November Recap

29 November 2014
November was a busy month for our class! We had two pre-service student teachers helping out for most of the month.  My kids felt so special to have three teachers for a few weeks, and I was grateful for the extra hands and eyes!  It also marked the end of a trimester for my first graders so we did a lot of reviewing and assessing to see how much we have learned so far in first grade!  It is always rewarding for me to observe and take note of the tremendous progress these sweet kiddos are capable of!  Here are a few random pictures of things here-and-there throughout the month.

One of my student teachers introduced digraphs to my students with these cute foldables.  My students loved making these!

My other student teacher introduced my students to 3D shapes.  They began by using marshmallows and toothpicks to build 2D shapes and then we explored from there with attempts to make 3D shapes.  They really enjoyed this task and did very well!

As Thanksgiving drew nearer we started learning about turkeys.  I don't have a picture of my students' turkeys, but they turned out so cute!  After making the turkeys and glueing on the feathers my kids wrote turkey facts they had collected from a few non-fiction turkey texts.

And on the last day before Thanksgiving break I found these cute notes on my desk.  I am so thankful to be a teacher!  It is a tremendous blessing in my life and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have to teach and learn from these wonderful children!

October Recap

Hey, it’s me! I need to ask for your forgiveness for my absence of late!  We all know that life has a way of getting extremely busy at times.  My attention has been needed in other realms of my life (you know, like the laundry room), but I am happy to be back to share some of what we’ve been up to in first grade!

I like to keep this blog as a sort of virtual scrapbook of my teaching adventures and so I hope you don’t mind if I play catch-up for a bit.

In this post I will highlight some things we did in October and in the next I will highlight November.

We practiced skip counting with this pumpkin page from my Pumpkin Time packet.

We got out the glitter and made some spider webs.

We learned about spiders and put a cute little spider fact on our webs before hanging them in the hall to share what we had learned.

We had a pumpkin taste test party in which my kids sampled pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin seeds, and pure pumpkin (this kiddo licked his spoon clean!).

We collected some data to see which pumpkin foods was the favorite!

Wouldn't you know it?  Pumpkin seeds were the favorite! 

The week of Halloween week was also our Red Ribbon Week.  The entire school let go of red balloons with a drug-free pledge attached to each.

Halloween was a high-energy all-day party!  My kids were so darling and we had such a great day.  We even got some learning done.  In the afternoon my room moms threw a great party for my kiddos and we enjoyed these darling monster donuts at the end!

Thanks for letting me catch up!  Stay tuned for November! :)

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