Friday, September 26, 2014

An Applicious Peek at My Week: Five for Friday Style!

I think the majority of primary teachers will say that introducing your Apples unit brings a certain amount of joy to your classroom.  I for one, absolutely LOVE this unit and it's our first real exposure to incorporating Science lessons into our studies, which as many of you already know is one of my FAVORITE things to do as a first grade teacher!  I get even more giddy when our ELA studies just 
happens to be the "ap" family this week!  Everything meshing together makes this dear teacher sooooo happy!
We began our Apple Introductions last week and as you can see by the slathering of information on our Focus Wall, we are digging deep into Apples!

Our weekly Math interactive notebook lesson was using Apples to solve addition problems!

We analyzed which apple was our favorite-

 We are learning all about making connections when we read and how to spot TEXT features in our non-fiction readers!

Meerkat the Connector is just one of many reading strategy critters that we are using to make strong connections when we are reading.  Check out the Critter Cafe here for more details!

 The kids were STOKED to get their little scientist minds rolling with predictions and writing a hypothesis for our first apple experiment!
 Here is our Apple Oxidation Predictions-

 The next morning, we came in and discovered that Lemon Juice and Milk will keep an apple from turning brown!  COOL!
 How did we explore the word "Rotten"?  Well with a simple little experiment!  Pretty gross but fun!

Look at our little scientists in action!  
Labeling the parts of an apple!

 Two of our scientists used a terrific strategy of "using the word walls in the room" to help them check their understanding!
 Apple Week wouldn't be complete without an Apple ERUPTION!
Totally made the kids go WOW, Awesome!!!!!
Now if you are looking to get your hands on some of these amazing activities, let me share that information with you,
Five for Friday style!
These five Fab Products are guaranteed to make your Apple Studies and Exploration totally DELICIOUS!
Johnny Appleseed Traveling Party: Apple Day Stations
Click on the image above to grab this product from the very talented Lisa Richling!  Lisa has packed this unit full of science projects and my kids gave it TWO THUMBS UP!
Apple-licious Activities
The amazing Sarah Paul has delivered an amazing CLOSE Read unit that is SUPER delicious!  I was using her previous version the last two years, but she has recently updated this pack and it is FANTASTIC!  Sarah celebrates even the tiniest details in a unit and I absolutely love that about her creativity!
Apples, Apples Everywhere! Glyph and Apple Poem Activities
The super-sweet Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies has this awesome Apple Art Project that I adore!  We are making the apples today!
Johnny Appleseed Reading Fluency for Little Learners
My Firstie Friend Kathy Griffin has this awesome resource and my kids LOVE the video and song!  If you are looking for some Smartboard or techno-fabulous resources to use during apple week, this is it!
Common Core Crunch - September - ELA CCSS Printables - Gro
The lovely Lisa Mattes has some great morning work activities that will spice up your THEME WEEKS in September!  I would be lost without my daily Common Core Crunch!
Well, I hope you are having as DELICIOUS of a week as I am!
Have a fabulous weekend sweet friends!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My 2014 Classroom Reveal Virtual Tour

Welcome Back to School Friends and Fellow Teachers!
It is high-time for me to share my Classroom Reveal Photos with all of you!  Up first, Back to School Night and Open House!
Our school theme this year is WILD about Learning so I hit the jackpot with my room already slathered in jungle print decor!
I utilized my Focus Wall for the parents "To Do's" this year 
and it worked fabulously!

On each desk was a student supply "extraction" list so parents and students could easily get all the materials stored away in the proper places!
I found this fun little freebie on TPT and the parents were more than excited to take home a yummy treat!
My guided reading table had tubs stocked-full with forms to fill out and my First Grade Handbook to take home and read!
Two days later, 
Room 102 was OPEN for business and WOW has time flown by!
Coming in the door, you see....

Pictured above is our multi-purpose area that has Work on Writing tools at the bottom and the white stackers on top has Work on Writing paper choices.
Students have their own mailboxes!
The math wall and station tubs are the only thing I have left to tidy up!
I snapped this photos during Read to Self!  My new library bookcases are outstanding!  Purchased from Lakeshore after the flood destroyed my old ones from last year!
I am so in love with the new carpets and cozy feel at the library!
The student book tubs were purchased from Really Good Stuff!  I love how big they are and will fit ANY size books!
I have the library labeled with AR levels on the first two top rows.  I used black labels to identify "Feature Books" that are available to the kids year-round.

This year I am adding the Daily 5 anchor charts to my cabinets! 
 It is a perfect fit!

I am using the Really Good Stuff tubs for my daily planning materials.  OH MY WORD...  I Love them so much!

Our media center in the classroom serves many purposes!  I use it as my teacher area, along with our 3 classroom computers and the listening center rolls out from underneath!!  xoxo
The CAFE wall is up and running!  So excited to have the animal prints!

I designated a very special place on our front whiteboard for our Levels of Understanding.  We use this ALL DAY LONG to check our understanding of new materials!  
Every morning the kiddos come in and follow our Marvelous Morning Routine task cards.  Totally eliminates all the questions to the teacher about what to do next.
Also pictured above is our new Daily Schedule using these adorable iPods! I love how on task we are this year!!!

Can't wait to get Guided Reading up and running very soon!  I love this meeting place!
And of course, our Focus Wall is back again this year, even bigger and better!  This is definitely a spot we love learning at!
For more details on the Animal-print Focus Wall headers, 
click here.
Desk arrangement this year.....
I'm not sure what you call this, but it is working fabulously!  About 4 students per pod and so far I have 19 students this year.  Lowest class size EVER in my teaching history!
Of course I grabbed this incredibly cute freebie from a Cupcake for the Teacher.  I bought the Zebra print frame and jars from Hobby Lobby.  The kids are so thrilled for a chance to be the Secret Star each day!
We have our End of the Day task cards posted on the exit door so students can check in and see what they need to accomplish before leaving at the end of the day!  Click here for the TPT source.
A peek from the outside in!
This is the third year for my Celebrity Wall in the hallway.  Each week, a student is awarded this special honor and we get photos of them in front of the wall!  Such a huge hit!
Our Wild about Learning theme wouldn't be complete with a Back to School Art Project inspired by one of our very favorite authors!!!!
Well I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of my classroom this year!  Have a wonderful school year everyone!
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