Monday, November 13, 2017

Characters and Setting

I love teaching story elements in first grade. Why are story elements so key at this age? Well, I have come to realize over the years that if I want to make good writers, learning story elements along the way helps them bloom into wonderful authors. Reading and writing go hand in hand. We know that we can create better readers and writers when we help them dissect the literature and then learn how to apply the same techniques in their own writing and learning.
     We have been working the last few weeks on Characters and Setting.
I hang up our anchor chart and we discuss what a character is and look at different characters in our favorite books. We start by saying WHO the story is about.

Here are some gook book examples that you could use to show the different characters in a story.

After we talk about our books and characters, I have them do an independent practice at their seat. 
         Here they color the pictures that could be a character in a story. You can grab this freebie at the end.
   After our independent practice, we do an exit ticket where I pass out sticky notes and students draw their own character or draw one they already know from a book and come and stick it to the anchor chart. They love to tell you all about the character that they have created.          
I also hang up our Settings anchor chart-Telling WHERE the story is taking place. I let the students create their own settings. The kiddos just loved doing this. A great addition to your lesson and making them create the learning as well.

Here are some of our examples

Click HERE to get your character and setting freebie.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Fall Leaf Graphing- Freebie

Bar Graphing-Trying to come up with hands on activities for graphing can be challenging- So try something different-Leaf graphing is so much fun for our 1st and 2nd graders. The kiddos bring a zip lock bag full of different colored fall leaves they collect from their yard, park, or anywhere they can and we graph them and display in the room. Sometimes we even do leaf rubbings if we have time. Such a fun activity and helps to get the kids active and enjoying the outdoors. One year we walked around the school and picked up leaves as a group with our zip lock bags- This year they just brought them in  last week and we had fun today sorting and graphing the diffferent colored leaves.
Super easy quick fun idea to help with graphing and sorting!! 

Click HERE  for Freebie Leaf Graph

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Mummy Activites with Even & Odd Numbers

Math Mummies for your class bulletin board.
This is great mini lesson with reviewing your even numbers. I have been doing this mummy craft for about 5 years and the kids just LOVE IT!!! Print out and perform- Super fun for the whole class,  partner work or math station. Our mini lesson even has the letters just to print out and staple to your bulletin board.
CLICK HERE to view more!!


Have a Spooktacular Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

50th Day of School Fun!!!

The 50th day of school Freebies- Fun resources for your classroom. Check us out.This is from last year when our kiddos celebrated the 50th day of school. It was so much fun. It has a note to send home before your big day and a note to send after. Many fun activities- and it's ALL FREE
You can get this 16 page
Freebie for your classroom by CLICKING HERE

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