๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸซMain Ideaโ“

Taking a different pair of glasses into the world of “decomposing” a main idea. ๐Ÿ‘“  In small groups the kids were given five items (one per group– a shovel, a turtle, sunglasses, sand and a boat). They were asked to discuss what it was and what you would do with it. Then as a class…

๐Ÿ—‚Research Rigor๐Ÿ—ƒ

๐Ÿ–‡๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ—ƒWe took a 3rd grade concept and I vamped it with rigor …for first grade!  I knew we could do it! The students chose an animal, researched it, found facts from habitat to classification, and even ended with a bibliography to show me where they found “accurate” resources! I couldn’t be more proud. Here is…

๐Ÿ”ฌCreativity๐Ÿ”ญ

Creativity is vital to a classroom. I believe it has been pushed to wayside in some ways. I am here to bring it to light about its importance. Our children need structure , of course, but they also need the freedom to be themselves and have a moment of creative “free” time to design. Whether…

๐Ÿš€Loooost in SPACE๐Ÿš€ย 

We have had consistent two weeks of The study of Planets, Solar System Properties, the Sun, Stars, Galaxies, and gravitational pulls! It has been an exciting integration of personalities with the engagement of learning. Seeing the kids take it all in and watching their learning take place into the unknown world of SPACE was superb….

๐Ÿ—‚Teacher Table Tips๐Ÿ—‚

๐Ÿ–ŒTeacher table tips:๐Ÿ–Œ ๐Ÿ“•I have bags for each group that has mini notebooks, mini sticky notes and mechanical pencils, even bright markers inside of them (which seems way awesome for my class because we very rarely get to write with markers!!). It makes it that much more colorful and HANDY when showing me what they…

๐Ÿ–ŒPainter’s Plots๐Ÿ”

Last week, our focus for reading was plot, theme, sequencing and main idea. This is where I wanted the kids creative minds to come out. Thus started a lesson with painter stir sticks! He he. Sounds funny but the kids loved it. The kids created their own stories using painters sticks, the beauty of markers…

๐Ÿ”†โŒ›๏ธMy “Caddy” CentersโŒ›๏ธ๐Ÿ”†

I have been brainstorming to come up with a more creative and organized way to present my centers in the morning. My solution is “center caddy’s”. I tried it this morning with six preterminded centers and had them all by my teacher chair. I introduced each center by simply pulling out the caddy and showing…

New Years Resolutions!

Today is our first day back to school for the kiddos and I am trying to patiently await their arrival at school. I am getting ready for a day of new “you’s” and new ways to try and better ourselves. I will be starting the day with my resolutions to the kids as they have…

โš ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏEditor Centralโš ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ

โ›”๏ธ๐Ÿ†˜Editing time!!!โ›”๏ธ๐Ÿ†˜ It’s time to start drafting! And our class is not talking about football. It’s all about the “NVSP” (noun, verb, sentence, punctuation). And the students are on a mission to help themselves and others edit their work. So after good purchases and finds at Walmart and hobby lobby for cheap hats and masks…

๐ŸŒฝPopcorn SightWords๐ŸŒฝ

I need more focus on sightwords for my class. So this was my thanksgiving break mission.  In small groups, each student will be given their own popcorn box. Then the students will take turns (in order) drawing popcorn pieces. The goal of the game is for the students to be able to successfully say their…

๐ŸฆƒTurkey Facts๐Ÿฆƒ

One of our activities for thanksgiving was researching, researching, researching. We used our media tools, Computers, videos, books, encyclopedias, and observation and comparison. We then accumulated this information and created turkeys with our favorite facts we had learned. The kids lit up when they found out that turkeys heads change color according to their mood,…