Sunday, January 16, 2022

Winter Resources & Ideas

 Hello, friends!  Hope you are doing well and staying healthy.  This has been an interesting two weeks, hasn't it?  Sickness, sub shortages, and for me, the end of the quarter.  Lots going on and little time plus many student absences has made things more difficult than they already are.  I am SO thankful for the day off on Monday.  Today's post is all things WINTER!  I'll be sharing some of my favorite resources and art project ideas to get you through January/February.  Enjoy!

First up are these adorable winter cardinals.  I've been making these with my students for several years now.  The idea is from I Heart Crafty Things.  Reading "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert (affiliate link) is a perfect literature connection!  

For centers, my students use my "Level 1 Phonics" games and activities (I created these to align with the First Grade Fundations Phonics program).  However, I sprinkle in 1-2 seasonal centers each week.  During the winter, I place my seasonal (winter) parts of speech matching activities.  

We love playing "I Have, Who Has" during Morning Meeting!  I have a huge, seasonal pack full of various themes.  Below is the winter edition.  *Games available for individual purchase, as well.  

Here's a simple snowman craft from Crafty Bee Creations.  I love having her crafts on hand if I have some extra time or need to take a sub day.

"The Mitten" is one of my favorite winter picture books!  We read two versions and compare/contrast them.  We also design our own mittens and practice retelling the story.

Click the product cover below to snag this best-selling literature companion pack!

Another seasonal literacy center I mix in with my Fundations centers is stamping.  These mini books are a perfect center!  The kids adore using the stamps.  When they finish stamping, there's an option to write sentences with the words.

Grab the winter stamping by clicking the product cover below!

Click the product covers below to grab additional resources for winter!

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

New Year Ring Pop Tags

Happy New Year!  I hope you've had a restful and much deserved winter break.  We had back on Monday to kick off the second half of the school year.  Last year, I made these adorable ring pop tags and gave them to my students with a Ring Pop the week we returned from winter break.  They were a huge hit, so I added them to my TPT shop and am prepping them again for this year's group of students.  

Click the cover below to snag the tags.  **The year on the tags will be updated each December.**

Here's a link to the Ring Pops (affiliate).  If you aren't allowed (or don't want to) to give out candy/treats, here's an alternative Light Up Ring option for the tags.  I'm actually doing the light up rings this year because the pricing was the same.  

Click the image below to check out all of my New Years resources...several of these are FREEBIES!



Sunday, November 14, 2021

Thanksgiving Ideas

Hello and happy almost Thanksgiving.  Today's post is focused on Thanksgiving and will hopefully give you some easy ideas to implement in your classroom this week or next week.

One of my favorite things to do around Thanksgiving time is "Pilgrim Day."  Students learn about what life was like long ago.    We begin by reading a lot of books (click HERE to check out my book list on Amazon: commissionable link) and do the sort and cut/paste shown below.

We make butter, practice writing on "slates" aka chalkboards, we "hunt and gather," play Pilgrim games, and read riddles.  

We learn about the jobs Pilgrim boys and Pilgrim girls had.  We color and read the mini book shown below.

We love making Caitlin Clabby's pilgrim craft.  So cute! 

On the day before break, we watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (commissionable link to Amazon) and have a traditional Snoopy feast.  

Of course there is always a festive coloring page and possibly a coloring contest the week of Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving Story Bracelet is fun.  It's from Fluttering Through First Grade.  The best part?  It's a freebie!

The kids love writing thankful notes to their friends and family members.  I like to read "The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr prior to writing the notes.

We play "I Have Who Has: Thanksgiving" during Morning Meeting.

There is always a turkey craft!  The first one below is from Crafty B. Creations.  The paper plate turkey was something new I did this year.  It took a bit of time but they turned out really cute.

One year I brought in chocolate cupcakes for the kids to ice and decorate.  

Depending on where we are in our Math curriculum, we do this Related Facts sort & recording page.

We love writing sentences with these "Cut, Glue, Write" pages.  There are several pages to choose from and kids love picking out their own pictures to write their sentences about.

Have a great Thanksgiving!