Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ladybug Classroom Theme

Hey everyone! How are you today?

 I send all of my prayers and best wishes to Boston. I have been riveted to the TV following the tragic events of the last week.

I have recently changed my mind about my classroom theme next year. I had intended to do School Girl Style's Primary Apple theme, but am now going to do School Girl Style's Ladybug theme, integrating some of my own stuff.

I think it will be super cute! This morning, I started a Pinterest board so that I can keep track of things and ideas that I find . . .if you know of some fun ladybug stuff, let me know!

I also made a little framed sign to get me started . . .

My husband and I have also been really busy at home. I just refinished a bench with homemade Chalk Paint, he made two batches of homemade soap and we are in the process of changing out the fixtures in our kitchen and bathroom sinks. I am starting to post some of those projects on my home blog

Have a good week!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hi everyone! I have a couple of things to share with you today. First of all, here is the view from my classroom right now.

All of the white stuff is actually snow falling. Bleh!

Now, onto the ideas. I have come up with a way to display, store and send home our writing projects. . .attaching the writing to file folders and labeling the edge for organizational purposes. I think I would file them all and then send home at the end of the year. For example, for the last couple of weeks we have been working on Narratives. We just finished the final draft yesterday. 
Here is what it looks like stapled into the folder:

Here is my display on the wall:

I also wanted to share our big flower project. We made a big flower and labeled the parts. I did these last year as well.

You can grab the labeling printable by clicking here.

Prayers to Boston . . .


Friday, April 12, 2013

We've had a blast reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in First Grade.  For the past two weeks I've been reading about two chapters per day.  I bought a cute unit on tpt.  My favorite activity was the journal entry from a characters point of view. You can get it here.  After my students wrote their journal entries, I had them read them to the whole class and they guessed what character it was. While reading the book we noticed there were a lot of examples in the text that indicated the Scarecrow had a brain, the Tin Woodman had a heart, and the Lion had courage.  I made this anchor chart for my students to write down specific events that supported our theory.  You can get it here.  I love the Melonheadz clip art and bought it here.  We took our First Graders to the play, The Wizard of Oz, put on by a local children's theater group.  It was amazing! We also watched the movie and compared them.  After all of this my students and I agree that the book is always better than the movie!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Writing Paper Freebie. Cute!

Hi everyone! How was your week. It is getting to that really busy time of year. We have 7 weeks left. Kinda crazy! I hope you found some fun freebies in the spring blog hop last week! 
Today, I decided to make a few new writing forms. . .it's always fun to have a change . . .and my class definitely notices. 

(Sorry that the screen shot shows a little extra line along the side.)

Click here to download all 3.
(margin problem I discovered is all fixed!)
I have recently discovered  Krista from Creative Clips. Her stuff is delightful!!
Click on the image below to visit her TpT Store.

I also used Nikki's "Kidlette's" set, which is super cute. 
(As is all of Nikki's stuff!) She never ceases to amaze me. . .

I also posted some Spring Word Art today on my other blog,

Have a relaxing Sunday!

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