Fri
01 Jan
2016
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Christmas crafts

I loved this year Christmas celebration in our school. We did Polar Express on our last day before winter break. It was not a lot of work and the kids were superexcited. If you haven’t heard about it I highly recommend you doing a pinterest search for next year.

We decorated the classroom as a train and gave the students jingle bells in the end. It was magical.

polar express

We did some crafts too… So many I do not have photos of all of them:

The first one is this cute little elf by First grade Blue Skies:

First grade blue skies

We used foam instead of paper and it turned out ever cuter. ūüėČ

We also did the snowman buddies we did last year but I totally let them to choose eyes, noses, hats… I love that they turned out so unique.

snowman craft

We did this awesome little craft too. This was pretty easy. Just print the body on light brown paper and decorate with crayons.

gingerbread man craft

You can get a free pattern here:

freebie_button

 

This Christmas ball was a hit. We decorated them with the families.

Christmas decor craft

In my school we always ask parents to come and help for a day. The kids love  creating a family craft with them. This year we did Christmas balls.

First we gave them the white ornament and asked them to add Mod Podge and  colored tissue paper. When they finished they could add some all the glitter.

The next day we did tags to wrte their names and take them home.

And now that Christmas is over I can’t wait to get ready for the Next year! See you in 2016!

taking home crafts

Mon
28 Sep
2015
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Back to school week with No David

back to school week freebies

 

I finally found some time to share our first week in the classroom.

If you have been following for a while you know that last year I was teaching secondgrade. This year I am back to first and loving every minute.

I will be teaching Art to first and second grade too.

So our first week went superfast as always. I spent most of the time working on transitions and expectations. And I can see some of that now. :)

We started with a small game/chant to know each other and then we made a minibook about our first day in first grade. You can find a similar one here.

back to school minibook

We did first day crowns too. I forgot taking pictures so I am sharing them for free. Click on the picture to download the freebie with English and Spanish crowns (only first and second grade available).
back to school free crowns

During the next days we worked on more rules and expectations, our favorite book was David goes to School or David va al colegio. We read the book and we had a discussion about classroom rules. Lots of don’t pee on the table, or don’t spit in your friend’s¬†schoolbag… I have a funny bunch this year.

No David activities for the first week of school

When we could make a decision I wrote the on an anchor chart and drew David. By the time I was drawing it the kids where drawing it too on their desks. They had never done a directed drawing so I gave them a little help. Feel free to use it with your kids.

no david directed drawing

Tue
31 Mar
2015
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Moon foldable, expensive ice-creams and drawing Easter friends

This is our last week before Spring break. We have finished our moon unit. If you have following for a while there are many Space resources in the blog. The moon foldable has been updated and now includes this astronaut craftivity and a Neil Armstrong foldable too.

We just used the moon information but this activity can be used in many different ways.

We are also studying money.
I gave the kids lots of ice-cream pieces and asked them to design the best ice-cream ever.

They really did their best.
Once they had glued all the parts I posted the prices on the whiteboard and asked them to calculate the price of the ice-cream and pay me ūüėČ .

There were some regrets like: My ice-cream is too big. But in the end everyone was able to find the coins needed.

In my school we always staple all the student’s worksheets at the end of each term. This is the cover we used for this term. Click on the picture and grab it:

I projected this examples on the smartboard and asked them to design their own Easter friends.

They were really proud.

I wish I had taken a photo with all of them.