Since I am starting to blog so late in the school year, I didn’t even think about taking pictures of activities and bulletin boards that I did throughout the year. So, I went through my files to take pictures of some things I have done in the past. These are all very random, and do not all fit into one unit, but I wanted to share anyways!
I can’t take credit for most of these activities. A lot of the activities I do come from collaborating with my colleagues or searching through countless teacher websites.
This is a contraction caterpillar. My students generated the contractions that they wanted to use and built their caterpillar to review what we had learned about contractions!This is a diagram of a tooth. One of my teacher friends saw this on a bulletin board at another school in our district. We adjusted it a little to fit our needs. I just run the pattern of the tooth on colored paper, and then the students build and label the parts of a tooth!
To teach main idea and detail, I adjusted this idea that I found in a magazine. I read the book, A Tree Named Steve (which is always a tear jerker for me! If you haven’t read it, you should definitely check it out!) The students had to write the main idea, 2 supporting details, and adjectives to describe Steve. This really helped teach that the details help to support the main idea!
At the beginning of first grade, we always did an apple unit. This diagram helped us learn about trees that produce fruit as well as parts of a plant!
I also can’t take complete credit for this cute activity. I found this in one of my first grade teacher’s files! What a cute way to model the life cycle of a butterfly using rice and macaroni!
For a creative writing lesson in the spring, my students made a chick’s nest and wrote about baby chicks hatching in the spring!
You can tell how bad my files need to be cleaned out just by looking at the torn corner of this page :(! Anyways, this is another creative writing assignment that we did in First Grade!
We also did a Dr. Seuss unit in First Grade. This is one of several activities that we made every year. I liked to add another layer of the lime green paper to give it a little more spunk!