Monday, June 5, 2017

100th Day of School Challenge

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The 100th Day of School (or 101st) can be a bit overwhelming if your school is like mine and does things BIG!  Whether you're a teacher who wants a unique activity, or a homeschooling parent who wants to mix it up this year, this freebie has got you covered!


Prep Work

To get this 100th Day Challenge ready for my first graders, I simply copied the papers front to back and stapled them into a mini-packet.

My teaching teammates and I decided to opt for a rotation schedule for the 100th day, so I went ahead and printed a pack for every single first grader since they would all make it to my room at some point during the day.  Each packet was just two pages each so it wasn't too bad!


The Activity

This activity is pretty self-explanatory.  After each rotation of kiddos entered my classroom, I explained that in my room, we would be doing 100 second challenges for the 100th day of school.  Some would be exercise moves and some would be learning skills to, "get our brains engaged"!


Students found a spot to work at and I called on a student to read the first challenge.  The student would demonstrate or explain what to do and then I'd hit "start" on the full-screen stopwatch I had pulled up on my SMART Board.  

We did jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, and we wrote words and numbers-- just to name a few.

It was as easy as that!

The kids loved it and it was something they had never done before!

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You can also check out my Pinterest board full of other February ideas!


I wish you a wonderful 100th or 101st day of school, and as always-- Happy Teaching!






Don't forget to check out this awesome activity pack, too!  It's full of 100th day activities your kiddos won't want to stop!


For this timeless box set of books, hop on over to Target.  You can keep them in your library all year, or use them for special 100th day activities!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Unicorn Spin and Graph Freebie

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My first graders are OBSESSED with our mini erasers from Target... maybe even more than me!  Is that even possible???  But really, during indoor recess, they just want to sort them, stack them, and put them in piles!

To harness all this eraser love, I created this Editable Unicorn Spin and Graph Freebie!


Prepping the Activity


To get this activity ready, all I did was print out the three pre-made spin and graph activities onto cardstock (you can always edit the last page of the file too)!

Then, I laminated each page and paired them with a paperclip spinner, some erasers, and a pencil!


Spin and Graph Activity


To play the activity, students simply use the pencil and paperclip to "spin" on the spinner, say the shape/word/coin, and then graph it with an eraser or other marker.

My kiddos love to predict which item will reach the top and "win" first and they typically take turns with a partner.


Ready to download your own FREE copy?  Simply click the blue button below and hop over to my Teachers Pay Teachers page!


Then, check out these other unicorn activities!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Unicorn Number Mats // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Unicorn Felt Page // Teach Me Mommy
Unicorn Color Recognition // M is for Monster
Unicorn CVC Word Match // The Kindergarten Connection
Unicorn Color Clip Cards // Fairy Poppins
Unicorn Place Value Game // Pages of Grace
Unicorn Alphabet Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Ulla Unicorn's Very Busy School Day! // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Unicorn Sight Word Matching Game // Letters of Literacy
Unicorn Minus One Coverall Game // Recipe for Teaching
Unicorn Sensory Bin // Sara J Creations
Editable Unicorn Sight Word Game // Playdough to Plato
Unicorn Spin and Graph Freebie // The Simplified Classroom

Thanks for stopping by and happy teaching!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Blank Books for Writers' Workshop

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Every day my students have plenty of writing opportunities!  After putting their things away first thing in the morning, they know their job is to write in their "Morning Journal".  

Each day of the week has a guideline:

Monday -- Weekend update.
Tuesday -- True story Tuesday.
Wednesday -- Wacky Wednesday (a silly story) OR the choice to read.
Thursday -- Throwback Thursday.
Friday -- Free write Friday.

We also have a writing mini lesson and time to work on a specific piece. 

After these two morning routines, we switch to Readers' Workshop!  While I'm meeting with my reading groups, my other students can be found listening to reading on Epic, reading to themselves, completing literacy centers, or working on writing!


I have a designated writing table with papers for my students to choose from for work on writing!  These mini books are always a favorite, but I also have letter writing paper, lists, prompts, and even blank paper for them to be creative!  To save prep time, I've been having my amazing classroom volunteer make these blank books to restock our table!  She is so kind to donate her time and my kids appreciate having colorful books to put their ideas in.

I don't dictate the "work on writing" time-- as long as my kiddos are actually writing, I'm GOOD!  BUT, if students work really hard on a book and want to add it to our classroom library, I'll have them edit and revise it until it meets my standards.  Then, we add a "class books" label and drop it in the basket!

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Then, check out these endless STEM challenges!


Have a great day and happy teaching,

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fix Em Up Sentences

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Each day, my first graders complete a few hands-on literacy activities during our reading rotations.  Students get to choose what they work on, and I even have some kiddos who take centers home a few nights a week to do for fun with their families-- it melts my teacher heart!


Fix Em Up Sentences


For this grammar activity, students must read each sentence strip and decide if it needs to be fixed or if it is just fine!  

Then, students sort the sentences into piles.  They will need to be on the lookout for capitals at the beginning of each sentence, as well as punctuation at the end.  There is also one sneaky sentence that is a bit tricky because there is a sight word spelled wrong!


After reading and sorting, the last thing to do is the FIXING!  Students will look closely at the five sentences with a mistake and then re-write them correctly on the included recording sheet.  It's that simple!

Students will work on reading, attending to the features of print, grammar, and writing!

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You might also like this awesome pack of rhyming activities:


Then, check out hundreds of more ideas on my Pinterest boards!



Happy teaching!