January 17, 2014

Five for Friday!

A full moon always calls for a crazy day...
My Friday/end of the week sanity was saved by a professional development day.

Let's play catch up on some of the "wintery" things we did this week!

I ventured out to introduce pronouns this week.
I generated a list of pronouns (inside the bubble) that could essentially take the place of my list of nouns. I had my kiddos tell me which pronoun would work best and we recorded it on the chart.
After discussing how interchangeable the two were, we chose one noun and wrote a sentence about it.
We turned that noun into a proper noun using the same sentence.
From there we chose a pronoun to replace the proper noun.
This was a great way to show word choice in writing also.
Making fact family  houses was a great and easy way to assess my students without them even realizing it!
I gave each a sticky note with 3 different numbers on it and they had to create a fact family using those numbers. Who would have guessed it would have got the reaction it did....
"This is SO much fun!"

We also made snowmen out of our fact family numbers.
Another hit!
If you haven't read the book The Snowglobe Family, it is a must!

It goes great paired with the snowglobe activity below or as you've probably seen on Instagram or Pinterest.

We also read Snowmen at Night and revisited verbs with all the action the snowmen have going on in the book.
They had to write what they would do if they were a snowman an night using one verb of their choice.
Enjoy your extra long weekend!
Don't forget to head over to Doodlebugs Teaching and link up.


  1. I am so with you on the full moon! It makes the crazies come out. I love your pronoun activity, and I can't wait to try it out with my own first graders.

  2. I love Snowmen at Night, but have never heard of The Snow Globe Family... I will check it out! I like your fact family snowmen too!

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