Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Last week the story in our reading series was about plants.  That happens to be what we are studying in science as well......that NEVER happens.  Since this week was a review week in reading, we extended our plant theme.  (I love review weeks.  I feel like I get to be so creative!)

Tops and Bottoms Character Venn Diagram.
This is not a center, it is just something we did in
whole group on Monday.
1:  Plant Needs Following Written Directions

Final Product!

2:  The Tiny Seed
I read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carl.  Students had to make a flip book that retold 6 different things that happened to a seed.  Sorry the picture isn't very good!

3:  Growing Correct Sentences
This came from Rebecca Sutton at  Students fix the mistakes.  I made a different recording sheet to adjust to our center.

4:  Parts of Plants Sunny Sunflower Book


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tagged and Math Night

We have been tagged!! Not once, but TWICE.  It must be because I wear flip-flops daily.  (Side note: Contrary to popular belief I CAN chase and catch runaway kids in flip-flops.  I have already done it twice this week!)
Go check out the wonderful blogs of the ladies who tagged us!

Educator Designs button
I am not going to follow the rules.  (This is going to be very difficult for me as I am quite fond of rules and procedures, but I MUST!)  See, I was not only tagged in this fun game, but I was recently tagged for my ESOL certification!  Okay, our district calls it flagged, but tagged sounded much cuter for this post!  I have to comply by the end of April or it will effect my evaluation.  I am just going to say one thing:  I was recently tagged (like when it was cold out recently!) My last ESOL student is now in 6th grade......I teach 1st grade.......I am going to let you do the math since this post is also about practical real life math.  The district must have not played tag as a child.  My test is in a little over a week.  I have been neglecting my blogs and blog stalking so I can study every night.  Well, most nights!

Now for the fun stuff!  Last night was Publix Math Night.  Publix is our neighborhood grocery store chain.  Students come to the grocery store with their families and get to use their math skills IN REAL LIFE!  Sunshine, Sand and Scissors' very own Kim Fischer organized this popular event a few years ago and it is still going strong!  
When students arrive at Publix they come to our table and check in.  We give them the set of questions that were developed for their grade level by their teachers.   Then they run walk around the store to answer their questions.  It is great to see moms, dads, and big brothers and sisters helping them!   When finished, students return their questions to us, make a guess for the estimation jar and enter a raffle.   All winners are announced on the school news the next morning.  There is also a prize for the class with the highest percentage in attendance.  The store manager LOVES this event.  Almost every family has an arm load or cart full of groceries by the time they walk out!  The manager provided goodie bags for the kiddos as well.  We had about 100 students and their families attend last night.  Here are a few pictures!


By the way, there were more than just 1st graders who attended.  They are just the ones I have blog picture releases for!!

Do you have a Math Night?  What does your school do?


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jack Hartmann

JaCk HaRtMaNn came to OUR school today for a CONCERT!  Yes, our little ole school!  He did a concert for our Ks and firsties.  Every year he comes to town for a public concert (for about 2,000 people) and we TRY to go.  One of our awesome K teachers started looking into how much it would be for him to do a "private concert" (doesn't that make us sound like VIP's?).  The cost ended up being very reasonable, especially since we didn't have to charge for a school bus.  We did invite the school up the road so we had enough students (our principal is in charge of both schools).  My school is very small and pretty low income, so any experiences are a BIG deal to our little ones.  (When we went to see The Lorax last month it was the first time quite a few had been to a movie theater.)

Jack was awesome.  The kids and teachers (and even the administrators) had a BLAST!  Thank goodness it was an early release day because we wanted to continue our singing and dancing for the rest of the day!  Jack even gave the teachers a discount on his CDs and DVDs today.  Since he had some new ones available I had to send a kid a responsible adult back to my classroom to get my purse!  I purchased a new one for Transition Times.  It even has 2 Zero the Hero songs on it!!!!  Okay, I am done bragging now.

Head on over to my class blog to see videos.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SpRiNg CeNtErS

Here are our centers for the week!
Skills:  Easter Egg Antonyms

Reading Counts:  Still working on our Dr. Seuss Tic-Tac-Toe

Technology:  Take our Spelling Test, Read a Spring Story, and Watch a BrainPop about famous inventors.  

Independent Reading:  Read the Leveled Reader and then be a Reporter!  Last week they used old Scholastic Flyers to cut out and sort books according to Author's Purpose.  The kids loved it...sorry I forgot to take pictures!

Listening:  The Velveteen Rabbit....they LOVED this story!

Easter Egg Compound Words

Punctuation!  There are sentences on the flower "stems" that have to be sorted into the correct flower pot.  (Each flower pot has a period, question mark, or a question mark.)


Monday, April 2, 2012

Dr. Seuss Wrap Up....a little late!

I am sure you are OVER sad to say goodbye to Dr. Seuss for the year, but I wanted to post some of the activities we did to conclude our Dr. Seuss unit before we went on Spring Break.

Kathy created an adorable Cat in the Hat glyph that I doubled as a Growing Pattern.  Since we are way past all of the Dr. Seuss stuff, here is a sneak peak at what we will share with you next March.

We also went to see The Lorax the day before Spring Break.  I'm not going to get into the fact that we somehow managed to schedule the field trip.....during Bike the theater right on the middle of Daytona Beach.  Lets just say we might have experienced more than The Lorax but at lease we looked super cute!
The big "kid" in the back is my brother.  He was here on his college spring break.  He spent one of his days chaperoning our field trip.  He  gets the BEST LITTLE BROTHER IN THE WORLD award
hands down!

We read the story a couple of times before we saw the movie.
My truffula tree does not look as good as some I saw on other blogs (or rooms down the hall, KATHY;-)) but at least my kids thought it was perfect!

I promise post more later in the week.  No more slacking:-).