Sunday, August 24, 2014

The First Week of First Grade - Activities and More!

My, oh my! The first week of first grade is OVER!

I swear, 5 years later and I still forget just how little and "new" to school 1st graders are. The growth is just so amazing and HUGE in first grade that all I can do is picture last year's class at the end of the year. I forget that when they come into 1st grade they are squirrely and wild and talkative and can't seem to follow any directions. 

Is this how it always is?!?!?!?

The answer is yes.

In between shaking my head and pulling my hair out, I remember that this is all part of the challenge! The great first grade challenge. Can these students turn into the straight-line walking, directions following, raising hands before we speak type of students that I dream of?!?

I am hoping the answer is YES!

My new class... I can't wait to get to know them more and see them grow and learn!

Getting back into the swing of things has been a bit more challenging this year since I look like this:
**technically I am 34 weeks pregnant now and my belly is probably even bigger**

But alas, we are still trucking along! Here's some of the fun we had this week:

The first day of school we took out some buttons and starting graphing. It gave me some time to get paperwork sorted through and also let me see who could sort and follow directions easily. I offered this graph up on my blog for free last year!

We read The Kissing Hand and talked about our 1st day of school feelings. They ranged from happy and excited all the way to scared and "really mad." Craft idea from Kindergarten Days. These little racoons and sentence stems will be the first student decor up on our big, blank walls!

We also completed quite a few activities from my First Week Fun unit, including this mini-book about our new class!

We started a few, easy centers to get used to the routines and procedures during center time:
 CVC cards with magnets and recording sheets - made them a long time ago!

Color match up freebie by Smitten with First!

Roll, add, and color from my Apple Math unit.

We also had a bit of coloring fun in math with this great book from Steve Harpster! This was an easy after-lunch, let's relax and color and review some simple numbers to 10 type of activity!

Last, but not least, we brainstormed some of the fun we had over the summer and then I let my students write their first story of the year. No rules or organization, just write about some of the things you did this summer. This is also in my First Week Fun pack.

Phew! I'm tired again just looking at everything we did this week. Next week, we will start the real learning! Phonics, reader's workshop, writer's workshop.. etc!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Classroom Pictures!

I am linkin' up with Blog Hoppin today to show you WHERE I teach!

My classroom walls are a bit bare now since I save a LOT of my wall space for student work and anchor charts we make together, but I can show you how it all begins!

I am SO lucky to have a large classroom. If you have followed my blog for the past few years, you will see that I used to have a teeny-tiny room in Last Vegas. I am spoiled here!

This is the view from my exterior door.
Reading posters: Free from Teacher Wife

Directly to the right of when you walk in is my half set-up math station. Each tub holds our math centers. The top is not finished yet!

Walk past the bookshelves and you see the second half of the room!
My word wall will take over the cabinets.

 Look left to see computers, windows, and our writing station!
Alphabet: My Primary Decor Pack

 But if you kept walking straight you would see this little hallway which leads to the main building (door on the right) and a big ole storage closet (door on the left)

 Close up on our word work station!

Display bulletin board with binder clips to easily switch out papers AND not put holes in them!

 Now, let's turn back around and look at that writing center!

Inside the tubs are prompts from my Write From the Start pack and will be replaced throughout the year with my Writing Through the Seasons prompts.
Sight word practice: Free from Kindergarten Smiles

Look to the left and you see our bathroom, small whiteboard and cubby area.

  Now look back towards the exterior door! More windows, behavior chart, and my "turn it in" bin (the stinkin' poster fell behind the cabinets) and folders/take home bin.
Behavior chart: Primary Decor Pack

Meeting area and calendar space! I use lots of that wall space above the boards for anchor charts and student work!

My teacher space. Needs some sprucin' up, but that is the last things I tackle.
Notice my owl painting that a STUDENT made for me my last year in Vegas! I love, love, love it and display it every year!

Well that is all I have for now and as we work in the classroom over the next month, my room will look a lot more DONE! Hopefully I will remember to share the updated pics with you.

Now hop over to Blog Hoppin' and check out everyone else's digs!

Oh.... are you STILL with me?!

One last thing...

There is a QUICK, ONE DAY ONLY, BOOST sale going on tomorrow (8/20) on Teachers Pay Teachers and my whole entire store will be on sale! If you enter the promo code, you can get 28% off!

[My Store]

Happy shopping :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Giveaway Winner and a Freebie!

Thank you all SO much for entering my "Get Through the First Week Giveaway!"

The winner, as chosen by Rafflecopter, is.........

Congratulations Amber!!! I will be emailing you shortly with your prizes :) :)


I also just wanted to share that I did a little post over on Blog Hoppin' this morning about prepping my poetry journals for the year:
You can also snag that -an word family poem for free while you're there!

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