Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It Snowed!!!!!

I got to see snow!  It was only about 2 inches and it was almost all melted by dark, but it counts!  Here are a few pictures of Siloh's first time in the snow.
He wasn't so sure about walking in it at first!

Then he decided to play in it....and eat it!)
Siloh and his sister Laci

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Background

I have a new background!  The other one kept freezing up so I thought it was time to get a new one.  I couldn't find one that I loved, so I created this one.  It is a work in progress so don't be alarmed if it looks different next time you visit.

I hope everyone is having a fun (but restful) Winter Break.  I sure am!  It has not snowed here in Indiana yet, but there is a SLIGHT chance tonight!  Fingers crossed I will see some white stuff before I head back to the sunshine state. (As long as it is not the day I fly home!)

If there are any teachers following me, check out my new blog, Sunshine, Sand and Scissors!  It is a blog for primary teachers.  I created it with 2 of my amazing colleagues.  It is new.  There are only 2 posts so far and the layout needs some minor tweaking, but it's up and running!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

All Aboard!

Today was our Annual First Grade Polar Express PJ Party!  It was soooooo much fun.  Our hallway was decorated with a train, Christmas trees, snowmen and candy canes.  We read the story, watched the movie, drank hot cocoa, made a retelling train, and even had a surprise visit from Santa himself!!  (We also had a fire drill.....that was interesting in our pj's and slippers:-/).  Below are some pictures.  Enjoy!

Our Golden Tickets created by Mrs. Szlosek!
Our seats were set up like a train
while we listened to the story!
Even Jingle was excited
about Polar Express Day!

Hallway Christmas Trees and Snowman
Hallway Train Decoration

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Around First Grade

Today we had Christmas Around First Grade.  We visited each first grade teacher's room for a special holiday activity.  In Mrs. Dockery's room we learned about Kwanzaa.  She made us a very yummy fruit salad!  In Mrs. Szlosek's room we learned about Christmas in Germany and the legend of the gingerbread.  The ornaments we made will be coming home tomorrow....they had to dry!  Mrs. Fischer helped us make a candy cane ornament.  Did you notice it was a pattern?  We ended the day with Miss Gilbert.  She read Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens to us.  (Which we didn't take our eyes or ears off of, by the way!)  We also sang the Reindeer Pokey.....the reindeer version of The Hokey Pokey!  Then Miss Gilbert gave us markers (yes, MARKERS!) to color a holiday poster.   We sure accomplished a lot for an Early Release Day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Look where Jingle was this morning.  He knocked the markers and rag onto the floor!  We forgave him, though since he left us a note.  (It said that Santa was very impressed with his report from yesterday.  He also said he was very proud of us and if he gets another good report tonight, he might send us a treat!)

Gingerbread Man Day

We read so many versions of the Gingerbread Man today.  It was a great way for us to discuss characters, settings, and do a lot of comparing and contrasting. But here is the best part.....we did math and science with gingerbread men!!!  In Math Miss Gilbert gave us each a gingerbread man and only let us take only ONE bite.  We were a little annoyed she only let us take ONE bite, but we quickly figured out why.  We did a pictograph and then a bar graph to show which part we ate first.  Here are some pictures.  Can you tell which part most of us ate first?


In all of the versions of The Gingerbread Man, the fox "helped" him across the river.  We wondered what would have happened if the Gingerbread Man would have swam across the river himself.  What better way to find out than to do a Science Investigation?!?!?!  So that is what we did!!!  We asked a question, made a hypothesis, then conducted an experiment.   Here is a picture of a dry gingerbread man and a gingerbread man after he had been in the water for 30 minutes.  Yikes!  We concluded that gingerbread men should NOT swim!

And YES, we at the rest of our gingerbread men after Math!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Grinch Day 2011

We survived Grinch Day without anyone being a grinch...even though the First Grade Teachers looked extra "Grinchy" today!  

When we got to school this morning, the Grinch had licked all of our candy canes and turned them GREEN!  Can you believe he did that???

And look where Jingle was this morning! He took Miss Gilbert's green marker and pen.

 We made a character characteristic poster for the Grinch at the beginning of the story...........

And at the end of the story!

 We learned about similies,
The Grinch is as green as a tree.  His heart is as small as a bug.

The Grinch is as green as a leaf.  His heart is as small as a bug.
And we wrote how we would make the Grinch grin.....if we ever happened to meet him!
 I would.....tell him a funny joke.

 I would.....ask him to be my friend.

In Math we figured out Grinch story problems and made patterns with manipulative cards. I was so impressed with the problem solving and team work that was going on that I didn't take any pictures!

I say Grinch Day was a success!
I hope you had as much fun as I did!!

Grinch Day Album

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa's Stuck

In Reading Group we read Santa's Stuck and then wrote our own versions.  We also created the "topper" to our writing at the Skills Center last week.  (We thought it was arts and crafts, but Miss Gilbert said we were not only having fun but actually practicing the first grade skill of "Following Written Directions.")  All of the final products were super cute, but here are 2 of them. (They are typed just like they were written!)

