Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More President's Day

     I have added a few more items to my President's Day Mini Unit.  There are 4 of the secret messages that students decode by writing the beginning letter for each picture.  I went back and changed them by shading the boxes that needed a capital letter.  The boxes that are not shaded need lowercase letters.  My kids have loved solving the messages.  When completed this one will say, "George Washington was our first president".

     I have included a few of these in which the students must trace the sentence and then hunt for one of our sight words, such as "all".

     I have never tried a word find with the kids.  I was a little worried it would be too hard for them, but they LOVED it!  I gave them each a highlighter and they found the words very quickly!

I have added a 100s grid for students to practice writing numbers.

Today we learned about the Liberty Bell.  We drew a picture of the bell and then wrote a fact.  I did not take pictures of these, but here is a look at our bell craft!  All of these items can be found in my President's Day Mini Unit from my TPT store.  I will upload the newly revised items in the morning.  For some reason, my home internet does not want to cooperate with the TPT website!  :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

President's Day and Giveaway!

I am giving away my President's Day Mini Unit to 1 lucky winner!

Here's how to win:
1. Follow my blog (leave comment below with email address).
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You have 3 chances to win!  I will announce the winner tomorrow!  Good luck!!

Here is a sneak peek at a few of the activities:
I have included 4 Secret Messages that the students have to decode by looking at the pictures and writing the beginning sound below the pictures.  Once all of the letters are filled in, the students can read the Secret Message.  My kids love these!  Here's a look at 2 of them:

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!  I will post this packet to my TPT store shortly!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day

Here is a quick look at some of our Valentine's Day fun.  Our awesome volunteer, DJ, wrapped shoe boxes for us and then we decorated them with Valentine's Day cutouts.

I should have taken pictures from our party and Valentine's Day card exchange, but it was busy and I forgot!
But here are a few pictures from our Guidance Lesson.  Mrs. J. talked to the kids about saying nice things to each other.  The kids took turns practicing saying something nice to one another and then giving out a heart.

A few of the kids tasted lemon juice which represented the "not-so-nice" words.

As you can see, they did not like it! :)

Then the girls, tried sugar which represented the nice words.

The nice words were much better! 
The girls even wanted more!

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Beary" Good Friends

Here is a look at our Valentine's bears we created this week.

The kids wrote about why they are good friends.  Here are some close up:
I am a good friend because I love my friends.

I am a good friend because I like to play.

I am a good friend because I love Trey.

I am a good friend because I like to play with Emma and Hannah.

And here is a look at our classroom door.  We made bees out of hearts.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New TPT items

This week we did a Growing and Changing Unit.  I have never taught a unit like this before.  It was so much fun!  We compared how we are now to how we were as a baby. 

Here is a look at a reader I created to practice the word "this".

I created a Sight Word Sorting Packet to practice distinguishing between words that look similar.  Students can trace the words at the top and then cut and glue the words into the correct column.

And lastly, our classroom has a bee theme.  All of the kids have an incentive chart.  They work each day on following directions, being a good listener, etc. in order to earn a sticker for their chart.  Once the chart is complete they get to go to the treasure box.  I have been buying the incentive charts, but we keep running out, so here is a look at a new chart I created.  Hopefully they will like it! :)

I can't believe it is almost Valentine's Day!  I still have to buy Eric something! 
Hope you have a great week!