Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hanukkah + Thanksgiving = THANKSGIVIKKUH!!!

The very next day (after our big Thanksgiving feast,) we started talking about Hanukkah and we made potato latkes!!!!

Latkes Latkes, sizzling in the pan!


Our guidance counselor likes to teach through cooking! :-)


Taking the latkes out!

It wouldn't be Thanksgivikkah without MENURKEYS!!!!

I got the idea from here!


I believe she meant to write "Happy Hanukkah Everybody!" 
I'm finally ALL caught up on my posts!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving!
Until next time!

Stacey

THANKSGIVING!!!

GOBBLE GOBBLE Y'ALL!!!!!

Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday!  I love the message behind it!  (Granted we should be thankful everyday but still!)   We had quite a busy Thanksgiving!

We made Pilgrims on a Mayflower ship:

Sorry for this being sideways!  I don't know how to rotate it on here. (It's already rotated in my picture album!)




 So I got the ADORABLE patterns for the Pilgrims from First Grade Wow! We read Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day.  We generated a list of facts about Pilgrim children, and then each student wrote down those facts!

They loved making those Pilgrims and LOVE seeing them sailing on the Mayflower!

We also had a HUGE Thanksgiving feast in my classroom! 
We had deli style turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans, corn, cornbread, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and I think that's it!

We made Mayflower name tags and I used blue tablecloths so it would like the ships are sailing!




I wish you could see their faces but they're adorable!



Everything was delicious!  My students really enjoyed their feast! :-)

ENJOY!
Stacey

Families

We started talking all about families and how everyone's family is different!  After reading about families, (I'm sorry, but I'll have to look up the name of the book and get back to you on it,) we wrote about our families and then drew pictures of them!





I'm not sure how well you can read their writing but it started off by saying "There are many kinds of families."  Then they wrote if their family was big or small, who is in their family, where they live, and 3 activities their family does with them!  They really were adorable!!!

This family project I'm using as an intro to Thanksgiving and all the December holidays since every family does something different! :-)

Enjoy!
Stacey

November - Veteran's Day

Just a few days after our 50th day celebration, we studied Veteran's Day!  I got this FABULOUS idea from Miss Kindergarten:




 My students enjoyed making their soldiers!  They also went to our building service manager and thanked him for serving our country! (He was in the army!)  He really appreciated it!

Thank you to all of you who served!
Stacey

NOVEMBER :-) - 50th day of school!

I LOVE November!
Boy was it a BUSY month for my first graders!!!!!

During the first week of November, we celebrated the 50th day of school!  I did some decorating! :-)










My girls were all dressed up!  (Sadly, I didn't get pics of my boys!)

Then, we did a writing craftivity inspired by Cara Carroll!




We made root beer floats too! (I was too busy helping the students make them to take pictures!!!!)  Finally, we danced around the room!  The kids had the BEST time!!!!!





My next post will feature Veteran's Day.
Thanks for reading!


Stacey :-)

September / October Posts

Since I'm just starting my blog, I wanted to play catch up and post some pictures from earlier in the school year!

One of the things I decided to do was read Have You Filled a Bucket Today?.  It really hit home with the students! (Still today, they will say things like "Thanks for filling my bucket!" or "You are a bucket dipper!)  I followed up by reading some of the other books by the same author.  I also read Each Kindness.  It is an AMAZING book.  Check it out here on Amazon!  
http://www.amazon.com/Each-Kindness-Addams-Award-Awards/dp/0399246525/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385838713&sr=1-1&keywords=each+kindness 
 Anyway, as a follow up, we created our own buckets.  (I saw this on the Jammin' in the Jungle News blog)  This was the result of our project: 


The kids had a great time making these!

We also made fall kindness trees! On *most* of the leaves, are ways to be kind to others!


To add to our fall setting / theme, we made scarecrows!  I got this idea from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard (He is soooooo awesome!)






Unfortunately, this is all I took pictures of the first 2 months of school. My next post will be all about November (and by golly it was a busy month!!!)

:-)
Stacey

Hockey Movie Reflection

Image from here WE DID IT! Our hockey movie is finished and we showed it last week to students, staff, parents, other family members,...