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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Nibits for Newbies 2.13.16 Write ON!

If it's Sunday
It must be time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week's theme...

Writing in First Grade

Now... I wish I was PERFECT.
I wish my kiddos were PERFECT.

There are NO Perfect PEOPLE!
NO Perfect KIDDOS.

No  Perfect.

Now that we have gone there...how do we get close?

We get  BETTER!

Better..Better...Better

( My Mantra )

We write EVERY DAY.

Usually..more than once.

We write about our day in school...things we like...stories we have read..etc.etc.etc.

I try to do a mini-lesson on a strategy.
We change our focus depending on our curriculum.

We do writer's workshop.
My kids write.
AND they LOVE IT!











HOW?

Give them paper, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc...
Give them...TIME!

And ... LET THEM TALK!
My classroom is NEVER quiet!

Discussion about writing, during writing, and after writing.

TALK, Write,  Create!

Are they perfect?
NO.

Is that OK?
YES!

Write ON!

( If you need a starting point)

Here you go!  Have FUN!





ENJOY!








Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nibits for Newbies 2.7.16 ...Valentine BAGS

If it's Sunday
It must be time for....
NIBITS  for NEWBIES!

This week's theme...

  VALENTINE  CARDS

It's that time of year...

Kindness cards, Friendship Celebrations, Valentine Parties
Whatever YOUR site chooses to call it.

IT'S  HERE!

The time of year when we color,cut & glue
to show our FRIENDS  that WE LOVE THEM!

Pinterest has LOTS ( I mean LOTS )
of Valentine IDEAS!
These are a few from one of my collaborative pinterest boards..
Click on link to follow..



( Click on this pic for a FREEBIE on my blog)





WE LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY!

But WHAT TO DO WITH ALL OF THOSE VALENTINE CARDS???

How to MANAGE them ALL?

2 days before our "Friendship Celebration"..

*we are NOT allowed to call it a VALENTINE celebration
(seperation of CHURCH/STATE thing..)

we make our BAGS!
Now I have done LOTS & LOTS & LOTS of different types of  card holders...
(Again...THANK YOU PINTEREST!)





But I think the MOST important thing to remember is...
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THEM?
If you have 25 students...these take up a LOT of space!
So the choice is yours!
Just remember...
ALWAYS...ALWAYS...make 1 extra!
(That student who was absent on CRAFTY day...will want a bag on PARTY day!)

ALSO....
Have your kiddos write THEIR NAME ONLY on the cards.
One in each bag...PLOP..PLOP...PLOP!
NO need to MATCH their friend's name to the bag.
One for EVERYONE!

When we open our bags...we say THANK YOU to each person who gave us a card!
MANNERS COUNT!

So good luck.
Check your CRAFTING SUPPLIES.
Find our where you want them be..they will be there for two whole days.

AND enjoy!

Don't forget to make one for yourself!
I am sure your kiddos will have "TREATS" for you too!

Happy Friendship DAY!  :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

CURRENTLY 2.1.16

It is THAT time of the MONTH!
(No...not that time!)

It's time for 
CURRENTLY

I am linking up with FARLEY from

http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2016/02/currently-february-2016.html


Kindness COUNTS! ( Freebie from MY HEART! ) iTeachFirst LINKY

It's that time of year.
Hearts, Flowers, Friendship...
Ahhhh
I have the most wonderful hubby..who reminds me ALL YEAR LONG
about caring & kindness..
and...
I LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY!

(Thank YOU Pinterest!) :)

Valentine's for classroom kiddos...

Cookies for Hubby!


Flowers (for ME!)


Cookies for KIDS & Grandkids!

I LOVE IT ALL!

But mostly...

I LOVE the classroom KINDNESS
that occurs this time of the year!

We make KINDNESS cards 
ALL YEAR LONG!

( I have one boy who writes me SECRET 
kindness cards EVERY FRIDAY!)
He puts them in my FINISHED TUB.
He thinks I DON'T know who it is!
What a cutie!

So I do a LOT...I MEAN A LOT..of talking about
KINDNESS!

In class...out of class...to your friends...to your parents...to each other!

And so...we do KINDNESS!
Because...

KINDNESS COUNTS!


And because it is 
THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR...

I have a KINDNESS FREEBIE for YOU!
( Click on the picture )


These postcards are for your kiddos to write to 
YOU, MOM & DAD, GMA & GPA, to each other!

The purpose is to express friendship & happiness ALL YEAR LONG!
What a great idea! :)



And so 
I wish YOU 
Happiness, friendship, & HUGS
ALL YEAR LONG!

My Firstie Friends at 
iTeachFirst are having a LINKY!
CHECK OUT  all the FEBRUARY GOODIES!




Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nibits for Newbies 1.31.16 DO YOU SCOOT????

If it's Sunday...
It must be time for...
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!!

This week's theme...

DO YOU SCOOT???

HUH?

Do....  YOU...  SCOOT?????
Ok..
Have you ever PLAYED SCOOT???

Here is a game to get 100% of YOUR students ENGAGED!
My Kiddos LOVE  SCOOT  games..

Here are the basics:

Materials needed:

Game cards, task cards, pictures, flash cards, or multiple pages for review.

AND

A student page for responses.
Each student needs their OWN page.

Can be a pre-printed one, or blank.

The main idea is:

 The teacher places different "tasks" on student desks.

The student's walk around the room and respond to  the task on their papers.

Some teacher use a timer ( 1 minute per "station") or FREE FOR ALL!

MY KIDDOS LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Here are some examples...


We used this packet to play.


The CLOCK cards are the packet. 
NO laminating needed!
I just place them in clear report sleeves...or Zip Lock bags when I need more!


Each card has a DIFFERENT  LETTER in the Top LEFT corner..
see the "V"????


Students walk around the classroom ( this time with a partner )
to find the cards.


We just used a blank page, folded it into 12 squares, and gave each one a LETTER.
I told them NOT to put their squares in ABC order.
WHY?  That way ALL kids are not at the same card at the same time!
Mix it up!

They found the 12 cards matching THEIR CHOSEN LETTERS!
We are working on time to the hour & half hour.

THEY LOVED THIS!
LOTS of discussion, helping each other, and giggles!

Check out PINTEREST...LOTS OF SCOOT GAMES!





I know you will enjoy!
Have fun!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Nibits for Newbies 1.24.16

If it's SUNDAY
It's time for
NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!


This Week's Theme...

Teaching TIME!

Yes...the dreaded

CLOCK!


Common core standards for Grade 1:

Tell and write time.
Tell and write time in hours and half-hours
 using analog and digital clocks.

Pretty easy? Right?
NOT!
Time to the hour...they usually get ( after some practice )
BUT...
Half - HOUR?  UGH!!!
I HATE THAT HOUR HAND!
They struggle with the hour hand BETWEEN two numbers.
( DO I GO FORWARD?  BACKWARD?  GUESS?? )
And so...
We make clocks!
LOTS OF CLOCKS!
AND 
we practice....EVERY DAY!
Pinterest has MULTITUDES of ideas to help!
ME?
Here are a few of my own...

Hand done..by kiddos

from my
 Year LONG Math  Packet



And HERE is a FREEBIE for YOU
CLOCKS!
Kiddos MATCH the Analog & Digital Clocks!
ENJOY!