Monday, December 26, 2011

HFW Snowflake Color


HFW
Snowflake
Crystals


Here's a game I think the kids will enjoy to review the 
High Frequency Words from Reading Street Units 2-6 and 3-1.  
Print and cut apart the snowflake pages for each student in the group.  
Each child should have ½ a sheet of paper with a snowflake.  
Print the High Frequency Words on cardstock, laminate, cut out, and store in an Altoid tin or baggie.  You may wish to have more than one card of each word.




Each student needs a crayon.  
Shuffle the cards and place face down.  
Reader(teacher) takes the top card, reads the HFW on the card and uses the word in a sentence without the other players being able to see the word.  
Players search their snowflakes for the word, point to the word on their paper as they call out “Crystal”.  They must be able to read the word they are pointing at before they can claim the snowflake crystal with this printed word.  
If they are correct, they may color the snowflake space on their page.  
Play continues with Reader calling out words and players calling out “Crystal” to color in their spaces.  Winner is the person with the most snowflake crystals colored at the end of the time period. 




Download the game HERE.

Let me know what you think...any suggestions for changing it up?

Enjoy,
Heidi


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to You and Yours!


Merry Christmas....may you have a beautiful and wonderful day with your family and friends!

Enjoy the Season 
and remember the Reason :)

Heidi

Thursday, December 22, 2011

There's a New Blogger in Town



There's a new blogger in blog world and let me just say that she's fabulous!
She's holding a give away for a 15 dollar Amazon card right now.
Hop on over and check out her "digs"....you'll be glad you did!

Enjoy,
Heidi

Sunday, December 18, 2011

From My Family to Yours...



As we begin this Christmas Break time, I just wanted to say thanks for hopping by and reading!  I hope you've gotten some useful ideas to use with your kids.  It's time to renew and relax as we prepare for the second half of the school year.  Please be sure to hop back by for some new movies and ideas to use with Jan Brett books in January!
Have a blessed holiday season!
Heidi

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crispin the Pig Who Had it ALL!

Check out this great book for the holidays and getting down to what it's really all about!
You can buy it online at amazon.com

I used the unknown binding tab and got a beautifully used book that's a paperback with hardly any noticeable wear...there's about 8 copies on the unknown binding section today :)



After we read and discuss the story, we'll complete this worksheet to help us record our findings!


The thought is to have the kids use scrap paper to create the outside of the box so that it's very decorative.  The draw the best present of all inside...hopefully that will be friends, family, etc...




Enjoy,
Heidi


You can also view it on the youtube link HERE...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett


My firsties are really enjoying the book movies....especially the Christmas ones!  My son and I were at a book fair for the school this past week and one of the kids yelled out..."hey...you're the guy that wrote that gingerbread baby story!"...we'll have to work on making sure they know who the author of the stories are and who the reader of the stories are :)
This one is set to the Scholastic Book cd...no words...sorry.  You'll have to get the book for those :)


Enjoy,
Heidi

Here's the link to the Youtube video.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Arbol de Navidad Loteria


We'll be spending some time this week practicing our math facts by playing Loteria....Christmas style.
I found a game on another web site, wish I could remember where, but lost the game from the site.  So I decided to switch it up and add some cards to the original idea.  Since we've been studying some of the Christmas traditions from around the world, and my kids are in love with the Spanish language, I decided to teach them the Spanish version of bingo....loteria....should be a lot of fun!


Since we've been working with doubles and doubles plus one, I made the cards to go with these skills.  You could mix it up and make the cards to go with whatever skill you're working on at this time!


I've created enough cards for 19-20 different number combinations.  You could use mini marshmallows for markers, M&Ms, or Skittles...yum!

Download the file HERE!

Enjoy,
Heidi

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Here's the latest movie for the holiday spirit!....it's my favorite gingerbread story of all...
"Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett.

If you haven't been to Jan's website, hop over now and watch as she shows the kids how she draws the gingerbread baby for her story.

I had the kids watch last year and then they created stories about how they would capture the gingerbread baby if it got out of their houses.  We took pictures of their gingerbread babies that they drew with the Jan Brett video and then read the stories to make a movie of our stories!  They loved it and I thought it came out great! I was sad when I had to take it off the website to add more space for other things :(  But I still have the movie they made in my iTunes account so the kids can enjoy watching and listening on our iPad.

If you can't get youtube at your school, you can zamzar the file at home and then watch it using quicktime at school.  Unfortunately, the file is too big to be able to put it on 4shared.com or send through an email.

You can click the movie below or go to this LINK to view the movie on YouTube.


As you might be able to tell...it took the reader a page or two to get into the whole project...but he does so well and is so good about helping me!  Had to include a pic or two or him just for fun!

