Monday, May 4, 2015

Yearbook Work...What Do YOU Want to Be When You Grow Up?

We're finishing the year by working in a yearbook.  I decided to do things a bit different this year.

Usually, we fill in a photocopied yearbook but this year I decided to have the students create a hardcover book showcasing their year in first!!  We'll included the different forms of writing, text features, and of course LOTS of photos!

We've just begun but the kids are REALLY excited to work in them.  I'll show you the progress as we work through them.  So far the kids have colored the cover, added a picture with their "Special Person" poster, written a table of contents page, and wrote a caption for their first day self-portrait.

I was looking for a cute way to have the kids tell me what they want to be when they grow up.  A few years ago I painted the back of the my shelfs with chalkboard paint.  I used to let the kids write on them but eventually the chalk dust became too much.

Using a chalk marker I made a speech bubble and had the kids write inside.  I created a document in Pages with the background, font, and picture frame.  I just uploaded each picture and printed.  They'll glue these into their yearbooks and write an opinion piece.  I LOVE that some even asked if they could make a picture of what they wanted to be.

Just look at the first one!!  Doesn't that just tug at your heart?!  I mean, oh my gosh, when he said he wanted to be a daddy my heart just melted.  Of course, there was debate on if that was a job (since no $$ is involved).  I assured the kids that being a parent is the hardest job in the world.  So unbelievably adorable!!  You can click to enlarge.  My kiddos have BIG dreams!!

Dino Work and Pigeon Work

We've finished up our dino work and have moved on to chicks!!  We're patiently awaiting the arrival of our eggs so we can get them in the incubator.  Here's our dino work.

We've also been reading many of Mo Willem's books.  The kids have been loving these books.  The kids wrote their opinions on if they'd let the pigeon drive the bus or not!

Newsletter for the Week of May 4th

Other dates:
May 4-7th: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6th: Author Visit (Lynn Plourde and Russ Cox!!)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Awesome Adjectives about US

Last week we learned about nouns, went on a Noun Hunt around school, and made Noun Town.

Next up, adjectives.  We created a list of adjectives that described us and then they created the work below.

Art has always been a huge part of my life and I incorporate it ANY way I can into my classroom.  It's amazing to see how much they progress as the year moves along.  I've never been into directed drawings or having their work all look the same.  Instead I teach them tips and tricks on how to create their piece.  I often say, "Think of shapes when you draw."

After they drew themselves I gave them mailing labels (talk about exciting) and they had to write 5 adjectives.

Here's their work!  I love how unique and individual each one is (the big eyes, pony tails, frilled skirt, huge smiles).

Rawr...Dino Time

I ABSOLUTELY love teaching about dinos!!  I know it's because when I was in first grade I was 100% sure I was going to be a paleontologist when I grew up.  Yes, I could say that word and knew what one was. I had dino posters up in my bedroom and could name many of them. I even thought that I'd find a NEW dino and it would be named after me.  Big dreams, I know!

There was something exciting to me about being out on site digging for fossils.  I guess teaching students about them is a close second for a career...right?  I'm not sure if it sounds as appealing now that I'm no longer a 6 year old little girl.

We've been learning about many types of dinosaurs and they've been writing facts in their informational books.  After read alouds, we create a Dino Character Map.  I had a brilliant moment this year too.  Making each poster doesn't take me that long but coloring them can get tedious so I now have two students in the morning color.  This saves me time and they absolutely love it.  Plus, it's exciting to see what they'll look like when complete.  Who knows...maybe dinosaurs were really tye dye!

Here are few we've learned about.

Click to enlarge.

A Long Overdue Post...

We finished up learning about Space.  We discussed the moon's environment and what it was made up of.

I created the moon's environment in some pie pans (Foss Kit).  The kids used magnetic marbles (which were meteorites, asteroids, and comets) to create craters on the moon.  We started by sitting on the floor and dropping them into the pan.  Then they stood up and dropped them.  They made observations about what they observed.

We also created some Space Art!  Students traced their hands and feet on a large piece of white paper.    They added the rest of their details and outlined with black crayon.  They used black to fill in the background.

And a VERY happy birthday to this sweet girl!!  She brought in these cupcakes which were quite impressive (and delicious too).