Sunday, April 19, 2015

Poetry Writing Unit Freebie/Giveaway!

I used to be scared to teach poetry.  But now I LOVE it!

Please comment and leave your email address.  I will send this unit to the first 5 people that comment.  

I have described what we have done so far in a previous post.  You can also check it out on TPT.  



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry Writing Unit

Enjoying our Poetry Month!

I love when first graders write poetry!  We have been doing a unit on Free Verse Poetry.  There is not a lot of emphasis on structure or perfect sentences so they have the freedom to get creative while trying out some different techniques!  When I do this unit, I notice even the struggling students really excelling because of its free-form style.   They have been writing poems about many different things… summer, cousins, cats… and even bacon!  


We have spent a few weeks on this "Free Verse" poetry unit.  Take a look at the photos below to get an idea of how it went!  We still have a few more mini-lessons to go.  



This is what I follow.  It is part of my Poetry Writing Unit that you can find here on TPT.







 Click on the preview picture below to purchase my Poetry Unit.  It gives you day-to-day mini-lessons that include suggested dialogue and read alouds.  The unit is filled with student examples, anchor charts, book recommendations,activities, parent letters, self-reflection sheets, talking points and so much more!



I'll give out this unit to the first 5 people who comment for free!  Please leave a comment below with your email address and I'll send it out to you.

Thanks for stopping by!



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Water Cycle in a Jar- Science Experiment





Another science experiment in a jar!  In March we did an experiment called Rainbow in a Jar to demonstrate different densities.  Last week we used a jar to demonstrate the water cycle.  

All we did was add some hot water.  We pretended this water was the ocean and it was warmed up by the sun.  Then we quickly place a plate on top of the mason jar to trap the water vapor that was rising.  We added a few clouds (ice cubes) on top of the plate and observed!  We had to wait and wait and wait very patiently until it started to rain.  We did have to wait about 10 minutes for it to start raining.  But when it finally did, all the kids squealed with excitement.  They loved it!  We reviewed our water cycle song while we did this fun experiment.  You can get both the science experiment and water cycle poem over at TPT.  Click here or on the picture below to download this freebie!






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Sunday, March 29, 2015

End of the Rainbow Paper Plate Twirlers



I love these twirly rainbows that we made!  They came out so super cute!  We added our three wishes in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I might leave them and have the kids replace the pot of gold and shamrock with clouds, add some weather facts, and hang them the opposite way!




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Monday, March 16, 2015

Green Mystery






This was a really fun inferencing activity.  The kids loved having their friends guess their "Something Green."  First we charted all the many things that are green… spinach, broccoli, snakes, trees, leaves, leprechauns.  We even included some fun characters like The Hulk, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Grinch.  Then we wrote three sentences (clues) and one question on our shamrock.  Then we made a flippy shamrock.  The shamrock flips open and shows the answer!  There were lots of giggles and smiles today when they were making their guesses!

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rainbow in a Jar- Density Experiment







I made this at home today with my little ones.  The first time did not go so well….

(We poured it in too quickly and I don't think the sugar was dissolved all the way.)
But the second time was a success!!!
This density experiment is easy to do at home or at school!

First, get your supplies.  All you need are 6 clear cups, 1 large cup, sugar, food coloring, a spoon, a microwave, and an eye-dropper or plastic syringe.


Then you distribute your sugar, water (1/2 cup each), and food coloring.  No sugar in the first cup.  1 scoop in the second cup.  2 scoops in the third cup.  3 scoops in the fourth…. and so on.  The more sugar, the denser the water.

Then mix.

After that, put in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes.  Mix some more.  This will help the sugar dissolve.

Finally, you can start putting in your colorful, sugar water.  Start with the most dense (purple) and work your way up!  Now this is where we messed up the first time.  We used a turkey baster so the water came out too fast.  The second time we used an eye-dropper. It was a slower process, but it turned out much better!

Isn't it beautiful?  We hope that this rainbow in a jar will help the Leprechaun find his way to our house the year!



Click on the picture below to download my Rainbow in a Jar Science Experiment Freebie!



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

100th Day Project and Sale!

This one is definitely a keeper!  And he's so proud!!



Don't forget to check out my sale items over at TPT!  You can save up to 28% if you use the promotional code: HEROES at checkout.




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