Sunday, March 5, 2017

Egg Activities to do around Easter!

Around Easter time I like to spend the week doing different fun activities with eggs.  My students especially love when I use those little plastic eggs during the activities! LOL!

Here is one of the activities I like to do each year.  This activity puts a fun twist to the popular scoot game! I fill 24 plastic eggs with different amounts of money. Then, I place an egg on each student's desk. I give each student a recording sheet.  Finally, I have the students walk around the classroom counting the money in each egg.  They write the total amount of money that was in each egg on their recording sheet. Once everyone has finished counting and recording I have the students go back to their desk.  We go around and check our work together.  Each student counts and gives the total amount for the egg on their desk.   This is a perfect, fun activity to do around Easter to practice counting money! 

Click HERE to download my Counting Money Egg Scoot Activity from my TpT Store!

Another egg activity we do is an Easter Egg Hunt in our classroom!  My students LOVE this activity and it's a fun way to practice addition and subtraction facts!

I place either addition or subtraction problems in the little plastic eggs.  I hide the eggs throughout the classroom.  The students find an egg, open it, record the problem, and solve it.  Once they are done they will place that egg back where they found it and search for a new one!

Click HERE to download The Great Addition and Subtraction Egg Hunt Activity from my TpT Store!

Here is another egg activity we do.  This is a quick and easy way to review and practice parts of speech.

My students love decorating why not let them decorate one and then describe it using adjectives!

Click HERE to download the Noun, Verb, and Adjective Egg Word Sort Activity from my TpT Store!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences

I tried something new this year for parent-teacher conferences.  It ended up working so well that I thought I would share!

In the past I would always have tons of information to show the parents how their child was doing academically at parent-teacher conferences.  BUT it never failed that year after year the parents I needed to meet with to discuss their child’s academics would never set up a parent-teacher conference.  Also, those parents that their child was doing great would always be the ones that filled my designated conference times.

So this year instead of preparing all the information and holding onto it for parent-teacher conferences - I decided to send the information home BEFORE conferences.  This allowed all my parents to see beforehand if it was necessary or not to meet during parent-teacher conferences.
This year I had every parent that I wanted/needed to meet with sign up for a conference!  I also had many of those parents that I did not need to meet with decline a conference.  Usually our designated conference times are in 15 minute blocks to be able to fit everyone in.  Since I did not have everyone sign up for a conference this allowed me more time (sometimes up to 30 minutes) to be able to talk with those parents that I really needed to meet with.  By sending out all the information beforehand all my parents felt well informed on how their child was doing in 1st grade – even if they did not set up a conference.

Here is a look into the packet of information that I sent home before conferences. 

This was the cover page in the packet.  This form explains the packet of information that I sent home.  It also has an area where parents can write down their questions or concerns.  This form gets sent back to me before conferences.  This form really helps me make sure I am not caught off guard by any questions the parents might have and make sure I have all the resources available to answer their questions during their conference time.  
Next was the various 1st grade benchmark pages.  The benchmark pages explained to the parents the different tests and data we use to measure how a child is performing academically in 1st grade.  It explained where a first grader should be at this point in the school year.  It also listed how their child is performing compared to those benchmarks. 

Not only did I include academic information on their child.  BUT I also gave an evaluation of how their child’s work habits and behaviors are at school.

Finally, the last page of the packet had the parent-teacher conference request form.

When the parents returned this form requesting a parent/teacher conference I marked them down on my conference schedule.


 I also sent home an appointment notice letting them know the day and time their conference was set for.  

Finally, to prepare for each parent's conference I put together a folder for each child that had all the information, paperwork, etc. that I was going to discuss during conferences with the parents. 

As you can tell each folder has the student's number instead of their name.  This lets me reuse these folders year after year.


During conferences I always like to give the parents handouts, practice pages, ideas, etc. on how they can help their child - especially in those areas that their child is struggling with.  Here are some of the items I pass out.  It includes sight word practice pages, handwriting practice pages, math fact practice, reading fluency pamphlet, writing prompts, non-sense word practice, syllable count practice, etc.

During conferences I also sit this bulletin board outside my classroom door.  This bulletin board has helpful information for parents to read while they are waiting for their conference.  The bulletin board includes handouts and practice pages they can take home to help their child at home.  Many parents want to help their child at home, but just don’t know how.  These handouts and practice pages give the parents easy ways to help at home.

 Click HERE to download my Parent/Teacher conference folder, forms, bulletin board, and practice pages on my TpT store!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dr. Seuss

Here are just some of the Dr. Seuss activities we did:

All About Dr. Seuss Anchor Charts!

Green Eggs and Ham

After reading the book Green Eggs and Ham we used these charts to graph our responses to the following questions:

Instead of making actual green eggs and ham I made these cookies that looked like green eggs and ham.  I didn't show the cookies to the students until after they answered the question if they would like to try green eggs and ham.  They thought they would be eating actual green eggs and ham.  They were shocked and excited to see it was a cookie.  LOL

The Cat in the Hat

The students used their pictures to make themselves into Thing 1 and Thing 2!

The Foot Book

This book is great when teaching Antonyms.  After reading the book the students wrote a pair of antonyms on their pair of feet.  Then, they illustrated what the words mean.

Click HERE to download my Antonym Feet to use with The Foot Book from my TpT Store!

Fox in Socks

After reading this book we talked about what Synonyms are.  The students then wrote a pair of synonyms on their pair of socks and illustrated what the words mean.

The Lorax

After reading the book, we went through these story element Truffula Trees!  Then, each student made a poster on how we can take care of the Earth.

Horton Hears a Who

After reading the book, the students pretended they were a Who living in Whoville and wrote a Thank You letter to Horton.  They also made this fun craft.

Click HERE to download the Horton and the Who craft and writing prompt from my TpT store!

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

After reading the book, the students picked one of the writing prompts to write about....
Prompt #1: If I could go anywhere, I would want to go to... 
Prompt #2:  If I could be anything when I grow up, I would want to be a...
They also made this fun craft.  Underneath the hot air balloon is the student's writing.

Using silly students pictures would be super cute!

Click HERE to download my Hot Air Balloon Writing Prompts and Craft to use with Oh, the Places You'll Go! from my TpT Store!

Dr. Seuss Word Sort

To end our fun week of Dr. Seuss activities we ate these yummy Cat in the Hat cookies!  The hat cookie cutters were made out of a large metal can.  The can was shaped and the edges were sanded to make the cookie cutter.