Hope you enjoy,

Heidi

Monday, November 28, 2011

Blogversary!


Happy Blogversary to "The Swamp"!
One year ago today, right about this time, I decided it would be a good idea to start blogging 
about my teaching experiences and life in general in TN :)
I hope you've found some useful things over the past year!
I've enjoyed sharing with you and look forward to another year of fun and creativity :)

Thought I'd share one of my favorite comic strips...Tundra!
We met the artist and author while trekking through Alaska and have been fans ever since.
I was given permission to post one of my very favorite comics from Chad Carpenter above.

Since it decided to snow tonight...yep, that's right...SNOW on November 28, 2011!
I thought this would be an appropriate comic strip to share
and say ...
"Happy Blogversary Swampers"
Enjoy,
Heidi





Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Legend of the Poinsettia


I LOVE Christmas time and especially talking about traditions and legends from other countries with my firsties!  Tomie dePaola has a wonderful story about the poinsettia that we listen to in class as I do a directed draw of a poinsettia with the kids.  I took the scholastic version and turned it into a youtube movie to enjoy this year.  Hope it goes well....You should be able to zamzar the video and download it to your computer.
I've also uploaded it to my 4shared.com account so you can download it from there too :)

Feliz Navidad!
Heidi


Friday, November 25, 2011

Scoot Task Cards for Number Sentences

Scoot

Task Cards for
 Number Sentences


I found this game described on First Grade and Fabulous
You’ll need questions on cards to put on each child’s desk.  You can download some “task cards” from Mrs. Davis’ site by clicking on “task cards” in the label section of her blog.  She has some resources for both Math and Reading. 
The number of response boxes on your record sheet depends on the number of kids you have. If you have 20 students, you’ll need to create a record sheet with 20 boxes.  Each student needs a copy of the record sheet to play the game.
Place a numbered task or question card on each student’s desk.  Students will move from desk to desk reading and recording the answer to the task question on their record sheet. If they are at number 1 desk, they answer in the number 1 box on the record sheet. When you say SCOOT, they move to the next desk.  Mrs. Davis recommends practice moving from desk to desk so that students understand how and where to write their answers on the record sheet to correspond with the number of task card on the desk they are at each time.
Once students return to the desk they started the game at, you can go over the answers with the class. Mrs. Davis suggests checking their work starting with the student with the number 1 card. As they read it aloud and give their answer, you can collect the task cards. This suggestion from Mrs. Davis makes for a quick clean up.



I can't wait to try this game with the kids!




Enjoy,
Heidi

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Blogging Awards! I'm Honored!


Thanks to Jennifer at Rowdy in First Grade and Lori at Bee the Change for awarding "The Swamp" with the Versatile Blogger Award.  It's always nice to know your efforts are appreciated.  If you haven't had the chance to hop over to these cool blogs, now's a great opportunity!
For receiving the award, I would like to
1) Thank the people giving me the award and link back to them in the post....(If you click on their blog names....you'll get to their fine areas of expertise :)
2)  Share 7 things about myself:
        1...I'm an internet junky!
        2...I LOVE anything to do with frogs!
        3...I enjoy being a blogger and sharing ideas with others!
        4....I like to travel....especially to the beach!  Hint, Hint...(for the hubby).
        5...I read "Girlfriends in God" devotionals to start each day.
        6...I LOVE my iPad and the new iPhone 4s :)....and I'm watching the "I'm Watch" carefully to see how it does!
        7....I think Gibbs is "da bomb" and often blog while watching reruns of NCIS!

3) Pass this award along to 15 other blogs...
Wow!  Only 15....hmmm...
Can't do it....check my blog garden at the bottom of this post....each and every one deserves the Versatile Blogger award!  Click on their name to link to their wonderful site.  I have everyone of them in my google reader and LOVE....LOVE....LOVE to see what they're up to daily!



Deceptively Education began an award called the "I Heart Your Blog".  You can read about the award at her wonderful site by clicking HERE.  Thanks to this wonderful site and Mrs. Au at Second Grade Rocks for awarding "The Swamp" with this cool award!

Again...to only name 10 top blogs would be really hard for me and not very honest...since I truly do visit all my garden blogs through the use of google reader each day!  Be sure to visit the garden below and check them out!

Thanks to everyone who works so hard to share so much!  You're ideas and thoughtfulness help make me a better teacher and person!

 Have a blesssed Thanksgiving Day!


Enjoy,
Heidi

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Grinch Wants to Sum It Up!

Not my idea or creation, but a friend and team mate sure is creative and likes to share!

I like the idea of them rolling two die and writing out the addition sentence above the sum...boy do we need some work with sums!

