Monday, January 28, 2013

Snowman Writing and Craft

We wrapped up our week of snowy fun, minus the snow, by writing about our favorite snowman. The kids had to write about their snowman first and then make a snowman that matched their writing. They are just too stinky cute!

This one has icicle hair. I just about died. Kids are so creative!

For the snowman, all the kiddos had to do was trace a large paper plate, a small paper plate, and a little plastic cup onto a large piece of white construction paper. Then, I set out colored construction paper scrapes, black beans, buttons, and sequins. The kids were so creative and did an amazing job.

If you are wondering, why yes those are earmuffs.

Here is a copy of the writing page if you want to make a snowman of you very own.
My Snowman


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Snowman: What do we need to build a snowman?

Hi All! Last week we spend a lot of time with our dear snowman friends. Here is a list on what we need to make a snowman. We have been working on number lists and titles.

I talked earlier about my love for the story Snowmen at Night. The story that is next to Snowmen at Night is called Snow Family. It is a fabulous book for a text to text comparison. Lots of the snowmen look a lot alike and the characters act and do very similar things.

This picture below shows the super cute How to Build a Snowman Kit that my mom gave me. Inside is everything that you could possible need to make a snowman, minus the snow. My kiddos loved taking the items out and then adding them to our list.
I hope that wherever you are, you are getting a little bit of winter snow so you can go make your own snowmen. My kids asked, "Miss Gill, can we use the kit to make a snowman?" I said, "Yes, but we will need a little snow first." We did a snow dance. Nothing happened. Sigh....I'll keep it in my closet though, just in case. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Snowmen at Night

Let me tell you, I love snowmen. I love their funny faces made with carrots, buttons, string, sticks, rocks. I love their scarfs, mittens, and hats. I love the way they can make a yard instantly become whimsical. I think you get the point. One of my favorite books to teach around this time is Snowmen at Night. It is a hillarious story that tells about what snowmen do when everyone is asleep at night. It is a fun read and keeps the winter magic going even after Christmas.
Click on book cover to a link to Amazon.
Here are a couple of freebies that I am going to have my kiddos do this week during our snowman unit. Enjoy!

 Thanks for coming by!

cartoon graphicsPriscilla

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dive into First Grade

I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to go on another dive trip. We did our first dive trip 3 years ago and this last November, we went on a week long adventure to the island of Roatan just off of Honduras. Here a picture of me next to Mr. Bud; one of the wreck dives by our resort. :)

When I came back, I of course had to dive into Thanksgiving but after all of the pilgrim fun, I was able to take some time to bring the ocean to my landlocked classroom. We spent the week writing and reading about the ocean animals and at the end of the week were able to pick our favorite animals to create published writing and pieces of art. We put all of our ocean life together to make a coral reef that I would be all for diving!

Isn't it cute! The kids got to pick their favorite animal they wrote and learned about for the week, make a final draft of their writing, and then create an animal out of construction paper. Of will notice all the sharks at the top. Kids are just fascinated with them. I could spend a whole week just on sharks. Here are some close ups of my kiddos work.


When we do our writing, I split the kids into differentiated writing groups that are working on specific targets/standards. As a group, we do an example writing together and discuss the writing target and previous worked on targets as we create a descriptive writing piece. Then the kids go and work independently on a piece of their own. Since we are describing something, we use a web to brainstorm out descriptive words before writing about the animal or object. The below picture shows the group work together on the left. The student then gets to pick out an animal of his or her own to write about. I like to give the kids something tangible to take back to their tables for independent work so for this unit, I used cut out pictures of ocean critters from my dive magazines.

At the end of the week, the kids go back and review all of their writing and pick their very favorite writing. Once they have picked it, we go through and edit the work together. That is the orange pen marks you see on the picture on the right. Then, they write up their final draft. Isn't this clownfish the cutest!  

Here is a freebie of the writing page, if you want your kiddos make an ocean writing of their own.  Here is also another freebie for a seashell writing page that we did after our ocean unit to tie into our life science unit.