Thu
18 Dec
2014
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Last weeks before Christmas break

Do you all feel as exhausted as I do? I need this Christmas break more than ever!
We have been working really hard. 
This week I kept adding more Santa buntings.

I already explained everything about this buntings in the previous post. But I wanted to give big shout out: IKEA has this great red hangers half price now that Christmas is almost here. I will be buying more as they saved me some time.
I also got more double side wrapping paper. I cannot pass a deal 😉

We also created beautiful Christmas trees. I love this cute idea. Here is the pinspiration: KROKOTAG TREES

The best part is that they can stick it into a flowerpot to decorate.

We were studying arctic animals and I could not pass the opportunity to create this cute penguins. The idea is from For the Love of Art. Thanks!

I am linking with the great Amy Lemons for this part:

We decorated the whole school this year. This is my classroom door.

But my favorite part are this First Grade Blue Skies Elfs. I purchased this craftivity long time ago and it is my favorite so far.
The kids wrote elf stories and the hanged them. They are so proud!

 Here is the link to the craft: ELF CRAFTIVITY.
SO WORTH IT!

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.:) 
                   
Sat
11 Jan
2014
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Christmas and getting ready for winter

We had lots of fun before Christmas break. I wish I had taken more photos.
We had a Grinch day with cute crafts and some writing. Then we watched the film. Can you believe none of my students had heard about The Grinch? They were super excited with the movie.

I bought 

Christmas Print and Play Number Worksheets from Melanie (From the Pond). My students loved the spinner games! It is one of my favorite purchases from TPT.

Our last craft was a big Santa paper craft! Sorry I don’t have the pattern. But it is pretty simple as you can see.

We have also created these cute snowmen to celebrate winter. I have seen this activity all over pinterest. 

Each student has drawn their own pieces for the collage- I love that they all look different.
As soon as we came from Christmas break we celebrated Los Reyes Magos. I have some resources from last year.
Kids brought their new toys. Then we talked about the cabalgata(parade) and their Roscón the Reyes (traditional cake).
They toys have been in the classroom about a week and I can say that they have been sharing them and taking care of them.
Our next goal is writing. We will be doing some writing activities. 
You’ll find this snowman writing in my TPT store: How to make a snowman craftivity