Friday, April 19, 2013

Armando the Armadillo digging in Dictionaries!

Happy Friday Friends!  We made it!
It's date night for all us linky-lovers!!!
Big thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting all the fun!
 I've got my 5 ready to go so let's get started...
On Monday, we wrapped up our sweet little unit on Rainbows .  We listened to "ROY G BIV" on the Kiss Your Brain CD about ten thousand times... and we wrote some colorful poetry in our writing journals.

Long vowel U is a toughie!
Is anyone with me on this one?
Probably some of the hardest patterns to connect in first grade  writing.
We definitely need another week or two of practice!

I love highlighter tape!  I buy in bulk!
What does it work best on ?
The Scholastic Flip Chart poems.
Great surface to work with!
The kids LOVE using the tape to identify words with our focus patterns of the week!

 We used the sort cards from above to complete the 
EAT YOUR WORDS activity.
Holy smokes!  Talk about EXCITEMENT for a new hunk & chunk!  I've never seen my kids smile so big during word work!
My students glued on the Fruit Loops to each word.  Then, what was left in the cup was for the munching!

Let me just offer Nancy V. over at First Grade Wow a HUGE thank you for this amazing freebie!!  

We have been in Tooth Fairy heaven this week!
Learning all about Healthy Teeth....
 And doing Sarah Paul's toothy egg experiment to show what happens to our teeth when eat and drink too much sugar and pop!
 Cup 1: water   Cup 2: Pepsi
 After waiting 24 hours,
we removed the eggs today and boy were we grossed out!
No dark soda for me!
 Right as my little scientists were recording their observations, Nickey pops his head up and out comes his tooth!!  PERFECT timing!
We learned this week that el Raton' magico (magical mouse) is actually more popular across the world than our beloved Tooth Fairy!  
In other countries, it is common to throw your tooth on the roof!  Some bury it, and in Germany, they don't do anything at all...  Bummer.
But back here in America, Room 102 was super-excited to apply for the Tooth Fairy's personal assistant!

 If you would like to grab a copy of this freebie, 
click here and leave a little love.

Our Critter CAFE is expanding by one this week!
Please give a warm welcome to Armando, the Armadillo!
Armando ADORES new and interesting words and when he finds words that he doesn't understand, he looks them up in the dictionary.
The kids were so stoked about using their dictionaries today!
We are using the second half of our composition notebooks to record our dictionary findings.
Students must include the word at the top, followed by the definition, and a sketch or illustration of the word at the bottom.  
 To get our feet wet, we started with 4 story words from "Tumbleweed Stew."  (These are familiar words to students.)  As the weeks continue, students will choose 1 word daily (that is new and interesting to add in the Notebook during D5: Writing.

Well I can't wait to hop on over and peek in on your 5!
what's that?
Music to my ears.
The handsome Italian/shaker/margaritas!!
Gotta Go!
Happy Friday friends!


  1. Just lovely Julie! You amaze me every week. Your lessons are so wonderful, full and how do you do it all? Enjoy the music!

  2. I totally agree about long vowels! Oh, and we did the same experiment with eggs. Kind of hits the nail on the head, huh?
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First


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