Friday, April 22, 2011

Poetry Party

 We spent the month working with poems. 
We went around the school building giving Poetry Breaks to classes. 
We read familiar poems from our poetry folder.  We had quite a collection to choose from.

We also spent a couple of weeks composing our own poems. 
We talked about all the differences in poems: some rhyme, some don't, some are long, some have a beat...
Every day for two weeks we read poems written by first graders followed by about 15 minutes of writing. 
The poems this year were interesting, but fun.  I'll have to take pictures of some them to share.
To end our unit, we had parents come to a Poetry Party, where the kids read their poems into a microphone!
Three classes joined forces and it was loads of fun!
Here is our background.

We had quite a turn out. 
 We put out a ton of chairs, but we still had lots standing in the back.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reduce, REUSE, Recycle

In honor of Earth Day, I have to share my new favorite item.
It is the . . .

KFC side order container!

For lunch, I've used it for salad dressing and cheese cubes.

For school, I've used it for keeping glue, paint, push pins and paperclips.

It has an amazing seal and it is just the right size. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Chicka Chicka Blends

We have been reading the top 100 recommended books for kids.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was on the list and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, since most kids have read it over and over.  I came across incorporating blends while flipping through the teaching blogs.  I liked the idea and went with it.
This was a  great practice and review for blends.