Saturday, October 20, 2012

Charlotte's Web

As I plan my year I really like to look for themes that transition nicely into each other so that I'm not totally changing up everything when I move to a new theme. This year I knew I wanted to have a farm theme because we take our annual field trip to the farm. I also knew I wanted to do a spiders theme because I just think they are cool! I also always have at least one sweet kiddo whose family doesn't celebrate Halloween, so I have to be careful about choosing October themes. :)

I had these on my calendar, but with some space in between. What could I use to link these themes? Charlotte's Web! What a smooth transition from farm to spiders. So we started reading the book as a class and I started looking for resources to go along with the book.

Surprisingly, there really aren't a lot of first grade resources for this book. I found some CUTE things on TPT, but they all covered topics we haven't gotten to yet! I stumbled across some SUPER fantastic clip art by Melonheadz and decided to make some stuff of my own. If you are interested, feel free to check it out at my TPT store!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Recently we had so much fun with a pirate theme! We were studying maps and continents, and what better guides to maps than our pirate friends? :)

Check out these adorable pirates we made using Deanna Jump's Pirates Math and Literacy Fun!

We also used her writing template paper, but changed the activity just a bit. We were learning about ed and ing and past and present tense, so we wrote journal entries as pirates telling what we did yesterday, what we are doing today, and what we will do tomorrow. We have just really introduced longer writing with introduction and conclusion sentences, so I was sure how it would go, but I thought they turned out great!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Down on the Farm!

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the school year! This Friday we go on our annual field trip to the local dairy farm. Sometimes field trips are more stress than fun, but I really enjoy this one. :)

To prepare for our trip, we're doing a farm theme in our classroom this week. I made this little center activity to reinforce our recent study of nouns and adjectives. It's FREE at my TPT store, so feel free to go pick up a copy. If you like it, be sure to leave a rating and follow my store!