Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Getting Ready for Next Year - Freebies!

I'm the kind of person that likes to get ready for the next year before the end of this year. I know. You can call me crazy. It's ok. I understand. But it's the way I am.

So what am I getting ready?

Forms to send home during Meet and Greet:

My Parent Survey (it's free!). I keep this in my communication folder.

This is what I send home so that I can take pictures for my blog. I know it has my information on it, but if you need it for something else, then maybe you can use it as a template. Click HERE to download it.

And I send this home so that I can show some movies that are apparently PG. Click HERE to download it.

I'm also restocking my calendar bins for next year! Head over to {THIS} post to see how I organize all of my monthly calendar-type activities.

I already have my calendar pieces done...but I'm getting ready all the pages that I want to use IN the calendar bundle. Check out my post on the calendar bundle HERE.

Our monthly poetry covers are printed up for the year. Find out how I use poetry in the classroom  and download the covers for free {HERE}

I also have our monthly writing journal covers ready to go... the journals themselves aren't done yet, but hopefully I'll have a wonderful parent volunteer next year to do them for me. See how I use the journals and download the covers for free {HERE}.

I've also sent my Spelling Journals to the Print Shop. 

I'm opting to use these this year instead of doing my phonics notebook, only because it's my first year in First grade AND at my new school, so I want to see what they can handle before I dive in full force! haha. But I used my Phonics Notebook this year and LOVED it...You can check that out HERE.

I've also sent my Vocabulary Journals to our print shop (I like send things to the print shop because they copy off a whole class set, with a cover and back cover AND bind them with a spiral thingy.... to me, NOT having to do it is worth me paying for it! lol) Check out my vocabulary Journals HERE.

I also have copied off all the writing pages and family notes for our Monthly Family Projects! IF I have enough time, I might even get frisky and run off all the templates for the crafts!

I'm also getting ready our Memory Books for next year... as we're finishing up this year's Memory books! lol
You can read more about them {HERE}

There are "All About Me" pages for the beginning of the year and the end of the year, so you can see the difference between the 2 times of year. It's always so fun to see the changes!  Then, there are monthly writing pages, so the students can write about what they learned that month. The kids have really been having fun with this.

Check them out in my TpT store {HERE}.

I have also printed out and laminated my personal behavior charts that I use from Rachelle. You  can read my post on how I use them {HERE}, although, I must say, I am thinking of changing the plan...again! haha!

I've also printed up my name tags for next year - I love that I don't have to go on a hunt to buy them every year! They have everything I want on them! You can download them for free on {THIS} post.

I've had my wonderful parent volunteer trace and cut out my jerseys for me.

In the beginning of the year, the kids decorate their jersey with their number on it and I leave them up all year.

Why do they have numbers? FOR SO MANY THINGS! I have a post on what I use numbers for {HERE}.

And last but not least, I got all planned out for next year! I came across Traci's curriculum planner, and I knew it would be perfect for me since I don't use the district adopted series.

I have my whole year planned out! This is such a beautiful sight. I wish I had this for this year as a first year 1st grade teacher. but now I won't be so "lost" next year - haha!

Check it out on Traci's blog {HERE}!  


That's a lot! And I still have more on my list to do for next year! And, um, this year isn't even over yet - haha!  Oh well. I will be thankful next year in the beginning of the year.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ocean "Week"

I'm not sure why I chose to call this Ocean Week... because it was definitely was not a week long unit.. more like 3 weeks.

We started off with Pout Pout Fish. One of my all-time favorite books! I've decided that next year, I'm starting off with Pout Pout Goes to School.

We did a summary for it, which lent itself easily to senquencing, problem/solution, turning event...

Ok. Let's talk about my drawing of Pout Pout. I mean this girl can't even draw, and I'm pretty impressed with him!

I taught the kids how to draw him for their cover page of their summary.

Then we did the free Pout Pout craft from First Grade Blue Skies and the character changing paper from Deanna Jump.

I had a sub one day, the day my Autumn had her VPK graduation!

So, I prepared Deanna and DeeDee's May Guiding Readers pack - the Hello Ocean and they created their books. They turned out so cute!

That was a fun intro to our Non-fiction unit.  First up? Sharks!  

This book (that I chose to project on the screen instead of print out because I'm lacking time these days!) comes from Deanna's Ocean Unit

I really like these Fact Finder Question pages she has in her pack.

I took them to the computer lab so they could all do research on sharks! Have you ever tried PebbleGo? It's like an encyclopedia for kids - it's really good!! They had a few different sharks on their site so I let them choose which one they wanted. They had to write down 2 main facts and 1 fun fact. They were so into it!

They glued their research page under their writing page when they completed the craft.

As a final "assessment" we did the fact or fiction page from Deanna's pack.

I kept the Schema chart up the whole unit, just because they like seeing all of their learning.

We did one for whales too...

Here are the final writing and crafts.

...with their research page underneath.

Then it was on to sea turtles... (that turtle directed drawing hanging up is from ABC Schoolhouse)

After they wrote about their learning for turtles, they did a different kind of craft - directed drawing meets tear art.  They turned out so cute!

Then it was on to jellyfish! Luckily, one of our Scholastic News this month was about dangerous summer animals..and jellyfish were the main attraction.  So we took some notes from the article and then they wrote their facts (with a conclusion).

The craft this time was one of my favorites! They watercolor paint a coffee filter.

After it dries, you tape on some streamers (for the fat tentacles) and ribbon (for the skinny tentacles).

In 2nd grade, there's a really cool story in Journeys about jellyfish. I posted about it {HERE} last year.

When I ran out of room on my bulletin board, I hung them out in the hallway.

Those crabs. SO cute!!  The writing page is mine (and so are the turtle and jellyfish pages you saw), but the idea for the lesson and crab from Traci over at Dragonflies in First. Such a cute lesson!

Then we watched Backyardigans (because there are 5 days left of school and after all this, I was done and needed time to regroup) and had some clam cookies! My teammate found this somewhere and we had to have it today!


That was a whirlwind of Ocean fun!! It's one of my favorite units and there is SO much more I would love to do. But we only have 5 more days left, so I must move on!

We are actually in the middle of working on our Memory books too.

We do a page or so every day and then the last few days and we'll start gluing in the pages next week.

You can read more about them in {THIS} post.


I think I just made up for not posting much in the last month or so - what do you think?!

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