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100th Day of School!!!

We had so much fun yesterday!
We celebrated our 100th Day of School!
My firsties were beyond excited!

I purchased Deanna Jump's 100th Day Math and Literacy Fun! She calls it a mini-unit, but there are so many jam-packed activities in here.

I set up stations around the room for them to work with 100 things at each.

Blocks (Legos)
Unifix Cubes
Craft Sticks
Pattern Blocks

The best thing about this was that you didn't have to go out and purchase anything (unless you didn't have the cups, but who doesn't have a hundred cups in their cupboard or know someone in your school who does).


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Student Notebooks

Do you use Student Notebooks? I didn't until this year.

I will never go back.

If a notebook day is not scheduled, my firsties are disappointed. :)

 I print off the problem for them. I tried to have them write it in their notebooks themselves, but I figured that it is not an assessment of their writing. And it's much faster.

After we finish Calendar and Rocket Math, students get their papers and glue them into their notebooks. They sit on the rug and wait for the rest of the students to get ready. While they are getting ready, I write the problem up on the board. I read it to them and I have them talk to their "Smart Partners" about the problem. An example would be from the problem below. "Talk to your Smart Partner about how you are going to solve this." I give them about a minute to have a conversation then I call on a few to share what their Smart Partner has decided to do. They share what their Smart Partner said, "My Smart Partner, (insert name) said that he was going to solve the problem by counting on his fingers." This way, they are listening to their peers and sharing what their partner said, not what they, themselves said. Listening AND speaking!!!
When I have chosen a couple to share, I ask them if they are ready and then I give them three to seven minutes to record their answers depending on the difficulty.
While they are figuring out the answer I walk around and choose three students to share when the time is up. I look for three different answers and write their names on the board after the time is up.

Meteorologist for a Day

My firsties love jobs in the classroom. We have Calendar time every day before we begin our math lesson. I already have one student who is the Calendar Person for the day (I really should get a better title for that job. :) ). Anyway, we look at the weather outside, but I'd really like them to incorporate more Science in it. I am going to introduce Meteorologist for the Day. They are so excited to start. Since we live in New York, we are going to a little to the west to Minnesota (Go Vikings and Twins) to compare the weather. 
For more fun science projects go to Education.com
Science Project: 

Meteorologist for a Day

Kindergarten Science Science Projects: Meteorologist for a Day

Bricks 4 Kidz

We had another opportunity to have Bricks 4 Kidz to come in.

One of our colleagues wrote a grant. It ended up being four first grade classes.
They came in and taught a lesson on automobiles and then were able to build a car out of Legos. They worked in teams of two and followed directions provided by the leader.

Students get kits to work with that have all they need to build their cars. 

One partner was the builder and one partner was the shopper. 

When they were done building their cars, they got to build a figure and then test their cars out on the floor.

What a fun day!

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TpT Flock 2018

Oh Yeah!
I just signed up for my second year!

Who is going?
I am beyond excited!

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Morning Announcements HELP!!!

Hello!!! I am in need of your help.

We have been trying to get our announcements to be more thought provoking and interesting instead of the same old...same old.

Safety Tips for Pups During the Holidays

I know things get hectic during the holidays with everything.
Remember your precious four pawed family members. Holiday time is stressful for them to.
Remember these tips. :)

First I have to share my fur babies.
Vader is a puppy we are raising for Canine Companions for Independence.

We just turned him in for Professional Training in November. We miss him so much, but we know that he is going to do great things for someone. :)

This is Rosie and Gloria. Two spoiled-rotten babes. We just love them!

It's a Common Core Holiday HUGE UPDATE!!!

The biggest change is that I have changed it from just Christmas to December holidays.
The other big change is the pages are black and white for easier printing. 
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