Saturday, August 23, 2014

Goldilocks & Greater Than Jan, Less Than Stan, and Equal to Lou

This week we had a blast with the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  I found this emergent reader at Tpt for FREE from Can Do Kinders.  It was JUST RIGHT for what we were doing this week. (Click the pic if you want to grab it too!)
On Monday we Echo Read the story, on Tuesday we Choral Read the story and on Wednesday we Partner Read the story...
They LOVED every minute of it and felt SOOOO successful!  I was amazed at how wonderfully they read with a partner since this was our first time.  They were all engaged and all reading!!  It was a beautiful sight!  Anyways, on Thursday I gave them some retelling picture cards that I found in this packet from First Grade Blue Skies.  It had some AMAZING stuff in it and we used a ton of it. 
The retelling cards were perfect and the kids had so much fun telling me the story in their own words.  They loved moving Goldilocks from place to place and even retold with expression (some even used the voices for Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear).  It was precious!!!!
There were some graphing sheets (Who was your favorite character? & Do you think Goldilocks should have gone into the house?), some labeling sheets for each character, a character description sheet, some math centers, and so much more in the packet.  Click on the picture of the product above if you'd like to go check it out.  It was worth the money to me!!
Next I found something WONDERFUL!!  Have you ever watched any videos from Cool School?????  I found it on youtube and it had modern day versions of many fairy tales told by Ms. Booksy, a librarian.  She goes INTO the story and it's just as cute as can be.  Click below to check out Goldilocks and the Three Bears with her.
We watched a few of her videos to finish up our fairy tale unit and the room was S.I.L.E.N.T. they loved her so much!!!  It was cool to get a different version of some of the stories that they had been hearing the last couple of weeks.

The other big thing we did this week was Greater than/Less than/and Equal to.  Mario, my awesome student teacher, made some REALLY BIG gator mouths to show the signs.  He created Equal to Lou, Greater Than Jan and her twin brother Less Than Stan (both love to eat the biggest numbers).  The kids thought they were awesome and they now look great on my wall (which I forgot to get a full picture of).  
We used smaller versions that I'd made a couple years ago for the kids to actually manipulate the sign and turn it the right way.  It was great and they were all really engaged.  When the worksheets came out we were really able to see who "got it" and who didn't.  Those sweet babies that didn't get it will get more practice next week in a small group.  
Plus we will use my gator clips (from Dollar Tree two years ago) to play Greater Gator (just like WAR).  If you'd like to get the Greater Gator cards that go up to 120, for free, click HERE.  

Well, it's been a busy week and now we are gearing up for Folktales for the next couple of weeks.  Mario and I have been slaving away making really big versions of each of the characters to display for the kids. More to come on that later.  Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Representing Numbers, Three Pigs and Fish, and The Princess & the Pea

Mario, my student teacher, got the chance to start doing a little teaching this week.  He came up with the idea to make the numbers 1-10 on butcher paper really large so that the kids could show different ways to represent the numbers ON the numbers.  They used ten frames, tally marks with mini popsicle sticks, traced their hands to show number on their fingers, coins, a number line, dice, and number words.  I thought this was genius.  He introduced on Monday and did a couple as an example.  Then on Tuesday we both split into groups and helped the students do their own, two for each group.  It was WONDERFUL.  The math talk going on at the tables was great to hear and I really think they got it.  The best part is that after we hung them in the hallway I found another teacher out there with her class lined up on the opposite wall and she was teaching using our numbers!!  Mario was so proud! Here are some of the finished products.

In Reading this week we have been learning about fairy tales and all things happily ever after.  We did a great comparison unit with The Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Fish and the Big, Bad Shark.  I did this last year too and if you'd like to see how it went you can check out that blog post here.  I did it at the end of the year so we did some really good writing, but since I'm doing it at the beginning of the year this year we did a cut/paste Venn Diagram activity after we finished making the huge class one.  That's in my Three Pigs and Three Fish Comparison packet on Tpt if you would like to check it out.

Anyways, we read a lot of other fairy tales as well and did some activities.  My favorite was The Princess and the Pea.  We read the story and then we did a big chart to talk about things that are "delicate" like the princess.  The class came up with a really great list and then we started our writing.  They wrote:  My princess, ________, is as delicate as a __________.  I thought that they did a great job with their sentences!  I got the idea from Life in First Grade when I saw her post on Pinterest.  You should check out her page if you are looking for some other great fairy tale activities to do.  Here are some of my favorites...

One more week of happily ever after before we dive into Folktales!  I've planned on a whole week of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Can't wait!