Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Still Have Our Grinch On!

Ericka, Tina, Kasey

The girls (and Tina's baby bump) at First Grade and Fancy Free want to wish you a Merry Christmas!  Enjoy your much deserved holiday break.  We will be jumping for joy when ours starts tomorrow at 1:40 (you heard us correctly, we're still in school)!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Dawn over at First Grade Shenanigans awarded us with the Liebster Blog Award!  Thanks Dawn!!  We love the name of your blog.  We sure do know about first grade shenanigans, especially all this week.

The goal of this award is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers. 
The rules are:
{1} Copy and paste the award on your blog.
{2} Thank the giver and link back to them.
3} Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are five blogs that we're loving!
 Karen at A little kinder told me so! has some super cute winter posts.  Love the winter tree with the paper balls of snow and brainstorming.

Mrs. Russell's Class has THE cutest currently post! Maybe, just maybe we may have to do one (or more) of those.  

Marcy over at My First Grade Backpack has way cute Christmas craft ideas and a great reminder of how our kiddos love the simple things (a reminder we all need this time of year).

Oh my word!  I loved the post about Katie's first graders being interviewed to take care of the class pets!  Incredible!  Check it out for yourself at her blog Two Can Do It.

Jenna at Speech Room News has some great activity ideas!  We can always use ideas to help those kiddos since that's not our area of expertise.  Elf in the speech room looked like so much fun.  I bet the kids LOVED it!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Making Words With Hot Chocolate

It's time for a freebie from our Teachers Pay Teachers store!  This will be a great activity for this week (for the few of us teaching until Friday), but it will also work great for January.  Head on over and get your copy.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Information Writing

We just finished up 6 weeks of informational writing!  Whew!  I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't really looking forward to it, I ended up LOVING it.  In small groups my students chose an animal to study and we read books, magazines and watched videos on each of the animals.  My students amazed me with the information they were able to give on their animals.  We will do final class presentations on Monday.  We did a whole class study on BATS before their small group work so that I would be able to model, model, model.  I have had a B.Y.U. student in my classroom for the past few weeks and she took their final writing project and turned it into a little movie. ENJOY!