Sunday, October 19, 2014

Christopher Columbus and Ship Races

Friends~I can't wait to share about our Christopher Columbus week in class!  We had the best time learning all about his travels.  

We started with a mysterious delivery of a scroll that lead us on an adventure through some landforms on our school grounds.  (The blue islands are our outside lunch tables.)
Christopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder Page
We found a box marked with a red X!  Inside was a book all about Christopher Columbus.  We read the book and watched this video.  
This is one of my favorite books about Christopher Columbus!  Give it a click to order it on Amazon!
Christopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder Page
We also wrote about his life using this awesome file from my friend Katie Knight from Teacher to the Core!  I just love her stuff and so do my kiddos!  
We made maps of the new world!  They turned out totally awesome and it was such a great connection to our mapping unit last week!
Christopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder Page
The best is yet to come!  We created these fun glyph sailor hats in class!  We added adjectives and the year Columbus sailed to the new world to our hats. The students followed my directions from the glyph to complete the rest.  
Christopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder PageChristopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder Page

Grab a free copy of the glyph HERE
You can check out more Columbus fun by clicking the image below!
We also created our own ships to race to the new world!  It was so much fun.  My teammate had the idea of using foam for the boats.  It worked perfectly.  We used a toothpick and a plastic bag for the sail.  
Check out my kiddos practicing with some force and motion in the classroom.  
Then we took them outside!  My teammate and I used large baking tins from the dollar store.  We added start to one side and land to the other.  We divided our classes into groups of 4.  The groups each had a tin.  They used straws to blow their boats to the land and when they reached the land they shouted Land Ho!  It was SOOOOO much fun! 


I even got in on the races!  Thanks to our Kindergarten friends that came and cheered us on!  
Christopher Columbus and Ship Races from The Schroeder Page

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Math Workshop & More

Friends~Today I am sharing some of our Math Workshop activities.  I have been crazy busy getting my classroom moved and learning a new grade level~curriculum.  It feels good to be back at the keyboard blogging again!

This week in first grade we focused on number bonds.  We may be a bit behind the eight ball due to our delayed start.  (Construction!) 

My kiddos loved this decomposing activity.  I grabbed 2 different colored plates.  I gave partners one pink plate and 2 green plates.  They got to scoop out chips for their whole.  They counted their whole and started their number bond.  Then they separated their whole into parts and finished the bond.  I love how this activity is easily differentiated. Many groups started with small numbers and then moved to larger numbers.  
Math Workshop and More; The Schroeder Page
Check out their personal slates
 They love them!  
I also ordered this HUGE hundreds grid from Zulily.   My students loved working with the inflatable dice and frames for before and after. Some students were even counting up and back by 10! 
Math Workshop and More; The Schroeder Page
Unifix cubes are a big hit in class this year!  I added them to our math workshop centers with fact triangles.  We built the parts and then checked the whole.  
Math Workshop and More; The Schroeder Page
Check out all the math fun I have been pinning on Pinterst!  


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