I haven't posted a first grade update in a while and I wanted to share some things my sweet little kiddos have been working on lately. We kicked off Fall last week with a big unit on apples. I didn't really take any pictures of the stuff we did. But, I took a few today when I was taking their stuff down from the hall.
I usually have them make collage apples and write sentences to describe their apples. But, it just didn't happen this year. And, I wanted to try these cute little apple cores I found on Pinterest.
We did a Johnny Appleseed graphic organizer.
And, we used an apple bubble map to write sentences about apples.
I think it's safe to say that:
This week, I had my big evaluation. You know, the BIG ONE. And, I had a hard time coming up with a lesson that I wanted to do. So, I decided to take a trip to Target and browse the children's books for inspiration. I found the cutest book ever!
(picture from Amazon.com)
It's called the Itsy Bitsy Spider and it's by Kate Toms. It has the sweetest illustrations and it tells the story of the Itsy Bitsy Spider in a lot more detail. I knew my kids would LOVE it... and it single-handedly sparked a week-long spider unit. Love it when that happens.
Next, we used our chart to fill in a graphic organizer about spiders.
I've been using this same graphic organizer A LOT and they are really starting to get the hang of it. I really like that I can change the topic and it works for basically everything we do!
Here's another one...
We also read this pocket chart poem I found on Mrs. Jump's blog. I LOVE her stuff! My little friends absolutely went BALLISTIC whenever I changed the name in the poem. And, the kid who got picked would get sooo shy and put their head down while everybody else read it. Kids are so funny.
Tuesday afternoon, we used a brainstorming web to write sentences about spiders. The kids didn't even have to use the anchor chart we made: they were SO obsessed with spiders that they knew it all by heart. That makes me so happy :)
I didn't know if my kids would be able to handle this so early in the year. I didn't really do this with my kids last year until the VERY end of the year... and they were a high group! But, they did SO WELL. It just showed me that kids will rise to your expectations! I plan to use this format frequently so that they will get more and more familiar with putting sentences together.
Here are a few more:
Yesterday, we transferred the sentences on our webs to a story.
And, today. Oh, today.
They KNEW they were going to get to make spiders today. And, ya'll? They were ecstatic! They came in at 8:00 this morning talking about those spiders. It really doesn't take much to excite a six-year old, does it?
I wish I could show you the pictures I took of the kids holding these up.
The smiles on their faces are HUGE.
I wasn't even going to hang these up in the hall because I had JUST put up the apple stuff. And I wanted something cute for the clothesline in the room. But, they begged me. And, if you're begging me to hang your work in the hallway? I'll do it. Every single time.
I took the spider off our pocket chart poem and made a sign for them. Because, why not?
We're all decked out for Fall now!
I'm so proud of my little friends. They work so hard and it's really starting to show.
I can't wait to see what all they accomplish this year!