15 October 2016

In a week or so we will be starting our bat unit in first grade.  I thought you might be doing the same with your first graders.   I have a few bat themed units on TpT such as my Batty for Bats file and my Bats Interactive Science Notebook file, which are both perfect for first grade.   I also have some freebie files for you in this post!

I pulled a few pages from the Batty for Bats packet to give you these freebies.

My full Batty for Bats file includes an interactive Bat Life Cycle.

The Roll and Write a Word Center is meant to be used with Kiddocubes.  I love mine and I love them even more because a teacher friend of mine created them.   

The file above is a preview from the packet below:

As with all our science units, we start with a schema chart.

Bats are perfect for introducing students to informational text features!  We began last week with pumpkins and now the students run up to me every time they see a bold print word or a heading.  They get so excited!   Click here to go to my post and snag the cards below. 

If you are looking for a purely science themed packet, check out my Bats Interactive Science Packet below:

 Here some more photos from my interactive notebook packet. 

Here are some of the read alouds I am utilizing for my bat unit. 

I want to leave you with another freebie.  I updated this file from way back when!

Click {HERE} to download!

I use this Word document to help the students brainstorm sentences for each letter.   I left my examples in there to make it easier for you.  You can click below to download the Word file.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found some resources to teach your students about bats! 

1st Grade Pumpkin Ideas & a Freebie

10 October 2016

I just love teaching the students about pumpkins in the month of October.  I hope this post gives you some ideas for teaching about pumpkins in first grade.  Click the images to check out the TpT sources and my free resources through Google Drive.

Before we even start learning about pumpkins, we complete a schema chart. The students tell me what they think they know about pumpkins.  I write the thinkings down on post-its.  As we learn, we move the posts-its to "Yes, We Were Right" or "Oops, We Were Wrong."   The students stop me and tell me when they learn something new about pumpkins, we place that on "Our New Learning."   The "Wonderings" section would be for questions they have like "Are pumpkins a fruit or vegetable?"

Our pumpkin learning usually lasts for about two weeks.   I like to give the kids quick morning jobs when they come in.  The pumpkin sheet below is from my Pumpkins Packet on TpT. 

Since this is a short school week, we will be doing pumpkin themed literacy centers this week instead of phonics based ones

They love rolling words to see which word "won."  The cubes pictured above is from KiddoCubes from TpT.
One of the centers we always do is Match it Rhyme it.  This one is pumpkin themed.
Spin a Word has the students spinning a beginning sound and then an ending sound to build words.  They record the words they spin on their recording sheets.  The nonsense words go on the bottom of the sheet. 
Another favorite of my students is Magnify Tiny Words.  This one is pumpkin themed and they have to record the word under the picture the word describes.
The students also build pumpkin themed sentences during literacy center. 

We like to do a whole class graphing activity after we taste test pumpkin bread.  Pumpkin bread is my favorite and most of the students seem to agree.

The pumpkin unit ties in nicely to non-fiction features.  You can snag the definitions for FREE {HERE}!

After we do an activity where we label the parts of a nonfiction book, I have them break into groups and label the parts of other nonfiction books.   To make the chart above, I scanned a nonfiction book and then laminated the pages.  I am sorry but it would be illegal for me to share the images I used, you will just have to scan your own.  You can whoever get the definitions by clicking above :)

If you are looking for solely for math centers, check out this packet:

I also sell an interactive science notebook which is specific to pumpkins.  You can check out images from it below. 

Here are the freebies!  Click the image to be taken to google drive to download.  Enjoy!

Here are few books on amazon that you can snag through my affiliate links:

Thanks for reading! 

Setting Up a Classroom Photo Sharing Site

08 October 2016

Every school year I set up a secure classroom photo share website.  I have always used Shutterfly.  They have this super easy to set up template for classroom share sites.  It is really so fast to set up and it is a closed, secure way to share photos and more.

Right now you are probably asking yourself but why should I set up a share site?   Let me give you a list of the reasons I love using a share site:

Each month I take photos of my students for their scrapbooks.  I share the photos on the Shutterfly site and order prints to be picked up at Target.   It really is so easy. 

Here are some samples of my Student Scrapbooks, it's not too late to start scrapbooks with your class:

Parents actually volunteer to pick up the monthly photos for the scrapbooks through the Shutterfly site!

How to set up a share site:
  • Sign up for a free Shutterfly account
  • Scroll down once signed in, scroll down until you see "My Share Sites."
  • Click "Make a Free Site."

  • Choose "Classroom."
  • Pick your background colors.

Here is an example of what my site looks like:
The site is way more than just photos.  You can add direct links to blog posts and upload files that you want to share with parents.

There is a calendar feature that you can add events to.  You can select when you want reminders for the events emailed to the parents.  I usually just use the default one which is two days before. 

The upcoming events also show up as a list on the site.

This is my favorite feature of the Shutterfly site. You can create volunteer lists for events or donations needed.  Parents put their name next to an item or to volunteer to come in to help for an event.   The site automatically sends the parent a reminder email before the event or before the donation is needed.   Instead of passing around a sign up list for class parties at Meet the Teacher Night, I post the party sign up list on the Shutterfly site.  

Another tip I suggest is encouraging your grade level teammates to set one up, too.  Then take some time together and go through and put in calendar dates and set up the volunteer forms.  My team sat with three computers and me at a laptop, we put in our volunteer sign up lists and a few important dates.  It was great to have more heads together to come up with ideas for the donation and class party lists. 

Not ready to set up a Shutterfly site this year?  Pin and save for your "To Do List" for next school year. 

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