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Gold Medal Students

In our first full week of school, we talked about how to be a {Gold Medal Student}. It went perfectly with the Olympics that happened this summer. 

Check out my post I did on them {HERE}.

Then I had a thought.... why not do a "Gold Medal Student" award?!  How perfect would that be!? I must admit... I don't do "Student of the Week" in my room. I never have. We give out character awards during our awards ceremony each 9 weeks, but that's all I have done...

  But I felt like this was something that went with what we have talked about and it could mean something to them.

So I got these gold medals from {Oriental Trading - they have lots to choose from!}. 

I made these "awards" to give out to the students each week with the medals. 

I'm pretty excited about it!!

I don't do much after this though. haha... I take their picture and "frame" it and hang it on our window of fame. I don't send anything home for the family to do with it or anything. 

If you would like the Gold Medal Student award, click {HERE}.

Do you do something like this? I'd be interested to hear what you do!

Clifford Activities

I wanted to share what theme we are working on this week....

It is short o, so I wanted to do a "dog" theme (last week was short a, so we did a CAT theme).

Well, one of my favorite dogs, is Clifford, the Big Red Dog! I mean, who doesn't love him??

I finally finished my Clifford pack.... it's filled with all kinds of reading and writing activities to go along with the books - most books can be used with this pack.

There are 48 pages of FUN!

Here's what's included:

Story Structure
SummarizingStory SequenceDescribing CliffordCharacter TraitCompare and Contrast: sizes, stories, and petsOpinion writingEvaluationSentence BuildingWriting - planning pagesWriting - recording pagesClifford craft - a no-tracer craft

Here are some ways that you can use the craft, and previews of some of the writing activities. - you can do just the head....

or you can do the full body craft.

When I do the pet comparison activity, I try to have the students bring in a picture of their pet! Obviously, it's cuter when we can have a live comparison (love my Pete!), but alas, pictures will have to do. haha

Click the picture below to grab your copy. 

First Week Math Centers for 1st Grade

So, now that we have our Reading Centers practiced, I decided to give our math centers a whirl. So today was our first attempt at math centers. Oh, lordy.

But that's why I choose really easy activities. 

Today we just did a QUICK run through of ALL the centers. That way I know they know how to play them when they get there.

First up, number sense. Basic stuff. Match the number to the word and then use the bears to represent the number, and make it into a number line, starting with 1, and keep going. I have 1-10, but also 11-20 just in case some were ready to go that far. 

Another favorite (all year long) is {Katie's Pattern Pictures}. We start off just using the shapes to make the pictures, and then I add in the graphing part later on in the year.

We also did some Kindergarten Yatzee, where they roll the dice, add them together, and then mark off the box. They go until the mark off all the boxes. This little girl just did tally marks every time she rolled that sum. GENIUS! I like that extension!

You can grab this activity for free {HERE}.

This fun Roll and Build activity was a favorite. They loved what their board looks like.

This activity comes from Susan's {Number Sense} pack. It's so great - lots of great activities in it!

Another fun Unifix cube activity we did was Race to 100. 

This comes from my {Unifix Cube math pack}.  They love using Unfix Cubes.

And then, for "Teacher Table" we did the bottom portion to our Ten Frame Names.

This is one of my favorite activities to do every year. And it's FREE {HERE}.

So now, they are in the tubs, ready for the kids to choose to do.

For Math centers, they just choose which center they want to do, and mark their name or number off the list. I used to do them like {this}....

But then I switched to {numbers} instead of names because of all the coming and going (the revolving door sometimes, can be a lot!).

So, now tomorrow, we will try the real way we do centers during math. We shall see how that goes. 

All About Me Week

So this week, we did a LOT about "Me."   We did activities on their names, their number, and the way they can be the best they can be!

One of the packs I used this week was Deanna and Deedee's Science and Math pack that go along with their Guiding Readers sets. 

We did a lot of math with our names this week.... we weighed them...

We compared their height, with this super cute flower garden!

We also made our Tear Art Names - I always LOVE how they come out! I usually leave them hanging up all year, just because I love the colors!!

They did their Jersey's this week too. It is time for them (and me) to finally remember their number!

Check out {THIS} post to see what I use numbers for. 

And this is how I make them... I just trace and cut out the jerseys. We used to have a diecut pattern at my old school, which was much easier, but this school doesn't have it. Darn. 

To learn a little more about each other, we did our {Me Bags.} 

We're still not finished sharing the bags, but we're almost there! We only get to about 2 a day, so it takes about 2 weeks. Oy!

Halfway through the week, we switched gears a little and talked about how they can be "Gold Medal Students."

First, we read {Olympig} - it's such a cute story!

