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.

Wed
29 Oct
2014
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Halloween party!

We have been having fun all week! We started with a scary story on Monday. It is included in my Ordinals pack. It is a ghost story to review ordinals. The kids loved being able to change the little boy faces.

Today we earned a big celebration. 
I told my kids that my grandma was a witch and she left me a brew recipe. I have shared a blank pattern so you can create your own. :)
We filled ours and then we moved on with the brew.
We started our brew! If you are interested in the witch craftivity check out the previous post.
 
To set the table I used IKEA plates, glasses, napkins and confetti. It was quite cheap. With every step we added it to our recipe.
All the ingredients were pretty simple: milk, sugar, yogurt, cocoa, nutella, cream… 
Each kid got a small glass with brew. They loved it!
Don’t forget our GIVEAWAY!!!
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? 😉

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.:)