Thursday, October 30, 2014

Super Alphabet match

Despite my class being in first grade, we are doing a lot of centres work on what is considered Kindergarten work. 

n order to start guided reading in my school board, students need to pass the Emergent literacy test, and only a handful in my class have, So... during centre time, and during our morning circle for calendar and weather, etc, we have been working on the skills that will allow us to move forward. 

The Emergent test tests students on letter names, sounds, sightwords, concepts of print and  afew other items. 

The pictured centre is quickly becoming a favourite. It's not mine though, you can download it for free from b-inspiredmama

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mini-number books

In our current math unit, we are busy learning the numbers to 20. This last week we made little booklets, and on each page we drew a little picture to show that many of an object.

My favourite is the two students who decided to draw a rainbow with FOUR colours for 4. The student who did it for 9, it didn't turn out as well....  But we're working on it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Fair part 2

Good Lord, look at all the boxes that arrived for the fair! We ran the fair this week at the Literacy Carnival, and on Saturday at the Community Multi-fundrasier.

Four more days this week and it's done!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Decor more!

This will be one of the last posts I share of Halloween bulletin boards at my school. Two more teachers have something in progress right now, and I'll snap a picture when they're done to share with you so you can pin it for next year.

Our Fantastic Fourth Grade teacher did this fantastic bulletin board.

This Mummy is on my Classroom door, The white strips are white Crepe paper cut to lengths that are as wide as or slightly longer than the width of the door. I had a lot of fun taping these on.

This Batty Bulletin Board features hand print bats and my students faces inside the windows of our Haunted House. My kids had a hard time coming in after lunch since they all wanted to find their faces in the windows.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mini gable box

I made one of these on a whim, and need to decide what to do with them.

I'm thinking I could use them for a centre of some sort. My daughter claimed this one to carry Goldfish Crackers to Daycare, lol.

Fake donuts for April Fools Day? In Yellow it looks A LOT like a Timbits box from Tim Horton's....

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom boom letters in the mail!

Last week while we were at our annual convention, I finally got around to mailing our letter Cc's to the other classes participating in the exchange. Here they are ready to go! I hope someone has received there's by now...

Friday, October 24, 2014

2 Seasonal Doors at my school

I love this Thanksgiving Thankful tree the class down the hall did. So awesome!

Our dental therapist is trying hard to remind kids to not to have to visit her!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seasonal Fall Bulletin boards at my school 2014

This one is super awesome! The pumpkins flip up to reveal the students pictures!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book fair/ Literacy Carnival

So this is my first year running our Scholastic Book Fair (hopefully first of many).

When I chose our date for the fair, I took into account that the books would probably take longer to arrive than Scholastic figured (actually took less...), our PD day this Monday, and our Staff meeting scheduled Wednesday.

So when I was asked at the Staff meeting (moved to our PD day to make room for Mathletics training after school) why the Book Fair wan't part of the Literacy Carnival this Thursday, I felt like a deer stuck in headlights! 

I had no good answer, since I hadn't thought about that at all. The Carnival hadn't even been set before the book fair dates were chosen.

But, now I'm gladly manning this as my "station" at the Carnival. Hopefully we get a lot of business to earn books for our school!

Book Fair is still a go for next week.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Remembrance day planning

It's a little far off for this year so far, but I've just updated my Remembrance Day Emergent reader to include the separately sold activity sheets from now on. If you've previously downloaded, please head over to get the updated file,

Here's a pic of one of last years cuties colouring the book, and a close up of one of the math pages:

To grab your copy, click the file cover below:

Remembrance Day Numbers Emergent Reader

Friday, October 17, 2014

Standardized test time!

My district has mandated tests for grade 1 and up, and so in the last few weeks we finished our first round of tests for the first unit. My kids rocked this test, and only 3 required any kind of intervention, way to go guys!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom exchange

My class is participating in an alphabet exchange with 25 other classrooms across Canada. Here is our tree to date. we made the C for Chocolate chip cookie at the top.

This is great for practicing our phonics skills as random letters arrive. Yu should do this next year!

Only $4.99  on Educents for a Limited Time:
Dolch Slap Hands unit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Numbers to 20 unit: Hands on #2

This second hands on activity my class did last week was very popular with my kiddos, well, some of them. I gave them a sheet from our math book with the numbers to 20 which they then had to cut out. Once they had their numbers cut out I gave them a handful of Lima beans. They needed to count and then find the card that had that number. They then returned their beans and received a new handful. I'm very proud to say I only accidentally gave a student more than 20. Yay me! We will be repeating this for sure, great practice for counting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving #1 Sentences and colouring

Canadian Thanksgiving was this weekend and before it my class learned a new song I made up last year. I call it "I like to eat". It's to the tune of apples and bananas. We start be saying we like to eat, eat, eat turkey for Thanksgiving, then we sing verses for a variety of foods they name. This year they names a few pies, corn and potatoes. I then mixed it up by singing about liking pizza for thanksgiving.

I then hand out a prepared cut out page with the words in boxes and include options for turkey, pizza and ham. I forgot about moose when I made the page this year, oops!

As you can see, my kiddos mostly chose Turkey, but ALMOST half chose pizza. None chose ham, lol. We then coloured these turkeys I found online.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Numbers to 20 unit: hands on #1

We started our second math unit of the year least week, and here is one of two hands on activities we did. I handed out random #cards 1-20, and students had to count out that many blocks. They then turned their blocks into a "stick" and compared to see whose number was BIGGER and whose was smaller. As each table finished, I switched their cards with another table so each student got to try this for FOUR different numbers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Super time!

In Saskatchewan, learning to read a clock is not part of the first grade measurement unit, however I can't resist having the minutes up around my clock so if anyone is trying to learn or for enrichment, or our reading buddies.... 

I got these free from Jessica Brown. They look cute right? Not too busy, and add a bit of Superhero whimsy to an otherwise boring spot on the wall.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

Every year for my birthday I make my students cupcakes. Here is this years addition.

For last years click here. Way cuter right? (OK so this is only the second time I've done this, but It's every year in Saskatchewan right?)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Unit plans

It feels like just yesterday I was passing in my first round of unit plans for the year. Can you believe I'm already needing to start the second round? Of course, some of you started in August, so you're probably thinking, "I'm starting my third set now!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

100 days duotangs

One of our class duo-tangs is where I put all their pages from celebrating the 100 days of school.

Here is the first page in the book where each ten days they get to colour any ONE of the TEN heroes, because ZERO visits us every ten days.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

oops, forgot one class picture!

A few weeks ago I was posting images of my entire classroom, but I forgot the space OUTSIDE my door.
The Today is Super poster is a Freebie, which I can change the message on daily.

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