I may switch it up and have them use a deck of cards...with just the Queens (for zero) to the sixes and add the two cards together...my kiddos aren't always the best with dice and cards seem so much more quiet :)  We'll see how it goes!


Enjoy,
Heidi

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gingerbread Baby Exchange Booklet

Getting ready to create our Gingerbread Friends to send to our exchange class this December.
We're going to read Jan Brett's "Gingerbread Baby" and discuss what would happen if we created gingerbread friends and they "ran away" to another state to teach a class of first graders about our state...

I thought the easiest way to create a gingerbread friend and include information about our state would be to make a booklet with our friends holding the information....or "carrying the information booklet" to the other class :)

Here's the pages for the booklet the friend will be holding...








Of course we'll start it all off with some Gingerbread Baby Graphing....just like last year :)

If you're from the state of Tennessee and would like to use the pages of this booklet to create your own state books....you can download the pages HERE.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skyping a lesson with Mamaw!


YEAH!!!  We successfully skyped a lesson with my mom today!  It was a blast!  She talked them through how to put together the turkey she had created for them.  Then they told her what they were thankful for so that they could begin the writing portion of the project!


It took a minute for the kids to realize that they had to be in front of the camera for Mamaw to see them.


They were totally enthralled with the whole process and were so intent on doing the things she said!
Here's some of their end products!



Create your own turkeys using the patterns HERE

Can't wait to skype with mom again as she helps them put together an elf project for December!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chalkboard and File Folder Stories

File Folder Story...ahhh...the good ol' days!

I LOVE Dr. Jean's blog!  Today she's sharing about her file folder story:  "Timmy Turkey".
I followed her directions and finished this cutie pie in under 30 minutes!  I'll laminate at school and add the construction paper, but how cute is this!  Need a copy of the turkey body?  Click here for a VERY OLD file of a turkey body!  I'd love to tell you where I got it from, but it's THAT old that I don't even have the company on it...looks like it could be from an old Thanksgiving book that I used to use for holiday crafts, but I've since torn them apart and put into files.  Sorry!

Dr. Jean even gives you the story to glue on the back...
Just copy and paste into a word document and voila!
Story ready for Thanksgiving!


Speaking of OLD files...I finally found the draw and tell story I was looking for...only it wasn't called a draw and tell back in the day...we called them "Chalkboard Stories"...probably because we actually used a chalkboard to draw the story as we told them!  No chart paper or white boards for me :)

This one is called "The Wild Ducks and The Goose" by Carl Withers.  I remember copying it down for an assignment in....1986...for my Language Arts college course.  Our job was to locate and share story telling ideas to use in the classroom.  I have an entire 3 ring binder of stories (hand copied)!  I remember being graded on organization as well as....handwriting skill!  Wonder if they still do that today?
I haven't used it in a couple (well okay... a LOT) of years and would probably change up the wording in some spots...but it's fun to do with the kids!  I think this year, I'll tell the story and draw once....then have the kids listen and draw with me the second time. 
You can download my "beautifully hand copied" version of the story HERE.






Don't forget to stop over at Dr. Jean's wonderful blog!
Heidi

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Turkey Anyone?

Mamaw (my mom) put together this adorable turkey for my kids to create during those two days before the Thanksgiving Break!  The plan is to have a Skype session with Mamaw and the kids so she can show them how to put things together!  They hear a lot about her, but have never gotten to talk with her. I think it will be great....now to see if it will work!

If you'd like the patterns for the turkey...you can download them HERE.  or HERE.


I thought we'd also try the Draw and Tell story of the Turkey Lake.
You can view a librarian telling the story so that you can see how to tell the story and draw as you tell.
Sometimes I have the kids draw it too...other times, I just have them listen to the story and see if they can figure out what I'm drawing!


I used to have a story about the Wild Turkeys, but I like this one much better!

When we're done with the turkey craft....the plan is to have them write about their turkeys.  I think it would be cute to laminate the turkeys they create and add a magnet to the back so that they can put it on their fridge at home!

Have a great day!
Heidi

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veterans Day Power Point

To help my firsties understand Veterans Day a little more, I created a power point of this holiday.
Here's a preview of some of the slides in the power point...








I thought it would be a good idea to add some writing to go with the power point, so there's a tree map for creating sentences to describe what the kids took away from the power point.


I don't know about you, but I LOVE using the tree map organizers to help my kiddos create their own sentences and stories.  If you haven't checked the info on the soldier craft project from Deanna Jump's unit, google it!  They're terrific!


Thanks to all those who serve our country....
both the families who sacrifice the time away from their loved ones and the soldiers that keep us safe!
God Bless!
Heidi

Here's a link to the PowerPoint...I hope it works :)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zDlDtKsAcQ09R8DsbIg1z2huajaytO9U/view?usp=sharing