Friday, October 14, 2011

A few classroom happenings

After having review week last week and having only a two day week this week due to Fall Break, we are going on two weeks of no reading story. Y'all have no idea how ready I'm (and my kids!) are ready to get back to a story. We need structure in first grade! These two days have given us the opportunity to get in some Halloween activities though and  I'll share those tomorrow! Here are a few things that we've been doing.

We created a character spotlight on the witch from Room on the Broom. Then at the reading center, the kids had to fill out the same graphic organizer on another book. We are loving Room on the Broom. To see the literary companion for this book, you can click here

We made a bubble map of the penny. This was inspired (aka totally copied) by the always fabulous Cara

This was a bubble map that we created during the last story of our reading series, Animal Park. I forgot to take a pic of it to share with all your Reading Street teachers out there so it's a little late!

This is a new center that I'm using. I found a pic on Pinterest of something similar and didn't pin it (hate when that happens!) Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies blogged about something similar and it may have even been her pic that I saw. You can buy these, but I just made my own using clip art. You just cut out the middle, laminate, and you're good to go! I was a little hesitate to just put these out with several word lists and not have the kids write anything, but they did great! Didn't have anybody playing with them. They used them correctly and they were a hit! 

Be sure and check back tomorrow for some really cute Frankensteins!! :) :)


  1. Too cute with the monsters! Are those words your kids weekly words? Do you put them in a folder for a workstation?

    -Ms. Thomas

    The First Grade Jungle

  2. Oh Leslie,
    Those little monsters are sooooo cute. I think I'll have to make a set for my class. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Love your ideas Leslie! I buy nearly all of your items. Any chance you could post and share your monster clip art?

  4. Hi Leslie

    I'm an EFL teacher in Taiwan. I just saw your post and really love this great idea!! Actually, me and my friends really enjoy reading your blog and appreciating your creative teaching ideas. I am wondering if it is welcome that I share this cute Frankensteins idea on my facebook page with a photo and a direct link to your blog with other EFL teachers?? It will certainly inspire most of them!