Monday, January 16, 2017

Snowballs!!

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone had a great weekend, and perhaps a long weekend.  We actually had a teacher inservice day today. Kids had off, but we as teachers got a lot done organizationally!  Checked a few things off our growing list of things to do this semester. How often does that happen, right? 
Over the weekend, I had a chance to work on a little fun unit with a snowball theme. It started off as a little study on adverbs which is an objective we are covering this week, but it started growing and growing.  It actually snowballed!! Teehee! Anyway, I'm posting it tonight in case you need a little snowball fun in your week. I know some of you are probably soooooo tired of snow, but our little Texas kids can't get enough! 
 Here are a few pics of the 60 page unit.














This is a small sample of what the unit includes,  I can't wait to enjoy it with my kids starting tomorrow!!  I'll let you know how it goes!!
If you would like to try some of the snowball fun...

I can't wait to show you how the kids are doing on our poetry unit!  We have been so excited to become poets!!! That update is coming soon!!

Have a great week everyone!!! Don't forget to look for the joy in every day!!
Thanks for stopping by our little window!!
Joyfully!
Nancy
Questions? Comments? e-mail- firstgradewow@gmail.com 






Sunday, January 8, 2017

Poetry Unit Updated!


Hello Everyone!
Well, we made it through our first week back after winter break!  It was a four day week for kids, but teachers were there all five!  We enjoyed some inservice time together on Monday before the kids came on Tuesday.  It helps to ease into second semester a little! :)
For the next few weeks in writing, we will focus on poetry.  I looooove teaching poetry to our youngest writers because there isn't a wrong or right way to write poetry. At the beginning of the unit, kids don't realize they can be poets!  In first grade we work on writing sensory poems, list poems, concrete or shape poems and other unrhymed poems.  I have shared my poetry unit before, but because we are starting our unit in January, I felt as though having winter as an inspiration was an important component, so I added a few seasonal pages to the unit!
I know some of you are buried in snow right now and you probably would rather not focus on winter and snow, but these little Texans don't get to see snow very often. In fact...It actually snowed a little bit on Friday, and the excitement was uncontrollable!!  We had noses pressed to our window until we could bear it no longer.  I let the kids go outside for a few minutes and you would have thought I gave them the moon!!



Ahhhhh! There's nothing like catching snowflakes on your tongue!!! We will sooooooo use this experience for inspiration for writing some sensory poems!!!
Anyway...Here are a few things you'll get in the updated poetry unit:












The unit is now about 100 pages with templates and visuals for about 10 different kinds of poetry.  
If you are at all interested,  
simply hover and CLICK HERE!! :)  You will be directed to the downloadable and printable 100 page unit!  Yes, It's free!! 
Oh! We are also working on reading and understanding poetry written by other poets. It is important that kids learn to interpret other texts, and discuss the author's purpose. 

I hope you have as much fun working on poetry with your kids as I do!  Please let me know if there is anything else you want me to include in this unit!!!  I am always open for suggestions, corrections, etc!! 

Have a wonderful week, everyone!!!  Don't forget to find JOY in the journey!! 
:)
Nancy




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! My 2017 is going to be...

Hello Everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderfilled holiday season!  Mine was filled with family, fun, food, and fabulousness!! My favorite time of year! I'm so grateful for our time together.
Taking a winter break is good for my family, and it is also good for me as a teacher. Two weeks away from my class always makes me a better teacher. The rejuvenation of mind, body, and perspective energizes and focuses me. So....here we go!
We hit the ground running on Tuesday when the kids came back from break. I love starting off a new year with lots of goal setting. We talk a lot about what resolutions are and how they can help us set goals. We brainstorm ideas of ways to "knock someone's socks off!" 



Then we talk about how we hope the new year is going to be great!! With a focus on adjectives, we brainstorm words to describe the new year, have fun writing them, and publish our writing in a fun way. 









I have done this hands to heart publishing for many years (at least 20!), but this year decided to combine it with our math and our science objectives. We used all plane and solid figures for the project. And to incorporate some science, we are finishing up our study of sound energy, so the horns were the perfect final touch!

Both of these fun activities (and so much more) are included in my Happy New Year Unit.
If you need something to welcome kids back from break,
68 pages of cross curricular New Years fun!


Oh! I so wanted to share more tonight, but It's report card organization night! So gotta run!  But I'll share more in the next couple of days!!! So don't stay away for long! 
Have a wonderful night, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Joyfully!
Nancy




Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hello Everyone!!
This time of year makes for busy households and busy school days...but we power through...and glean those precious moments of pure joy with our families and with our students. One more day left of this wonderful week at school. Yes, we are completely exhausted, and yes, we are ready for a winter break, but...yes, the sparkle in those little eyes makes it all worth while! We have so enjoyed the work of Dr. Seuss this week with his wonderful tale of a changing heart and the transforming traditions of life and love. We got to celebrate Grinch Day today with some fun learning experiences. Here are a few pics!
My crazy fun team!!!

Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Grime

Adjective Work


Tons of Math!!



Who Pudding!

Green Candy Canes!

All of this fun stuff is available in my Updated Grinch Unit.


We also had a special delivery today...straight from the North Pole!  Santa discovered that my kids had such giving hearts, he wanted to give them something special. He sent them each a special key to set out and have ready for him to use when he comes on Christmas eve.  
I will tell you, I think the kids were more excited about that than all the Grinch stuff put together!!



(A little hint...After packaging the keys and tags, put the box in the freezer!  The keys will stay cold for quite a while!! SHHHHHH!!)




I have so much more to share with you, but I am sooooo out of time!!! I'll be back soon!  Until then, thanks for stopping by our little "Window on Wonder!"  I am hoping you have a wonderfilled last few days with your kids and a restful family filled break!  
Joyfully!
Nancy