Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A little St. Patrick's Day Fun

We did a bunch of fun St. Patrick's Day themed activities, but I wanted to share with you a few of my FAVORITES. :)
First I asked my littles what they already knew about St. Patrick's Day. We then read this wonderful book by Brenda Haugen that gave some great background information about the holiday. You can click the picture above to purchase.
We then used a TON of activities from Cara Caroll at the The First Grade Parade. One of my favorites was her word family sort.
I noticed my kiddos were having trouble distinguishing between the different word family sounds, so this was the perfect activity! It also came with a wonderful pocket chart sort. I loveee everything in her little March packet!
We also did a little sight word practice...
This fun activity comes from my little St. Patrick's Day Packet. The kiddos have to write down the sight words they find around the room and sort them by how many letters are in the word. I also added a differentiated option where the kiddos can just write down the sight words they find if they are not ready to sort by letters. :) You can purchase that packet by clicking on the picture above. absolute FAVORITE activity we did was a writing activity (which I found on Pinterest, of course!). After reading some books about luck, we made a little text-to-self connection by thinking of times that WE felt lucky. It was so cute to see what some of my kiddos wrote!!
"I felt lucky when I got a bird"

"When I went to Chuck-e-cheese"

"I felt lucky when I lost a tooth."
How precious are they??? I just love them all.
I hope you are lucky & on spring break! If so..enjoy it!!!! :)
-Mrs. Briggs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Paddy's Day & March Linky Party!

Just dropping in for two quick reasons.
1. To brag about the insanely gorgeous 80 degree day we had here in Oklahoma.
These are my dog children whom I adore. Big brother Cooper is on the left with little sister Maisie on the right. They ruin my life on the regular, but oh how I adore them! :)
The second reason I stopped in is because I linked with A Chocolate Dudley in order to share some pretty awesome St. Patrick's Day/March materials. You should pop on over and check them out!
What is everyone doing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I'd love to hear all of your ideas!!
-Mrs. Briggs

Sunday, March 9, 2014

PowerPoint Gaming Giveaway!

Just dropping in the let everyone know that I am participating in PowerPoint Gaming's giveaway to celebrate her having 300 followers on Facebook! SO exciting! Anyways, there are TONS of wonderful products and she will be selecting THREE, count 'em THREE winners. So head on over to her blog to enter by clicking on the link below! Good luck!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Word Family Headbands

Sorry that I haven't blogged in a while! Things have been crazy at my school... we are getting ready for student-led conferences tomorrow (I'll make sure to post about how that goes-it's usually GREAT!) and Friday which means it is report card testing time! This, in turn, leaves me very forgetful when it comes to taking cute pictures of the kiddos working hard in the classroom! I am usually in the back corner with a bunch of data books asking the kids to count to 100 by 1s and 10s... ANYWAYS! We have been out of school for 2 days due to snow and I was ready to do something fun!
Even though the data books of which I speak are not my favorite thing in the world...they do cause me to notice certain trends in what my kiddos know and don't know. One of the things I realized was that more than a couple of my students were really struggling with rhyming words. This really surprised me because I feel like we have done a thousand rhyming activities..but I thought it definitely couldn't hurt to go back and do some more. SO I stared thinking of something fun I could do to practice word families and BOOM! Word. Family. Headbands! My kiddos love ANYTHING involving headbands, puppets, bracelets....just anything made out of paper I guess..anyways..I keep getting to the point!
These headbands have the word family on them, some words that end in the word family, and then the kids are responsible for sounding out 4 of the CVC words that end in that word family. They colored the headband and cut them out. I made them into headbands using sentence strips. You could also use strips of construction paper or whatever you have lying around! I told my littles that their homework was to wear the headband home and teach their mom, dad, grandma, grandpa - whoever was at home - all about the word family we covered today!
Here are some photos:

You can purchase these here by clicking the image below!
Word Family Headbands
I hope your kiddos have as much fun with these as mine did!
HAPPY HUMP DAY! :) where's my taco bueno??? ;-)
-Mrs. Briggs