Saturday, January 2, 2016

January Poems of the Week and Flannel Fingerplays

I'm adding a new center to my first grade classroom this week.  I know kids love to manipulate flannel and I have made or found a few cute little poems with darling things to go with the poems.
January Poems of the Week and Flannel Board Finger Plays.
I will introduce Poems of the Week at our rug time and I'll teach them to a familiar tune. Then after all the kids have learned the tune and poem I will place them that week at the Poems & Flannel Board center. I will have flannel things to manipulate along with each poem.
Make a Snowman by adding the parts and pieces. 
Here are my 4 poems for January:

JANUARY POEM (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
The month of January is finally here to stay.
We stay up late at night, to ring in New Year's Day.
The snowflakes fall in the middle of the night.
And when we all wake up, the whole wide world is white.

Our class will set new goals to get better at some things
Like sight words and math facts and new songs to sing
But the best part is skating or sledding in the snow
So grab your coats and hats, and away we all will GO!

I will have snowflakes, skates, sleds, snow hats and Snowmen in flannel.
Snowman face parts and scarfs and hats to add. 

  SNOWMEN in the WIND
Five little snowmen big and fat
The first one had one big black hat
The second one had two mittens in blue
The third one had three fingers on arms made of twig
The fourth one had four buttons on his belly so big
The fifth one had five coal bits for his grin
When all of a sudden the wind and snows begin
To blow the stuff around again and what do you suppose?
Those things landed on my snowman, so I add a carrot nose.
And all that wonderful, winter snow and ice,
Sure make my Snowman look happy and nice.

January Poems (Here is a free poem to start your Poems of the Week and Finger Plays and Flannel Board Center!)
I found this cute SNOW ceramic and little tin mailbox from Hobby Lobby. So Cute! 
It would be fun to cut out parts of snowmen from felt and just let the kids design snowmen to go along with the poems. The same thing with different snowflake cutouts I could make from white sparkly felt. There are also foam ones to purchase from Michaels like these here.

The last poem I got from TPT 5 Little Snowmen HERE and  one on Snowflakes HERE.  This pack is only $6.00 and the kids would love using them for counting too if I add some addition flashcard facts to the center.

 
These are really cute and I could tape a tiny sight word on a label to each one of the 24 snowflakes. Or I might check at Michaels or Joannes for similar snowflakes with a 40% off coupon and my teacher discount. Or I could go cheap and buy 2 little 33 cent sheets of white foam and punch out snowflakes at the district using die cuts.

Another fun set to choose from would be the 5 snowmen in felt that comes along with this CD of songs. I love that idea. I could use it to sing the songs and poems with the kids at the rug, and then put the snowmen and snowflakes at the center. It is $14.95. It looks super cute. And I have Amazon Prime so I could get free shipping.

  

The one I liked the very best was the winter scene flannel board set below. It is the most expensive at $16.00 but I think just placing it at the flannel board center with 5 poems would be a hit for the whole month. I could cover the poems with page protectors and put them in a January blue folder or small binder.



The students could sit on the rug and put pieces on the flannel board while reciting or singing the poems.  They could also use little witch fingers or tiny pointers I have to point to the words together. They will LOVE this center.
I have some cute Snowmen out of fabric and Tin and this new book Snowmen All Year set up in my classroom to start the new year. 
Some of my favorite books we will read this month too. Happy New Year! 


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Reindeer Art and Dear Santa Letter Writing

Well it is the season for Santa letter writing! And it is one writing project I never have to motivate anybody to do a good job on. The kids all want to tell Santa they have been good and nobody seems to worry about that old "naughty list" he keeps.

All these kiddos in my class did such great handwriting to Santa. And they have done all those pesky chores at home too! They deserve some Santa loot don't they? 

Santa Letter Writing was so funny. This student "did his homework and cleaned his room!" So Santa, PLEASE send those toys! 
Reindeer Art. We added red glitter to the Rudolf noses. 

And He "sets the table...sometimes..." haha. So sweet. 

Being "quiet in class" should get her lots of Santa points I'd say! lol. 


