Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tops and Bottoms

This week we read Tops and Bottoms. This is one of my favorite springtime stories and the kids always love it each year! Many of them didn't realize the different ways that vegetables grow. We discussed which vegetables were tops, bottoms, and middles and which veggies were are favorites. We also discussed how to plant a garden and what plants need in order to grow.

I picked up a bag of broccoli and carrots and on Friday we did a little taste test to see which my students prefer... tops or bottoms? Many of my kids said they had never tried broccoli! One sweetie told me she was excited to eat them because she is supposed to have 5 different colors of fruit and veggies everyday. :)

The votes are in and bottoms it is! :)
We discussed the vocabulary word lazy. And students did a text-to-self writing activity where they thought about when they feel lazy like Bear.
We also discussed Hare's character traits. We decided that although he is very clever, he was also a really hard worker. Students completed a text-to-self writing activity where they thought about when they work hard like hare. 

I just added a new little companion pack for the book Tops and Bottoms to my little TpT store. You can snag it 50% off for the next couple days! It has all of these activities, plus lots more! 


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Seuss Week 2017

I'm a little late with posting our Seuss week fun. But better late than never! :)

Keep reading to find out the details of our super fun week that we had celebrating reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

Monday: Fox in Socks Day
We wore crazy socks, read Fox in Socks, made a silly fox wearing socks, and did some rhyming words activities.



Tuesday: Green Eggs and Ham Day
We read Green Eggs and Ham, completed a SWBST, made Sam I am, and had green eggs and ham and Sam I am juice for snack.
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday
We wore wacky, mixed up clothes, we read Wacky Wednesday, we spun wacky words, and ate a wacky snack (banana dogs!)
Thursday: Cat in the Hat Day
We read Cat in the Hat and Cat in the Hat Comes Back, we brainstormed a list of adjectives to describe the cat, we imagined what it would be like if the cat came to our house, and we ate cat hats for a special snack!

Friday: Favorite Book Character Day
We ended our week long celebration of reading with a favorite book character day. Students and teachers dressed as their favorite book character and we read some of the favorite books that students brought in. We also read Horton Hatches the Egg and worked in teams to build nests for Horton. We ended our day with a party... We watched Horton Hears a Who and munched on trail mix and red fish cupcakes! :)



This is always such a super fun and memorable week!! How do you celebrating reading with your students?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy 100th Day!!

We celebrated the 100th day of school last Friday. This is always one of my most favorite days because the kids get so excited about it!


Every year I put activities inside a balloon and hang in them around the room. Throughout the day we pick a balloon to pop and do the activity inside the balloon. Some examples are 100 jumping jacks, write your numbers to 100, count to 100, do 100 high fives, 100 second dance session, when I'm 100 years old writing, if I had $100 writing, 100 seconds of silence {heavenly!}, and much, much more! They love this!
When I'm 100 years old... "I would let my grand kids come up to my house and my husband will help me walk." LOVE IT!

100 second dance session to a little cupid shuffle! Notice the sweetie in camouflage up front.. he is getting down!

I also set up stations around the room. Each student has a sticker chart... when they visit a station they put a sticker on their chart.



We also have our students make shirts {if they choose to} with a 100th day theme. This is me and my sweet co-teacher. 100 days popped on by and 100 days flew by. :)

If your looking for some fun activities for your 100th day celebration check out this little pack in my tpt store! :)
 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Snowy Fun!

January has been jam packed with all things snow! We read some books about snow and recorded our facts using Babbling Abby's fabulous flake facts anchor chart from her January anchor charts

We made our own snow and cute a little booklet about snow from Gladys wonderful Snowmen at Night resource.

We made these cutie snowmen and imagine we were snowmen... students wrote about what they would do if they were a snowman at night...
We also used our Kwik Stix to paint some cute snowmen at night.

We painted a Snowy Day scene with puff paint one day during indoor recess. These turned out so cute!
We compared and contrasted Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Work.


We enjoyed a snowman trail mix and ice cold cocoa {The kids thought it was so funny that the snowmen in the story Snowmen at Night had ice-cold cocoa, so I thought it would be fun for us to have some too! :) }

You can find the venn diagram and Snowman craft along with lots of other fun snowman themed activities in this little pack. :)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SNOW Much Fun with KWIK STIX! {GIVEAWAY}

Hey blog friends! Last week we read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use my newest Kwik Stix (Thin Stix) that I just got in the mail for a little paint project! Students created a Snowmen at Night painting and then completed a writing prompt about what they would do if they were a snowman at night. 



So what are Kwik Stix?? I've blogged about them before, but in case you missed those posts or haven't heard of them I will tell you a little bit about this super, amazing product that I was introduced to last year. 

Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks that dry in 90 seconds. (FABULOUS!!) Kwik Stix look like a glue stick and work very similar.... simply uncap, twist, and get busy painting! No water and no brushes necessary! Kwik Stix make painting projects so much quicker, easier, and mess free. I love that I can incorporate more projects like this into my week because Kwik Stix take up very little time and no prep! All I do is get out the container and some paper and they are good to go.
Kwik Stix work great on regular paper, construction paper, card stock, poster board, cardboard, canvas, wood, and more. Kwik Stix are AP certified! This means they are non-toxic and perfectly safe for young children.
Kwik Stix are available for purchase on Amazon and come in 6, 12, and 24 packs of classic, assorted, neon, and metalix colors. Kwik Stix is now available in a new version called Thin Stix! Thin Stix have all the same wonderful qualities as Kwix Stix, except they give you the option to paint with finer detail. One sweetie said "Miss Elisabeth, I think I like these thin ones better... I can use it easier." 

My firsties give the new Thin Stix two thumbs up!! We love them and look forward to using them for more projects in the future! Would you like to win a set of Thin Stix for your classroom??? AND some snowy resources to go along with them? You are in for a real treat! I'm giving away to ONE lucky winner a 12 pack of Thin Stix.... plus my newest little pack Snowman Shenanigans... AND a 4 pack of the Snowmen books by Caralyn Buehner! Enter the rafflecopter gadget below. Good luck friends! :)