Sunday, December 31, 2017

Brrr Welcome

Wagoneers, we have a new member in our wagon train! Welcome, Margaret!!  Hope you're staying warm as you peruse the pages of this blog. 


Throw another log on the fire.  It's only 15 degrees with a wind chill of -1! That's rrrrreally cold for northeast Oklahoma! Nothing like temps in the states in NE U.S., but plenty cold for here.  Let me know what temps are like in your neck of the woods this New Year's Eve day.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Gingerbread BME

 After reading Paul Galdone's The Gingerbread Boy, I discussed with my first graders the events that happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story. Next I made about 18 word strips of  words from the story I had made using a candy cane font. 


Then each child drew a strip, read the word, and told me if it was first found in the beginning, middle, or end of the story.  S/he could also describe to me other places it might have been used in the story.

 Finally, the word strips and the book go in a center. Students read each strip and spell it using alphabet tiles. If they get stuck on a word, they find it in the book and use context to figure it out. They loved this center.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Spectacular Solar Systems

The 3rd grade classes at my school just completed a science unit on the solar system.  To ice the cake they created their own solar systems.  Aren't they fabulous?

To make them they went out on the playground with a poster board and glossy spray paint.  With teacher supervision, of course, they spray painted bands of color on the poster board.

Next they laid lids of various sizes on the stripes and sprayed everything with glossy black.  













Glitter was optional, but a girl's gotta glitter. Right!!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Gingerbread Fun

I love the Gingerbread Man!  This week I'll begin doing G Man activities with my first graders.  There are so many cute ideas on blogs, TPT, and Pinterest for this theme.  Graciously, many creators offer some or all of their activites for free.  


Here are the gingerbread girls and boys I've painted for my first graders.  Such fun!  Can't wait to see their reactions.


I don't know why it's sideways as it was saved vertical.