Art Journal

20 Jul

Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work.  I will not be teaching in the fall.  So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal.  I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure.  Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.

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From The Nerd’s Nest

From Amy Powers’ Inspire Co

Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..

Helpful Resources

16 Jul

Harper Collins Children has a web link with work pages for popular children’s books.  I may not always use their work sheets, but they do give me ideas on what I can and will use.

Teachers Pays Teachers is another great site for lesson plans.  They do have some free ones available for us on a stricter budget.  A lot of teachers have shared ideas and creativity that works for them.

If you have a favorite book, search the publisher on line. They may have ideas to go along with story.

Sharks

1 Jul

Shark week is coming July 5th.  Are you ready?  Cute craft from JDaniels4 Mom to make for your shark enthusiast.
Arts and Crafts for Kids- Pool Noodle Shark (Fin)

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

1 Jun

Jan Thomas writes some very fun books.  One of the classroom favorites is “Rhyming Dust Bunnies.”  Do a web search and you can find all sorts of different work sheets and craft activities using Jan Thomas book.  Here are a few ideas.

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Hidden Words

29 May

I love this idea from First Grade Adventure and I am pretty sure my class will love it too.  I think I may write the words on the page in white crayon and then they can use the marker to find the hidden words.  I have a small class so this will be easy for me to do.

Phonics Video

27 May

Hooked on Phonics TV has some great YouTube videos available.  Oh the wonders of computers.  The Big Pig song is one of my favorites and I am pretty sure the kids will love it.  I am all for making learning fun.

pig

Word Chunk “at”

26 May

When introducing word chunks “at” is a great on to start with.  I find most of the students can sound it out and recognize a lot of the words we learn.

Words in this group include: bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, vat, that.

I start the class by discussing our new word chunk, sound it out, see how many words we can make.  Have them write them down.  I would also have a hand out sheet with the words and a blank line so they can practice writing the words.  Then I would read a book with one of the words in the story.  A class favorite is “Pete the Cat” by by Eric Litwin and James Dean.  There are web links that have some great ideas and hand outs to go with “Pete the Cat” books.
The Groovy Teacher
Harper Collins Publisher
There are some great YouTube videos from the authors for “Pete the Cat” books.

Then we do a craft to fit the days word chunk.  Here are a couple I am considering.
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cardboard art cat by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com for KidsActivitiesBlog
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We would do a little practice on our penmanship, which is a right brain activity.  Doing the craft before helps to get the brain thinking that way.

As the group only meets once a week I send out an email to parents on what to work on during the week.

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