Our 100th Day

We had our 100th day on Thursday.  Even though it's always suppose to fall at the end of January, it never does because of snow days.  This year, we have had a serious lack of snow and have had no snow days so far.  I'm not complaining!  I'd much rather not make them up in May and June.
Last year, I shared a couple of 100 Day pages.  Here they are again.

Here is a cover page and two other pages that we also do on our 100th day. 

You can also download some 100th Day bookmarks by clicking below on the picture.
Here are a couple of pictures from our 100th Day!
This picture made me laugh because he told me that he is so old that he fell asleep standing up :)

These were our fun hats that we made.  I had purchased the 100 day crowns from Really Good Stuff.  Then I gave each student 10 1x12 strips.  They took their fingers and painted 10 dots onto each strip (1o dots x 10 strips = 100 dots).

We also did these fun pictures that I saw on Pencils, Glue, and Tying Shoes.

He used the 100 to make a railroad crossing.

We always do this poem that I had found in The Mailbox magazine a couple years ago.
We had a fun day and the 1st graders LOVED it!!

Making Character Count

Every month we nominate a student for a Character Trait of the Month.  While I think this is a very important program, I know that in the past I hadn't truly included Character Education into my teaching.  This year I decided I wanted to really focus on character traits and teach my students what they mean.
I created this unit that I have been completing with my students this week.
This unit includes an original story to introduce good character, an "I Have Good Character" booklet for your students to complete, songs to introduce 5 character traits, certificates, scenarios to lead classroom discussion, and two writing and craft activities.
You can check out this unit by clicking below.


A Day in My Shoes

I have been meaning to link up with Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher for a week now for her A Day in My Shoes Linky Party.
I have had a lot of fun reading other blogger's posts about a day in their shoes.  I always think it's interesting to see when their day starts, what their daily schedule is like, and what their after school life is like.  So, here it goes.  I picked Wednesday, just because it's the middle of the week.

5:20 - My alarm goes off and I immediately hit snooze.  I know I shouldn't, but I just cannot possibly drag myself out of bed the first time.

5:30 - I finally get up, grab my contact case and feel my way to the bathroom.  {I cannot see a thing without my contacts in.}  

5:40 - Shower, blow dry my hair, put on makeup, get dressed, ...

6:20 - Go downstairs, turn on the news and my computer, pack my lunch and fill up my water jug, and make a bowl of cereal.

6:30 - Time for some serious multitasking...eat my bowl of cereal, check my email and blogstalk, all while watching the morning news. {The big problem with this is that when I go upstairs and my husband asks what the weather is going to be like today, I can't even remember.  Whoops!}

6:50 - Wash my bowl, turn off the computer, turn on the Keurig and head upstairs to brush my teeth, curl my hair, and put on my jewelry. {My husband is now awake and in the shower.}

7:05 - Wake up my almost 2 year old and my 4 year old.  Get them dressed and ready to go.

7:20 - Head back downstairs, make my creamer and coffee {yes, I know I typed creamer first} to take to school, my husband gets our girls all bundled up and we head out.

7:30 - Pull up to daycare and get both girls out to drop off youngest. 

7:35 - Get my oldest back into the van to take her to Pre-K with me at my school. {I'm very lucky that my dad can come and pick her up at 11:00 and take her to daycare so she can come to our Preschool program at school.  Her teacher is wonderful!}

7:40 - Pull up at school and walk inside.  Drop off everything in my room, turn on my computer, put morning work on my student's desks, and then my daughter and I walk to the office to check in.  Come back to my room and say "Good morning" to my other 1st grade companions. 

8:00 - Send my oldest off to her classroom.  My students start coming into the room, give me their SAFARI folders, put up their backpacks, and start their morning work. 

8:15 - The tardy bell rings and our principal comes on the intercom for morning announcements, the pledge, and moment of silence.

8:30 - Reading Interventions -All the teachers, teaching assistants, special area teachers, reading teachers, etc. takes a small group of students for reading interventions.  We group students based on their reading needs.

