Friday, February 16, 2018

10 Ideas for your 100th Day of School

How did you celebrate your 100th Day of School? We had a blast this year with our 100th Day Stations!  It took me a little prep time, but it was well worth it! My fab firsties had so much fun and all of the activities were basically independent and needed very little help from me.  So here's a look at some of the things we did!



100th Day of School Treat

The firsties were greeted when they came into the classroom with a sweet 100th day treat and a $100 dollar bill!


100th Day Books

We read a couple of 100th day of school books.  Here are some of my favorites!


100th Day Stations

I set up 8 different stations around my classroom and had my firsties work in pairs (I have 16 students in my class), but you could easily have more students at each station. They had a log that they took with them and as they completed a station, they checked off the log and moved on to the next one. 

Occasionally, groups would overlap at a station, but that was ok because there was plenty of room.  There was no time frame for them to complete each station, they just worked at their own pace.

Station #1

Our first station was hunting for 100 Hershey kisses! This was a great idea and the kids LOVED it, but next year I will make it a separate activity.  The first couple of groups went crazy finding kisses and there weren't many left for the others to find.  The good thing is that they didn't eat them right away.  They had to match the number on the bottom of the kiss to the game board.  We shared all the kisses at the end! 



Station #2

The firsties had fun building with 100 Lincoln Logs! 



Station #3

How many licks does it take to get to the center of your lollipop?? The students colored in one block for each lick. Lick....color.....lick.....color.....they were very precise! 



Station #4

What can you build with 100 cups?  I set this station up on our carpet area and the kids built tall towers and huge forts! 



Station #5

The kids worked together to build a chain with 100 links! Each pair of students added a different color to the chain. 




Station #6

Next the students filled their gumball machine with 100 gumballs made from bingo daubers! I numbered the daubers from 1-10 and they kids had to put 10 gumballs of each color in their machine. 



Station #7

The next station was stringing a 100 bead necklace.  This station took the longest, but the kids stuck to it and made a really cute necklace as a keepsake from our 100th day! I found the beads at our local Dollar Tree.  Three bags of beads was enough for 20  students.  I also found the green divided trays at the same store! 

I had some of my kiddos separate them by color the day before so we were ready to go. I precut the string and tied a bead to the end so that they didn't push the beads off as they were stringing.  I also taped the other end so that it didn't come unraveled as they were working.  

This station took the most prep time, but it was worth it because the kids loved it!

  

Station #8

The final station was making a structure out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows. I separated the marshmallows into baggies so that each child could take their own bag.  I counted out the first couple of bags of 100.....and then I sort of eyeballed the rest! (shhh, don't tell the kids!) 



I had a lot of the materials I needed already in my classroom and purchased most of the other items for a relatively low cost at dollar stores.  I found the idea for these stations on Differentiated Kindergarten and she has a great FREEBIE for the station log, numbers and the worksheets! Be sure to head on over there and grab it for your next 100th Day celebration! 



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Our Week On Fleek 2/16


This week was on fleek with 100th day activities, winter olympics, Valentines Day and a little March activities prep! 




This was one crazy busy week in Firstieland! We started off on Monday with our 100th day of school! I set up 8 different stations for the firsties and they had so much fun creating, building and counting up to 100! You can read all about it here (includes a link to a GREAT freebie!) 




If you read my post last week, you know that we have been learning about the Winter Olympics in our classroom. On Tuesday, we had our own Winter Games and competed against the other first grade classes.  I'm super excited to tell you that our class took home the SILVER MEDAL for the overall competition! 

We had the most fun speed skating (paper plates on the bottom of our feet), playing hockey (yardsticks and pom poms), and racing the biathlon (paper plate skates and bean bag targets).  I found this great product on TPT by From September To Mrs. May.  If you want to host your own Winter Games you can grab it here.  