 When Santa was on his first house.  He did not get stuck like last Christmas.  Then on house two he had a party.  Then Santa got stuck.  Then he called for help.  Then a dog came to help.  But Santa was still stuck.  Then he called for more help.   Then a other dog came to help.  But he was still stuck.  Then a other dog came to help and it worked!  Santa was going back to the North pole.  But he did not get stuck again.
By Joseph

It was the night before Christmas.  Santa got rede.  Santa fell out the skie.  The reindeers were trying to catch Santa.  Santa fell in the chimney  Santa is stuck.  The reindeers pulld Santa.  Santa was still stuck.  The pets wocke up.  They pusht vare hard. The kids wocke up.  They pusht and pusht.  He flew but the reindeers cot Santa!
By Zachary

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

But not feel like Christmas!  After 8 years I am still not used to wearing flip-flops while there are Christmas lights up.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE wearing flip-flops year round, it just doesn't "feel" like the holidays.  Anyway.....

Next week is going to be very busy, but VERY fun!  Monday is Grinch day.  Be sure to wear GREEN.  We will be doing How the Grinch Stole Christmas activities all day.  Tuesday will be gingerbread day.  We will read different versions of the Gingerbread Man.  We have lots activities to go with gingerbread....including a very exciting science investigation.  Wednesday will be Christmas Around First Grade.  Each class gets to visit every first grade teacher for an activity.  Then finally, finally, finally we will have our much anticipated Annual First Grade Polar Express PJ Party on Thursday!  Remember to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!  A letter is coming (came, depending on when you are reading this) home Friday with details.
I promise to post pictures and videos from next week....it just might be a few days later.  Probably from the airport again on my way to Indiana....where I will be complaining that I do not get to wear my flip-flops for two weeks.  (But hey, it will FEEL like Christmas, right?!?!?!)

Saturday night is the Ormond Beach Christmas parade.  I have never been, but Osceola will be IN it this year.  Very cool, right?!  I will be walking with our dance team, principal, and Teacher of the Year.  I am  handing out candy.  All people and floats have to be lit up, so it should be very pretty.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Countdown Bells

We made our Christmas Countdown Bells last week.  Don't forget to take a chain off every night.  When you reach the bell, it will FINALLY be time for Santa!!!

We had a lot of fun making the bells and even sang along to the Chipmunks Christmas CD while we were working hard creating our paper chains.  Making paper chains can be a little tricky for first grade fingers but it is a great way to help our fine motor skills!

Here are a few pictures!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jingle Bells Homework Smells Book Talk

Christmas Growing Pattern

Our Growing Pattern for this month is a gingerbread person.  Some are wearing hair bows instead of bow ties, so we are not calling them gingerbread men.  This was a lengthy and heated  (but very interesting) discussion in class!

We wrote about the eyes (2) and buttons (3) growing patterns.  There are others!  What growing pattern do you see?

Meet Jingle

Jingle is our Elf on the Shelf.  On Monday, we brainstormed some Christmasy names then voted for our favorite by putting up a tally mark by our choice.   (Elfie was a close second, but Jingle earned the most votes!)

Jingle watches us all day and reports to Santa every night.....he is magic and can make it to the North Pole and back by morning.  He tells Santa all of the good things he sees us do.  He tells Santa the not so good things too but so far this week he has had almost all good reports!  When he returns each morning he is hiding in a new place.  We can't shout out where he is hiding or touch him.  If we do, he will lose his magic....oh no!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Story Bracelets

We made Thanksgiving Story Bracelets to help us retell the story of Thanksgiving.  (Thanks Dr. Jean at www.drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com for the cute idea!)  Each color bead helps us remember the story.
Here is a video of us practicing the retell!

Cranberry Thanksgiving

We read the story Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin.  Mrs. Fischer's mom baked us our own loaf of "Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread" to try just like characters in the story ate.  Most of us LOVED it and even asked for seconds and thirds!  The recipe is in the back of the book, but here it is just in case you would like to make some of your own!

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups light raisins
1 1/2 cups cranberries, chopped
  *Or use all cranberries instead of cranberries and raisins!

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice all at once; stir just until mixture is evenly moist.  Fold in raisins and cranberries.

Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan, cool on a wire rack.

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Here are our pictures with a cute little turkey.  It was a very warm and sunny day.  I still find this a little weird since I grew up in Indiana.....but I am not complaining!  Actually I am posting these blogs during my layover at the Atlanta airport on my way Indiana where it is COLD.  Don't worry, I am excited to trade in my flip-flops for my Uggs for a few days!

Happy Thanksgiving!  See you Monday:-).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Turkey Troubles Fluency Poems

These are just a few readings of the poem we practiced all week to help with our fluency.  The students  really seemed to enjoy practicing the poem each night and did a GREAT job with their "recording"!  After Thanksgiving Break we will practice a Christmas poem.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hooray Hooray for the 60th Day!

 Liam was Zero the Hero's Helper today!

Since it is almost Thanksgiving, we made turkeys.  Their feathers counted by tens (one of Zero the Hero's favorite numbers) to 60.

Gabby creating her turkey.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Trot

Our class ran the "Turkey Trot" in PE today.  Coach Belfer was SUPER impressed with how hard we worked!  Our class completed 99 laps.  (That is more than we completed in the Pumpkin Run last month and we had less students here today!)  Our goal for the Reindeer Jingle Run next month is 100.  We can do it!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Turkey Growing Patterns

Here are some picture from our Turkey Growing Pattern.
Whole Board

Row 3

Row 1 and 2 
This is the last Row.

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