Saturday, August 24, 2013

The WONDERFUL Wizard of Oz

Yesterday was FABULOUS!  Our school system follows the Common Core Frameworks and so we have been reading The Wizard of Oz for the past 2 weeks.  One of my parents works at Books-a-Million and let me borrow the POP-UP version of the story to read along with the chapter book and the kids couldn't have been more engaged!!
The kids did a lot of work!  We did character maps of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch.  We also did a setting chart to list all the different settings in the book.  I made some labeling sheets for some of the characters too that the kids LOVED to color and label.  I was really proud of them.  They made a rainbow mystery picture by finding numbers (before, between, and after) on the 120 chart.  They wrote about their favorite characters.  I love this:  My favorite character is the Tin Man because he was made of metal.  LOL  The kids enjoyed coloring the characters and sequencing them.  We made a tally chart and graphed which WITCH was our favorite in the story and we sorted nouns from the book into Person, Place, and Thing categories.  BUSY!  BUSY!!  BUSY!!!
 
 

After we read the book and did all of our activities we invited the parents to come and join us to watch the movie!!  Woot! Woot!  There were so many that had never seen it and they were THRILLED to get to watch it!!  We turned it into a party too (of course!) and had Over the Rainbow Cupcakes, Yellow Brick Road Rice Crispy Treats, Wicked Witch Juice, and Cyclones (Bugles) - and we had popcorn during the movie too!!  It was really awesome.  I had a good amount of parents come in and join us and am so thankful for their support and participation.  I love to have them in as much as I can get them.  Here are some pictures of the yummies...
 
 
 
 

I get the pleasure of teaching with Stacy from Funky Fresh Firsties and she made all of the teachers on our grade level an awesome t-shirt to wear yesterday.  Here I am in mine.  We did our hair and wore sparkly shoes too!  (Did you know that the shoes in the book were SILVER????, not RUBY RED???)  I found some at Walmart and was so excited to wear them (though the blister is killing me today)!! The kids thought it was too cool that I did my hair like Dorothy too! LOL
 

OHHHHH!!  Our A.W.E.S.O.M.E. librarian tries really hard to do things to help us out when we have things like this so she dressed up like the Wicked Witch and made an appearance at our parties!  It was so fun and the screams were priceless!!
 
If you are interested in finding some of the activities we did this week:
The labeling sheets are available at my Tpt store.  Click HERE if you would like to grab them.  Funky Fresh Firsties has TWO really great mini-units to go with the book too.  Click HERE for the HUGE Lion, Tigers, and Bears...Oh MY! pack and HERE for the Wizard of Oz Graphtivity pack.  You won't be disappointed!!  

So that's it for me folks!  Here is my faithful, amazing, talented, supportive, encouraging, hysterical, loving, caring 1st grade team of Hotties (and Joni, the librarian) together yesterday.  We were grinning ear-to-ear all day as we helped make memories for our sweet little boys and girls!  Can't wait to see what else we come up with this year!!!!



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  1. I am in LOVE with these activities...how cute!!! Did the kids love the book? I was reading through it & couldn't believe it was scheduled for the beginning of the year. Can't wait to do this with my kids...and LOVE y'alls party!! I wanna be in your class! :)

    Kelly
    First Grade Fairytales

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