Thanksgiving Week!








Happy Thanksgiving!  I just finished up my last day before the break and I am overjoyed to have some time off to spend with my family.  I have been feeling so much gratitude today and I wanted to say thank you for all that you do as teachers! It is hard work and I sometimes have to remind myself that we have so much to be grateful for.  While pouring over some pictures of our Thanksgiving party this afternoon I could not help but smile at the sweet innocence and excitement in my students' faces.  They are truly precious. We have much to be grateful for!





I wanted to share a few pictures from our week!  And I'm pretty sure just about all of the pictures are crooked in some way...so I apologize...sign of a teacher ready for a break, I think!










We brainstormed things we felt thankful for and hung this chart up in the hall to share our gratitude!  We added to it throughout the week as we thought of more things.










We learned a whole bunch about turkeys through reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.  We recorded some of our new-found knowledge here...










...and here...










By the way, did you know that Hobby Lobby has a wild variety of feathers?  I stood in the feather and pipe cleaner aisle for a good 15 minutes debating over colors while my husband waited very somewhat patiently for our date night to resume :). 










Anywho, I wanted to let my students be creative and have some fun so I got a few wacky colors, but these turkeys turned out great and the kids really enjoyed making them!  We talked about how some of our turkeys would be appropriate in a non-fiction book while others would be more appropriate in a fiction book!








 And I have to share this last picture because it is just so dang cute!  My room mom found this idea on Pinterest some place and my kids had such a great time making these little root beer turkeys at our Thanksgiving party.  So cute!














Happy Thanksgiving!






Thanksgiving Week!



Happy Thanksgiving!  I just finished up my last day before the break and I am overjoyed to have some time off to spend with my family.  I have been feeling so much gratitude today and I wanted to say thank you for all that you do as teachers! It is hard work and I sometimes have to remind myself that we have so much to be grateful for.  While pouring over some pictures of our Thanksgiving party this afternoon I could not help but smile at the sweet innocence and excitement in my students' faces.  They are truly precious. We have much to be grateful for!

I wanted to share a few pictures from our week!  And I'm pretty sure just about all of the pictures are crooked in some way...so I apologize...sign of a teacher ready for a break, I think!


We brainstormed things we felt thankful for and hung this chart up in the hall to share our gratitude!  We added to it throughout the week as we thought of more things.


We learned a whole bunch about turkeys through reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.  We recorded some of our new-found knowledge here...


...and here...


By the way, did you know that Hobby Lobby has a wild variety of feathers?  I stood in the feather and pipe cleaner aisle for a good 15 minutes debating over colors while my husband waited very somewhat patiently for our date night to resume :). 


Anywho, I wanted to let my students be creative and have some fun so I got a few wacky colors, but these turkeys turned out great and the kids really enjoyed making them!  We talked about how some of our turkeys would be appropriate in a non-fiction book while others would be more appropriate in a fiction book!


 And I have to share this last picture because it is just so dang cute!  My room mom found this idea on Pinterest some place and my kids had such a great time making these little root beer turkeys at our Thanksgiving party.  So cute!




Happy Thanksgiving!


Pizza Fractions!


We started fractions this week!  I have never taught fractions before because my district only recently adopted the Math Common Core and so I was excited to see how it would go!  We started with an anchor chart I made to discuss the different ways to create equal parts from a whole.  While I discussed this chart with my kids I tried to relate it to some real-life examples that would be applicable in their lives.  For the record, first graders catch on very quickly when you are speaking in terms of pizza slices and chocolate chip cookies!









I set out giving my students the math task of creating their own pizza to share with three friends.  This was one of the first ideas I found when I began hunting for fraction lessons.  Thank goodness for Pinterest! 





I asked my students to create slices totally unique from one another.  I put out a bunch of construction paper, we got our scissors and glue, and my kids got started!  Here are the toppings they could choose from to create their pizzas.










Some kids made it easy on themselves and put one topping in each of the four quarters of their pizza.








Others got a little more fancy and created combination slices!  Each was then given a little recording sheet to keep track of which fourths had which toppings.









We then glued the recording sheets onto the backs of the plates pizzas and everyone got to read their fractions to one another.  They were very excited to share their creations!





Side note: I just noticed that the two boys in this picture are wearing a BYU hoodie and a Utah Utes t-shirt.  College rivalries, anyone?





