April 14, 2015

Do I Always Teach With Food?!

Why do I always use food to teach?

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

I guess you can say I love food and my kids do too!
Plus, it just makes learning that much more fun!

For introducing adjectives this week, I used Brainpop, my anchor chart and apples.

The kids used their 5 senses.
They wrote down one adjective on a sticky note.

 We added them all to our chart.

If you need help introducing adjectives (or any other grammar) check out my anchor chart pack.

If we learned anything this week, it was that food + learning = guaranteed fun!

April 10, 2015

Five for Friday

Friday, Friday, Friday...
let's talk about what this week brought us.

We learned all about the life cycle of a chicken this week.
Today we read the book Chicks and Salsa (a must when teaching about chicks). 
In the story the chickens/pigs/ducks are tired of eating thier food so they have fiestas!
Our reader's response was to think about what we are tired of eating and what we want to eat instead.

I'm tired of eating...

Instead I want to eat...
healthy food
raman noodles

This is our second week writing how-to papers. 
This week we involved a favorite food and taught our peers how to make a PB&J sandwich.
We actually turned our paper into a sandwich book!!!

If you like the above activity, you can find the templates (plus 10 more) in my TpT shop.

Vowels pairs ai/ay were are spelling pattern for the week.
We sorted words and played a school appropriate version of "spin the bottle".
They each got to spin my empty water bottle and then use the word in a sentence.

Funny how something SO simple can be SO fun!

Last of all, here are the ladies that keep me:

They make this job worth it!
Love them BIG.


March 30, 2015

Inferencing, Phonics and Pancakes....YES, they ALL Go Together!

Who's down for a #foodfriday?
We were all about it in room 118.

In fact, we had been reading a poem about pancakes all week long in preparation!

I stumbled upon this book again recently (oldie, but goodie). 

After rereading it, I knew I had to use it to review making inferences.
If you haven't read this book, it is a wordless picture book. 
Beyond perfect for using those text clues + schema to make inferences!

As I read, I had 4 spots throughout the book where my firsties stopped to record their inferences. 

Once we finished reading, we went back a second time to share our inferences as we read.
It was also fun to have them help me come up with words to the book!

So...who reads a book about making pancakes without actually making them?!?!
Psshhh NOT this teacher.

We broke out the pancake mix, syrup and griddle and went to cooking!

They admired my cooking for a few minutes and then I sent them off to work on yet, another, pancake project while I resumed cooking 30 pancakes!

Searching for words was their task. 
This past nine weeks we taught silent e and bossy r words.
They had to find one word for each pattern.

Once they found all 10 words, they make a short stack of pancakes with their words.

And to top it all off, we ate these heavenly puppies right up!

March 24, 2015

Head Hunters: a sight word game

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me post this picture yesterday.

We played a game I named "Head Hunters" to review our sight words.
It's super easy to make and did I mention it's loads of fun too!

To Make (Labels):
Type up sight words onto labels (I used Avery 5160 template in Word).

To Make (Recording Sheet):
Simply type up a class list with a blank space beside each student's name.

To Play:
Now that you have your supplies, stick one label to each students head.
Yes, stick it to their head!
{They may have thought I was crazy when I walked up with one on my head.}

Pass out recording sheet. Students will walk around and read the sight words on each classmates' head. They will read the word to person and then record it on their paper.

Once completed, they may take their sticker off and place it next to their name.

Here we are in action!

This game can be made to fit any list of words or any class size.

Happy word hunting!

March 20, 2015

Five for Friday {PLUS a Freebie!}

Friday, Friday, FRIDAY!
This week was our first week back after spring break and we surely sprung into some fun activities!

I feel like the lucky one sometimes with these kiddos!

We've been getting real good at making connections to the stories we read.
This week we read on called Friends.
The weather this week in Texas was surely spring-like. 
Before the rain came, we ventured outside to observe the spring things happening!

With spring making an early arrival, we made rainbows with words that described our spring weather.

If you're anywhere close to spring break, this next one is for you!
I have my firsties complete this the first day they come back from the break.
We write and then share our adventures!

Snag it by clicking on the picture.

March 17, 2015

Do You Know What Time It Is?

All year long my firsties have been itching to learn how to tell time on that clock that hangs on our wall.
I think it makes them feel <--------------------> this much smarter!
Now the questions change from "Mrs. Griffith, what time is it?" to "Is it ______?".

We had fun constructing a life size clock using unifix cubes to illustrate the parts of a clock and how they work.

We also constructed a clock in our math journals to refer back to in later days.

You can find many more ideas for teaching time {HERE} on Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits!

March 12, 2015

ARe you ready fOR phonics?

I just adore teaching phonics!
There is always a way to have a "play on words" when teaching the skills. 

Up this last week was OR and AR.
I found these super fun ideas from a blogger friend Michelle over at Smitten with First.

I introduced the OR sound with my easy-peasy "smORe" chart. 
That had our tummies rumbling, so why not spell words with OReos!

While we didn't have a full fledged Pirate Day, we did practice our pirate voices quite a bit.
My kiddos loved this "Pirates say AR" video (click on picture for link). 
We may have listened to it every day!
We became acquainted with Captain SmARty also as he brought us many AR words on his treasure map.

Head over to Michelle's blog for mORe phonics ideas!