Saturday, March 3, 2018

First Grade St. Patricks Day Centers

March is here and it's time to get those centers ready for the new month.  Are you feeling like "Oh my gosh, I don't have time!".  Well no worries, girl....I've got you covered! 

I spent a little time yesterday getting my classroom ready for my little leprechauns on Monday morning.  They will be excited to see some new centers waiting for them.

Do you use centers in your classroom? I love them!  In fact I wrote a whole blog post about how to get them started in your classroom here.

This month, my centers have a St. Patrick's day theme so I thought I'd share with you some of the things we will be working on. One of the things I love to do is wander the aisle of our local Dollar Tree to find cute holiday items that I can turn into educational materials for my firsties.  Just adding some simple little extras can really excite your kiddos.


In our Math Center we will be working on missing addends.  I found these adorable shamrock spinners and tall cups and I knew I could so SOMETHING  fun with them!  The kids spin the first spinner and write their number in the first shamrock on their "Who Stole The Addends?" work sheet.   Then then spin the second and write that in the answer space on their paper......then they have to find the missing addend.  Too cute!!


In our Word Work Center this week the kids are working on matching words to to contractions.  The theme is cute with the gold coins and matching pots of gold ......and simply adding some cute shamrock plates and a table top pocket chart gives it a little more fun for the kiddos. 

The kids love to "write the room", so I found these cute little hats and put our sight words in them.  I hung them all around the room for the kids to find and then they carry a clip board around and write the words as they find them! 


This week in Spelling we are working on bossy "r" words.  I wrote our words on rainbows, added some skinny markers and magnetic letters.  My fab firsties will practice their words on the Rainbow Spelling work sheet with different colored markers and build their words on the cloud.  

I also added Mystery Shamrocks to our Spelling Center.  The kids choose a shamrock from the little dish and write the word in white crayon on their paper.  Then they paint over top of it with green watercolor paint and.....voila! Their mystery word appears.  Can I tell you how much they love this???


Finally, at our Art Station the firsties will be making a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  This is a super simple craft that they can do independently.  That's so important because I will be busy in guided reading groups while they are at centers.  

Simply cut out the pot and glue to paper.  Use bingo daubers to create a rainbow and add glitter for the gold.......what firstie doesn't LOVE glitter and daubers??? So adorable and so easy!!

So, are you ready to get your March Centers all set up? You can grab all of these and more right here.  You'll be ready before you can say Top O' The Mornin'!!

Looking for other St. Patrick's Day ideas? I have you covered from Writing Activities, No Prep Games, Crafts and even making Leprechaun Traps! You can take a look at all my St. Paddy's products here.