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Sunday, April 19, 2015

First Grade Garden

Hey Everyone!
I am currently in grad school, and was reading about different types of learning. One of the learning types brought up was service learning. This led to a conversation with my husband about how we have learned so much more from our interning experiences than we ever did sitting in a classroom. This led me to thinking... how can I get my little firsties involved in some sort of service learning project? This led to me three ideas. One was to clean up the park across the street. Great, I thought. The kiddos can clean up a space that they play at all the time. Second idea was to create a butterfly garden, and then the kiddos could learn about tending to plants, all about butterflies, etc. This was wasn't so much a service learning as it was hands on. The third idea was one that has been floating around in my head for a while and it was to start a school garden. But this idea comes at a price. I reached out to my principal who has always been supportive of me and helping my student's gain experiences. I listed the three ideas and asked his opinion. He said that he has been wanting to start a school garden for a few years, but didn't have time to manage it on his own, and was thrilled that I brought it up. It was a go! He gave me a budget to work with, and I got to work. I reached out to our local urban gardening organization, and viola! They had four beds that were already built available! All we needed to do was pick them up, add some new compost and other nutrients, and hey! We have a garden! How exciting! At this point I hadn't even brought it up to my students, but I knew they would be thrilled! From that, many lessons have stemmed. Conversations about compost, and how plants grow, and what they need to survive. Not to mention talking about the scientific process, and learning about how to make observations. HOW EXCITING! We became scientists! I am so excited to continue this project, and watch my kiddos (and our plants) grow!

I have seen some really great FREE products from some really awesome TpTers. Here are some of the resources I will be using with my kiddos!
 I also managed to make a observation journal for my kiddos to write down their scientific observations in! 
You can get it in my TpT store for FREE HERE


Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fraction Vocabulary Foldable

In Ohio, we are in test prep mode (ugh!). This is the time of the year when I start to wonder if they really remember what we learned! I went back through the things that we hit in the beginning of the year, and thought we should spend a day on fractions, and more importantly, recognizing what the words "equal parts," "halves," and "one fourth" mean. To help the kiddos practice, and WITHOUT another worksheet, my team and I went ahead and made a fraction vocabulary foldable! My kiddos LOVE these! Fun, interactive, not terribly time consuming, and we get to draw! Check out what my kiddos did! :)


On the top we wrote the meaning of the words, and on the bottom they drew pictures showing what each of the words meant! Viola!
This foldable is available in my store for FREE!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Math Mini Pack

Hi All!
As my team and I were beginning to embark on our end of the year test prep journey, we noticed how inadequate our math series is, and decided to deviate from that we are provided. With that, this math mini test prep pack was born. I focused on the standards that our series just doesn't meet (which is a lot of them), and also added in some PARCC like questions. Our series for sure doesn't have any of those. So to help our firsties prep for the end of the year tests I created activities that would help our kiddos perfect their practices, and have fun doing it! I plan to use this through the end of the year, even after testing. Getting the kiddos ready to be successful in second grade is no joke! Any, and all extra practice will be beneficial. I focused strongly on the Operations & Algebraic Thinking and Number & Operations in Base 10.