Grateful. It is a word that means so much more than thankful. I believe it reflects a deeper feeling than just thankful. There are things for which we are thankful and then there are things for which we are grateful. I am so grateful for my faith, my family, and my friends. I am thankful for the good food we had on Thanksgiving. I am grateful for the opportunities to share my love for providing a hands on learning experience for my students. I'm thankful for the technology with which my creations can evolve. I am grateful for the time to be able to reflect on my teaching through this little blog. I am thankful for the few extra minutes I've had to relax this past week. Grateful...so much more!!
I am both grateful and thankful for these little glimpses into last week.
We spent a lot of time discovering the friendships made between the Pilgrims and the native Americans. We can make friends as well!
|Making butter! A fun science lesson on matter!!
|Before our Thanksgiving feast!
|Our 11th annual Thanksgiving feast!
Always love our "Think Outside the Box" activities! Nurturing that creative visual learner!
The Legend of the Five Kernels of Corn activity
|Practicing addition and subtraction strategies with "Feather Flash!"
Even our Mon"star" was ready for the celebration of friendship!
I am so grateful for these little learners!! They make teaching fun!!
Coming up?? We will be learning through literature next week using Rhonda Gowler Greene's "Santa's Stuck!" I have shared this little unit before, but I added a ton of hands on learning opportunities for your littles!! It now includes some adjective fun, some blend word work fun, some extra addition strategy fun and much more. Here are a couple of pics.
The unit is over 100 pages, so be patient with the download!
We will also be working hard on retelling. I have posted many time about retelling and how important it is in understanding the level of our little readers comprehension. I have simplified everything I have ever done as far as retelling goes. Yes, I still believe kids need a hands on connection to the idea of retelling. They also need to be able to retell both narrative and expository text. Take a peek at a new unit based on some of my earlier attempts. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow and evolve as an educator.
Thanks for hanging out with us for a bit!! I hope you stop by often for a peek into the wonder-filled world of first grade!!! We love comments, so don't be a stranger!