Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter hen craftivity or the last day before spring break

We did it!

After a long term we finally are approaching spring break. 
I wanted to share with you a cute hen craftivity that we did. We wanted to make something quick an easy and use some foam Easter eggs we had so this is what I came up with.

We gave the template to the kids on colored sheets and after some modelling they started to work on their own. First graders are so independent at this time of the year.

They had some trouble with the flap in the wing but they managed to help each other. The nest was made of brown scrap paper.

And check other fun craft available in the blog.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Easter bunnies and addition rainbows

Another good week in our classroom. We had Open House so a lots of projects were going on. We drew Easter bunnies and introduced addition with regrouping.

My students understood the regrouping concept very fast so I move on with the practice.

We used these colorful rainbows to review at the end of the week and they loved them. 

Each student got 7 paper strips. Once the addition is solved they out them in order from greatest to least.

You will notice that I have "cleaned" the clouds because they had written their names. But they looked colorful as they used markers and trace each letter with a different color.

If you want to use the activity click  -HERE- to download it. 

Print each page on a different color. Each page  has 5 addition lines. So if you had 15 students, I know I am too lucky, you would need to print the each color page just 3 times.  And then one cloud for each kid.

We also did our Easter bunnies. This year I went with a super easy pattern. 
After mixing the colors they drew straight horizontal lines on a paper (see picture in the beginning of the post). Then I drew on the blackboard the steps and they created the masterpieces on their own.

Check other Easter bunnies from last year. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Animals everywhere! Last week photos

This has been a grrrreat week in our classroom! We have learnt about animals. We started with Carnivorous/Herbivorous animals. We used this awesome idea from First Grade Fascination

She has some animals posters for free. :)

With this fun craftivity my students understood the different teeth shapes. 

Then we moved on to vertebrates/invertebrates. We created bees (invertebrates) and fish.

I tried using these animals as a reference because they usually have difficulty with fish and insects.

As you can see I am using lots of free drawing craftivities. I have 15 kids in my classroom this year! This makes it super easy to help each one of them without the need of using patterns.

And the results are awesome.

As an assessment I created a simple chart to fill in with foam stickers and just check the characteristics. 
After all that work we got a treat. Animal salted crakers! Can you eat a carnivore animal?

If you are studying animals you can check some animal craftivities here:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring cleaning sale!

March is almost over... And it is time to clean our TPT wishlists!

All my bundles are on sale too so it is a great opportunity if you want all my plant resources or Easter animals!

See who else is participating thanks to Georgia Grown Kiddo's!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring brings flowers to the classroom!

We are finishing our plants unit and the kids wanted to make BIG flowers. I have done lots of guided drawing and print and go craftivities with them so I decided they were ready to create on their own.

We revised the parts of the plant  with Parts of a plant foldable and I created a big anchor chart with their help. 

I explained all the steps and we decided how many sheets of paper they would use and how big their flowers would be.
Then we started. It took us two sessions but it was worth it. 
We also added ten sunflower seeds on each flower.

I am a teacher...  I thought I could use this activity as an evaluation so I created this labels to be completed and added to the final craft.

Click HERE to get the labels in English & Spanish.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fallas and a giveaway!

Hi everyone!

I have been very busy this week. We are celebrating our Fallas week in Valencia. 
If you don't know about Fallas, it is a festivity here in Valencia. Falleros create beautiful sculptures that are burned at the end of the week. I suggest you to google about Fallas if you are interested, because my explanation was very poor. :)

What is my favorite thing to celebrate in the classroom? We create 3-D paper sculptures as little Fallas.

Kids got very creative adding little characters such as minions and little falleras. 

Then we had our Fallas break and I have spent 5 days walking, seeing monuments, light music and parades. Just beautiful!

Now the giveaway!
Flapjack Educational Resources is having an enormous giveaway! There is only one day left! Good luck!
Saturday, March 8, 2014

Carnival day!

Just a week after our 100th day we arrived to Carnival week. 

We have a Circus theme in school this year. 
This is my first year in this school, I heard that last year it was Fairy Tales... I wish I could have seen it.

Anyway, the whole school is decorated with a Circus Theme. 
First Graders are Tamers. Isn't that cool?  First we drew awesome lions to decorate the halls. I love using directed drawing with my kiddos.  These lions were a huge hit! We took the idea from this blog Spot of Color. It says that the idea is from a different source but I just can't find it, sorry. 
But you should definitely visit the blog if you need art ideas. 
 Then all the firstgraders drew tamers (directed drawing too) and they voted to pick one each class. We used this  www.blockposters.com to enlarge it so all the class could participate painting. I love how it looks.
Then we created the outfits for the Carnival Parade. They looked soooo cute I wish I could post the photos. 

This Parade is a big tradition here in Valencia. The kids create the outfits in the school out of plastic bags. It is quite simple and I love that all the kids are able too wear the same costume.
This one was so easy that they even helped to create it.
And the parents bought the hats to complete them.

Did I tell you they looked great ? :)


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