Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Keepin' it Simple Frogs

Now being over 6 months pregnant and trying to teach first grade, I find I am not able to do everything I once was able to do as a teacher. Sometimes I must embrace easier things that are less complicated. The kids still love them, so it's ok right?

We have been learning about Frogs these past few weeks (before that it was Penguins if I get a chance I will post about that later). I did a big life cycle chart stuffed full of facts and real pictures that I had printed off. I also whipped up a quick Frog pictorial. They love watching these pictorials come alive. I pencil them in, and as I talk to the group I use Mr. Sketch markers to bring it alive!
Check out the finish frog pictorial below:

I did let them make there own pictorials of frogs with just plain white paper when we were done. I wish I would have snapped a picture of a few. We have some really talented artists in this first grade class.  We also watched Bill Nye's Amphibians video. We have Safari Montage at our school, but if you don't have that you can also get it on YouTube just click here
I like my students to reflect after they watch a video like this. I really didn't feel like whipping up my own writing page so I grabbed one from the website kidzone. They have great simple worksheets for things like this. Just click here to get the worksheet the picture below.
The site also had a great frog labeling sheet for the frog parts. Just click here to get the worksheet the picture below.

Friday, March 20, 2015

If You Give a Pig a Pancake and a FREEBIE Activitiy ideas

This week we have been busy reading "If Your Give a Pig a Pancake" by. Laura Numeroff. It is a student favorite. We also read "If You Give a Moose a Muffin. We then created our own "If You Give a _____ a _____". We did one as a class, then as a group, finally as an individual. Our group/ class versions were done very simply on big paper folded into eighths. I even wrote in the sentence starters for them. I whipped it up real fast before my kids came in. Sometimes the best activities are those last minute ones that take very few copies. You can see below the class one then the group ones.  The top was done as a class. On the group one they got to add pictures.

Now for the freebie. I created the individual one on my computer. It is also split into eighths, and using the same sentence starters. The first couple are example the last one is an image of the paper. Just right click and save image then print! Enjoy!!!

Emily Barnes from Emily Education