Sunday, January 8, 2017

Poetry Unit Updated!


Hello Everyone!
Well, we made it through our first week back after winter break!  It was a four day week for kids, but teachers were there all five!  We enjoyed some inservice time together on Monday before the kids came on Tuesday.  It helps to ease into second semester a little! :)
For the next few weeks in writing, we will focus on poetry.  I looooove teaching poetry to our youngest writers because there isn't a wrong or right way to write poetry. At the beginning of the unit, kids don't realize they can be poets!  In first grade we work on writing sensory poems, list poems, concrete or shape poems and other unrhymed poems.  I have shared my poetry unit before, but because we are starting our unit in January, I felt as though having winter as an inspiration was an important component, so I added a few seasonal pages to the unit!
I know some of you are buried in snow right now and you probably would rather not focus on winter and snow, but these little Texans don't get to see snow very often. In fact...It actually snowed a little bit on Friday, and the excitement was uncontrollable!!  We had noses pressed to our window until we could bear it no longer.  I let the kids go outside for a few minutes and you would have thought I gave them the moon!!



Ahhhhh! There's nothing like catching snowflakes on your tongue!!! We will sooooooo use this experience for inspiration for writing some sensory poems!!!
Anyway...Here are a few things you'll get in the updated poetry unit:












The unit is now about 100 pages with templates and visuals for about 10 different kinds of poetry.  
If you are at all interested,  
simply hover and CLICK HERE!! :)  You will be directed to the downloadable and printable 100 page unit!  Yes, It's free!! 
Oh! We are also working on reading and understanding poetry written by other poets. It is important that kids learn to interpret other texts, and discuss the author's purpose. 

I hope you have as much fun working on poetry with your kids as I do!  Please let me know if there is anything else you want me to include in this unit!!!  I am always open for suggestions, corrections, etc!! 

Have a wonderful week, everyone!!!  Don't forget to find JOY in the journey!! 
:)
Nancy




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! My 2017 is going to be...

Hello Everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderfilled holiday season!  Mine was filled with family, fun, food, and fabulousness!! My favorite time of year! I'm so grateful for our time together.
Taking a winter break is good for my family, and it is also good for me as a teacher. Two weeks away from my class always makes me a better teacher. The rejuvenation of mind, body, and perspective energizes and focuses me. So....here we go!
We hit the ground running on Tuesday when the kids came back from break. I love starting off a new year with lots of goal setting. We talk a lot about what resolutions are and how they can help us set goals. We brainstorm ideas of ways to "knock someone's socks off!" 



Then we talk about how we hope the new year is going to be great!! With a focus on adjectives, we brainstorm words to describe the new year, have fun writing them, and publish our writing in a fun way. 









I have done this hands to heart publishing for many years (at least 20!), but this year decided to combine it with our math and our science objectives. We used all plane and solid figures for the project. And to incorporate some science, we are finishing up our study of sound energy, so the horns were the perfect final touch!

Both of these fun activities (and so much more) are included in my Happy New Year Unit.
If you need something to welcome kids back from break,
68 pages of cross curricular New Years fun!


Oh! I so wanted to share more tonight, but It's report card organization night! So gotta run!  But I'll share more in the next couple of days!!! So don't stay away for long! 
Have a wonderful night, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Joyfully!
Nancy




Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hello Everyone!!
This time of year makes for busy households and busy school days...but we power through...and glean those precious moments of pure joy with our families and with our students. One more day left of this wonderful week at school. Yes, we are completely exhausted, and yes, we are ready for a winter break, but...yes, the sparkle in those little eyes makes it all worth while! We have so enjoyed the work of Dr. Seuss this week with his wonderful tale of a changing heart and the transforming traditions of life and love. We got to celebrate Grinch Day today with some fun learning experiences. Here are a few pics!
My crazy fun team!!!

Grinch Kabobs

Grinch Grime

Adjective Work


Tons of Math!!



Who Pudding!

Green Candy Canes!

All of this fun stuff is available in my Updated Grinch Unit.


We also had a special delivery today...straight from the North Pole!  Santa discovered that my kids had such giving hearts, he wanted to give them something special. He sent them each a special key to set out and have ready for him to use when he comes on Christmas eve.  
I will tell you, I think the kids were more excited about that than all the Grinch stuff put together!!



(A little hint...After packaging the keys and tags, put the box in the freezer!  The keys will stay cold for quite a while!! SHHHHHH!!)




I have so much more to share with you, but I am sooooo out of time!!! I'll be back soon!  Until then, thanks for stopping by our little "Window on Wonder!"  I am hoping you have a wonderfilled last few days with your kids and a restful family filled break!  
Joyfully!
Nancy




Monday, December 5, 2016

Santa's Stuck Again!!! What?? (Plus a little mouse, that green guy, and new year!!)

Hello Everyone!
I just wanted to catch you up on what we've been up to. If you are a first grade teacher(or anyone working with kids!), you know how exciting this time of year is! We have to work hard to keep kids engaged and learning. For the past few years, I have found that "Santa's Stuck" by Rhonda Greene fits the bill.  I have shared this unit before, but I keep reworking it.  This year we did the traditional Santa with his legs sticking out of the chimney,


(We've done this one a gazillion times- but every year, the kids love solving the problem of Santa getting stuck!),
but then we've been doing some work on adjectives, and the use of fun words from "Must Be Santa" led to some very simple but effective focus.





The kids know their adjectives!!!

If you have my Santa's Stuck unit already, yay!  If not you can get it...when you CLICK HERE!!!

There are a ton of activities included.











This week I am using "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" as our mentor text.  Such fun!!  I'll post pics of our activities and problem solving soon, but if you need the unit
Again...a ton of engaging learning opportunities for your kids!











Next week???  That beloved Green Guy!!!
Again, I'll share pics as we go!
If you don't have the unit I shared last year, you're in luck,CLICK HERE!!!!



Finally, if you already have my Happy New Year unit, please download on the "CLICK" below for the 2017 version!!  Can you even believe it is almost the new year???  What???  This school year can't be half way though already, can it? We have so much to do!!! So many places to go! So many problems to solve!




OK!!  That's it for now!!! I've got to get working on my kids' little gifts!  I loooove this time of year, almost as much as our little do!  Have a wonderful week.  Thanks for stopping by for a peek through our window on wonder!!
Joyfully!
Nancy