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Visual Plans and a Giveaway!!
7 Apr, 2013. 15 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Language. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are going to the farm! Well, not literally, we are just learning about it. However, I made some really cute centers that will make us FEEL like we are going to the farm. 
This week my visual plans look like this:
All of the activities are from my new Farm Unit.
Our Literacy Centers will include these centers:

I grabbed a few galvanized buckets from one of our local feed shops for $2.00 each and put my centers in those fun bins for this week.

First off we are going to work on Sequence of Events. I put them in this fun watering can. I put a bandana in the hole to prevent the cards from slipping all over the place and made a nice pocket for them. The students will reach into the can and put the cards in order and then record their favorite sequence in the Little Red Hen sequence book.

Next we will work on word fluency with a really fun game of “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me!” I picked up these extendable fly swatters at the feed shop as well. They cost $1.50!! I KNOW my first graders are going to love this! I’m going to have them use the bandana as a work mat for this one to keep the words contained.
The third literacy center we are working on this week is called “Shades of Meaning.” In this one, my students will again use a work mat to order the verbs based on their shades of meaning.
  
This next one is “I spy with my little eye.” Students will use the adjective cards to describe farm animals! My kids love games like this. After they match the adjectives they write “silly” stories about the animals.
The last one we will do this week is called “The animals have gone crazy!” In this game students will try to capture the most amount of cards without pulling a “fun” card. These games are always a HUGE hit with my class. I love how they don’t even realize they are working on all of our special sounds and their accuracy gets better and better as they play. 
For Math, the centers look like this: 
In “Order Them Up” students will have to put sums and differences in number order. This will work on a combination of skills in a really fun way!
 
In “Crops in a Row”, students will have to look at number patterns and rules and match the seedlings to the crops!
 
In “What time is it Mr. Rooster?” students will have to match analog clocks to digital clocks with the help from their farm friends. 
In “Time to Feed the Animals” students will “feed” the animals their number value. They will match money values and tens towers and ones to the number on the animal card. 
In “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” students will work on fact fluency in a fast-paced slap jack style game!
In writing this week we are going to write persuasive writing pieces based on the book “Duck For President.”  
Students will choose an animal who they think should the principal and write a persuasive essay to state their opinion. On Friday we will have a class vote to see which animal should be our principal! 
If you would like to purchase any of these fun activities they are available at my store! {Did I mention they are all aligned to the Common Core?!} I separated the pack three ways. You can buy only the math games, you can purchase the literacy and writing together, or you can buy the entire thematic unit! 
It is ON SALE for today and tomorrow ONLY so get it now!! 
Also, my friend Jen Ross from The Teacher’s Cauldron and I are having a GIVEAWAY.
Jen is giving away her “On the Farm” Unit…


…and I am giving away the farm pack featured in this blog post!

Two lucky winners will win BOTH of our packs! Enter for your chance to win these two GREAT packs!! 
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15 Comments
  1. I teach out in the country. These are perfect for my students.

  2. These are so adorable! I love them! :)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

  3. Yall are so creative! Love it!
    Squirrels
    Going Nutty!
    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

  4. Your centers are absolutely adorable, the kids are going to have so much fun!

  5. Your centers are so cute!!! Crossing my fingers for a win!

  6. Pretty much in love with all of this!!!

  7. SO super cute! I need bandanas and tins!!!

  8. Great giveaway! Super cute ideas!

    Stacy
    Live Love Laugh and Teach!

  9. These look great!

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  11. Your unit looks great

  12. Your unit loose great

  13. I have these items on my wishlist!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    happy to follow you.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  14. What fun! These are great units for the kids to learn from while enjoying school. Great Work. I have put them on my wish list.
    Debbie
    deb81992@yahoo.com

  15. Love the bandana idea as work mat!

15 Comments

  • I teach out in the country. These are perfect for my students.

  • These are so adorable! I love them! :)

    Sarah
    teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

  • Yall are so creative! Love it!
    Squirrels
    Going Nutty!
    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

  • Your centers are absolutely adorable, the kids are going to have so much fun!

  • Your centers are so cute!!! Crossing my fingers for a win!

  • Pretty much in love with all of this!!!

  • SO super cute! I need bandanas and tins!!!

  • Great giveaway! Super cute ideas!

    Stacy
    Live Love Laugh and Teach!

  • These look great!

  • This comment has been removed by the author.

  • Your unit looks great

  • Your unit loose great

  • I have these items on my wishlist!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    happy to follow you.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  • What fun! These are great units for the kids to learn from while enjoying school. Great Work. I have put them on my wish list.
    Debbie
    deb81992@yahoo.com

  • Love the bandana idea as work mat!

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