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Goldilocks and Bears

One of my favorite units to do during the year is Goldilocks. When I say we're doing Goldilocks, usually my boys groan, but then they see all the books I bring out and they get excited about it. ha!

I usually read A LOT of them throughout the week, and they can always read them on their own, but I usually pick 3-4 to actually compare and write out on the comparison chart.

Then, by the end of the week (usually day 4), we have a mock trial for Goldilocks! We have prepped for a few days, learning the terms and such....

I bring out my old graduation gown from college to turn into the judge.

And the kids become the different positions of the trial. 

After both sides present and we get to the end of the arguments, the jury deliberates... I usually have one or two kids who always bring up the argument that she is NOT guilty, so we usually have a hung jury. I love it!

To finalize, I have the kids write down THEIR verdict

As we're going through the week, we're also researching bears - the nonfiction component to our Goldilocks week.

I use Reading A-Z books, Bookflix, ,Discovery Education, and other nonfiction bear books.

The students are filling out their Bear Research Booklet as we go throughout the week. 

We talk about animal adaptations, where they live, important body parts and how each one is important for the bears. 

Then, at the end of the week, they can make a google slides presentation or a BoardBuilder on Discovery Education. This is new to me this year, so I've been trying these out lately... 

Here's a closer look at what's included in the the Goldilocks Unit.

100th Day fun

Today was our 100th Day! 

We started the day with brainstorming ways to show and make 100.  
I busted out my skills on the eBeam. I'm still pretty new at this thing, does anyone else use it? I'd love to learn some tricks.

Then, we made a big banner of all the ways to hang in the hallway. 

Then we did one of my favorites, 100th Day Art Gallery.

And we wrote about what they would love a a hundred of, and NOT have. lol. This is in my January Class Books set. 

and of course 100th day trailmix.  We ran out of time at the end of the day, so I didn't really get to really dive into the big math part, but they got the gist of it. :) 

yummmm. I just took whatever anyone wanted to bring - nothing specific. But the kids had fun making creations out of them. lol

You can see what I did in 1st Grade last year in THIS post. 

Week Before Winter Break

Life is always crazy the week before break.... performances, shortened days, creating holiday crafts, and other things that get added to the calendar... it's always crazy. I know some dread this week, but I really look forward to it! I've figured out what helps us get through them... THEME days!

We usually have 3 or 4 days the last week (we typically get out the 21 or 22, right around there)... here are some things we do.

Grinch Day!

We read the book and then talk about Author's Message. We do a craft where they draw what represents the author's message. 

Then we do a directed drawing (found HERE) and we add in a lesson on similes (which we've done previously with Gingerbread week)

We also do some Grinchy math problems, but I forgot to take a picture of those.

And we end the day with the Grinch movie and Grinchy treats!

Mistletoe Madness!

On Tuesday, we had our Mistletoe Madness, where it was craft mania!! We were really crunched for time, so it was a little hectic, but I LOVE all the crafts!

Their stocking ornament where they sew it up... they use plastic needles and you'd be surprised what a skill this is for them!

Snowmen Socks.... 
This is definitely a 2-person job, so I kept coming back to help out with this station.

But they turn out SO cute!

Measure a Tree - I use scrapbook paper and let them use Q-tips to make the snow on the paper and add a dash of glitter.

You can see past Mistletoe Madness Days HERE and HERE

Reindeer Games!!

Another name for this would be Winter Minute to Win It, and you can see last year's post HERE. After a few years, I have finally gotten this down to a pretty good organized chaos. What helps is that I have all the stations labeled with my photo frames that I have numbered.

This year I had 6 stations....

Candy Cane Pick Up

Snow Nose

Roll an Ornament 

Gingerbread Man Shuffle 

Rudolph Nose 
(we traded out the popcicle sticks each round - you can just slip the sticks in and out of the loop-tie on the end of the stick)

Jingle Toss 

They have so much fun with these games. You can download some directions HERE.

We've also done years where we've done a "Storybook Sleigh Ride" where each teacher in our pod has a book to read and a craft to go with it...

I always do Santa's Stuck. 

With a cute little craft

This year, we have a 4th days, so we're going to do a Brunch - where all the kids bring in food to share and then we'll have Movie day after lunch. 

And we always do a Sock Exchange...it's so fun!!

They wear their new socks 

Happy Winter Break, my friends!!

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