Of course, Wednesday was Valentine's Day! We had a super sweet time delivering our Valentines to our friends.  I loved seeing all the cute valentine boxes! I got some sweet little treats from my kiddos and my first grade crew..... and I gave my kiddos these cute glow stick valentines! You can grab a freebie of this valentine here






I had a little extra time this week, so I got my March Math and Literacy Games all ready for next month.  I love these no prep games for my small group time, learning centers, partner games and even fast finishers! They are so simple to just print and go! Now I'm one step ahead of the game.....and you know that's a great feeling! 




Finally, I finished off my week with parent conferences on Thursday night....yep you read that right.....100th day, Olympics, Valentine party AND parent conferences all in the same week.  GIRL!!!  Enough said.......




Friday, February 9, 2018

Our Week On Fleek 2/9


Hey girl hey! I have a big announcement........drum roll please.......I'm super excited about my new weekly blog series called......Our Week On Fleek! Every Friday, I'll be posting all the good news for the week.  Tips, fun things that we did in our room, new products, freebies......an assortment of different topics.  But you can be assured they will all be uplifting, inspiring and hopefully give you some new ideas to help you plan your next week! So without further ado.....here is "Our Week On Fleek":


We had a ton of fun this week learning about the Olympics!  Thanks to my friend Jenna over at From September to Mrs. May for the great Winter Games unit! We learned all about the history of the Olympics and the different sports.  We wrote some facts that we learned and drew pictures of our favorite sport! Stay tuned for next week when we have our own Olympic Games with our firsties! 





The Fab Firsties had fun with our Math and Literacy games during center time this week.  I love watching them play games together.  The problem solving and team work is amazing.  





LOOK at all the goodies I found at Dollar Tree! I have so many ideas for fun games and centers for my firsties!  Can't wait to get started making them.....now I just have to find the time! Stay tuned to see what I come up with! 




We had a great week learning all about Presidents Day! I found some great free videos and online books....and I even found a link to a virtual tour of the White House!  You can read more about it here. 







Finally, I'd like to dedicate this blog post to my wonderful mother, who passed away on January 20, 2018 at the age of 95 years old.  She was my biggest supporter in all I do....she was always telling her friends about my teaching antics and funny stories.  She always wanted me to write a book....and I told her that my blog was sort of like my book.  It's here that I get to tell my stories and she loved that! I am so happy that she was able to see my success in Firstieland....she was a proud mom and always made me feel loved and supported in everything!  I always say that I was one of the lucky ones....because I got one of the good moms.  Sending love and blessings to her......




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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Presidents Day

This week, we're learning all about President's Day!  Here are some activities that you can use in your classroom.  This unit is great for kindergarten, first grade or second grade.



I like to take about a week to teach this mini unit.  I begin each day with a read aloud.  Here are some of my favorites.



DAY 1 

Ilike to begin with the history of President's Day and why we celebrate this holiday.  We make a cute craft book called "What Is President's Day?" and we make a page a day in this book.  We make an American flag on the first page. 


DAY 2

We read the book Let's Celebrate Presidents' Day and then we watched a video on Scholastic called "The Presidency".  



We finished day two with the second page of our "What is President's Day?" interactive craft book.


DAY 3

On Day 3, we learn all about George Washington.  I like the book  A Picture Book of George Washington .  Scholastic News has a great free issue all about George Washington.  There is an online digital issue, a great video and a skills game.  You can take a look at them here. 


We finish this lesson with the third page of our interactive craft book.  This kids make this adorable George Washington craft! 



DAY 4

On the next day, it's time to learn about Abe Lincoln!  My two favorite books are Abe Lincoln's Hat  and Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers.  We also watch a video called The Life of Abraham Lincoln. 



We make the fourth page of our book with this cute Abe Lincoln craft!


Day 5

We finish up our week by learning a little about the White House.  We begin by taking a virtual tour of the White House. and we also read a cute book called Woodrow, the White House Mouse.  


Finally, we finish our interactive book with this craft page of the White House. 


If you want to do this mini unit with your students you can grab it here


Need more President's Day activities?  Take a look at my President's Day Social Studies and Writing Unit.  This unit includes detailed lesson plans, a non-fiction powerpoint story, pre and post assessments, graphic organizers, differentiated writing templates and two crafts.