I truly believe my teaching has gotten better because of teacher blogs. I have been teaching 1st grade for 12 years, and sometimes you just need some NEW ideas!
If teachers are good at anything, it's "borrowing". I have never understood those that hide behind their classroom doors, and don't share and collaborate. Sharing & creating is one very fabulous part of this job :)
That being said, we have been working hard at making inferences and drawing conclusions from text we have read or heard. Thanks to some awesome bloggers, the unit was a HUGE success!
First, we started with The Inspired Apple's What's In My Teacher's Bag Activity?
Next, we talked about how making inferences is like Reading Between the Lines...
Nancy at First Grade WOW! came up with this cool idea... using those fun 80's sunglasses to drive the point home :)
Nancy picked up her giant glasses at the Dollar Store, but I couldn't find any :( I DID find them at Amazon for less than $7 a dozen. Great deal ! Here's the link if you want to grab some...
We paired this with a reading & inferencing activity with No! David by David Shannon. This is from the amazing Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade.
We read the book, stopping at each page to make an inference about David. Of course, the kiddos went NUTS when David runs down the street naked! :)
Didn't they turn out great?? Some are a little scary, but that's what you get when the kids make their own teeth & expressions! haha
You can grab that inferencing sheet at the link above for Mrs. Carroll.
Overall, inferencing has been a big success.. It's so great to hear them doing it independently & when they don't know you're listening. Look how cute this is...
Lastly, it's almost April (what??!?!!), so I have just finished up my Common Core Problem of the Day pack for April....
I have had so many SWEET comments about last month's, and I'm hoping you love this one as much. One buyer said her kids are using this every single day, and another uses it daily for Morning Work.
There are 31 total pages...with 22 days of problems, a Math Journal cover, and cut-apart problems for those who prefer to cut & paste into pre-made journals. Plus, the Common Core Standards addressed in the problems are included!
I know that my kids love it & I have really seen improvement in their problem solving skills. Yay!
If you want to grab it, head on over to my TpT store <HERE>. If you download the preview, you get four days worth of problems for FREE!
That's it for me tonight... time to work on some plans for next week. How on earth do the weeks go by so fast?? Only 8 more school days 'til our Spring Break...AND we're heading downtown for our field trip this week, too..
I'm already ready for a nap tomorrow!! haha
As always, thanks for stopping by!! Have a great "hump day" & try to keep warm. I think SPRING might be around the corner...fingers crossed!! :)