November Goodies!






This week we had a teacher work day!  Who doesn't love to have a day to sort through your classroom, do your grade cards and plan for upcoming units.  I was so excited to plan for November. I have re-done my three major units for this month and they turned out cute.  I'm looking forward to teaching them to my firsties! 

We will start with my Native American Unit!  We do a very fun graph on three different tribes.  Make sure to stay tuned for these photos!

Then we move onto the Colonial Americans.  We learn about their voyage to
America and their food, clothing, shelter, work, games, and school.


Finally we end with our Thanksgiving Unit.  We do some fun crafts and read some silly turkey stories!
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Camp "Spook"tacular!

Every year our first grade does a camping day in October.  In the past I always did a whole week of camping stories and then ended with our fun day of camping.  I love doing it but I felt like there were so many other things I wanted to do in October I couldn't spend a whole week on camping.  I really wanted to do my camping unit at the end of the year.  So this year I decided to only do a camping day on Friday and make it around Halloween.  I put together this free packet.  You could you it for any day not just a camping day.  My incredible teammate takes all the first graders at the end of the day and sings songs.  They just love it.  During the day we sat around the campfire and did these "spook"tacular activities.  Of course we ended the day with s'mores!  Super fun day!!!
Enjoy this freebie!
This packet is free at my TPT store!  Just click and download!

Here are some photos of our fun day!
The ghost alone created a fun and exciting mood for my students as they walked in that morning!


Books and cubbies set up and ready to go!

Working by the campfire!

My incredible janitor allowed us to use these fire  pits.  They ran much like a fan.  I just added a little tissue paper around it to make it look spooky!


This spooktacular craft is part of my Halloween Packet!

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Piggie Pie & Zoom Broom!




Gritch the Witch!

Margie Palitini's Preview Pack!
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Pumpkin Investigating!

We made a whole day of pumpkin investigating!  We had so much fun!  I have to say I was exhausted that night but well worth it.  My students learned to use a tape measure, we talked about length, width, and circumference.  We also got our fingers filled with pumpkin goo!  They loved it! 
Pumpkin painting

Pumpkin weighing





Measuring length!




Counting ridges and measuring circumference.

Pumpkin scooping!








Sorting out the seeds!



Our pumpkin patch!  This turned out really cute!

Up close!

Pumpkin Exploring Preview!


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Election Day!

We are getting excited about our upcoming election with Freddy and Oscar.
We have registered to vote and we have been voting daily with the goodies in my packet.  We are using to votes to practice writing number stories.  It has been fun to integrate math into the election process.  Here is a preview of how our voting is set up!
Voting Table!

Ballot Box!

Our Class mascot candidates Freddy and Oscar (aka build a bear animals!)

Every morning I set up the booths.  As they come in they make their vote and put it in the box!

Before we voted, we all had to register! 


Here is a preview of my Election Unit.  It is very comprehensive and has 4 cute crafts!  My first graders are enjoying it already!

Enjoy this Grace for President Freebie!
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Fire Safety Week!

We had so much fun learning about Fire Safety.  
Check out our cute Dalmation Puppies!

Check out my Fire Safety Preview!
Here is the link to this fun packet!
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Spiders

During our spider week we worked on our schema, new learning and misconceptions.  I was surprised at all the misconceptions we had since I knew spiders were slightly introduced in Kindergarten. 

The children used this in the writing center for the week.  They referred to it for informational writing.

This project was optional for my students.  On Friday we shared our research.  Those students who participated were able to put a mark on their bingo board for our Mitchell Wall of Fame!  They were so excited.

On Spider pattern but look at the variety.  I love first graders interpretation of spiders!


Here is a preview of my Spider Unit!
Here is a link to my Spider Freebie!
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Going Batty in 1st Grade!

We had fun with this batty craft!

We wore black and brought our flashlights for some batty reading.  I even changed our library by adding paper to make it like a cave.  The kids loved it!

I had the children work in groups on Friday and they presented their have, can, and are facts.  We kept it on the door for a reference during our Daily 5 writing session. 

We had a great week with bats last week! 
Check out all the batty fun preview!
check out this freebie!

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Down on the Farm!

We had a great week learning about the country and farm animals.  We read all of Doreen Cronin's farm stories and enjoyed every single one!  She is a great author.  We pretended to be the animals and we all wrote to Farmer Brown persuading him to give us something else.  They turned out cute.  Enjoy the pictures.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Farm-Unit-with-Doreen-Cronin-Stories-and-Many-More







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