Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Whole Bunch of Classroom Pictures

I've been awful lazy here lately and haven't taken pictures of our classroom happenings, so be warned: there's a lot of pictures coming up! :)


We've been learning about the suffixes -ly and -ful this week. I made these cards for reference


When I saw Cara's "Poet-tree", I knew I had to recreate it. It is the perfect way to introduce poetry, which I'm doing this week. I'm also using the fabulous Poetry packet from Amanda @ One Extra Degree. If you're planning on teaching poetry, you seriously need to check out her unit. Fab-u-lous!

Daily Objectives

Last year, I did my daily objectives using this chart and started off every lesson by going over this chart. That way, the kids knew exactly what we were going to do and we were able to check off each item at the end of the lesson. They had to show me "evidence" that we did that topic. For example, for "comprehension skill", we completed a graphic organizer and for "words to know" we did our sight word cheer. Just little things like that that refreshed their memory at the end of the lesson and bought it all back home. I don't know why I stopped doing this because it worked really well and helped me stay on task and organized. I started doing it again this week and *love it*.
(ignore my little girl with entirely too big a head)


I've been struggling with finding good vocabulary activities for my kids. They haven't been too excited about our new vocabulary center until I put this activity in it this week. Who knew putting a colored sentence strip on a piece of paper would bring such excitement :) If you want the sheet that goes along with this, let me know and I'll post! 

This is the chart they used at the center to find the definitions.

Earth Day 

We started talking about Earth Day today. Here's a couple of our crafts we did.

I found these little cuties on Pinterest. Aren't they cute??

Cause and Effect Activity

We did this for our comprehension skill this week. The read aloud was called "The Cat Chase". We identified the cause and effect in the story and illustrated below. I am using this graphic organizer in our comprehension center with the leveled reader next week since they know what to do now.  If you want a copy, let me know and I'll post! :)

If you've kept reading this loooonnnng post, sorry for the picture overload :) I'll do better about taking pictures and posting regularly next week!

Update: The cause and effect graphic organizer and vocabulary sheet freebies are uploaded and can be found at my TpT store. :)


  1. Loved looking at all the pics!
    Especially love the Earth Day projects!

  2. That is so cute. I would love a copy of your stuff :) I love your blog!

  3. Wow! What beautiful classroom displays! Your students are lucky to have such a creative teacher!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  4. I LOVE both your Earth Day crafts, they are soooo adorable. Do you have a pattern you could share for either one? I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much,

  5. Many cute ideas girl! Love it all!

  6. Love all the pics!! Thanks for sharing :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  7. I love the pics. Thanks for some great ideas!

    Quench Your First

  8. You are soooo creative! I may have to steal the vocab center idea, and I really like the cause and effect page. Could you please post a copy? Thanks so much!
    Farming the First Grade Crop

  9. Umm... don't apologize for posting pictures... I LOVE seeeing your stuff in action! Such cute and creative ideas! I was wondering if you have that cause and effect paper for download??? I love it!

    Under the Alphabet Tree

  10. Oh my goodness, what an awesome post! I was pinning for Pinterest like crazy! Thank you! I would love the printables that go with these activities!

  11. Completing the daily objectives are my goal for next year!

    The Daily Alphabet

  12. Hi! Just found you and I'm your newest follower. Great ideas! How much time do you have to teach Reading Street? How do you fit it all in? Please, Could you explain?

  13. Love the owls!! You have some wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing.

    Miss J
    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

  14. Lots of fun and engaging activities!

  15. I would love you to upload the cause and effect paper. I love it!

  16. Very fun picture walk through your classroom events! I have been wanting to do some sort of owl art creativity. Your hooting owls are adorable! Great vocabulary wall looks very sharp.


    Sprinkle Teaching Magic

  17. I love the cause and effect activity. Can you please share?



  18. I love the cause and effect activity. You have great ideas. Can you please share?



  19. What great ideas! Please post vocabulary paper.

  20. I would love to have the vocabulary sheet as well as the cause and effect sheet. We are doing "Henry and Mudge" on Monday.

  21. I would love the paper thanks for the pics!!

  22. I would love to have both comprehension/response sheets. We started Henry and Mudge this week. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and resources. Brianne

  23. I love your vocabulary board! We just read Henry and Mudge a couple of weeks ago. What a great idea!


  24. I can't ignore your little girl with a great big head. She is too adorable! I love reading your post and seeing your great ideas in pictures!