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I love my job! {and a Freebie}
16 Oct, 2013. 15 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, October, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my students walked in and their mouths hit the floor. 
Those few seconds of silence, followed by the HUGE smiles, and then hands up and “Miss Smith, I spy something new in our classroom” made working on my “day off” yesterday totally worth it. 
First of all, a spider completely took over our writing center. He even hung up some recipes for us to write. My students had a blast during work on writing brewing up some awesome recipes. They adored coming up with the ingredients needed and the steps to perfecting the perfect concoction. 
The writing center transformation came with fun spiders and new buckets of utensils. {all from Target}
It even has a glow in the dark spider cup! {the boys LOVED this.}
My students loved the different writing options and were begging to go write today. {A teacher’s dream!!} 
Throw in some purple paper and the kids were in writing heaven today! 
They also “ooooohed” and “aaaaaaahed” over the bat in the back of our classroom. 
 I’ll tell you more about him later on in this post. 
Another surprise was that we had all new math bins! One of my students was so sweet and said, “Miss Smith, I love all the games you make for us. Thank you so much.” MELT MY HEART! 
Today we played “Eerily Fun Tens Frames” as a whole group. For this game I covered my tissue boxes with what my students refer to as “bat eyes” and each student took turns rolling the giant dice to fill our tens frames. 
This was a great review for what numbers add up to 10. (My students had to roll a PERFECT match to fill up their tens frame. For example, this tens frame had 5 bats so they needed to roll a 5 in order to fill it up.)
They also got a kick out of filling their tens frames with our new erasers. 
We also practiced making tally marks with these seasonal straws. {Straws from Hobby Lobby, cup from Target}
And reviewed even and odd numbers with our October cookies. For this game I put the cookies into a clear pumpkin cookie jar and included cooking tongs. 
 My students then had to take turns taking the cookies out of the jar and sorting them by if they were even or odd. 
 In the middle of the day we used our bat bulletin board as a cooperative learning activity. For this, I divided my class into three teams. 
 One team was “bats can,” the second was “bats have,” and the last was “bats are.”
 Each team was given three- five bat books and a pile of post it notes. Each team had one person who was allowed to go up to the bat and each person had to write at least 3 post it notes. {If they were on team “bats can” they had to write something that bats can do on their post it note.}
 It was such a wonderful team building activity. They loved working together and came up with some GREAT ideas. I loved how they were all working together to spell the “hard words” and were using their resources. 
 
After we made sure the post it notes were in the correct places, the kids got to work on their own “can, have, are.” It was a piece of cake after this activity and they all agreed it was “SO much fun.”
Last but certainly not least were our guided math groups today. We are currently working on being able to show a number as tens and ones. For this, I created a work mat and had my students practice making numbers using our base ten blocks. At first I gave them some really easy numbers to build (7, 8, 3, 4) and then we started making numbers with a digit in the tens place. (20, 40, 50) After they felt confident with these numbers, I gave them a few harder numbers. (25, 43, 62) 
 As they made their numbers, they checked each other’s work. It was a great way to practice counting on.  (10, 20, 30, 40, 41, 42, 43) 
I also then had my students explain WHY they knew they were correct. It was great to hear them explain their thinking and reasoning. 
They then created numbers using our trick or treater number cards. 
 It was a really great activity and the work mat is yours for free!! All you have to do is click on the picture below to download it! 
Today was one of those great teaching days. I love how excited my students were to learn and to engage in our activities. If you would like any of these activities, they are found in my Spooktacular Math and Literacy Centers. My students would tell you, they loved them! 

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15 Comments
  1. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute and fun. I can’t stand it.

  2. I can see why you love your job! That looks like so much fun!
    Michelle
    Mrs. Brosseau’s Binder – Math & Science Teaching with a Twist

  3. LOVE the tallying with the decorative straws-an awesome idea!

  4. Spooktacular fun! Your students are engaged and actively learning!

  5. Nice post meh, I learnt something from this post and I’m working on making it useful. The blog reminds me of an equally interesting blog on my reading list http://danieluyi.com Dating and Personal Development Blog .
    keep up the good work.

    Regards

  6. AWESOME! This is a must have!

  7. Super duper cute!!! LOVE! :)

  8. I want to be in your class!!! Love it all!!

  9. Love your bat anchor chart! It looks like your kiddos are having a lot of Halloween fun!
    Simply Second Grade

  10. It is all sooo cute! I love the new writing cards and fun bat anchor chart. YOu really have been so busy and creative

  11. Can I be in your class, please????? Or can I teach next door???

  12. Sooo Cool. Love the Bat :) Thank you for sharing

  13. Kristen – These ideas are fab!!!! I can’t even decide which one is my favorite – although I am in love how with how you made your bat anchor chart. :o)
    xoxo,
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  14. This is a fabulous post! I’m so inspired by your writing recipes! I just introduced our unit on bats this week, too. We started reading our non-fiction books and I have the copies ready for the tree chart. I can’t wait to use your idea and have the kids divide up into 3 groups! Great!

  15. LOVE your ideas!!! Had that “oh yeah!” moment with the straws as tallies! Love it! I’m so glad I found your blog! Thank you!

    Samantha
    Tales of a #teachernerd

15 Comments

  • SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute and fun. I can’t stand it.

  • I can see why you love your job! That looks like so much fun!
    Michelle
    Mrs. Brosseau’s Binder – Math & Science Teaching with a Twist

  • LOVE the tallying with the decorative straws-an awesome idea!

  • Spooktacular fun! Your students are engaged and actively learning!

  • Nice post meh, I learnt something from this post and I’m working on making it useful. The blog reminds me of an equally interesting blog on my reading list http://danieluyi.com Dating and Personal Development Blog .
    keep up the good work.

    Regards

  • AWESOME! This is a must have!

  • Super duper cute!!! LOVE! :)

  • I want to be in your class!!! Love it all!!

  • Love your bat anchor chart! It looks like your kiddos are having a lot of Halloween fun!
    Simply Second Grade

  • It is all sooo cute! I love the new writing cards and fun bat anchor chart. YOu really have been so busy and creative

  • Can I be in your class, please????? Or can I teach next door???

  • Sooo Cool. Love the Bat :) Thank you for sharing

  • Kristen – These ideas are fab!!!! I can’t even decide which one is my favorite – although I am in love how with how you made your bat anchor chart. :o)
    xoxo,
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  • This is a fabulous post! I’m so inspired by your writing recipes! I just introduced our unit on bats this week, too. We started reading our non-fiction books and I have the copies ready for the tree chart. I can’t wait to use your idea and have the kids divide up into 3 groups! Great!

  • LOVE your ideas!!! Had that “oh yeah!” moment with the straws as tallies! Love it! I’m so glad I found your blog! Thank you!

    Samantha
    Tales of a #teachernerd

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