We have been working so hard at reading in first grade. I’m sure you all can relate. We have tackled most of our “special sounds” and reading with fluency and accuracy is getting easier and easier. I love this part of the year.
About a month ago, the light bulb really turned onto “tanning bed” setting for some of my little readers. They are eating up every book they can get their hands on and love sharing their skills with their friends.
For this reason we have been using “read to someone” a lot in my classroom. In the beginning of the year it honestly was kind of a chore to get them to do it correctly. However, now, they are like Daily five rock stars. Okay… maybe not, but they make me proud to be their teacher.
The last two weeks we moved seamlessly (haha) from dinosaurs to reptiles to amphibians to life cycles to butterflies? It seems like a hot mess on bloggyville but I promise, in first grade, it made total sense. The schema was built, the kids loved the concepts and we were studying sequence of events taboot so that it went off without a hitch.
Many years ago my friend gave me about 15 readers of the books below. They are called “Frogs and Butterflies” (See it DOES go together!) and my class loved reading them. Their expression in some of the pictures cracks me up because they were commenting on some of the pictures and facts in the book.
After we learned, read, wrote and did that process over and over again we created the easiest craft you can ever imagine.
First, cut out butterflies on large white construction paper. Here’s a hint, fold the paper in half hamburger style and draw half of a butterfly, then have your kiddos cut it out.
(Perfect butterflies every time.)
Then have your students add drops of paint all over one half of their butterfly. (Woo– math connection)
Then have them close the butterfly and “shmear” the paint. I have no other way to describe this process. Seriously you use your fingers and move them in a circular motion all over the butterfly. It evens out the paint and the magic begins to happen.
After “shmearing” with your fingers, continue the process with a popsicle stick. This time you are trying to push out all the left over paint OUT. (Therefore make sure you have a mat underneath the butterfly… it will get a bit messy.)
Then open them up! Get ready for the ooooohs and aaaaaaahs from your students because they come out AMAZING! They look really great on bulletin boards or hanging from your ceiling!
And they are symmetrical… (another math connection!)
I hope you are having a great week!!