9:05 - All the students head back to their regular classrooms.  This is when I have all of my students go to the carpet to do calendar.  During this time, we complete the calendar, do a money count, counting on the hundreds chart, number sentences, and we read a chapter from either Junie B. Jones or Ready Freddy.  We also go over our Weekly Focus on the apple chart.
9:20 - Students go back to their seats and grap their Math Notebooks out of their cubbies on their way back.  We use Cara Carroll's Math Notebooks.  Love!
9:45 - We go on a restroom break.

10:00 - Now it's time for Science or Social Studies, whichever one we are working on.  This week we were learning about Arctic Animals. We did our science experiment about blubber using Crisco, ice water, and baggies.  The students recorded their information in their Science Journals.

10:20 - Next, is our Reading Block.  During this time we use Treasures from McGraw-Hill.  We start out with our whole group lesson.  We also do our spelling and grammar for the week during this time.  We also do our Writing lesson.  This week we are working on "How to" writing lessons. 

11:30 - Small Groups and Work Stations

12:00 - Clean up for Lunch.

12:05 - 12:45 - I walk my students down to the cafeteria for lunch.  They go out to recess right from lunch so we get 40 minutes duty-free for our own lunch.

12:45 - I pick up my students from the playground and walk them back to the classroom.  We complete our fluency passage during this time. 

1:05 - Afternoon restroom break. {One of my least favorite parts of the day.  I highly dislike restroom breaks anyways, but the afternoon one is so much worse!}

1:15 - Math - We do Everyday Math.  Some days I love it, other days I'm not the biggest fan.

1:55 - It's time to clean up the classroom and get our things to go.  It's not dismissal yet, but on Wednesday's and Friday's we have a special from 2:00 - 2:40 so we take our backpacks and coats with us.  I pass out their SAFARI folders and we fill out our behavior charts.

2:00 - 2:40 - My students are in PE, so I hog use the copy machine to make all of my copies for next week.  Then I come back to the my room, organize my copies and continue working on my report cards, which were due on Friday.  It's amazing how fast 40 minutes can go!

2:40 - I go and pick up my students from PE and we walk outside for dismissal.  I wait until all of my students have either walked home or are out at the car rider line. {We rotate Car Duty and I didn't have it this week, so I head back inside about 2:50.}

3:00 - I check my mailbox, clean up my room and start working on my lesson plans for next week. 

3:10 - I grab my bag with my workout clothes and head to the restroom to change.  We are allowed to leave at 3:15, which I don't do very often, but this week I did, so I could go workout at 3:30 instead of 4:30.

3:15 - I grab my things to go, so I can head to Crossfit.

This video is not from our gym, but when I had first heard of Crossfit and wanted to Google it, this was the video that I found and I knew I just had to do it!  Thank God I did because it has been my serious obsession since September.  It is AWESOME!!

3:30 - 4:20 - Crossfit - Our workout today was 20 Wall Balls and 20 Toe to Bars.  It's different every day.  We climbed ropes on Tuesday and I have a h-u-g-e rope burn on the bottom of my leg.

4:30 - Pick up my girls from daycare and head home.

4:45 - Get the girls in their leotards for gymnastics.  My husband gets home about 5:15 and we run out the door to get to gymnastics by 5:30.

5:30 - 6:30  I do the Parent and Tot class with my youngest, while my oldest has her regular gymnastics class.  They love it!

6:45 We head home and throw a frozen pizza in the oven so we can eat dinner before it gets too late. {Most nights I actually cook dinner, but Wednesday's are so rushed that it's usuall either frozen pizza, Fazoli's, or Qdoba.}

7:30 - Start  the whole bedtime routine.  Brush teeth, put on pj's, read books, say prayers, set out clothes for tomorrow.  We lay the kids down about 8:00.

8:00 - At this point, I take out my contacts, put on my comfy clothes, and head downstairs to watch TV with my hubby, while I blogstalk and work on the computer. 

10:00 - Head upstairs for bed.

So, there's a day in my shoes :)  Sorry, if you were bored.


