Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fun times this week!

Just some random things that we did this week that I wanted to share with you.....

1.  Our amazing Halloween Tree that Mr. Mario came up with.  He said that he had such a fond memory of his first grade teacher making a Halloween tree and he wanted to give that memory to one of our kids this year.  I was so impressed with his hard work on this thing.  It was a branch he found out in his yard that he spray-painted black and then decorated up.  The kids just think it rocks and so do I!!!
2.  We learned about place value this week!  I got most of my ideas from Kelly at First Grade Fairytales a couple of years ago and have been using them ever since.  We began with an awesome song by Teacher Tipster.  The kids got to BE the tens and ones and we used them to make a ton of numbers.  They loved getting to be picked as the "tall" or the "small" and they L.O.V.E.D. the song.  Having Mario helped out a lot with his big man voice singing the song.
I don't know but I've been told,
(I don't know but I've been told)
Tens are tall and ones are small
(Tens are tall and ones are small)
First you add up all the tens
(First you add up all the tens)
And add all the babies on to the end
(And add all the babies on to the end)
Sound Off
(Sound Off)
I don't like candy..........

You add in your own line for the last line and it's usually something 
to make sure everyone is paying attention to the song.  

Next we used pool noodles to introduce the concept of tens and ones.  The kids loved the practice and each got to come up and make a number with the pool noodles.  We talked about how the tens are tall and the ones are small.  We added up all the tens and then added all the babies on to the end.  We sang that song over and over and over and they really seemed to get it.
Then it was on to some independent practice.  We got out the base ten blocks and let them make numbers at their tables.  They loved getting to do this.  We worked with them for a while so they really got the hang of making the numbers and saw what the numbers in the tens and ones places MEANT.
To assess each student to see if they "got it" we gave them a little worksheet with the base ten blocks and saw if they could decide what the numbers were.  We were pleased with the outcome, but did have some to reteach the following day.

3.  We were learning about changes in water and the water cycle this week so we did some culminating activities on Friday.  Mr. Mario helped them make water cycle (yellow:evaporation, white:condensation, and blue:precipitation) bracelets to remember the key words we learned this week and to show a model of what the water cycle does.  We sang a water cycle song that Mr. Mario found over and over to help us remember the words even better.

4.  To learn the difference between solid water and liquid water Mr. Mario made this adorable ice snowman with balloons, salt between the balls to hold it together, and construction paper eyes, nose, and mouth that just stuck to the ice.
The kids thought it was AWESOME!!!  We watched him MELT all day long and turn from a solid to a liquid.  Here he is after he fell apart and was really melting...
5.  We did some "Rainy Day" writings this week.  I was SOOOO impressed with how the papers turned out.  This year I took the writing process S...L...O...W... and we went once part at a time.  We did "On a rainy day I..." (feel, wear, can).  They wrote the first sentence and filled in the blank.  Then we did what they could wear.  They we came up with ideas of things they could do.  Then we did a closing sentence that said what they think about rainy days.  Here are some of their writings.
6.  Mr. Mario made it "rain" in a bottle this week too!  He put boiling water in a jar, placed a saucer of ice on top, and we watched the water droplets "rain" into the jar.  It was pretty cool!!
7.  During our reading groups this week I took in my iPad for the kids to play the game FUTABA.  It's a word game where a picture pops up in the middle and four choices for words pop up at the bottom of the screen.  The first person to get the word gets the point.  They play three rounds of a minute each to find the winner.  They LOVED playing this and the great thing is that FOUR people can play at a time on the one iPad.  We will definitely be doing that again soon!
Well, that's it for this week.  We stayed super busy but did tons of really fun activities that I think will stick with the kids for a long time.  I hope you all had a wonderful week and get to have a relaxing weekend.  One more week for us until Fall Break!!  Plus, BONUS, it's really starting to feel like fall outside and I LOVE this kind of weather.  Heading out now to start a new fish tank with my personal kiddos.  See you again soon!


  1. Loved reading about your week! Futaba is one of my favorite apps.... and you can make your own leveled games in the settings (in the classroom version!) The pool noodles are a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing! :)


  2. Love all of your activities, and Mr .Mario is killing it in the classroom! I need him to come to my room! :) I want to do the melting snowman when we do our weather unit - so cute! Glad y'all had a good week, and thanks for the "shout-out"! :)

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