Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Week of Sweet Treats!


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All our students have on their minds right now is Trick or Treating! Our kiddos keep coming in every day and telling us how many days until Halloween and then there is a loud chatter of “I am going to be a cheerleader!” “I am going to be a scary monster!” So we pulled out our Sweet Treat activities this past week. Here is a look at what we did.

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To reward them for doing such a great job at centers this past week we finished Friday with one of our favorite Halloween stories- Harriet’s Halloween Candy. We found out that there is a lot more to do with candy than just eating it! (Although that is our favorite!)

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The Candy Corn centers and Harriet’s Halloween pack are in our TpT store if you wanting some sweet treats to do this week. We hope you are all ready for Wednesday’s fun at school-costumes, treats, and high energy! We are going to have a SWEET TREAT SALE until midnight Halloween! Enjoy!!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Short Vowel Review

This past week we have been VERY busy in first grade reviewing the short vowel sounds. We took a week off from our Houghton Mifflin reading series to do a few fun activities.

We made this little short vowel flip book . . . which is always one of favorite activities!!!clip_image008

This is something you could easily recreate using any worksheet you already have that has short vowel pictures. To make the flipbook all you need to do is fold a piece of construction paper in half and cut 5 slits. We usually already have this done for our kids before we begin. Then di-cut each of the vowels to decorate the front of each flap.

We also used our reading books and magnifying glasses to be short vowel detectives. Students had to find 10 (of each) short vowel words from all of the stories we’ve read throughout themes 1 & 2 and record them and their page number on a worksheet.  They had a blast doing this and with the help of the magnifying glasses stayed completely engaged!!! 

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click {here} to download this worksheet

We also made our own short vowel rhyming books by matching sets of basic CVC rhyming words and using the two words to write a complete sentence.

imageclick {here} to download a free copy of this activity

Since we had some extra time during the week we also began learning more about nouns (naming words) and verbs (action words).  We used several of the activities from our sentence structure unit . . .


If your kiddos are learning about verbs too, click {here} to listen to the Verb Rap . . . they will LOVE it!!!Have Fun Teaching

Also make sure and check out the great noun and verb videos available on Brain Pop Jr. if you have a membership.