Saturday, March 31, 2012

Piggy Banks

This week we started our money unit.  Students always love learning about money.  I bought these ceramic piggy banks for students from Oriental Trading Company.  When I first ordered them I had worried about them breaking during shipping and then being short a piggy bank. However you can see from the picture that they are very well packaged.  For the two years that I have been doing this project not a single pig has arrived broken! 
The first day students paint their pigs a solid color and the second day they decorate their pigs.  They LOVE these pigs and take good care of them.  The part I like best about this project is knowing they'll be practicing counting coins over and over again :).

My friend Mr. Jones also did piggy banks this week.  For more examples head over to his blog at First Upon a Time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kinder - 2nd Linky Party : Woot Woot!

I just found this great linky party over at Kindergarten Lifestyle.  Click on the button below to join the party!

20 Super Spelling Centers Contest from Erica Bohrer

Erica Bohrer's First Grade is having a 20 Super Spelling Centers Contest!  She is giving away an autographed copy of her latest Scholastic book.  Head on over to her blog to enter!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Bunny Writing

Here is a picture of the chart I made to use with my latest FREEBIE.  Writing About the Easter Bunny on Tpt. I like to use sticky notes with my charts so I can use them again.

Writing About the Easter Bunny FREEBIE

This week my students can't stop talking about the Easter Bunny.  I love hearing all about it! It's so fun!!! So I'm sharing what I used today for students to write their little hearts out - all about the Easter Bunny.  Visit my Tpt store to download! Click HERE
Here are some student samples:

I had students draw a picture of the Easter Bunny to put above their writing.  On the left I plan to add a picture I took of each student today.  I had them wear bunny ears while holding an Easter basket and some carrots.  The pictures are SO CUTE. :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kpm Doodles Clipart Giveaway!

There is a fabulous Kpm Doodles clipart giveaway over at Fun for First.  Head on over to Fun for First for more details!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Math Graphing FREEBIE

Last week the students in our district saw a Children's Musical Performance of Alice in Wonderland put on by Sol Treasures.  All of the students who participated in the play did an AMAZING job!  It was so fun to watch all the familiar faces and former students on stage. To continue the Alice in Wonderland theme (and fun), I created a math graphing activity with Alice in Wonderland characters.  My students had a great time with the activity.  Click on the link below to go to my Tpt store and download - FREE!

Click this link to download FREE Alice in Wonderland Math Graphing Activity
   Here is a student and classroom sample:

My students' favorite part of the activity was gathering their data.  They sure do love to talk :) - with language frames of course!

"Eggcellent" Spring Freebie - by First Upon a Time

Hooray for spring!!! I can't wait to do fun spring time activities this week with my 1st graders.  My friend and colleague Mr. Jones over at First Upon a Time just posted a most "Eggcellent" activity.  
First Upon a TimeClick on the link to visit his blog and follow the link to his Tpt store to download.

Saturday, March 17, 2012