I love that he's been taking care of his baby brother for mom. What a good boy! 



Reindeer Art projects. Gotta love those eylashes. 



Santa Letter Writing and cute little Reindeer with curly eyelashes. 


I found darling letter writing paper for this project HERE at TPT. It is FREE. There is a cute bunch of Elf writing paper too that had nice big first grade lined paper HERE from Moffett Girls. I really like their stuff.

Anyhoo, I hope every one of these darling kiddos gets what they want for Christmas! They are sure a cute bunch!



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Star Wars Word Family Stars on a Stick


Every year I try to come up with a few new ways to teach a word family in a way the students will remember. I did this activity a few years ago and I think it helped solidify the Star Word Family. We made Stars on a Stick!
STAR word family "STARS on a STICK" activity. 

I designed a cute STAR shape that had lots of points on it. It really looks more like a SUN but isn't the sun actually a star? Yes it is. The reason being that each of the points on the star will become a place to write a "STAR WORD" or word with the "AR" chunk. Then we decorated them with stickers and markers and added wooden skewers taped to the backs.



I started by teaching the students this little story. Mr. A in the Alphabet made a deal with Mr. R. He said "If you let me be in front, I'll let you say your name."
So in every word where Mr. A is in front of Mr. R, you only hear Mr. R's name.
So we call these words STAR words in my classroom. The words with the "AR" chunk or word family.


Yes I must admit that we had the word "Fart" mentioned and without batting an eyelid I turned and wrote it down. What was I thinking, really? Of course it ended up on every freaking star! 

Then we brainstormed a list of AR or STAR words on the board. I showed the students the pretty poster I made to keep up in the room all year long to remind us of STAR WORDS.


Then we went to work writing our own choice of STAR WORDS and then decorating our stars. Short of breaking out the glitter which I have done some years, we added stickers and lots of cute marker designs. Here are a few cute ones. You KNOW I love my cutsie stuff.
Kids had fun reading their "STARS ON A STICK". 

Then came the fun activity. We got into partners and played the "STAR GAME". Which is simply "I read a word to you, then you read a word to me". Do this 3 or 4 times and then I ring a bell. You have to run to a new partner in the room before the bell dings again. Then replay the game with a new partner. They would have played the game for another 10 minutes. They were reading the entire time.

Think of ways to do these kinds of reading activities with harder types of word families like the IGHT words, or DIGRAPH Words. In our class we are using STAR WARS for lots of engagement in reading and writing. Our latest is using CHEWBACCA for the CH digraph practice. I found a fun package of Star War's masks at Target's Dollar section. I also found some free coloring pages with STAR WARS Characters HERE.  Here are some masks you can purchase if you want to do what we did. Or you could try the Target dollar spot area. I got mine for $3.00 for 3 masks.




I forgot to take a picture of our Chewbacca brainstorm of words for the digraph "CH". I attached the mask to the brown butcher paper and it has a prominent place on our front board to refer to these words and the word "digraph" which is coming up on our language arts benchmark. I will snap a pic today and add it tonight. It is really cute.




I'm going to find a little miniature CHEWBACCA and we'll have to do him on a stick. haha. Chewbacca on a stick. Priceless!



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly


 This past week we've been learning about the 5 food groups, the food pyramid, healthy choices for exercise, food, and washing our hands so we don't get germs or sicknesses spreading around the classroom. Here are a few fun activities we did! 
First we read the story There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly....after which we made our own!
I put the story at the listening post this week with the felt lady and animals activity and it has been super popular! Go figure. I used this store purchased felt lady to design our paper reproductions.
I drew this Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly freehand! Woot! The animals are below along with the rhyming text.


The kids had fun reading the story text along with dropping the corresponding animal down the lady's mouth.

I had a parent helper cut out the "tummy" and put a piece of  old overhead projector acetate behind it and tape it up. Then the kids colored them and we backed them with colored paper, leaving a little place from her hand down to her hemline open to retrieve the "animals". They colored animals that went along with the story. 
I also typed up the words to go along with all the animals in The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly....

