Thursday, March 5, 2015

Valentine's Day Parent Art 2015

For Valentine's Day art this year I decided my kiddos were ready to try painting again (we lost he privilege earlier in the year....).

I gave each student on Thursday a sheet of hearts to randomly paint. While I modeled the below page, most of my kiddos still individually painted their hearts.

On Friday morning we cut out our hearts (now dry) and made Valentine Men. I also suggested animals, and one student made a heart rainbow. It was beautiful. Most students duplicated my sample, lol.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Valentine Bags 2015

My kiddos were each given a paper bag and construction paper to cut hearts out of the day before Valentine's day. The only rule was that their name had to be visible.

I think they turned out pretty cute.

I only had a few card issues on Valentines Day. While I sent home the names a week in advance, I had THREE students who had unopened boxes of cards that morning which their parents either expected me to have the time to speed write on all of, or they expected their child to have the time and speed to finish addressing. Putting the cards in our bags on Friday morning took significantly longer than expected. Other than sending home the list in advance, what else can I do to make this part of Valentine's Day less stressful for below average first graders?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Valentine Exchange 2015

This year my class participated in a Valentine Exchange with 20 other classrooms in Canada.

Next year we'll do better! 
I gave my kiddos very loose instructions and a strip of Pink paper to make their cards out of, but the cards we got in the mail were absolutely gorgeous. Look at my door below with almost all o them on it! We got three more after this. I think one got lost in the mail :(

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Build your Own Lego Dudes

I can't take credit for this project, but my class did the art. 

This week the grade 12 art class was short most of their students due to a trip, and so their lovely teacher brought the remaining students into our building one morning to do an art project with us!

Check out the beautiful Lego people (dudes) my kiddos created!

Monday, February 23, 2015


1. I have a few posts I'll be putting together this week, but for now I want to make sure all my loyal blog followers are aware of the week long Flash Freebie I'm offering through my Facebook fan page.
Scissors Practice

2. There is a Teachers Pay Teachers  Sale this week, and all my products are included!

3. I'm hoping to have a package of Pink Shirt Day products up late tonight, so stay tuned. Here's a sample of what's in the package:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Print Friendly Slap hands in action!

One of my favourite products I have up on Teachers pay Teachers is 

This year when I went to print the hands we actually had laminate in our machine, so I printed the pre-primer on my favorite pink card stock. Each week I put the five words of the week on the door, and as they are switched out, they are put on the wall behind the door to become a sight word slap hands centre. It's a new favourite!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Healthy Eating Northern Style

So eating healthy is a trouble spot for a lot of people, and our community is no exception.

When planning my lessons on healthy eating, I stumbled upon this old poster from the Northern Store using a modified medicine wheel to show the food groups. 
I noted that the colours used for each food group were the same as those found in the Canada Food guide, so I went with that to plan this lesson.

I gave my kiddos each their own medicine wheel and had them colour the quadrants as shown on my smart board. We them brainstormed foods for each section. I was sure to include food they eat locally like our blueberries in the summer and the moose meat in the fall.

After our brainstorm I distributed old magazines and fliers to cut out one food item for each quadrant.
I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo of the finished products, but they were awesome!

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