Thursday, March 31, 2011

Signs of Spring

Eventhough it snowed yesterday, it is still spring. 
So, we have been focusing on spring words and signs of spring.  Every year I have the first graders make these robins.  I love activities that use their hands or handprints. 

I found this poem and we had a great time hanging our robins up to decorate.

                          Here is to hoping the sun shines soon!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Math Assessments

I have been grading lots of assessments that we completed right before break.  As I was finishing my unit 7 EDM grades, I was really loving my assessment feedback sheet.  It is quick and gives the parents the information they need easily.  I give the parents the following three papers stapled together: the unit assessment, self assessment sheet and the teacher assessment sheet.  It is interesting to see if their understanding corresponds with the child's self assessment.  It can make for a great discussion.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break or Spring Cleaning

I went to my classroom today to do some spring cleaning.  It was overwhelming and I was out in an hour.  How is it possible to have so much to do?  I guess I will try it again in a day or two.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Napping House

Sequencing Activity-  We practiced sequencing this week with the Napping House.  We did this activity in three sittings.  First we read the book and we pulled names for groups.  Small groups drew out the pictures and painted them.  Later we traced, cut and wrote characters names on sentence strips.  We reread the story and glued the character in the order they appeared in the story.  Lastly, the next day we reviewed the steps and did an interactive writing with sequencing words.  What fun!

Going to give this a try!

I have been inspired and amazed at all the creativity put into blogs.  I am going to take a chance and give this a shot.  I have no idea what I am doing, but I am excited to try and to learn something new.  I am going to start by downloading a picture.  Wish me luck!