Tuesday, November 11, 2014

50th Day of School

One of my favorite days of the school year is the 50th Day!

 I think I should have been born in the 50’s, well maybe it’s my love for the movie “Grease”.
This year we had a normal day of learning, but our afternoon was "rockin'!!
Our math Skill stations were all based around the number 50!
We did a plethora of 50’s theme activities from the following ladies:
(Click on their name to go to their product)
Here is a glimpse at a few activities:
Greater Than/ Less Than Records
All About the Number 50 Booklets
Records By 5's
Count, Tally, and Graph
 Doubles Facts

Rollin' Our Way to 50
We made these cuties from First Grade Fever

I made a jukebox for the kid’s to pose in front of for their 50th Day of School Photo. I sent home a note and stated the kid's could dress up for the 50th day! They were too precious for words!!


For a little movement activity we did
 Barbara Ann (Just love that the scene is a soda shop!!)
 along with the famous Hand Jive

Till next year….

Centers Galore and a whole lot more

The school year seems to be flying by… I can’t believe it is November already. Before you know it…It’ll be summer again and my feet will be loving “flip flop” season. Well, I have to admit, I am becoming a “boot” lover too!! Have you been to Marshall’s lately? Boots Galore and so much more. I get sucked into the boot display every time. Well, enough about shoes. I could have an entire blog devoted to them!!

My firsties are really doing amazing during our skill station rotations (a.k.a centers)!! I complete two different skill stations daily- one 30 minute session for literacy and another 30 minute rotation for math.  My kiddos work with their table partners for centers, but I call back my leveled groups during. (For example student A,B,C,and D may be working on Literacy Station A but only student C leaves first, then student A & D, then finally student B for leveled Reading group time). I know this sounds confusing, but it really does work.

At the beginning of my skill stations, I was only making one set of cards and quickly realized this was NOT going to work with the students coming and going into the center activity. I solved the problem rather quickly. I opted to print multiple pages at a time (4 pages per sheet). This allows me to make mini center cads. I print them onto 5 different colors of cardstock, cut, and put them into snack size baggies. (See Below)

 I store my centers in Ikea Trofast tubs!! I have to admit, I am obsessed with these systems. I just wish they made the black in a few more styles and options!

Here is a pic of my skill station set-up (Excuse the mountain dew- some days are rough with those firsties!)

I have just begun to make my Long Vowel Word Work Centers! I have A, I, O and U completed!! E will be up soon!

Click on the image below to check them out!



Last week, we worked on our Veteran’s Day Tribute. We learned all about Veteran’s Day and completed a fun craftivity. I posted an image on instagram and my email started blowing up. I promise to have a pattern posted soon as a freebie on my tpt store. This was a labor of love!! My kiddos adore painting so it was definitely worth the mess.

Step One: Sponge Painting

Step Two: Assembly

Step Three: Attach Writing

Step Four: Display for Veteran’s Day Tribute

My mom even loved these cuties and used them for her Woman’s Club Placemats. Thanks Mom!!

I hoped the ladies loved them!!

Always, Melissa

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