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Tall Tale Weekly Recap!
23 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Language, Guided Reading, Language, Reading. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Y’all know I go picture crazy on weekly recaps so… that’s your warning. 😉 
This week we went crazy for tall tales. My students loved them. No… that’s not right…. They fell head over heels in LOVE with them.  Seriously, they thought Pecos Bill, John Henry and The Bunyans were hysterical. 
We did SO much with them. First, we learned vocabulary. Which was actually really fun. My students really enjoyed adding “Western words” into their vocabulary this week.
When I introduce vocabulary, we play a fun game. I teach a few words and then partner my kids up. They then quiz their friend. They’ll say, “Jane, tell me what a cowboy is.” Then Jane will say, “A cowboy is someone who works on a ranch. I once saw a cowboy in a movie!” (I let them define the word and then tell something they know about them.) This helps the students remember the definition and it also builds and solidifies schema in their brains. The students really enjoy telling what they know and using them in sentences. 
After we learned vocabulary, we read a few great books. One of the books we read was Pecos Bill by Stephen Kellogg. It was a great read aloud and one that my students kept picking for Daily 5. 
We also worked on “elements in reading” by recording the characters, setting, problem, and solution  on a recording sheet that I had created. My students were allowed to pick their favorite tall tale that we read and use the book to help them fill in the details. 
We also have been learning about Texas this week. We watched a very cute youtube video to help us learn our state “things.”
My students really enjoyed this one! 
We tate tested our state fruit, the grapefruit.
First without sugar, then with! Most of my class really liked it! I was VERY surprised!! 
On Friday we cooked Crock Pot chili in our class room using this recipe:
It came out GREAT! In fact, I’m eating it for lunch as I am writing this blog!
And last but not least, we found a Luna Moth caterpillar outside at dismissal, put it in a bug catcher and GUESS WHAT? It is making a cocoon!! We are very, VERY excited. So now we have a tadpole and a moth going through life cycles in our classroom. I hope they don’t die!! 
And that was our week. It sure was fun!! :) 

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4 Comments
  1. Kristen, you are such a fun teacher! I’ll be over later for some chili! Yum!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  2. Your crock pot chili looks delish!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. Can I please be in your class? Seriously you do so many fun things with your kids. I wouldn’t want to leave :) Love that you made chili!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  4. I love the Tall Tale Unit:) Thinking it would be a fun extension with my intervention group (comprehension)!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  • Kristen, you are such a fun teacher! I’ll be over later for some chili! Yum!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • Your crock pot chili looks delish!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  • Can I please be in your class? Seriously you do so many fun things with your kids. I wouldn’t want to leave :) Love that you made chili!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • I love the Tall Tale Unit:) Thinking it would be a fun extension with my intervention group (comprehension)!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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