Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fire Safety Week

So, each October, I have my husband come in and do a fire safety presentation. It used to be that he came to our classroom and did 2 classes and then went to another room and did one more presentation for the other half. BUT at this school, we have 14 first grade classes. Yes, you read that right. 14 first grade classes. haha. Needless to say, he can't do a rotation anymore. SO, he does one big presentation in our cafeteria.

He puts on the gear and shows the kids what it looks like and sounds like so they don't get scared...and he talks about what to do....

He brings some hoses and axes and poles that he talks about their "roles" for firefighters.

This year, I got to go try on the gear on stage.  That was fun. :)

He's so good to come in and do that for us. Life as a firefighter wife, and life as a teacher husband - ha!

We did some activities in class with firefighters too. One of my favorites is this firefighter poem. I always use it to talk about adjectives, and the students have to label those adjectives and nouns in their illustration of the poem.

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We also play this song a lot! It's still in my head, actually. You can check out more fire safety songs on my YouTube playlist {HERE}

We actually do a lot of our learning from last year's Scholastic News (I keep the ones I like so I can reuse them!).

Their journal writing that week had a few entries, but this one was "Why are firefighters important?" We're really trying to practice "Stealing and sliding" to answer questions.... hopefully, you can tell. You can grab the cover freebies to our journals and see how we do them {HERE}.

We always do a partner share with our journals. They sit knee to knee and then I tell them "Person A" or "Person B" goes first. (see what I mean in {THIS} post and download the free desk labels).

 We also did some labeling activities from my October Label and Write About It pack.

Happy Sunday, friends!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Farm and Little Red Hen

In the beginning of September, I like to do a 2 week unit on farm, including the Little Red Hen.

I always start with reading Click, Clack, Moo on Bookflix (I LOVE that our district  has a subscription to it). We listen to it once, to enjoy it, and then again so they can put the events of the story in order.

They do this as a group, so each person gets 1 or 2 cards to illustrate.

Then we watch the nonfiction paired text on Bookflix for farms. That's why I LOVE Bookflix, there's a fiction and nonfiction pair for ALL the books they have on there!  So we did a circle map about what a farmer might do during the day. I also did a directed drawing and had the kids label the different parts of the cow.

Then they drew theirs in their Learner's Journal.

We did a planning page for our writing and then they wrote their FIRST ever paragraph. Or rather...sentences that weren't really a paragraph, but we're still working on the fact that sentences can start on the same line if there's still room to write. 

Because we talked about cows, I wanted to include Deanna's book that is in her Farm Unit. I projected it on the screen. After every "section" we stopped and did a quick group chat about what they learned during that section.

 I wrote what they said they learned on post-it notes and then put it on our Schema board. This is part of Deanna's Farm Unit too. 

We needed a craft to go with our writing we did, so we did the Glyph that comes with Deanna's Farm unit too!  They all came out different, and so cute!

AND I just had to do Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm

Deanna has some stuff in her Farm Pack to go with this too. We talked about character traits using actions of the characters. And of course a cute little directed drawing craft. They turned out so cute!

In our math centers, I actually came across some fun math mats from Reagan. They are in her Math Mat pack. Perfect for our farm weeks!

Deanna also had some pig stuff in the Guiding Fristies Math pack I was using that week.

We ended our farm week with some fun with Little Red Hen.  I use the activities in my Little Red Hen pack during the week for centers. One of my favorite thins to do is the comparison chart. There are TONS of versions of LRH, most of them pretty similar to each other. But I always end the unit with one that is SO different. They always love it!

Here are some of my favorite versions:

Then the students write about the central message, or what the author wanted them to learn... and we revisit this lesson a lot throughout the year "You have to work for what you want!"

You can check some of these activities out by click on the pictures below:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rules and Laws

A few weeks ago (yes, a few weeks...I'm slightly behind in blogging about our days at school.) I did a little mini unit on rules and laws.

I don't think I really need to go into it TOO much. I mean, I feel like kids get it. But nonetheless, I do it every year.  I read this cute little book...

Then we do our circle maps and discuss Rules and Laws, and we establish that Laws are RULES that citizens of the community follow.

Makes sense, right?


We also spend some time reading the David books. The kids absolutely love him. And he is a GREAT example of a rule breaker, so we can talk about all kinds of different rules.


Then we wrote our own class book!  The kids love writing class books. I put them in a book bin and let them read them all year.

We did a few more activities, but, of course I didn't get pictures because I'm so crazy at school in the beginning of the year - blah!!

But, here's what else is included that we did. Click the picture to check it out.