Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jelly Bean Prayer

I always knew about the colors of jelly beans symbolizing the Easter story, but I never really did anything with it.  

Until now.

Teaching Heart has a great free printable.  There is a "Colors the Jelly Bean Prayer Book", a small worksheet, and a printable you can attach to a bag of jelly beans!  It's not too late to stop over and use the is wonderful resource!

Easter Wreath

This may be a little late this year, but check out the great printable and tuck it away in your files for next year. 

In addition to Resurrection Eggs I also used this Easter Wreath to help my students learn the story of Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension.

We've been adding a piece or two each day as we learned the parts of the story.  This wreath is nice because today we talked about the Ascension and Pentecost.  Will this be the only resource for the Ascension and Pentecost?  Absolutely not!  But it's a start.  When we return from our Easter break next week and start learning more about it, this will be a good reference for students.  It's like planting a little seed today that I can use and grow larger next week.

Interested in this craftivity?  I got it from Wee Little Miracles.  Don't worry about subscribing to Scrib'd to get the printables, scroll down further in the post and there are links to Google Docs for them (free!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I Found It!

All my searching has paid off...I found TWO live streaming videos of the Vatican and the chapel chimney.  

I'm going to project it today so we can keep an eye on events while we are working.

Want to watch at home?  There's a YouTube channel here or VaticanTV here (they seem to be broadcasting the same).  I'm sticking with the YouTube broadcast though, the VaticanTV site seems to have to do a lot of buffering!

Color a Smile

I'm always looking for a good service project.  It's often difficult to find things that are meaningful and do-able for my first grade students.  

In my  mind the ultimate service project would include learning about what we are doing, doing the project, and seeing the result of our service.  For example - if we were to collect toiletry items for the poor, I'd like to have my students learn about poverty, graph some results. Then together we work to collect items needed and deliver it to where it was needed most.  I think it's important for children to see this kind of feedback with their actions.

The project I found from via Primary Inspiration doesn't meet all the critera, but it's a great start and a simple way to help the students give back.

Color a Smile provides simple drawings and templates for students to color.  Print them, color them, and mail them in to be distributed to nursing home, Meals on Wheels programs, and individuals all across the country.  It's amazing to think that a simple act of coloring a picture can reach all over our nation.

Linda over at Primary Inspiration raved about the ease of use and enthusiasm her students have for this project.  Thanks Linda!  I'm so excited to start!

Free $15

A post from Swamp Frog First Graders led me to Educents.

Educents is in it's pre-launch phase.  It will be "a daily deals site featuring the latest educational products at 30-90% off!"  The site with launch on April 2nd.

The products include e-books, software, curriculum, online learning, and more.

Sign up now to receive a free $15 gift card!

Pope Alarm

We are at such an exciting time in our church's history.  

I've been searching all over for a webcam that will watch the Sistine chapel's chimney, but I haven't found one (yet).  

I did, however, come across Pope Alarm.  It's a cool, free service that will send you an email or text alert as soon as there's white smoke.

Check it out and sign up to be one of the first to know when we have a new pope! 

While we wait, check out the conclave smoke craft over at Catholic Inspired!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Common Core


I'm sure you all are aware of the Common Core State Standards.  I've been compiling a lot of different resources to help with the transition to the new, common standards.  I didn't think it was anything much until I attended an in-service.  I was sitting in a room with a few dozen more first-grade teachers and we were asked how we were handling the new standards.  I was waiting anxiously, iPad notes open and ready to go (I was dying for some resources to use and I love it when teachers have time to get together to share and collaborate because we all know how precious that is).

To my surprise, all we were shown a document in which someone typed up the first-grade standards in a cute font with some graphics.  Nice, but I could have done that.  I wanted something that would work for me!  I don't know if it was the time of day or everyone lost their voice, but no one was saying anything!

So I dug into my treasure trove of resources and shared with others because there's a lot more out there than a re-typed document!

I know I've seen this site before, but I stumbled upon it again the other day and wanted to share it with you!  Check it out:

There's also Common Core apps available for Apple and Android devices - a handy tool to have at your fingertips instead of flipping through tons of pages in a binder on your shelf.

I have got to be going, but let me know if you'd like links to more resources - lists and lesson plans and everything in between.  I have a folder bookmarked just for CCSS links!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Continuing the Pope Project

We continued learning about the Pope today and making our Pope puppets.

We made the front with a book called "Who is the Pope?"

Then we watched a video from the news last night about the Pope's final farewell.

We added information to the back of our pope puppet including the hierarchy of the church, the chief powers of the Pope, and where the Pope lives.

Then we watched a short clip about how the next Pope will be chosen. 

The Pope puppet was made from a post at Catholic Icing.

The printables came from Shower of Roses' post about a Papal lapbook.