Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ant Balance


Our Harcourt story this week is Ants, so I introduced the students to balance the scale with this easy ant themed activity. I have a small ant paper punch but you could have them draw a simple ant.
Click the links below to print a copy:
Ant Balance 4

Ant Art/Writing

Online Counting Practice:
Ant Parade

Numbugs Math App
This cute idea was from fall into first. Click below for a free printable and other great ideas!
Fall into First: ANTonym hill

The Ant Picnic: Addition

Ants Brace Map

Hey Little Ant Extension Activity

Friday, September 12, 2014

Word Family Word Cloud


I gave each student a word family and they came up with a list of words that they thought fit into that word family. They each typed them and created a word cloud on the IPAD. I printed out each word family and then gave the students a different word family. I put their word clouds on the desks so they had to walk around and find the words that went with their word family. When they were done we used it as a matching center during reading stations.
 Word Cloud is a free, easy to use app...they were finished typing in minutes!

 I put this on a document camera and they had to write words that had that sound in them.
We also made our own word family spinner and then came up with a list of words that fit that word family.

Ways to Make 6

Birds [Book]
Our author of the month is Kevin Henkes and I just love his "Birds" book so we tied it into our math curriculum and used mini birds to learn about ways to make 6. I had the students grab six of a certain color and then they used those birds to make six by putting some on the top and some on the bottom. They had to make six in three different ways. It's similar to the bunk bed problem but a smaller number. Click below to print:

I found this from Buggy for First Grade  and thought it was great for a color review as well.

Friday, August 15, 2014

First Grade is Sweet!

I saw this adorable bulletin board on Pinterest but there wasn't a link so here is my version. I used butcher paper but the picture I saw looked like they may have used tissue paper. I couldn't find a cute border to go with it so I just cut up scrapbook paper into 3 inch strips.
Here is a little first day gift to go with my bulletin board.

This cute first day idea is from First Grade and Fancy Free.
They have included a free printable.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

End of the Year Projects

I didn't realized these were as big as they turned out to be but that's what made them really fun. I got this great idea from Third Grade Love . She has a free glasses printable on her blog. I just had them draw in the sunglasses and do the writing separately in more of a first grade format.

We made visors...

and pinwheels for fun!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mondrian Style Hearts

I used these hearts to make a Thank You card for our volunteers...but next year it will become a Valentine's Day project.
The students cut a pre-traced white and black heart and then glued 1/2 inch black lines down and across it. They used yellow, red and blue markers to color in some of the sections.



When they were done gluing on the black strips, they trimmed the edges of the heart before gluing it to the bigger black piece of construction paper.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Warm and Cool Butterflies

This is my sample:
The students traced a butterfly 4 times and then went over it with a sharpie. They designed the inside with the sharpie and then made vertical lines with a ruler. They water colored every other  line with warm and cool colors. Click  HERE to see this wonderful idea on Clippings from the Studio Floor.