Monday, March 5, 2018

The Foolish Tortoise

The Foolish Tortoise(1985) Written by Richard Buckley, Illustrated by Eric Carle

Check out my new lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teachers--The Foolish Tortoise is always a First Grade Favorite!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Animal Habitats

We are having so much fun learning about where different species live, what they need to survive, how they camoflauge themselves, and more. Please enjoy my unit of ten lesson plans about Animal Habitats on Teacherspayteachers. My students are enjoying it very much, and we have started a butterfly garden in our schoolyard. The children are taking such good care of our garden plants, to create a wonderful habitat for butterflies!

• Lesson One: Environments of the World

• Lesson Two: Where in the World Did You Come From?
• Lesson Three: Map my Ideas
• Lesson Four: Home Sweet Home
• Lesson Six: All Living Things Need Water
• Lesson Seven: Camoflauge
• Lesson Eight: Plants and Animals Need Each Other
• Lesson Nine: Animal Experts
• Lesson Ten: Schoolyard Habitat

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Spring is here and it is time to plant seeds! First graders are natural scientists, and it is so exciting to see the zinnia seeds sprouting in our classroom. We are recording the progress of our seeds by drawing a picture and writing a sentence in our science journal every morning when we get to school. We are also exploring the artwork of Eric Carle and loving his book The Tiny Seed. I have integrated reading and science together, which makes learning about the seasons and growing plants even more fun. Check out my lesson plan on teacherspayteachers here:

The Grouchy Ladybag by Eric Carle

It's ladybug season! My first graders love Eric Carle, and they love lucky ladybugs. Check out my lesson plans on teacherspayteachers for Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug. I include science questions about animals and the ways they defend themselves, as well as reading comprehension questions. Enjoy ladybug season!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Fun

First Grade is all about making learning fun, and what fun we had this week! We visited a pumpkin patch, picked our own pumpkins, carved them, and displayed them at our school with pride. Students loved the nonfiction National Geographic book Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum and the Math Reads book Pumpkin Countdown, by Joan Holub. They practiced math strategies and skills by estimating the weight of their pumpkins, and then weighing them on a scale. They also estimated the number of seeds inside, and then counted them all. We learned that it was easier to count them by twos, fives, or tens instead of one by one--so we also practiced skip-counting. I learned a bit of Science myself. Did you know that pumpkins float? Or that the number of lines along the outside of a pumpkin indicates the number of rows of seeds inside? My class also learned about farm living. They had the opportunity to feed the insides of thier pumpkins to the chickens who live at the pumpkin patch, and to use hay to make a scarecrow. So much fun! I think my favorite part was our sing-a-long in the pumpkin patch. We practiced rhyming as students added their own verses to classic songs, and we practiced keeping a beat by clapping and tapping. Most importantly, First Graders practiced taking turns, sharing, and working together. I wish my classroom was outside every day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Guided Math

I am feeling inspired after attending Dr. Nikki's Guided Math Workshop yesterday! She has a comprehensive blog I will be using a lot. Check it out!
Also, here is a link to Dr. Nikki's Guided Math Pinterest Board:

Here are a some tips I picked up:
Form guided instruction groups based on student needs, and change groups frequently as needed.
Begin with a pre-assessment for a particular standard, and group students according to skills and concepts they are struggling with. In guided group, focus on teaching those skills and concepts. Other groups will meet in centers working on math fluency, math reasoning, etc. 
Do not feel you need to meet with every group every day. One meeting per week may be sufficient for each group. 
Teacher-guided center is a good opportunity to introduce and teach math games that will later become independent centers once they are mastered.

Math Games

Check out "First Grade Printable Board Games" on!
Also, from Cambridge University, check out NRICH Math Games for Primary Grades!

In my classroom, we love:
"I love Math"
Addition Roll 'Em
Subtraction Roll 'Em
Add and Color
Subtract and Color
Addition Cross Out
Subtraction Cross Out
Popsicle Stick Math

The Foolish Tortoise

The Foolish Tortoise (1985) Written by Richard Buckley, Illustrated by Eric Carle Check out my new lesson plan on Teachers Pay Teac...