Sun
21 Sep
2014
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Back to school names and descriptions

This is going to be great year! I am teaching a wonderful group of 26 secondgraders.  And I am also teaching ART in English during specials!!! 

I know it sounds busy, but I could not miss this opportunity. I taught ESl to these kids while they were in Kinder and I am their Art teacher now. Teaching art is my favorite! I don’t have much time for planning. But who needs time when you have pinterest? đŸ˜‰

Follow Lita Lita’s board creative art in my classroom on Pinterest.

I have found so many cool ideas that I won’t have time to fit them all in a single school year. 

I needed a simple craft to start the year and review some colors/numbers vocabulary. I found this cute one in pinterest and it worked wonders! Check it in Michelle’s blog I loved how she arranged the bulletin board.
This craft does not need lots of preparation. But as I only get 40 minutes a week for each group I prepared it as much as I could so it would fit in only one lesson.
The craft had to be a purpose for using English language so before making anything I taped the color on the blackboard (Yes, we still use blackboards… ). Then we wrote their names and counted the letters. They quickly understood it so we moved on with the making.
At first I stood by the colored papers so every kid should ask: Can I have some ‘blue’ paper, please?

Then I had to move to help some kids with the tearing process… It can be difficult for some firstgraders. One of the kids was in charge of the paper. And when they finished they could help the kids with the longer names. 

I could not be happier with the results :)

In my own classroom we were working with descriptions. I created a simple handout to write about themselves and a template to draw their portraits. You could use it in different ways.

We used the first paragraph to write about our face, the second one was for general appearance and  the last one for our personality.
We did not write our names so we could use it as a guess who game during Open House next week.
If you like the border it is from my good friend Mel (Graphics from the Pond) you can get it here for free:
As the kids were drawing I realized how similar their drawings are to my own clip art. This makes me feel honored.:) 
                   
Mon
18 Aug
2014
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This is me!

HI! This is me!

I don’t post about myself very much but I wanted to join the linky fun and then I saw a great 10 things about me in Amy Lemon’s blog. So here I am!
I am linking with BLOG HOPPIN’ I hope you join the fun! :)
These are a few things about me:
I will be teaching second grade this year. I am looping with my firsties to second grade.
I used to teach in Kinder during Specials but this year I will be an Art teacher! I am superexcited about it! I will teach art to first and second graders. :)
This year I started in a new school/home/town. I am so happy to be back to my hometown. I love hanging out with my old friends.
And talking about friends, I attended the Vegas conference this Summer. It was a long trip from Spain… but so worth it. I have learned lots of new things to use in my classroom AND I have met my old blogger friends. I have been talking to some of them for ages and this was the first time I saw them.

I don’t have photos of everyone… I was way too nervous excited to think about photos. 
In the first photo you can see my bilingual friends. Check them out! They have great ideas to teach Spanish.
I also met Erica Bohrer. She was a  speaker at the conference and she shared good stuff. She is very sweet! Thanks Erica.
Then I visited the Freebilicious booth. I love that photo with Maria Manore and Jennifer White. I’m sure you already know them. They have the cutest blogs/classrooms ever!
Both of them are great photographers. 
Maria teaches Kinder in a small school. I have used lots of resources from her in my first grade classroom. And now she is creating Spanish resources too. ¡GRACIAS!
Jennifer teaches First grade too. She makes the cutest craftivities you’ll see them soon in my blog as I’ll use them this year in Art.
And last… Tabitha Carro! We have been sending mails for some time and I knew we will be good friends. We spent all the time we could together! I was glad that they both spoke Spanish. 
I’m already missing everyone! You know you are all invited to visit us if you ever come to Spain. 
Sat
09 Aug
2014
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Get ready for Shark week!

My students LOOOVE sharks and next week is the perfect week to learn about sharks. 
I have compiled some useful sites that will help you next week.

The first one has lots of facts and useful information:

The Shark Trust

The second one is learninggamesforkids.com

It has some shark games and videos!

 You know that I am from Spain so I love when I can find Spanish resources:

Some games to learn about sharks. Who doesn’t love a memory game?

The last site has some good information too but I have linked directly with the didactic materials. You can download a pdf with tons of information and some worksheets. Everything in Spanish!

For more Shark fun check out Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies. She is having a giveaway on her blog with the Glyph Girls.

I’ll be back on Monday with a great Shark Freebie! :)

If you still need more shark ideas check out my Shark unit on TPT.