November 2013 - Thank God It's First Grade!

Subtraction for 1st Grade! {What's the Difference?}

My first graders are elbow-deep in these fun subtraction activities and games!

We are learning all sorts of subtraction strategies and practicing some hands-on math!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-The-Difference-A-Common-Core-Subtraction-Unit-for-1st-Grade-998278
Students practice building and removing counters or cubes in this easy subtraction center.
(You may have seen the similar free addition game on my blog awhile back)

After learning how to visualize the problem and draw pictures we practiced lots and lots of story problems! Some are more basic and others are multi-step challenges for my firsties! Check out this one below... after lots of practice... my kids rocked this one!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-The-Difference-A-Common-Core-Subtraction-Unit-for-1st-Grade-998278

We have also been playing lots and lots of GAMES! We play all sorts of hands-on, dice rolling, paperclip spinning math games for about 30 minutes a day. My kids loveeeee to learn a new game and literally clapped for this one - ha!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-The-Difference-A-Common-Core-Subtraction-Unit-for-1st-Grade-998278
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-The-Difference-A-Common-Core-Subtraction-Unit-for-1st-Grade-998278

I also made some anchor charts to display in the classroom when teaching different subtraction strategies:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Whats-The-Difference-A-Common-Core-Subtraction-Unit-for-1st-Grade-998278

I compiled all these subtraction activities, games, printables, and anchor charts in my new pack:

There is a lotttttt more in this new pack, so click above if you would like to download the preview.

Pin it:

4

Thanksgiving Fun

 It's all turkeys and pilgrims in our room! 

We are getting ready for Thanksgiving with some fun holiday activities.

These crafts & writing are decorating our room:
 (on a side note, these grainy pictures make me really want to take the bull by the horns and learn how to use my new camera!)

Those writing prompts are from Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving unit and the turkeys are actually my number of the day turkey! There is a long story involving printer paper and a RISO and a time crunch... but I won't bore you with that.... 

Essentially it is the sad, sad reason we didn't make these fun turkeys:
 Next year, it WILL happen!

We are also full-swing into turkey themed math games!
  Comparing #s review!

 Ordering #s 1-120

 Addition with 3 addends practice

Spin-a-Story Problem!

All the math games (and the turkey) are available in my "Thanksgiving Math Centers"
 
We also started diving into the real REASON we are celebrating Thanksgiving! We learned all about the Pilgrims and their voyage and we started recording our vocabulary in this notebook from my pal, Stephanie (Falling into First):
This is just one of the amazing activities she has in her new Thanksgiving Unit


Pin it:

1

First Grade Common Core Language Standards

These first grade language and grammar activities are such a fun way for my first graders to practice these important Common Core skills.

SO happy to announce that part two of my Common Core Language pack for first grade is FINITO!

I have worked so hard on this bad boy and I wanted to highlight a few of the activities inside:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
Meet the Capitalizing Crew! This is a fun spin on learning all about capitalization. Carly, Chris, and Chloe will help your students practice beginning capitalization, capitalization of names, and capitalization in dates. There are a few fun activities to use with this crew and some printable practice pages.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
Roll, Spell, and Cover! This game is already in use in my classroom and my kids are loving it. This helps my kids sound out words phonetically drawing on what they've learned so far this year. Students roll a die, find a word that corresponds, spell it and cover! There is a short vowel board, a long vowel board, and a digraphs board.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
Be a Wordsmith! The second half of this pack is all about vocabulary! I encourage my students to become wordsmiths and not only find and define interesting new words, but to use them as often as possible!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
Categories: Students spin the spinner and sort words into different categories based on their meaning. There are 3 different game boards.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
 Root word, Prefix, and Suffix anchor charts!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
 After learning all about prefixes and suffixes, students make numerous little flip books and create sentences with each word.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
 List it: Students practice using commas correctly with this activity! Students will pull a picture card and create a detailed sentence using the three items in the picture.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-Language-Activities-Printables-Part-Two-979016
 Multiple meaning match-ups! Students dive deeper into vocabulary and match up these words with their two different meanings.

These are just a few of many different activities in Part 2 of the pack!

If you want to see ALL of my first grade grammar activities click the image below:

Pin it:

1

Anchor Charts Galore!

My class is becoming covered in first grade anchor charts.

A couple weeks ago, I shared this picture on my FB page:
This is only about 1/4th of the anchor charts in my room.

I have used anchor charts in previous years, but only about 1 per subject and I would switch them out each month. This year is a whole new story! I am getting ready to re-arrange and file away some of these anchor charts to make room for new ones, so I thought I would share what I currently have taking over my walls.

*Side note: about half of these were found or inspired while scouring blog posts from ALL over*

Addition Strategies:

 Math Vocab:

Retelling:

Reading Punctuation:

Just Right Books:

Questioning:

Read-to-Self:

Treating Books Right:

 Close Reading:

Writing Norms:

 Lucy Calkins - What do I do when I'm done?

Happy long weekend!! 

Pin it:

2

What's Your Schedule?! Linky!

Having moved from Vegas to Mass and teaching the same grade level, I am amazed about how different the day-to-day schedules are!

It got me thinking...

How long is your school day? How long do you have for each subject? Do you have a Social Studies or Science block? Do you get time for planning or PD each week?

I am NOSY!

The beginning of my school year was crazy-hectic so many of you may have already shared your schedules, but if you want to share them again and make my stalking life a bit easier, LINK UP!

I would love to see what your school day looks like!

Grab the button:
Many thanks, Melonheadz & MTF fonts

This is what my week looks like:


Does my schedule look similar to yours?! Or are we wayyyy off??

**Some answered questions:**
- Our morning meeting is with the kids each day.
- We have duty free lunch for 45 minutes each day except Friday which is 30 minutes
-So far this year, we have had PD about half the time and planning with our team the other half on Fridays - it is awesome. Yesterday, our principal let us leave at 1230 as a reward for our extra time! However, I think those days will be few and far between.
-We also have planning while the students are at specials for an hour and 5 minutes
-Our scheduled time in each morning is 7:29 - it is an early start so we just have to be there to pick up the kids! Our time to leave is right after the kids leave.
-I do not get to choose my own schedule. This is the schedule of the entire 1st grade team which was given to us by our principal!
- I have a full time para - GASP! Yeah... with me.... all day long... I am VERY lucky!
- My kids' specials change each day and we have: Library, Music, P.E., Dance, Art, & Safe/Caring (a class all about being kind friends!)
- When my students go to enrichment on Fridays it is an afternoon full of music, arts, literacy and nutrition! Currently my students practice dance, boxing, and they are learning about the composer, Carl Orff. Next week they will start a new 6 week rotation and learn all about Futsol, Storytelling, and Health/Nutrition. Some classes are sponsored and taught by the instructors who sponsor them while other classes during that time are taught by our specialists and volunteers.

Anything else? Feel free to ask!
18
Back to Top