Saturday, April 11, 2015

Earth Day Fun

Earth Day is just around the corner! April 22 to be exact! I always love celebrating Earth Day with my students!
I'm teaming up with some of my blogging buddies to share a closer look at my Earth Day unit. It's a favorite of mine, for sure!

I love to integrate reading and writing any way possible with our science units! The way our curriculum fell, we did this unit at the beginning of the year in Kindergarten.  Sentence building is so good for them--even at this time of the year!

We did a lot of sorting and discussing about items that we can recycle right in our classroom!

We always love making a mini-reader! The kids place them in their book boxes when they are done creating them and then re-read them all the time during read-to-self time!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Fools' Day FREEBIE

Are you a prankster?  I am not.  I wish I was, but I just am not good at lying so I always ruin any prank I try to pull! I love to laugh and read about them, though!

There is something magical about April Fools' Day when you are 5 and 6.  I can remember being younger and my little brother thinking he could tell April Fools' jokes ALL April.  It's the same in the classroom.  There is always a kid or two who likes to tell you silly things the ENTIRE MONTH of April!

I LOVE reading silly stories that my little ones write. It's so fun to see them be creative…or tell a story that really did happen!

Here is a little April Fools' Writing FREEBIE for you to snag and use this week!!
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 Borders from Krista Wallden
Font from Kimberly Geswein

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Break Writing FREEBIE

Ahhhh, spring break! The time of the year that most teachers say, "Oh my gosh! Where has the year gone? We have so much to accomplish still!"

I totally relate. 100%. This is when I usually begin to freak out a bit.

One thing I love to do with my little friends when we return from spring break is have them write about their time away from school. It's just so special because I always see growth in their writing.  It's almost like the magical 2 week vacation during Christmas time when they come back and have grown SO MUCH!

Here is a little writing FREEBIE for you to use.   I have not forgotten our intermediate friends, either! I included both primary and regular lines for writing.

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Clipart and border from Krista Wallden
Font from Kimberly Geswein

Have a fabulous evening!! I'm off to eat a late dinner!

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Purposeful Assessments Made Fun!

Hi Friends! Happy Saturday!

I am super excited to be joining a few gals for A Closer Look Blog Hop!

I want to highlight one of my FAVORITE things I have ever done with my little first grade friends!

Writing has always been a favorite time in my classroom.  There are years that I feel like I rock at teaching writing and years I don't.  This, however, was a year that I felt like I had my game-face on.  (Probably because it was the subject I planned! Ha ha!)

Our writing was coming along well.  I had seen a great deal of improvement, but we needed something that showed the little eyes the importance of those writing conventions I felt like I had been drilling! A dear friend had done this concept at the end of the year before, but I thought why not do it now? 

For each writing convention used, the students "earned" a piece of their chick.  In the end, if their writing was complete and correct, then their chick would look complete and correct.  If not, then they saw how silly their writing looked when they forgot things, such as periods or capital letters.
They LOVED it! I made it as stress-less as possible for them.  We had fun! We celebrated EVERY LITTLE THING! We giggled together about a chick with no eyes looking silly, just like their writing had no title and looked silly. They also were great because I sat one-on-one with each student and conferenced with them about their writing.  We decided together which parts their chick would have. This activity was so powerful!  It truly gave the students ownership!

Here is a peek at what is inside!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

A Little Ice and Birds

Well we woke up this morning to some ice and a bit of white on the roofs.  This is our first time with this weather this winter.  Can ya'll believe school is canceled?

I saw this floating around on Facebook last night and it's just funny.  This is how we operate.  We don't know how to drive in weather like this so it's best that we just all stay home! I give you permission to laugh with me. :) 

Moving on…

I have been working hard to finish up my All About Birds unit! Take a peak inside!

You find all of this and more in this mini-unit.

Right now you have a chance to win this over on my Facebook page! Be sure to hop over there and enter the giveaway!
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I'm off to make lunch and enjoy the rest of this day snuggled up with my little guy!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop!  Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love.  Be sure to read to end because you will have the chance to win some great things!! 

As you may already know, I'm Amanda! I have 6 years of teaching under my belt (I know, so many, right? ;) ), I'm a mommy to 1 sweet baby boy here and 1 sweet baby girl in the Congo who we are adopting. I am married to a lovely man who supports me in just about everything! We currently live in the Fort Worth area and previously lived in Houston. 

We LOVE our city!! We love the friendliness of the people, how there is very little traffic compared to Houston, and neat shops! 

Here are some of our favorite places to go and enjoy a sweet treat around town. 

Best little coffee shop out there! Oh, they also have an amazing brunch! 

They have THE best little ice cream sandwiches around.  They bake their cookies fresh and they use Blue Bell ice-cream. Enough said. 

I love, love, love teaching reading!! If you hang around her often, I'm sure you have read that before! 

One of my favorite lessons is teaching my little friends how to make connections.  In my class I have always taught my kids to clasp their hands together to show me silently they are making a connection during a read aloud.  Sometimes I will wink to acknowledge them and other times I will call on them to share out their connection.  

It usually is easy to find read aloud books that allow them to connect to several times.  Alexander is one character we can ALL relate to! :) 

You can read more about this HERE on my blog post. 

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Just Clip It!- Blends and a Giveaway!

Hello friends! I have been working hard at creating some little workstation or small group activities that are easy to implement and also help in the area of fine motor.  I wrote HERE about my Just Clip It! Beginning Sounds, but I wanted to pop in and share a little bit more about the blends set I just finished.

They are pretty easy to put together and store! Here is peak at how I put it together.

For the blends set, there are several cards and recording sheets.

Want to see how I used the Just Clip It!- Beginning Sounds in a one-on-one time? Read my blog post HERE. 

Ready for a giveaway?! Head on over to my Facebook Page, Mrs. Richardson's Class: A First Grade Blog to check it out! 

I'm off to enjoy this GORGEOUS afternoon!! Have a great day! 
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