I actually didn't get the book in time, so I found a really good reading on YouTube for it {HERE}. 

And we brainstormed ideas on how they can be Gold Medal Students....

Then they wrote it out and did the craft using {Kelley's Caught Going for the Gold} pack.

I'm pretty in love with them!!

Then we made our theme snack for the week!

Olympic Torches!

It was so cute - they kept "Cheersing" each other as a group....and some were even "running around" as if they were the Olympic runner in the opening ceremony. 

Super easy and they loved it!

We've really been focusing on {handwriting} this week, too.

And since we were talking about handwriting, we talked about spaces for writing. I found this idea a few years ago, and the kids "eat it up" every year! (ha - I'm so punny!)

Our {memory books} are also in the works!

Right now I'm just keeping them in file folders until I get the books cut and bound together, and then we will go through and glue all the first week pages down.


Call me crazy, but I already started centers with them!  I started the first full week. I like to get them started so we can have some practice following the {powerpoint} before jumping in to our "real" routines and take up that time.

I used my guided reading time this week to do the {differentiated spelling tests}, to find everyone's spot in the list, so they can have their independent words on Monday with their first list of words.

I also did the {sight word} assessments. Some of my friends have already finished the whole 1st grade set! Wowwy!

Now that I got that ALL accomplished last week, I am pretty exhausted. haha! I might go veg out by the pool for a little bit.

Oh wait. We need food. Grocery store it is, then.

First 3 Days of 1st Grade

Well, I finished up my first 3 days of First Grade! 
...in my 14th year!

I tell ya what, I think I'm getting the hang of this 1st grade gig!  haha... coming from a 3rd and 2nd grade mind set for 11 years, it has taken some time getting used to the beginning of the year in First Grade. But, by George, I think I got it! haha

Do you like my windows!? I LOVE the little signs in the windows! They make me happy every time I walk by them. I got the idea from Jodi's {bulletin board.}

And I have this little window next to the door... I love that window too!!  Although I have these wonderful windows, it's SUPER hard to take pictures because of the reflections, so they aren't the best, but hopefully you get the gist of it, right?? 

And I love my little Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree!

I was able to have it up and ready for {Meet the Teacher} day - which is actually, registration day... {Here} is my post I did a few years ago - basically things are set up the same, but the "To-Do" list is slightly different. 

Then it was Back to School!!

Day 1 was a complete blur! So many things to do - we did a few "meet new friends" activities, but we had to practice our dismissal changes and do a tour of the school...which we did after we read the gingerbread man book.

Annnd since it takes forever to learn how to line up and how to get called by groups....that was most of our day 1! haha

Day 2 was much more interesting!

We read No, David! and David Goes to School...

We made an anchor chart for ways that you can show how to be a good student...

One thing I figured out AFTER I did the anchor chart.... make the sentence choices BE the correct verbs and tenses because they can't figure out how to make the sentence make sense and change the words....oops! I forget what simple writers they are coming in! 

So I remade the anchor chart and rewrote the title and the suggestions so that the sentences would make sense when they put the two together. Oh well, teachers are always learning too, right!?

And I found {this} post that has a directed drawing, so they did their first drawing with me for the year!  They were so amazed at how they could draw....and I just love them!!

eek! so cute!!!

And we read another favorite, The Crayon Box that Talked

You can grab these crayons for free in my store {HERE}. 

We also started our Kevin Henkes "book study" (of sorts).   We started with Wemberly Worried.

I didn't get a chance to take pictures, but you can check out {THIS} post of what the craft comes out like and grab the {Freebie}.

That was Day 2.

Day 3, was even MORE fun!!  Who says the first day is always the most fun?? We get more fun as time goes on! ha!

On Day 3, we read How Do Dinosaurs Go to School

We did our first graph as a class - of how they go to school!

And then we did our recording sheet together...

Click {HERE} to download the freebie graphing activity!

THEN we talked about what the dinosaurs did once they were at the school....they wrote about it and then we did another directed drawing.  We used the directed drawing from this book...

This one might be my favorite one!!

Since I have my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree in my window, of course I had to do something with it... I found {Deanna and Deedee's Science} pack that follows their Guiding Readers sets. I love it! So many fun things to do - and it was perfect for what I was looking for.

The coconut science "experiment."  

They kids loved passing around the coconut and shaking it!

Then we made our Coconut Tree snack! They may have said that First grade was the best! haha

And this is how we ended our first (half) week of First Grade - with big smiles! Gosh, doesn't this picture just make you smile!?

Monday, I'll be starting centers - eek! I'm all set up and ready! I'll be back to explain more on that!

You can see my other post I did on my First Days in First Grade {HERE}.

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