Hi friends! It's Five for Friday time again with Doodle Bugs Teaching! It's been a really busy week and I think it will not slow down until AFTER the new year! I absolutely love this time of year. Everything everywhere is designed to fill your heart with love and kindness. I hope you are feeling it, too!

Let's get started! 
 This week our elf in the classroom showed up! After reading the book, the kids got to choose a name for him. We had quite the selection, but in the end they voted on Chippy.
This one was my favorite! Darth Elf!

And he has been quite naughty. The kids love him and they are so excited to come in everyday and look for him.

The other day he changed all of our screens. 

My classroom door is also elf themed! 

It's finally December!! It's my favorite month! 

I wait all year and it's here. The city is always decorated with tinsel, wreaths, and lights. There are events practically everyday, and everybody sends out Christmas Cards!! I will more than likely not be doing the last thing there because I caught the flu last week and it was not a good time to take pics. 

What is everybody's favorite thing about the Holidays??

And, sadly, my student teacher had her last day this week. I am going to be so lost without her. She has helped to make this year fabulous and the kids are going to miss her so much! They wrote her farewell letters and I bound them into a book. I also gave her a lifetime license to my TpT store and a jump drive with some various freebies from my blog. 

Carly Summer has the opportunity to attend the Model United Nations conference right here in Baton Rouge. At this event, high school kids from around the state come together to discuss diplomacy, international relations, current events, and learn about the UN directly. 

She has to dress professionally and speak publicly. I am so impressed by her school. They are giving so many great educational opportunities for these kiddos. 

This means it's real. It's actually happening in 22 days. 

Yay!!! It's so exciting. 

Well that's it for now!! See ya real soon! 

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with food, family, and fun! 

I am happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! It's been awhile but I'm thinking the time is right to join this linky party again! 

I've had an eventful Thanksgiving break, from the flu, to product planning, to Black Friday shopping, to tree decorating - it has been full! 

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Hello and Welcome to our Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop!! We are so excited to share our fall favorites and freebies with you!

I am so unbelievably excited that we are launching our new collaborative blog!! The Punch Bunch is a group of some of the best teachers I have ever had the privilege of meeting and I am so blessed to call them my friends!! Let's get started!!!
Hi friends! Just a quick jot this morning to tell you all about what you could win to make this day even better!!
It's Winner Wednesday!
My fabulous friend Jennifer over at A Dab of Glue Will Do is hosting this linky so that you have a chance to win some great resources for your classroom!

This month you could win my October Themed Math Centers!

These centers are great for practicing balancing facts and basic addition and subtraction. 

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Practice basic addition and subtraction facts!

What's missing? 

Also some fun whole group ideas!

12 Math Centers with a fun Halloween theme!

I hope you enter! Good Luck! 

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Hi y'all! Yep I have been working late this Sunday! I hope your weekend has been fabulous!
Hi friends! Just a quick jot tonight to tell you about a FABULOUS activity we did today! Apple Adjectives!

This activity was inspired by Cara over at The First Grade Parade. She is fantastic and I aspire to be her one day!

This week is all about apples! And since we have been reviewing adjectives, what better way to include apples than to describe them?

Everybody brought an apple and we spent some time brainstorming adjectives that would describe apples. We observed them, felt them, and even ate them. Then everyone wrote some adjectives on a Post It and we stuck it on our Large Apple.

Who one of my firsties asked if we could call him Drew. Drew the Apple. 
Because I drew him. 
These kids, man. Geniuses!!

Then returning to our seats we wrote about our own apple and then drew an apple to match the one we brought.

(also in this freebie are some labels you can use to label a large apple chart)

Everyone did so wonderful!! 

After that we did an Adjective Scoot from this little bundle from Sparkling in Second Grade

Anytime we can get up and move around the classroom is a plus!!!!

I'm loving my firsties this year! They are doing so well with all of their work and keeping me entertained. Drew the Apple. A classic. 

Have a great week!
Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a restful weekend! Mine went by super quick and I was super busy and yet I still have a pile of laundry! Some things are never ending.
 Hello friends! It's Sneak Peek Sunday!! 
I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten again for Peek at my Week!

This past week has FLOWN by! But I'm so very proud of my kiddos. They have been doing fabulously with first grade work. I was sick this week, so I was only at school a little bit but I did manage to snap a few pics!

Still working with our writing partners to make our writing the BEST!

Ok, so two pics. :)
Passed out new Color Code Cards so the kids could pick out new, challenging books. Read about my classroom library leveling {HERE}

This week we have lots to do. Here are my plans. 

In ELA: 
We are starting our Traditional Literature unit! Each day we focus on a different type of TL. Mondays - Fairy Tale
Tuesdays - Fables
Wednesdays - Tall Tales
Thursdays - Mixed Up/Fractured Fairy Tales

And then for our Read Alouds, I usually choose Legends. These books are a bit longer and deeper, so we read them aloud and then talk about the features of Legends. 

We will be discussing Text Features of Fiction and Nonfiction. Using Traditional Literature is a great way to introduce text features. We can talk about the differences between fiction and nonfiction with the many fantastical elements of Fairy Tales. 
Text Features

Anchor Chart

Recording Page
After using the Whole Group Activity, I put the game in the Pocket Chart (Skills) Center and they can use the recording page for accountability. 

My students are doing wonderfully well with Interactive Notebooks. They are still learning on how to use the activities and set them up in the notebook, but we are working on it! 
Lesson 5 Interactive Notebook

 This week we will be talking about Synonyms.  

 Short u Words


In Writing we are working on nonfiction, informative writing. We are talking about what is a Scientist? Our Mad Scientist unit was a few weeks ago, but we will be using our Interactive Notebooks from science to help us with our Circle Maps and Tree Maps. Click on the pics to download your own copy. 

Circle Map

In Math, we are finishing up our Introductory unit on Place Value. This week it's all about the word problems.
Unit 2 Understanding Place Value
Picture Peacock helps us to understand how to solve problems. Find my Math Strategy Zoo in my store. 

In Social Studies we will be talking about Landforms and creating a landform cookie! We found this idea from Nancy at First Grade Wow! 

Check out her unit on LANDFORMS.

And there we have it! Week #6 - ready for the kids!

Thanks for stopping by!

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