Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mmmm...Hot Chocolate!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 and welcome back to the crazy!! Boy, was it hard getting back into the swing of things after a much-needed holiday, but this week's theme made it just a little easier; Oh, the power of hot chocolate! I figured this week would be a little chaotic for me AND the kids so I chose a laid back theme that could ease us into regular routine...

We started off our literacy block each day by reading this "Snowman Soup" poem I partly stole/partly made up. We read it a couple times first and then sang it to the tune of "Let it Snow."
This poem was also incorporated into my Investigation Station where the kids could put hot chocolaty words in ABC order on the pocket chart and/or they could feel baggies of marshmallows and hot chocolate mix while writing step-by-step instructions of how to make hot chocolate.

My Word Work centre for the week featured two hands-on activities. 
1) putting hot chocolaty word cards in ABC order then recording the words on a worksheet/matching them with a picture 
2) arranging and rearranging the letter in "hot chocolate" to make and record as many words as they could:
(The above activity is from my mini Hot Chocolate Literacy & Math pack)
*2016: THIS PACK HAS BEEN UPDATED!* (the images on this page do not reflect the updates)

Although not hot chocolate-themed, I will throw in the worksheet I made for my writing centre. Rather than spending a lot of class time having students verbally share all of their holiday stories with me, I gave them the opportunity to write about everything in this centre. In the spirit of New Years, I called it My Christmas Break Countdown...3, 2, 1, Happy New Year!!!
(Click either pic above to download your FREE copy!)

Our focus in writing is still descriptive writing so this week I introduced "5 Senses Frankie" (who was inspired by Cara over at The First Grade Parade) to my kiddies:
We talked all about how our 5 senses help to add details and interest to our writing. With my kiddies help, this is what Frankie now looks like all labelled-up and hanging in our room for reference:

Later in the week we also completed a fun little Mr. Potato Head creativity to reinforce the concept of 5 senses and, more importantly, using those 5 senses in our writing:
(I had to take a picture of my example because most of my kiddies still haven't completed poor Mr. Potato Head. I promise to take a picture to share when they are up on the wall next week!)

TIP OF THE DAY! For just about every craftivity I do with my kiddies, I make myself a template out of thin cardboard (from cereal boxes, etc.) and label them. I keep all of my cardboard templates in various labelled folders in a banker's box so I never have to reinvent a template/go on a wild goose chase to find them. Here's what my Mr. Potato Head templates looked like (I hadn't finished cutting out the smaller pieces yet):

Anyways! To continue our hot chocolate theme into math (last week of our graphing unit!), we got to survey the class and graph the results on the SMARTboard. 
"Do you like marshmallows in your hot chocolate?"
(Click the pic or HERE to download my FREE SMARTboard graphing file. The file contains a total of 6 graphing activities to use throughout a graphing unit)

Then the kiddies transferred the data to their own worksheet for extra practice and answered questions about the graph...all while drinking delicious hot chocolate! Mmmm!
We did a couple other hot chocolate-themed activities throughout the week, all of which can be found in my Hot Chocolate Package on TpT!

In Science, we are learning about Energy. We now know all about Living Things so we began an experiment to see how plants would react if they did not get any sun, since the sun is the most important source of energy. We put one plant in a closet and one by the window. Both will be watered and we will monitor each plant's progress over three weeks in our Plant Books. But first we had to brainstorm what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy...
("Frlizer" = fertilizer! ...I have such smartypants in my class!)

We also did an experiment to figure out how we could made a ball move using just a paper fan. We followed the energy chain and, surprise surprise, as always the energy chain always comes back to our most important source of energy: the sun!
(Energy Chain: ball-->wind-->fan-->muscle-->person-->animals-->plants-->sun)

Well that's it for now! I'm off to stare out the window at the crazy weather we're having/sulk at the thought of having to shovel several feet of blowing snow banks...
Happy Weekend, everyone!!! :)

4 comments:

  1. I just found your blog and I'm so glad I did! I just recently graduated college so I will soon (hopefully sooner rather than later) be a first year teacher as well! AND you also teach my favorite grade! So glad I found your blog. Take care!

    Recess and Beyond

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  2. Hi,
    Love your Mr. Potato Head activity! So cute, I can't wait to see your student's creations. :)
    I am new to blogs and blogging but I just LOVE the amazing sharing community of teachers! I learn something new everytime I log on to my computer!
    Congrats on your dream job, BTW!

    Thanks for sharing your cute ideas!

    Laura
    http://firstgradespies.blogspot.com/

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  3. @Natalie

    Hi Natalie! Thanks for your comment :) I started reading teaching blogs in my final year and they just got me so excited to start teaching...I swear those blogs make me a better teacher!

    Good luck landing your dream position!
    -Sam
    {P.S. your blog design is totally adorable!!!}

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  4. @Laura Ado
    Hi Laura!
    Thanks for your comment :) I LOVE that teachers are starting to blog so frequently as well, we really are part of an amazing profession full of so many inspiring people.
    FYI: my kiddies' Mr. Potato Head creations are now up on my latest post!
    Thanks for stopping by, I'm exciting to add your awesome blog to my blog-stalking list :P
    - Sam

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