Science Journal and Contractions

In the past, I have been SO focused on reading, writing, and math, that I just kind of let science and social studies get pushed on the back burner, even though I LOVE teaching these.  The last couple of years, I have gotten much better at making sure I am incorporating science and social studies into my other areas.  Once you start throwing in science activities during reading time, it becomes much easier to fit it all in.  This year, after seeing so many great science experiments on Pinterest, I knew we had to start doing them in our classroom.  Cara from The First Grade Parade had a great post about science and weekly experiments. 
I created this Science Journal Packet to do with my students.
This packet includes a "My Science Journal."
We use this journal to keep track of our experiments.  We record each part of the Scientific Method.  Here is a sample image of the packet that you can find on TpT and Teachers Notebook.

The entire packet includes the Science Journal, six anchor charts to teach the Scientific Method, and two other pages to teach about scientists.  This packet does not include science experiments.  I have found most of my ideas for those on Pinterest.
You can check it out by clicking below.

On another note, I'm sure you've seen the idea for Contraction Surgery.  I had seen it last year, but was reminded by the wonderful Cara.  Her artistic skills are to die for.  Just check out her bulletin board.
This picture is from The First Grade Parade Blog
 So, anyways, I did this lesson with my students today.  We started out by reviewing contractions and filling in this chart.
Not nearly as artistic!

After that, I passed out a recording sheet to each student.  I had typed the name of our school at the top and each person's name {example, Dr. John Doe} onto the top.  Click on the picture below to download. 
Next, I passed out a mask, gloves, bandaids, and a name tag to each student.
They also each got their own set of words.  Click HERE to download. 
They looked so darn cute and LOVED it!

I definitely recommend this lesson!  It was so much fun.  My students wanted to wear their masks all day.  Some even walked out of the building at the end of the day with them on.  They got some strange looks from the 5th graders :)

Fancy Nancy is Back!

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember this post about Fancy Nancy.  Last year I didn't start reading Fancy Nancy until April, but this year I was determined to start earlier.  Well, it's January and I actually did it :)  I have kind of changed up my bulletin board a bit.
I read a different Fancy Nancy book every Monday, while I'm dressed up as Fancy Nancy, of course.  Here's a flashback from last year for you.
Here is a sign of the times for you though...when I put on all of my Fancy Nancy items last Monday, one of my students asked me if I was dressed up as Lady Gaga!  LOL!
Anyways, before reading the book, I write out the Fancy Nancy words on index cards and I introduce the words.  After reading the book, I post the words and the book onto the bulletin board.  We try to use these words during the week.
Here is the paper that the students fill out after our book.  I tell the students to write their words as fancy as they can.  Just click on the picture to download.
I still feel like I need to add more to my bulletin board.  It needs to be fancier.  Any ideas?

Poems and Songs

I have gotten a couple of emails from people requesting a way for them to use the poems and songs from my monthly Fluency Passages more easily in their Poetry Centers.
I have created a January Poem and Songs Packet

and a February Poems and Songs Packet.
These packets include poems and songs from my monthly fluency packets, but each poem or song takes up an entire page.  This is great for passing out to students and having them circle rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary words, etc.  After each poem, I have included an "Illustrate the Poem" page as well as word cards for each poem or song.  The word cards can be used at a Poetry Center.

The January packet is 82 pages long and includes 10 poems and songs total.
You can check it out at TpT or at Teacher's Notebook by clicking below.

The February packet is 100 pages long and includes 12 poems and songs total.

You can check it out at TpT or at Teacher's Notebook by clicking below.


Skills Checklist

As a parent, I love to know what my child is working on in school.  Whenever I ask my 4 year old what she did at school today, she always says the same thing, "We played at recess and had snack."  I have to say, "Well, I heard that you read Tacky the Penguin today." before she'll remember that she did something else at school.   I started thinking that I'm sure my 1st graders aren't telling their parents all the skills they are working on at school either, so I created this skills checklist to send home each week.
I fill it in with 4 new skills for each week.  They may be something new that we are working on during the week or it may be something that I think every child in my class should know at this point in the year.  I have also put behavior or work study skills in the boxes as well.  After filling in the four skills, I type some tips for parents to help their child at the bottom of the form.  I print these off and circle how each child is doing at each skill.
Clear as mud, right?!
The picture above is an example of one that I have already typed up the skills and parent tips.  Here is a form for you to use.  It's free on TpT.  I couldn't get it to download correctly on Google Docs.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me. 
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