Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Scoop and Something for You to Scoop Up

Happy Sunday!! As all good weekends do, this one flew by. My husband was out of town for most of the weekend so I was having some lovely girl time with my daughters - involving driving them around to all of their events, taking them shopping and out for dinner with fancy drinks. It also involved re-watching Divergent.

This weekend should have included more work on my progress reports, planning and math course....but hey it is not midnight yet!

I am linking up with The Teaching Trio for their super fun linky....

So they last part of my scoop is something I think you may want to scoop up. My friend Nick and his wife are trying to adopt a baby (read Nick's post about it here). I am sure that in all of our lives we have met people and thought to ourselves, there really out to be a test you have to take before you are allowed to have children. Well Nick and his wife are the type of people that would ACE that test!!! They are the type of people that truly would be a blessing to any child lucky enough to be placed with them. Sooooo, to help them out some of Nick's blogging friends have put together a bundle of products with all of the proceeds going to help support the adoption process. Click on any of the pictures to check it out on TPT.

Hope everyone has a great week - I hope to post some of our apple and pumpkin fun this week!!!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Storybots & Math Centres for Tried it Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I am very happy to be linking up with Holly for her awesome linky...

I have two tried its - but they are related.

This year I am trying and loving the series of letter videos from Storybots on youtube. We watch one each day when we review our letter sound of the day and as a way to generate words that start with the letter. Here is the one we watched today.

They are so fun and catchy and educational :) My students love them!!

One day I decided to check out if there were any other Storybot videos and found this gem.

I love how they show the "bots" in different configurations - great subitizing!! Plus the be-do-be-bop part is awesome.

This little video led me to create a few "Robot" math centers. I wanted to introduce math centers to my class - but wanted something we could handle. The math activities review 10 frames, 1 more and 1 less and tallies - skills we have been working on for a bit. They could be used as "scoot" games but I used them for small groups today. Today was the first day we tried anything like this - we just have not been ready for more routines before now. We worked on taking the materials out, matching the card to the answer sheet, not writing on the task card, returning materials and voice levels - a very busy math class - with maybe less math than usual :).


You can check out these fun little math centers here. I also included an activity for early finishers to create their own robot using shapes. Be sure to check out the Storybots if you have anyone that needs some letter or sound review!!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Cookie Sorting Math and a Freebie!

Happy Monday!! It actually was a mostly happy Monday for me - which for a Monday is saying a lot : )

We have been working on sorting based on attributes such as size, shape, colour and of course since we have to sort buttons - the number of wholes!! I teach at a new school this year - so there will be no going on a leaf hunt and then sorting our leaves. Sooooo, we were brainstorming what else we could sort and I was flipping through the clipart files in my head (yes I store a copy in my head!) and it hit me, we can sort cookies!!

A sent home a little note (well a note printed on a label placed in the agendas) asking if possible could students bring in one cookie for a math sorting activity on Monday and that they would be able to enjoy it as part of their snack afterward.

I also brought in cookies - just in case we did not get 100% of our class covered. The Peak Freans assorted cookies since they had different shapes and flavors.

I gave each student a small paper plate - they put their name on the plate and the cookie too.
We gathered in a circle - we all put our cookies down and I started sharing sorting rules and we sorted our cookies (which of course I did not take a picture of - but trust me, it was fun and looked delish!).

Then I posted the page with two cookie jars. I recorded a sorting rule. I gave each student a cookie and had them place their cookie under the correct jar. Then we repeated with a new rule and again!

Finally I gave them their own cookie jars and cookies to create their own sorting rule and sort cookies into the jars.

As they worked they ate their cookies - and we all know, food makes math way more interesting : )

I placed my laminated jars and cookies in a bag so that students can use it as a free time activity.

If you would like a copy of this activity click here.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Totally Random - Calendar Card Freebie

Happy Tuesday!! Well I am obviously still not in the back to school groove yet. I am finding it hard to find enough time to prepare things for my classroom, keep my house together, drive to all of the events my kids are in and blog. One of the biggest problems I am having is remembering to take pictures of what is happening in our classroom so I can share them with you. I put my camera on my desk every day and I see it there again at the end of the day. Time just keeps getting away on me - these little firsties need a lot of direct support : )

So I thought I would share a little something from our class.

We completed our first Interactive Notebook page for math!! I was really worried about the amount of cutting and pasting - but they did a fabulous job. This activity is part of a great INB unit I purchased on TPT.

We have been working on list writing during writing workshop. We made this adorable squirrels and created a list of things we are nuts about. The squirrel template is part of this pack I purchased on TPT. This was also a great time to read Scaredy Squirrely - the king of crazy lists!!

