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24 April 2013

Earth Day Activities

We did some fun Earth Day Activities. Since we are currently doing a poem unit - we tried our hand at a List Poem for Earth Day. I love this type of poem, and for first graders, it is so simple to create. It is really amazing the insight that a 6/7 year old can have about their Earth.... I love the "tooth fairy" on the list.....

We also made some cool recycled art from bottle caps - I just love this racing car.

21 April 2013

Padlet (Wallwisher) - Thing 7

I have been using Padlet (formally Wallwisher) in my classroom since discovering it on Heidi Raki's Resources Blog and I love it!

This is literally a "virtual wall" where students can write and collaborate on anything. The teacher can set up the "wall" and assign tasks for the students to do. In my first grade classroom, I have been using it to help with writing basic sentences. I have been assigning a "word of the day" and the children come up with a sentence. The students then create their sentence or whatever you have asked them to do. The children in my class are so excited to write their sentences - they are literally clamoring at the bit to get to our computer to type a sentence. It is also great for our non-English students as it helps them with sentence structure as well.  We then take a look at the sentences and correct for spelling, verbs, and punctuation.This also allows me to do a quick assessment on capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.

Search the internet for other uses of Padlet in your classroom - you will find many creative ideas.

07 April 2013



Adjectives can be a bit tricky for first graders. Explaining it as they can "brag" about themselves gets the comprehension rolling. This is an activity that I found on Pinterest and use each year to teach adjectives in a fun way! Here are some of our "Describing Myself Using Adjectives" pictures:

Giveaway for 1000 Followers!!

Goodies galore over at Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade Blog. She has over 100 products for K-4 that were donated for her giveway.  Hop on over to  Mrs. Rios's site and join the fun. The giveaway runs through 13 April!!