In January my kiddos and I usually complete a Mitten Unit...it is super fun and the kids really enjoy it. These are some of the books I plan on reading and some of the activities I plan on doing...
Jan Brett's website is a fabulous resource for any of her books. We will use a lot of the printables she has available on her site.
I usually print and laminate the Mitten Character Masks, then staple them to craft sticks. My Firsties use these masks to retell the story. Later they are placed at a center...so my students can practice retelling the story.
I also like to use the Put the Animals in the Mitten Activity for story sequencing. This activity will be placed at a pocket chart in a center...so that my kiddos can sequence the story. My students will also make and color their own activity to take home.
Marcia Goudie has created some awesome activities that she shares...here are just a few that I'm planning to use.
I love blogging! I love the ideas I get from creative teachers around blogosphere...even though I am really enjoying my time off from school...here are some ideas I can't wait to try with my Firsties...once we get back to school in January...(all in due time!) If you haven't checked out these teachers' blogs...do so quick...their ideas are absolutely fantastic....thank you ladies for sharing with us!
I am still recovering from all the activities we did the last week before Christmas break...my kiddos were super excited about everything and in a jolly, happy mood. We read Christmas at the Top of the World by Tim Coffey and enjoyed writing about Little Reindeer. We first brainstormed a word bank, that they could use when writing...
Then my firsties wrote about and created their own reindeer.
We also read one of my favorite books...How the Grinch Stole Christmas. We created a descriptive word poster about the Grinch. Then my littles set about writing how the Grinch's heart changed at the end of the story. They really loved this story...and the lesson they learned about Christmas.
This last picture is of the poem they were singing all. week. long....I'm a little happy we're on a break...and so glad I won't be hearing this chant until next December!
Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas break too!
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Here are some of my favorite Gingerbread Man Ideas floating around in blogland...I can't wait to try all of them in my classroom! I love the Gingerbread Man Unit...you can focus on reading skills, math skills, science skills, and even social studies...what more can we want?! All of these very important skills wrapped into one neat little package...talk about integrating the curriculum! And on top of everything...so much fun!
The First Grade Parade has some cute gingerbread men programmed with chunks that children need to sort onto their corresponding plate.
She also has a great Gingerbread Estimation activity that you can download and print to use in your own classroom.