Tomorrow we are changing up our calendar cards - I am going to continue with the squirrel theme rather than something really Halloween-y!

We will be spending some time tomorrow putting the missing numbers on our calendar to help with our number sense : )

Click here to pick up a copy of the calendar cards.

Hope to see you again this weekend - honestly!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Five for Friday - Cats & Dots & Pirates

Happy Friday. Just popping in to give you an update on some of the things that have been happening in my class (I have been teaching seriously!!) So I am linking up with Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

When reviewing the letter sound "a" we read a lot of fun books including Splat the Cat (who I love, don't tell the other two famous cats - but Splat is my favourite!! so darn cute!!). One of our activities was making these adorable Splat the Cat paintings.

I found the idea on Pinterest of course!! I drew the outline and the students filled it in with paint. Then they used a paper comb to make the fur fuzzy. I made templates for the face and paw pads. We added googly eyes and whiskers if they wanted. On the side they cut and paste words with the "a" sound that they could read.

We celebrated International Dot Day (September 15th). This is my first time celebrating but there is so much teaching you can do with a dot. We used dot stickers to create a picture and then counted the dots. I placed coloured dots around the room and students had to find them and tally the number of dots for each colour. Students coloured a beautiful dot to decorate my desk. Next year I would like to add in some Twister games and 3D dot making and a class mural.

If you were doing it with older grades I think this book would be a great tie in!

We celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day ( a day early - it is today!!). We made pirate scarves for our students using red plastic tablecloths from the Dollar Store and eye patches from paper and pipe cleaners. We were working on the letter "r" or in this case "argh" so they also got letter "r" hooks that I cut on my Cricut and we added to popsicle sticks.

Pirate Day included a treasure hunt in the hallway for "r" words. At the end of the treasure hunt were these adorable treasure bags (made by one of my teaching partners). Inside gold doubloons (a.k.a dollar store coins) and mini-granola bars.

Pirate day also included a math activity - students pulled a gem from the treasure box and had to model their number (tricksy teachers only included numbers 5-10 on the gems!).

It also included this cute craftivity modified from this pack from Babbling Abbey.

It also included a few books

and a few videos

and this song - only on GoNoodle

Hope you had a great week. I am looking forward to this weekend - I always think I am going to get so much done - then Sunday night comes....

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tried it Tuesday - New School & New Grade

I can not believe how long it has been since I blogged!! I know everyone understands what the start of a new school year is like so I will not go on and on about how busy I have been or how tired I am at the end of the day - you have been there, you know. But I really want to share some of my experiences with you, so I am sitting down to blog and I am linking up with my friend Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky party....

So, what is my tried it you may ask....I tried moving schools and changing grades!! This is huge for me. I am not a fan of change to say the least - I love knowing my students and their families and my coworkers and what to expect - LOVE it!!! I loved the feeling of community at my old school - and that is why I stayed there for all 15 years of my teaching career. But I had the chance to work at a school that is 30 minutes closer to my house and felt that I really had to go for it. Also it is a brand new school so I would not be walking into a situation where everyone else was comfortable and knowledgeable - we would all be uncomfortable together!!

This change in schools also led to a change in grades. I am now teaching Grade 1 with 19 students.

Something else I am trying is not to freak out every minute of the day : )

The school change and grade change were big enough stressors. Add to that a brand new school that was barely ready on time for opening!!!  We started school on Tuesday, September 2nd and we got into the school to set up our brand new classes on Saturday, August 29th!!!

Here a few pictures of my classroom on the Saturday morning when I arrived at 7 a.m.



Here are a few pictures of my classroom on Tuesday morning before the students arrived....

My teacher desk - arrived this weekend!!
My computer table - still no computer!!

Here is our carpet area - without carpet : )
Here are a few things we have been working on..

Our class birthday graph using monthly cards from A Burst to First

Our daily graphs from Teacher's Clubhouse and sponge idea from Teacher Tipster.

We started out our day talking about tools - it will lead into our community helpers unit.

Then we talked about tools that we need to help us learn- I gave each student a red toolbox - a basket I spray painted red - to hold some tools for learning.

Our Listen Buddy lesson.
Some of our work on Chrysanthemum

So my tried it is an ongoing adventure to say the least. I am not sure who is learning more right now, me or my students - but hey, at least some one is learning : )

I will try to keep you posted on what is happening in our classroom on a regular basis - but please forgive me if days go by without hearing from me  -  I am trying : )