Monday, November 9, 2015

Getting Funded & a FREBBIE!

This past week has been a great week!  T created a Donor’s Choose project a few weeks ago trying to get 25 stability balls for my classroom.  I know what your thinking….a bunch of first graders “using” balls as chairs, yea right.  I was so happy to find out that not only did my project get funded but in record time (1 week to be exact).  This was the fastest funding I have ever received.  I was happy and in shock at the same time.  I really am going to give up my chairs and go full in with these balls. 

I have read so many articles on the effects movement has on the brain and how core strength plays a huge factor in student attention and engagement.  It really does explain a lot.  when I think of my room full of 7 year olds I know that they NEED to move!

Well all of my 25 stability balls got delivered last week.  I spent the first week going over how we use them and the rules.  We only used them in small group for practice and so far they have done awesome.  On Friday I stayed after school to blow up all the balls and get rid of my student chairs.  They were pretty excited to see them when they walked in today.  I will keep you posted on how this new change is going.

Last week our school hosted a K-1 collaboration and one of the topics presented was over math centers and fitting it in.  This is a struggle for me because our new Eureka math program requires a full hour block, so centers get pushed to the side.  I have decided to pick and choose a little with the program to allow for small group math time 3 days a week and centers 3 days a week. 

I am planning on doing math buckets and having simple math games and activities for each bucket.  The buckets rotate so I only have to change them out every couple weeks.  Here is an activity I made to go in one of the buckets. I got the idea from I created a simple recording form to go with this.  Feel free to grab a copy by clicking on the picture or link below.

I’m in the works of finally finishing up my Multi syllable word monster unit.  This has been procrastination at it’s finest.
Here is a quick peek! 


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dissolving Pumpkins and Franken Fun

This week is a crazy one for the kids and teachers.  We have a full moon, Halloween parties, red ribbon week festivities, and even our school Blue Jay store day.  Despite all the crazy activities we are still managing to get some teaching in!

I wanted to share some of our activities so far this week.  One thing my kids love is doing science projects, so the dissolving pumpkin candy was a hit today.  If you have some extra time to try this in your class the kids will love it.  I was so surprised by the outcome.  Let’s just say that no one thought that one of the pumpkins would actually disappear.  They were in awe.

  They were all pretty intrigued by this experiment.  Talk about student engagement.
 We let the pumpkins set the four different types of liquid (water, oil, vinegar, and milk) for about 30 minutes and this is what they looked like.  Of course one of my kiddos suggested leaving it during recess and seeing what would happen after an hour.  We actually had one disappear.  I won’t ruin the surprise, but the kids were amazed and called it magic!

If you would like to do this experiment in your classroom click the link below for the directions and printouts. 

We had a day full of Franken Fun on Tuesday and Mrs. Cara Carroll has the most adorable Franken Pudding activity that the kids loved.  Not only did they get to make a snazzy snack with a Frankenstein theme, but they also got to practice sequencing skills and following directions. This activity was educational, hit our weekly standard of sequencing and the kids loved getting a special treat at the end of the day.

This activity is a freebie over at First Grade parade

We also used the book Crankenstein in our morning meeting and discussed the things that make us cranky.  Can you guess which one was mine? I loved the little boy that said shopping with his mom.

I am really excited about something I am working on for all my Pathways teachers out there! Stay tuned soon for some freebies and a couple new units!

Happy Hump Day…We are halfway there!!!!