My school had a door decorating contest and first grade did "The shops at the North Pole" theme and each of us had a different store. Here is a picture of our door.
Here are a few other things we have been up to. The children wrote an alliteration sentence using gingerbread man. The also made reindeer and wrote three sentences describing it.
I send home a monthly family homework project and this month they were to make a wreath using thier hands. The children had to do kind things around thier home then write them on a their handprint then glue together to make a kindness wreath. Here are a few pictures.
Here are a few more pictures of other things the children have been doing.
In math last week the children learned about coins. They spent the week identifying coins and their value then on Friday I opened a Gingerbread man store. The children were so excited all week including a poor kid who got strep but didn't tell me he was sick because he wanted to stay for the store. I put a menu of how much the gingerbread man and the decorations cost and they had to come up with a plan as to what they would like to buy with their twenty five cents. They then had to bring me their money and add everything up and pay for it. They did a great job adding up the money and making some cute gingerbread man.
It has been way to long since I lasted posted and really need to catch up. Here are their pictures of the turkeys they made for their observational writing.
We use Write from the Beginning in my district and we are working on observational writing. On Monday the children make their object and Tuesday we make a tree map for it then on Wednesday we make three sentences from the tree map and edit. Thursday we put it all together and publish our piece. I have a bulletin board outside the classroom where I staple their work on top of the week before, it is really neat to flip through their work to see how it has improved.
We started working on addition and subtraction stories today. I gave the children story problems and the children acted them out using candy corn and a jack o lantern. They then made up thier own stories up using the candy corn.
They really enjoyed this activity and I of course let them eat two at the end and couldn't resist showing them this fun trick.
We worked on shapes this week and the children made shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks. I didn't show them how to make the circle I wanted to see what they would come up with and I was really surprised at the different ways they made the circle. They just love anything to do with food.
We have been working on graphs and surveys this week. The children made thier own graph using M&M's, and they also conducted a survey of the class on thier favorite color apple then had to use the data to make thier own graph. We learned the difference between bar and picture graph and the different parts of the graph.