This turned out to be a great introductory activity to fractions.  Rather than being able to just partition a circle into 2 or 4 parts, I feel like my kids were able to experience a real-life application of why it is important to understand fractions.





And on a totally-unrelated-to-fractions-this-is-completely-personal-and-I-just-feel-like-sharing-with-somebody note... my husband, an illustration major at BYU, is having his senior BFA show this week!  He has been working so hard for months creating these works of dimensional illustration that tell the story of an arctic traveler.  














Isn't he cute? And he is just about graduated!  Wahoo!  Proud wifey, right here!  Okay, I'm done now with the personal pride....thanks for reading!  Have a great night!





Oh, and don't forget to check out my new November Packet!











Pizza Fractions!

We started fractions this week!  I have never taught fractions before because my district only recently adopted the Math Common Core and so I was excited to see how it would go!  We started with an anchor chart I made to discuss the different ways to create equal parts from a whole.  While I discussed this chart with my kids I tried to relate it to some real-life examples that would be applicable in their lives.  For the record, first graders catch on very quickly when you are speaking in terms of pizza slices and chocolate chip cookies!



I set out giving my students the math task of creating their own pizza to share with three friends.  This was one of the first ideas I found when I began hunting for fraction lessons.  Thank goodness for Pinterest! 

I asked my students to create slices totally unique from one another.  I put out a bunch of construction paper, we got our scissors and glue, and my kids got started!  Here are the toppings they could choose from to create their pizzas.


Some kids made it easy on themselves and put one topping in each of the four quarters of their pizza.


Others got a little more fancy and created combination slices!  Each was then given a little recording sheet to keep track of which fourths had which toppings.



We then glued the recording sheets onto the backs of the plates pizzas and everyone got to read their fractions to one another.  They were very excited to share their creations!

Side note: I just noticed that the two boys in this picture are wearing a BYU hoodie and a Utah Utes t-shirt.  College rivalries, anyone?

This turned out to be a great introductory activity to fractions.  Rather than being able to just partition a circle into 2 or 4 parts, I feel like my kids were able to experience a real-life application of why it is important to understand fractions.

And on a totally-unrelated-to-fractions-this-is-completely-personal-and-I-just-feel-like-sharing-with-somebody note... my husband, an illustration major at BYU, is having his senior BFA show this week!  He has been working so hard for months creating these works of dimensional illustration that tell the story of an arctic traveler.  




Isn't he cute? And he is just about graduated!  Wahoo!  Proud wifey, right here!  Okay, I'm done now with the personal pride....thanks for reading!  Have a great night!

Oh, and don't forget to check out my new November Packet!



The November Packet


Well, I'd just like to start this post by saying that it is way past my bedtime!  My district is near the end of our first grading period and I've been hard at work on this couch with my laptop in hand, or...lap...trying to get it all done.  On top of that, my husband has to write a research paper and for the sake of companionship (or something) I am trying to stay up with him for a bit.  Now with all that being said I'd better move along with this post because my eyelids are starting to feel heavy!





I had so much fun making The October Packet last month that I decided to make another packet for the lovely month of November!  I love November so much and I try to savor the happy and grateful anticipation that is so prevalent in the air.  I'm trying to implement my love of the seasons and holidays into my teaching because, let's face it, it simply makes me (and my kids!) happy!  So, I present to you, my friends, The November Packet!










We're switching out the pumpkins and trick-or-treat bags for turkeys and cornucopias!  This packet is filled with 50 pages of all new math, literacy, and hey-we-just-need-a-little-holiday-fun activities!  Here is a peek at some of the pages from this packet!


I warn you, it is kind of big peek! :)










Included are addition, subtraction, and dice activities, as well as heap of three-dimensional shape pages and a fun greater than/less than game.

































There is a variety of Thanksgiving writing pages, sequencing activities, sight word and labeling practice pages, and a cute little mini-book for your little friends to make!


























And there are a ton of pages that can be used in a variety of activities or to supplement what you already do in your class.  There is also a cute little turkey tracer craft to help spruce up your classroom for the holiday!















There you have it!  Make sure you grab it soon, it will be on sale throughout the rest of this week!  Click here or any of the pictures above! And happy November to you!  I hope it is such a happy wonderful time for you and your students!