The countdown is on. We only have two more weeks until school starts. I went into my classroom on Tuesday for the first time this summer, and I swear I was just there. I’m not real sure where this summer has gone! I have to admit that I was a little slow to get motivated, but I have gotten a couple things accomplished. I wanted to share some of my latest projects with you.
I finished the bulletin board outside of my classroom. I used my Cricut to cut the letters from Astrobrights cardstock.
I added some tissue paper balls from Hobby Lobby for dimension.
I also made this name banner for my desk.
Staples donated some desks to our school last year. My old desk had my name in vinyl across the front, but this one didn’t. Many of my students were constantly trying to remember how to spell my name. I knew that I needed to find a fun way to add it to this new desk.
I absolutely love how it turned out. I just printed directly onto Astrobrights cardstock, and then cut a triangle out of the bottom of each page. Then, I punched holes in the top and threaded my ribbon.
I feel like I’ve made a huge dent in my classroom to get ready for school. I printed off all of my first week of school items from my First Week of First Grade Packet.
It is so nice to have everything I need ready to go for the first week of school.
When do you go back?
My least favorite time of the day….RESTROOM BREAKS!!!! I think it would be amazing to have a restroom in each classroom, but that just isn’t the case. Restroom breaks are just time suckers.
Since I’m constantly trying to think of ways to add more learning into the day, I thought this bulletin board would be perfect.
I placed it in the hall right outside of the bathrooms where we line up. This way I have some resources available for a quick review while we wait.
The students can practice sight words.
They can also work on their math facts.
Another option on the board is for students to use the letters to make words. They love doing this in the classroom, so why not bring it to the hall.
I also included a vocabulary section where students can make up sentences using the words or tell what each word means.
If you would like to download the headings and sight words from above for free, click HERE. I may add to this file later on, but for now it only includes the items above.
How do you handle restroom breaks at your school?
We are starting to gear up for the end of the year. Next week is our last five day week. We don’t get out until June 1st, but we didn’t use our built in snow days this year, so we have one day off every week during the month of May. I love 3 day weekends!
Last week, I had my 1st graders write to the Kindergarteners about their 1st grade experiences.
I will be binding these into a book and letting the Kindergarten teacher’s read it to their classes. You can click on the picture above to download. I have included a graphic organizer, writing paper, and book cover for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.
We will be writing to the 2nd grade teachers next week.
Just click on the picture above to download. Once again, I have included organizers, paper, and book covers for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students.
Something else I wanted to share was my new Boggle Board. I’m sure you have seen these all over the place. I have seen tons on Pinterest, but I had just been drawing a quick one on the board. My students love doing these! I try to make a game of it. I have them try to “Beat the Teacher” where they have to come up with more words than me or they have to think of a word that I didn’t come up with. You could also set a timer and see how many words they can think of in 10 minutes. Now that I have my board set up in my classroom, I’m just going to have them work on it whenever they finish up work early.
You can click on the picture below to download the letters and recording sheet.
I also created this “number” version that I will use to change it up a little bit. You can have students try and think of ways to get to a certain number by writing number sentences.
Now I’m off to work on my May Poems and Songs. I hope to have them posted by the end of the weekend.
I know everyone is probably Dr. Seussed out, but I wanted to share one more fun and easy bulletin board idea. I wasn’t planning on doing anything special wih the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” but after reading it, this idea just popped in my head and I think they turned out SO cute! We made hot air balloons.
I just set out a variety of different scrapbook paper and had the students pick their favorite. Then they wrote about what they wanted to do when they grew up. You can download the writing paper by clicking HERE.
I didn’t include the part on the balloon because I personalized each of those with the student’s names.
I had seen the idea for using the Fancy Nancy books to teach vocabulary and creating a Fancy Nancy Words bulletin board before. I had been wanting to implement it since forever ago, but just never did. So, this week I DID IT!! Wahoo! And, let me tell you, it is spectacular, splendid, and sensational (Those are fancy words for great!)
There are tons of Fancy Nancy books so I plan on reading one about twice a week until the end of the school year. Next year, I will start this MUCH earlier and do a different book each week.
I hit up Dollar Tree (big surprise) and bought these:
So, I can transform into this for each story.
|I had one of my students take this picture, so it’s at a weird angle 🙂|
I dress as Fancy Nancy for each story. (I looked for a boa and couldn’t find one, so Christmas garland worked, but as soon as I find a boa, you better believe I will be wearing it.)
I go through each book first to see which words I want to introduce. I write them on the board and we discuss them, that way the students can listen for the words while I am reading. After reading the book, we fill out our papers to add to our Fancy Nancy Word Book.
I tell them to write their words from the book in a fancy way.
The students are overjoyed (that’s a fancy word for happy) to get to try out their skills with cursive and bubble letters.
I write the words on index cards (decorate them with sequins) and post them on our Fancy Nancy Words bulletin board.
|I am still in the process of making this “fancier.”|
Another fun aspect to our Fancy Nancy words is that if I hear any student using one of our “Fancy” words, I pick up my glitter:
|5 pack from Dollar Tree
And sprinkle one dash on their desk.
Ooh la la! This is a smashing success. In case you didn’t already know this… KIDS LOVE GLITTER!!!
I will post more things as I add them to our Fancy Nancy fun!
I hope you had a spectacular, splendid, and sensational day.
Today we read Fox in Socks and Oh Say Can You Say and discussed alliterations and tongue twisters. Wow! Those are hard books to read. Then we came up with our own alliteration sentences using our names.
Then each student wrote their sentence on a strip of pink paper and rolled it up around a pencil.
Then we stapled the tongue onto a picture of their face. They are SO much cuter in person!! My pictures didn’t do them justice.
We also read The Sleep Book and made our sleeping people today. They turned out cute.
Here are some of the Horton’s that I posted about earlier this week.
Tomorrow we’re making Oobleck. So much fun!