Friday, February 20, 2015

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to wrap up this week!

What does it take to be a good leader? We answered this question as we read about two of our great presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Leaders are caring, brave, honest, readers, and problem solvers. You should have seen the looks on their faces when I said THEY could be president one day!!
We made patriotic star patterns on George's three cornered hat.

I forgot to take a pic, but Lincoln's hat can flip up to reveal a "special note" saying: "Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president". He used to carry mail and important papers in his hat to keep them safe since his desk was always unorganized........I think I may need a hat!

We finally have snow!!! It's been a mild winter. (NOT complaining!) But you gotta have snow when it's your theme! We talked about how we are like snowflakes - God made each of us unique!
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin is a must read! Wilson Bentley is enamored with snowflakes and is determined to share the beauty of their uniqueness with others - through photographs.
We then created our own one-of-a-kind snowflakes out of coffee filters.

Just like "Snowflake Bentley" used a microscope to magnify snowflakes.... we did a little magnifying of our own... CVC WORDS! Check out A Teachable Teacher's TpT store to grab a copy.

If you could only "feel" the paint on this picture. It's 3D snow paint! Mix shaving cream and Elmer's glue to create a foamy-feeling piece of art. My students had a blast creating their own version of "Olaf". When they dried, we measured them with cubes.

Do you ever review sight word flash cards and your class is..... picking their nose, lip syncing the words, or collecting random crumbs on the rug? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!?!) I primarily use hands-on activities and fun games to review sight words. But sometimes we just gotta fly through all of them to stay fluent!

I made a tiny adjustment to our sight word review.... and EVERYONE wanted to participate! Just add 2-3 pictures of a lion randomly in the flashcard pile. Every time you get to the lion, the class gets to let our their fiercest ROOOOAAAARRR!!! It was an amazing transformation! They wanted to say the sight words quickly! AND their eyes were on me since they didn't want to miss their chance at letting out their inner lion.

Sight Word ROAR!

I always look forward to conferences. I am so thankful for wonderful families who are committed to helping their child learn and grow. Time with them is so valuable!

There is always so much to cover at each conference. This Glow and Grow Report is helpful in summarizing the report card. We have one more day of conferences next week... so I will be finishing the rest this weekend.

Enjoy the weekend!