30 Mar

Animals everywhere! Last week photos

This has been a grrrreat week in our classroom! We have learnt about animals. We started with Carnivorous/Herbivorous animals. We used this awesome idea from First Grade Fascination

She has some animals posters for free. :)

With this fun craftivity my students understood the different teeth shapes. 

Then we moved on to vertebrates/invertebrates. We created bees (invertebrates) and fish.

I tried using these animals as a reference because they usually have difficulty with fish and insects.
As you can see I am using lots of free drawing craftivities. I have 15 kids in my classroom this year! This makes it super easy to help each one of them without the need of using patterns.
And the results are awesome.
As an assessment I created a simple chart to fill in with foam stickers and just check the characteristics. 
After all that work we got a treat. Animal salted crakers! Can you eat a carnivore animal?

If you are studying animals you can check some animal craftivities here:


08 Mar

Carnival day!

Just a week after our 100th day we arrived to Carnival week. 

We have a Circus theme in school this year. 
This is my first year in this school, I heard that last year it was Fairy Tales… I wish I could have seen it.

Anyway, the whole school is decorated with a Circus Theme. 
First Graders are Tamers. Isn’t that cool?  First we drew awesome lions to decorate the halls. I love using directed drawing with my kiddos.  These lions were a huge hit! We took the idea from this blog Spot of Color. It says that the idea is from a different source but I just can’t find it, sorry. 
But you should definitely visit the blog if you need art ideas. 
 Then all the firstgraders drew tamers (directed drawing too) and they voted to pick one each class. We used this to enlarge it so all the class could participate painting. I love how it looks.
Then we created the outfits for the Carnival Parade. They looked soooo cute I wish I could post the photos. 
This Parade is a big tradition here in Valencia. The kids create the outfits in the school out of plastic bags. It is quite simple and I love that all the kids are able too wear the same costume.
This one was so easy that they even helped to create it.
And the parents bought the hats to complete them.
Did I tell you they looked great ? :)
19 Mar

Farm unit

I wanted to celebrate my new blog, so here comes my first blog freebie.

There are will be more freebies soon! 
I created these Farm centers cards that you can print and use in your classroom.
It also includes vocabulary cut outs that that the students will use to create a farm scene that they can describe.

Click on the picture to get the pdf.