Sat
15 Nov
2014
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Bye bye Fall

We have been working on Proper Nouns and Common nouns. If you have been following for a while you know that I would not miss the opportunity to create a craft. So we created these Fall trees and I asked the kids to classify the nouns (Proper Nouns on the left/Common Nouns on the right). We also added the definition in the little boxes.
Get the pattern here (English & Spanish). I added some blank leaves to write their own nouns.
On the other hand I finished my Fall crafts with the first grade classrooms. I love being the Art Teacher! We created cute Fall leaves in a very short session. 
First we glued a leave in the middle of a yellow paper. Then added some colorful strips of paper as borders. 
The kids added the eyes made of punched circles and drew the arms and legs. It worked great and they were really proud of them! :)

I did not invented this craft myself I just used a cheap version of this one leaf people from Mess for Less.

Sat
05 Apr
2014
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Easter bunnies and addition rainbows

Another good week in our classroom. We had Open House so a lots of projects were going on. We drew Easter bunnies and introduced addition with regrouping.
My students understood the regrouping concept very fast so I moved on with the practice.
We used these colorful rainbows to review at the end of the week and they loved them.Each student got 7 paper strips. Once the addition is solved they out them in order from greatest to least.

You will notice that I have “cleaned” the clouds because they had written their names. But they looked colorful as they used markers and trace each letter with a different color.

 

If you want to use the activity click  HERE to download it.
Print each page on a different color. Each page  has 5 addition lines. So if you had 15 students, I know I am too lucky, you would need to print each color page just 3 times.  And then one cloud for each kid.

 

We also did our Easter bunnies. This year I went with a super easy pattern.
After mixing the colors they drew straight horizontal lines on a paper (see picture in the beginning of the post). Then I drew on the blackboard the steps and they created the masterpieces on their own.

 

Check other Easter bunnies from last year or where I got the pinspiration Pinterest bunny.

 

 

Sat
08 Mar
2014
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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  www.blockposters.com 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 ? :)