Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Skip Counting by 2, 5, and 10

Next week we will be practicing skip-counting by twos, fives, and tens.  We have this concept built into our morning routine and we have been practicing this all year long.  To take it up a notch, I made a "problem solving packet" in the past which was basically their worksheet questions turned into a booklet.  It was time for a revamp...

We work hard on our problem solving skills.  Combine this with skip-counting and technology and we get my Number Pattern Stations.  Check it out by clicking the picture.


Here's some great online games I found too.  I was going to put them in QR codes, but when scanned with the iPad it doesn't work because they require flash.  I plan on having these opened on my desktop computers for students to use.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MLK Postive and Negative Space

One of the things I love about my job is the opportunity to teach art.  I've led my kiddos through the Elements of Art and we've been working on symmetry.  To follow up our symmetry project, and to integrate with what we're learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. we did a project inspired by the second-grade blog Teaching with Style (which was inspired by Pinterest).

We used positive and negative space to create a portrait of MLK.  I led my firsties through the project one step at a time.  Here's some of their projects:

To read more about the project from Teaching with Style and to get your copy of the MLK portrait used for this project click {HERE}.  Many thanks to Nicole from Teaching with Style.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I never thought much of Martin Luther King, Jr. day until I was a teacher.  I always knew who he was and what he did, but it wasn't until I started teaching it to others that I felt the true magnitude of his life.

Here's some of the free resources I've found for teaching about MLK jr.

First Grade W.O.W. has a great unit:

I also really like the Just or Unjust activity from Elementary Matters' TpT store:

I also used the directed drawing freebie from Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten:

I actually used the directed drawing to go with my writing time with the first and second graders.  We read about MLK, watched this video clip: 

And then wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr.  We put our writing together with a light and dark skin hand-print and our drawing.  The students were AH-mazed that they could draw Martin!

We finished up by watching a clip from his speech:

I'm so excited to try Fun in K/1's idea about the making a cake with a white egg or brown egg.  If you go to their TpT store, you can download the preview of their product which includes instructions, a recipe, and a Venn diagram.

Need more?

Here's the link to BrainPop's video about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

First Grade Fanatics put together a great packet for MLK Day.  Check it out:

Here's another video called "My Friend Martin"  I haven't previewed it yet, but it's supposed to be really good.

If you don't have the book Martin's Big Words, here's a great video of it:



Welcome to my new blog!  I've been blogging for a little while, mostly just a small blog for my classroom parents to see what we're doing each week, but I've come to love blogging.

I've found so many great ideas and resources online; I felt I just had to be a part of it!  I tried to start my own teaching blog before.  I had great visions of creating wonderful resources for all to use.

I still have those dreams, but reality is hitting hard this year.  My official title is "first grade teacher" but at a private school it means so much more.  I also manage and organize our library and check out/check in books.  I rotate between serving lunch and doing recess duty each day.  I also teach a mix of K/1 religion and 1/2 science and 1/2 writing.  All of these things, plus being a mom of 2 really keeps me busy.  So I decided to simplify.

I found myself using lots of resources on Teachers Pay Teachers and free websites such as Classroom Freebies, Classroom Freebies Too, and Freebilicious.  Then I thought, Wouldn't it be great to just put together everything I've used to make it easier for someone else?  So that's what I'm doing.  I'm going to try to sort through all that's out there and show you the best of the best.  I'm going to put it together and show you how I use it all.  And, hopefully, when I find a spare minute or two, whip up my own amazing and educational resources to compliment the rest!

Here's to a new year, a new blog, and big dreams!