Teaching

Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

I have been experimenting with a new approach to my reading instruction and journals for the past couple of months. Our reading curriculum, while being great for introducing fun, simple fiction stories to my first graders, is seriously lacking in its use of nonfiction. I have realized in my three short years as a teacher…… Continue reading Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

Teaching

Zearn Math

I have recently discovered a new math program that I’ve been using daily in my classroom. I actually changed up my math instruction entirely to accommodate using the program during math. Instead of using whole-group math instruction, I am doing twenty-minute centers every day. One center is Zearn math on our Chromebooks, one is small-group…… Continue reading Zearn Math

Teaching

When I Am 100 Years Old…

Our 100th day of school was a couple of weeks ago, and I had seen the cutest writing activity from a college friend and amazing educator, Alison Daugs, to celebrate. She let me in on how she made it happen, and I jumped on the opportunity to use it with my own students as the day…… Continue reading When I Am 100 Years Old…

Art · Teaching

3D Paper Snowman Ornament

I love the Christmas season as a teacher! It is so fun to incorporate Christmas art into our routines and have the kids make gifts for their parents. I wanted to have my students make some sort of ornaments to put on their trees at home, and I found the perfect solution on Red Ted…… Continue reading 3D Paper Snowman Ornament

Art · Teaching

Native American Buffalo Hide Art Project

With only two days of school this week because of Thanksgiving break, my regular lesson plans with our curriculum were not an option. I planned on filling language arts time with writing lessons and reading groups, but as the day went on, I realized that my students needed a fun activity to break up the…… Continue reading Native American Buffalo Hide Art Project

Teaching

Make at Home Beginning Readers

I can’t believe that it’s already November! This school year is going by so quickly. First grade has kept me quite busy, especially since it’s my first year in first! I’ve had a steep learning curve and have really had to take a step back and figure out that what works for third graders doesn’t…… Continue reading Make at Home Beginning Readers

Art · Crafts · Uncategorized

Yarn Pumpkins with Balloons

Fall break has only just begun, and I am going seriously stir-crazy already! We had plans to work on our pavers, as the weather would finally be nice enough, and then the wind decided to blow twenty miles per hour. It’s so sunny and warm, but the wind is awful! Sooo basically, our plans are…… Continue reading Yarn Pumpkins with Balloons

Art · Teaching

Construction Paper Fall Trees

This cold weather had me thinking that my class should do an art project having to do with fall and the soon-to-be changing leaves. I didn’t want to do something too complicated, as it would be our first art project of the school year. I searched Pinterest for ideas, and obviously found tons that I…… Continue reading Construction Paper Fall Trees