Thursday, March 22, 2012
This is my MOST FAVORITE thing we have ever done! The Polar Express is one of my favorie books, and we made it come alive! As you can see, we started with the engine at one end of the hall. Our principal was the conductor! The kids loved that! Then we made three cars, one for junior kindergarten, one for kindergarten, and one for first grade! We added every child's picture to look like they were riding on the train! You should have seen their faces when they saw the train for the first time...PRICELESS!! Under each child's picture is a bell with student writing on it. We also had a Polar Express Day! The students wore their pajamas. In the morning, we rotated between our six classes and each teacher had a different activity planned revolving around The Polar Express. We focused on math skills, social studies, reading, etc. One activity was, of course, reading the book. After lunch, we watched the movie! It was a fantastic day! I wish I had a picture of one of the cars without kids in front of it, but I don't, sorry.
You have probably seen this door on Pinterest! My co-worker and I both had it on our doors and then we made the barn connect both of our doors. We turned the childrn into reindeer with their handprints. The writing on the bulletin board is an application to be one of Santa's reindeer! They had to write why they thought they would make a good reindeer... really cute! We also had a Reindeer Day! We wore antlers and did reindeer activities all day! It was a lot of fun!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
This was another one of my favorite bulletin boards. Just seeing the kids' faces the first time when they saw it, made it all worth while! The students wrote on peanuts, "I will never forget...." Some of their answers were the sweetest things!
Another Grandparents' Day bulletin board. The students' pictures are on the leaves, and the students wrote why their grandparents were special. We typed what they wrote and put it on the little pumpkins.
We made a log cabin with a gian cardboard box, and toilet paper rolls. I put it up in November for the Pilgrims. In December, we decorated it to look like a gingerbread house. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to put it up anymore due to fire codes.
Each child made a stocking to hang on the fireplace. We made the fire to look 3D. We also had a nice/naughty list. We put a few teachers on the nice list, but put our principal on the naughtly list! Although we thought it was funny, some of the kindergartners got upset about it. They just couldn't believe our principal would be on the naughty list, so we ended up marking it out and putting him on the nice list!!!
Monday, March 12, 2012
This was our 100 Day tree! Each student wrote about something he/she had learned about the first 100 days of school. The owl pattern is from a 100 day packet I found on Pinterest. We made our own 3D tree from brown bulletin board paper.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Well, here it goes! I have decided to start posting pictures from my first grade classroom. I have been asked to do this several times, so I thought i would give it a try! This will mainly be bulletin boards and activities done with my students, that I think other teachers might want to use in their classroom! Please know, not all of these ideas are my own. Some are original, some are borrowed, and some are borrowed but I have added my own touch to it! Many of these ideas also come from many brainstorming sessions with my co-worker, Mrs. Young. She and I work extremely well together and this blog is more of a collaboration of both of our efforts! The big bulletin board is in the hallway between our classrooms, and it is my favorite one to decorate! Please enjoy, and I hope you find something useful! Just please be patient as I am just getting started!