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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Happy teaching!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Letter and Number Matching Puzzles

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Although I currently teach first grade, I do occasionally have students move-in from other areas in need of some kindergarten skills.  To help these kiddos out, I like to have literacy and math centers on hand that they can do independently and feel successful with!


These adorable zoo-themed matching puzzles have students work on three skills: matching capital letters to lowercase letters, matching numbers to tally marks, and matching capital letters to lowercase letters that form 4-letter sight words.

Getting Ready


To prep this activity, simply download the file below for free, print the 6 pages in color onto card stock for durability, and laminate!

Then, you'll need to cut the puzzle pieces apart.  Cut the zoo pictures into squares, but be sure to leave the matching mats intact.  I would also recommend drawing a star, smiley face, or some other symbol onto the back of the square pieces to indicate which puzzle set they are from.  Students may become frustrated if all of the puzzle pieces get mixed up.

Letter and Number Matching Puzzles


To play, students should pull a puzzle set and begin matching-- it's as simple as that!  You can prompt students to say the letters or numbers aloud, and if you have any zoo animal toys, this activity would be a great opportunity to pull those out and engage in a vocabulary-rich conversation!

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You can find even more zoo activities for kids by following the links below!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Editable Name Puzzles // Playdough to Plato
It's a Zoo Graphing Game // Stay at Home Educator
Zoo Themed STEM Activity // Sara J Creations
Zoo Sight Word Book // Still Playing School
Zoo Small World Busy Box // Play and Learn Every Day
Zoo Animals: Tracing Lines // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Letter and Number Matching Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Zoo Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Zoo Pom Pom Mats // Fairy Poppins
Zoo Themed Counting Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Zoo Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Zoo First to 20 and First to 50 Math Game // A Dab of Glue Will Do

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Thanks for reading and happy teaching!