These have been very engaging for the students. They really loved doing this activity to go along with our Healthy Lifestyles unit. 
 I am going to have the kids write their own "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a ______" innovations. I have typed up a story frame. We will work on it for a few days and I can't wait to see what creative things the kids come up with!
Everybody's Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly looked a little different. 

 Then we did a fun activity putting different foods in the "Old Lady Who Swallowed Stuff's" belly. I had each table of kids discuss what should go in the trash and what she should eat to make her healthier. We talked about things that we should eat sparingly like cookies, french fries and candy. 
We have read all of these innovations on the original "There Was an Old Lady" books. Some of them were really funny. iThere was an old lady who swallowed a fly

This Activity was really cute for a CENTER GAME. Use a MRS. BUTTERWORTH'S empty syrup bottle to "feed" the old lady words using beads and pipe cleaners.  I saw a cute picture of it on Pinterest. It's from Housingaforest.com.
Some of my collection of "There Was an _______ Lady who Swallowed _______" books. 
Check out another book title THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME CLOVER and activities to go with it HERE. She makes the old lady to "feed" by placing this picture in front of an empty tissue box.
 We could have been saving tissue boxes all year. This would be cute to do in March to go along with St. Patrick's Day! Another one I found is HERE at kidzclub. It is free and printable. Click here then go to black and white. Don't click on the picture. Another activity I had for a fast finisher is this wordsearch HERE from Buildingstrongchildren. The book text you can use to sing along is HERE at bogglesworldesl.com. Just click on the old lady page links. Cute pictures too! A MATH roll and cover "Old Lady" is HERE at TPT.

Then we watched this Youtube on Healthy foods and we listened to a 5 a Day song tape from DOLE while we worked on coloring and cutting out our Little Old Ladies. HERE  are a bunch of printables for kids on Healthy Eating topics.
We read this reader's theater on Mr. Energy and how he keeps his body in good shape by eating right. We didn't have time to do the puppets. 
Here is a list of book to read kids to help them understand the good things we can eat to make us healthy and fit. Check them out HERE at Babble.com.
I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly 
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  Here our our own ladies ready to eat those animals!
 We read this scholastic news, watched the Magic School Bus video to go along with it. Then we used my two classroom stethoscopes and listened to our own hearts beating after we came back from P.E. on Thursday. Some of the kids listened to their neighbor's hearts. They were amazed!
Stethoscopes for listening to our healthy hearts and pedometers to count our steps at recess. We talked about how important exercise is and how eating lots of fatty, fried foods can line your arteries with yucky goop called cholesterol that can block your blood's flow from your heart and cause heart attacks.  Everybody had a relative who had heart issues.  They were very interested in heart health! Amazing!

 Just some of the 8 books I have depicting The Old Lady Who Swallowed a .......


Well our Government is going from the food pyramid to the "food plate" thinking it will be easier for kids to understand. Maybe it is. Check it out above. A fun online interactive game we will play in computer lab is HERE.
We colored this "food Groups" worksheet and stapled it and the foolish old lady on the back of their Little Old Lady health projects so they could read them to brothers and sisters at home and replay and act out the story. 
This was a very funny poem about a lady who overeats on junk food that the kids LOVED! And we also read the riddles and they figured out what food groups were the answers. 
A fun center that the kids loved was my felt food pyramid with felt pieces to place in the right places. Then they each made their own pyramid for their desk as a fast finisher this week.
The Food Pyramid Flannel Board activity center......
Good nutrition Worksheet we did this week. 
HERE are a few more free printables I found at TPT. 
We also used the vocabulary words Nutrition and Healthy this week as part of our 10 vocabulary words. Everybody got 100% on the test too! Woo Hoo!
These were really cute made up on the kids' desks....I think I got this from 5 a Day at Dole. Check out Dole's Website HERE. I've gotten lots of free activities from them because I asked.

We will keep writing our innovations on the book The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and post them next week when we are all done! I can't wait to see the finished stories!

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