/post/32481225787 
Seriously! Happy Fall Y'All :)

Grandparent's Day

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sunday is National Grandparents Day so today we took a little time to celebrate our Grandparents! I don't have a ton of extra time so we had to keep it simple. These adorable printables are from Cara Carroll. It is from her Precious Parents Packet.

We began whole-group by creating a Bubble Map with adjectives describing our Grandma's. We have just begun learning about adjectives and my kiddos did an amazing job! I really loved the word "generous" :) When we were finished brainstorming, I had the kids choose a crayon and circle three adjectives that describe their grandma.


We then flipped our paper over to make a circle map of things that we like to do with our grandma. (Sorry it's not fancy) The kids then circled two things that they like to do with their grandma. 
(I have two colors because many of my students have 2 Grandmas so we made 2 different cards) 
(This is my paper, don't judge, I spelled shopping wrong. The best part of teaching first grade is that no one in class calls you out on it!)



We used the following sentence frames.

Dear Grandma,
You are _____, ______ and _______. I like when we ______ and ______. I love you. 




Seriously these cards are the cutest thing EVER and I know that their Grandparents are going to just treasure these beautiful cards. 

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