Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book fair/ Literacy Carnival

So this is my first year running our Scholastic Book Fair (hopefully first of many).

When I chose our date for the fair, I took into account that the books would probably take longer to arrive than Scholastic figured (actually took less...), our PD day this Monday, and our Staff meeting scheduled Wednesday.

So when I was asked at the Staff meeting (moved to our PD day to make room for Mathletics training after school) why the Book Fair wan't part of the Literacy Carnival this Thursday, I felt like a deer stuck in headlights! 

I had no good answer, since I hadn't thought about that at all. The Carnival hadn't even been set before the book fair dates were chosen.

But, now I'm gladly manning this as my "station" at the Carnival. Hopefully we get a lot of business to earn books for our school!

Book Fair is still a go for next week.

Wish me luck!





Saturday, October 18, 2014

Remembrance day planning

It's a little far off for this year so far, but I've just updated my Remembrance Day Emergent reader to include the separately sold activity sheets from now on. If you've previously downloaded, please head over to get the updated file,

Here's a pic of one of last years cuties colouring the book, and a close up of one of the math pages:



To grab your copy, click the file cover below:

Remembrance Day Numbers Emergent Reader

Friday, October 17, 2014

Standardized test time!

My district has mandated tests for grade 1 and up, and so in the last few weeks we finished our first round of tests for the first unit. My kids rocked this test, and only 3 required any kind of intervention, way to go guys!




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom exchange

My class is participating in an alphabet exchange with 25 other classrooms across Canada. Here is our tree to date. we made the C for Chocolate chip cookie at the top.

This is great for practicing our phonics skills as random letters arrive. Yu should do this next year!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Numbers to 20 unit: Hands on #2

This second hands on activity my class did last week was very popular with my kiddos, well, some of them. I gave them a sheet from our math book with the numbers to 20 which they then had to cut out. Once they had their numbers cut out I gave them a handful of Lima beans. They needed to count and then find the card that had that number. They then returned their beans and received a new handful. I'm very proud to say I only accidentally gave a student more than 20. Yay me! We will be repeating this for sure, great practice for counting.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving #1 Sentences and colouring

Canadian Thanksgiving was this weekend and before it my class learned a new song I made up last year. I call it "I like to eat". It's to the tune of apples and bananas. We start be saying we like to eat, eat, eat turkey for Thanksgiving, then we sing verses for a variety of foods they name. This year they names a few pies, corn and potatoes. I then mixed it up by singing about liking pizza for thanksgiving.

I then hand out a prepared cut out page with the words in boxes and include options for turkey, pizza and ham. I forgot about moose when I made the page this year, oops!

As you can see, my kiddos mostly chose Turkey, but ALMOST half chose pizza. None chose ham, lol. We then coloured these turkeys I found online.



Monday, October 13, 2014

Numbers to 20 unit: hands on #1

We started our second math unit of the year least week, and here is one of two hands on activities we did. I handed out random #cards 1-20, and students had to count out that many blocks. They then turned their blocks into a "stick" and compared to see whose number was BIGGER and whose was smaller. As each table finished, I switched their cards with another table so each student got to try this for FOUR different numbers.



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