Student Treasures

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wow! We finished in time for our publishing date, whew! 
Our class just mailed our Student Treasures Class Book! We based our book on Todd Parr's book "The Peace Book" (I LOVE TODD PARR!!) 
I read Todd's book to the kids and asked them to think of what peace is to them and they came up with such inspiring and cute ideas. Each child then gets their own page to draw a picture on and their own writing page. I took a couple pictures of some of their pages to share with you. 
The cover of our book, I drew this.
"Peace is thinking about someone you love."
"Peace is taking a nap."
"Peace is giving your mom and dad a hug."
"Peace is helping someone who needs help."
"Peace is living in the United States."
"Peace is being happy being me."
"Peace is riding bikes with my brother."
My page..."Peace is watching your first graders
blossom like beautiful flowers."
Too cute, right! My students amaze me! 
(Sorry I had to blur their picture in the bottom left hand corner.) 
Once every child has finished their page, you send an order form home and if every parent returns the order form the class gets their book bound FOR FREE! Parents do not have to purchase a book to get a free book for the class, parents just need to check "yes" and include payment or "no" and sign it and return it. (The books cost parents about $19 but they are amazing, they are beautiful hardbound full color books, so worth it!)
ALSO...Student Treasures chooses a few books each year and gives teachers scholarships! Two years ago our class won a $100 scholarship! It was so exciting! 

When I taught kindergarten we did Todd Parr's book "It's Okay to Be Different". I will dig that out and post some pictures of what my kinder kiddos did. That book is AMAZING too! 

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its BACK to Work I Go...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Its official Spring Break is OVER :( Time to return for the last quarter of school and I am so looking forward to keeping my little firsties super busy. 
We are jumping right into a math unit on measurement and the finale of this ten day unit will be the Measurement Olympics! I am so excited, I will be sure to post pictures soon. This measurement unit is part of my Unit 13 CORE Math Standards for First Grade. 
 Next we will be learning all about fractions. I just posted a Fun with Fractions Unit on TpT! I love food so I themed the entire 2 week unit on PIZZA, so we can have a pizza party after finishing the unit! I am sure I will somehow tie good behavior into earning this pizza party because lets face it, fourth quarter gets a little hairy. 
Here is a little sneak peak at some of the activities in the unit. 
 If you purchase my Math Units, 
these activities will be part of Unit 14 that is COMING SOON!!!

Busy Buzzy Bee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The theme of our classroom is bees, so I had a great time creating a Literacy Packet to go with our next Harcourt Trophies story "Busy Buzzy Bees"

The packet includes lots of great stuff so stop by my store and check it out! 

I don't ever want to leave out those of you who don't have Harcourt so I also posted a FREE"BEE" activity with tree map. 

Little Bear's Friend

 I just posted a Harcourt Trophies Literacy Packet for "Little Bear's Friend". The packet has a reading response sheet for each of the four level readers, seven literacy stations, a sight word/spelling word memory game and this cute bear craftivity with blank writing page. 
These packets include everything you need for the Harcourt story of the week. I even threw in a math graphing activity since Gummy Bear graphing would go so great with this story.
Click here to check it out! 

Don't use Harcourt but like the bear craft? Get it here FREE!

Coming soon.....Busy Buzzy Bees!

Animal Reports

Monday, March 19, 2012

I promised in my last post that I would post some information about the Animal Reports we just completed goes!
Our reports took about two weeks to complete and we had them on display for our student-led conference night. The kids were so excited to share with their parents there wonderful reports so I thought I would share with you! 
While shopping I found some amazing ZooPals plates made by Hefty, they came in a pack of 20 and were super cheap. There were 10 different animals in each pack and there were a TON of animals to choose from. 
I picked the plates that I was able to find easy-read nonfiction books for and made a list on the board so the kids could choose which animal they wanted. I had them write me a letter to tell me their top three choices. I put the kids in groups of 2 and we got busy. I have provided step-by-step instructions and all black lines in my Animal Research Report Packet on TpT. Here is a couple pictures of what one students report looked like. 

My Robot Literacy Packet

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Yeah! It is the last week before SPRING BREAK! I could not be more excited! This week our Harcourt Trophies story is "My Robot". I uploaded a Literacy Packet to go with this story and the fun activity pictured above is included! 
The literacy packet includes:
- a readers response sheet for each of the four guided reading books
- an anticipation guide to complete before reading the story
- several literacy station activities
- black lines for students to create their own robot and a tree map to prompt a writing activity
- a sight word/spelling word game 
I will post a new literacy packet each week so be sure to follow my TpT store so you don't miss out on some great activities to supplement the Harcourt reading program.

Don't have Harcourt Trophies but would like to use the robot art activity and tree map?
Click here to download it for FREE!!!! 
We are also working on animal reports this week so I will post some pics and information about that very soon! 
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