Monday, November 4, 2013

A Peek at Last Week's Pinterest-Inspired Fall Festival

Oh sweet friends, I am spinning my wheels, trying to 
catch up with this post before another week ZOOMS right on by!
Last week was so much fun!
The FABULOUS Four made a special appearance!
Students are taking on the roles of
Paula, the Predictor
Quincy, the Questioner
Clara, the Clarifier and
Sammy, the Summarizer.
Remember that Paula the Predictor makes her voice sound like a fortune teller as she rubs her crystal ball and makes predictions about what will happen in the story.
Quincy the Questioner is a Game Show Host who talks really fast and loud!  He (or she) uses the microphone to call out QUESTIONS they have during the story.
Clara the Clarifier wears the cool, blue shades to help her SEARCH OUT meaning for new, and interesting words found when reading.
 If she gets stuck on a word, IT'S COOL!  Clara will use her reading strategies to figure it out.  Finally, Sammy the Summarizer wears a cowboy hat and has a southern twang when he talks. He lassos above his head to show that he is ready to ROUND UP the main ideas of the story.
"VUNCE Upon a Time" was the perfect springboard to opinion writing.  The topic?  What is your favorite Halloween Candy?
I used Sarah Paul's Opinion Writing page found in her newest Fall Literacy  Pack!

Celebrity of the Week!
Congrats Breylyn!
Breylyn really enjoyed teaching the math lesson from the Elmo!
Breylyn also shared this cool non-fiction text on Sharks.
He is such a shark expert!
Who's NEW at the Critter Cafe?
First Graders would like to welcome C.C. Cow.
C.C. is short for "Compare & Contrast"
C.C. Cow showed us how to use graphic organizers like this Venn Diagram you see here to compare and contrast topics or themes.
After reading the spooky story, "The Spider and the Fly" we completed a Venn Diagram and realized that being honest holds much more merit than being dishonest, like the Spider.
LOVED our quick and easy KWL chart followed by a great non-fiction piece by National Geographic for Kids!
 Hey y'all, time for some Candy Corn FUN!!
Oh yeah!  Hold the phone.....
There is one more Venn Diagram that we thought was absolutely YUMMY!
C.C.Cow was very excited to help us compare these two topics!
And then we used our 5 senses to describe what Candy Corn looks like, tastes, like, feels like, smells like, and sounds like!

Students made their own Compare/Contrast organizers before snacking on our tasty treat!  (source: The Hands on Teacher)
By mid-week, the room was full of hot air!
Blowing Balloons was never more fun!
Look at the new substitute teacher in Room 102!
My gorgeous wrist corsage-
Along with dogs, bunnies, and cats for all the kiddos!
Jayne's dad is a Balloon Artist and brought in all of these fabulous critters to celebrate Jayne's birthday!
The kids loved their balloon critters SO MUCH that they asked for an extra round of Read to Self so they could read to their critters!

Fall Festival  was a HUGE success!
More Candy Corn Madness!
Who knew Math could be so yummy-fun!
"Make a Monster" was so cool!  Students had to add 3 digits, find the sum and draw that many monster parts!
Is that a shower curtain you ask?
Of course it is!
We are practicing counting on from any given point on the 120 chart.  Forwards AND BACKWARDS!  
We also used it to help us make reasonable estimates on our Candy Corn Stash Bags!

Fall Fest wouldn't be complete without some really SPOOKTACULAR tricks & treats!
The buffet line was out-of-this-world AWESOME!
Our Food Theme:  I've got my EYES on You!

My parents ROCKED the treats this year!
Woo Hoo!
Boy, I sure am one lucky teacher!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are tonight.
Wish me luck!


  1. Love it! Looks like y'all had a blast in Rm 102! The sub is too cute


    Pocket Full of Kinders

  2. Wow !!! I want to be in YOUR room.. how much fun & what great learning. Love, love, love. Best of luck with conferences tonight, friend :)

    First Grade Fairytales


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