Tuesday, September 30, 2014

See Ya September!

I swear I say this everyday for the first month of school! Anyone else constantly have this Green Day song on repeat in their head? September. is. the. worst. I'm happy I survived September so I'm going to celebrate with a sale! (Technically there are a few hours left of September, but as long as I survived the school day I'm counting September as done.)

You also have until Friday to grab my "Apples of Patterning Fun" on sale for $1. We've just finished up using this in the classroom and my kids loved it! 

I'm excited to start October and can't wait to share our learning fun! Happy October (almost) everyone!

Friday, September 19, 2014

An Apple for the Teacher (and a freebie, giveaway, and patterning ideas!)

I'm joining some blogging friends to kick off the start of the school year with an apple for the teacher blog hop. Hop along for some freebies, giveaways, and fun apple themed ideas. We've been working on patterning in first grade so I thought I'd share some pattern activities that we've been enjoying.

After reading "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Dr. Seuss we had pattern workmats in our math centers. There were workmats for extending patterns as well as creating patterns.

Apple manipulatives to make patterns are easy to find in the classroom!

Clear pocket dice are one of my favorite classroom items. I stuck apple pattern cards with interlocking cubes and bam!...instant center.  

We also spun a pattern. I projected the spinner and added a big magnetic spinner to the middle. The kids made the pattern using various manipulatives.

"Bad Apple" has become a hit in our room this week. It is played like Oh, no! or Bang!. Students turned over a card and named the type of pattern. If they got "bad apple" all of their cards went back. 

You can find all of these apple pattern activities in my "Apples of Patterning Fun!". It will be on sale for $1 through the end of September because we all need a little help making it through September!

And speaking of a little help, here is an apple freebie for the teacher! Race to Twenty was another fun apple game we played to practice our numbers 1-20. 

Students played against a partner taking turns rolling a die and coloring the correct number of apples. The first player to get to 20 wins. Each player colors in if they won or their friend. Super easy to play! You can grab a free copy here as a thank you for stopping by!

Enter to win a free item from my store...just follow my adventures to enter!

I hope you enjoyed some apple fun! Hop on over to Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures for some more apple fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

B.Y.O.T- Bring Your Own Teddy Bear Day

I can't believe it is week 3 of school! I'm going to rewind back to the first week of school where we had a little teddy fun... BYOT-Bring Your Own Teddy. Because anytime you have BYO something on a Friday it has to be fun, right? The first Friday of school is always Teddy Bear Day for first graders at my school. I swear they've been doing it since Teddy Roosevelt! I love a good teddy bear day on the first week because you can make almost any activity teddy bear themed. Some of my activities from over the years were looking a little dated, so I decided to spice them up and add some new ones. How in the world did we ever teach before fun fonts and clip art?!?!

First graders sometimes seem so grown up so it is always sweet to see them get soooooo excited about bringing their stuffie to school. Seeing them snuggled up to their bears reading always melts my teacher heart.

Teddy Bear introductions are great for oral language! We wrote about our teddy bears and made a class book.

We also worked on describing words to tell about our bears. Large bear diecuts worked perfectly for this activity. (On a side note-if you cut the ears off they make a great gingerbread man!)

I'm pretty sure there isn't a primary teacher without a stash of bear books! We read a few classics like Corduroy and Brown Bear and also added a few new favorites. My kids and I always enjoy "The Forgetful Bears" by Larry Weinberg.

Forgetful Bears

We tied math into our teddy bear day by measuring, weighing, and sorting our teddy bears. We also ordered teddy bears by size.

One of the hits of the day was Roll and Color. I made simple color dice by sticking colored dots on wooden cubes. The kids rolled one color die and one regular die and colored the number of bears that color on their sheet.

Another dice hit was Roll & Draw a teddy bear. I projected the key on the board and students played in pairs to roll and draw the correct bear part.

The teddy bears had a picnic in the classroom while we were at lunch. Our BYOT day ended with a first grade teddy bear parade down our hall. They kids were SO EXCITED to see their friends with their bears. What an awesome way to end the first week!

If you want to have your own BYOT day check out my BYOT Teddy Bear Day packet. There are a few more activities I've done throughout the years included such as gummy bear graphing, making words, roll & add as well as graphic organizers, letters and awards.

Be sure to check back on the blog this weekend for "An Apple for the Teacher" blog hop with some great ideas, freebies, and giveaways!