We have been super busy at school! We have survived the full moon without much disruption but the holiday crazies have truly taken over! I’m so glad that there is not any rain in the forecast. These Gingerbread Men are one of the fun crafts we have done in class. I love the checker board pattern and all of the dollar store goodies they are decorated with. I have created a giant Gingerbread house outside of my classroom. All of the first grade classes are going to decorate it tomorrow. Our class has also enjoyed this song.
We also watched this video. The children enjoyed this version of the Gingerbread Man. It is a sweet retelling of the story. The children were very calm as they watched. It was wonderful. It may have been the quietest moments of the day. I kept thinking…we will make it…we will make it…I also had a constant loop of I Will Survive playing in my head. I love those kiddos!! They will be back in January ready for more learning. We teachers have to be made of tough stuff.
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I hope you will enjoy learning about these apps and using them in your classroom! I love, love Endless Reader by Orginator. This app is free but you can purchase more word packs if you want to extend it. I purchased the Reader Pack 1 because I wanted more words. There are six words in the free version but this app explores each word through spelling, word meaning and sentences. The words are animated after the letters are dragged into place. The app also reads the sentences. Words can be dragged into the sentences. The little characters are irresistible.
These are screen shots I took using my iphone. The app works on iphones and ipads.
You can get Endless Reader here.
Another app I really like is Little Speller by Grasshopper Apps. This app is very versatile and allows you a lot of control of the words that the children can work with. This app is also available for the iphone and ipad.
As you can see from the screen shots I’m sharing with you there are a lot of variations to choose from. You can really concentrate on the sounds you think the children need.
This app features great images for words. The letters are out of order but the correct spelling is under the images so even your most hesitant spellers and readers can feel confident with this app. The app says the letters and then reads the word after the letters are in place.
You can get Little Speller here.I hope you can use one of these apps or both in your classroom. I always teach the apps before letting the kids do them without supervision. Sometimes I teach them as part of my guided reading lesson and other times I work with a group during a Daily Five Rotation. I am teaching both Kinders and First Graders this year and my smart Firsties are great teachers so they often get the first lesson on a new app!
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We had a great time today drawing the Mayflower. We drew the Mayflower together as a directed activity. We also labelled parts of the ship since we are talking about non-fiction text features. Here are some drawings from the kinders and the first graders.
I have found a new book that I absolutely love. It is a sweet story about the first Thanksgiving. It is written in the style of the house that Jack built. The children like listening to it and provides a calming moment during these hectic holiday weeks.
Last but not least my hubby surprised me with these beautiful flowers when I got home today!
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I have been placing a daily emphasis on fiction and non-fiction texts with my kindergarteners and first graders. After we had some experiences working with various texts in the classroom I asked the children to help me make an anchor chart comparing the two types of texts. The first graders had more ideas to offer mainly because they have more school experience but the kinders were able to add to the conversation. This is one of our first efforts together.
Our anchor chart comparing fiction and non-fiction text features.
I could tell they still needed support to understand and to compare types of text. I began copying the covers of the books we were reading in class and placing them on the appropriate sides of the chart. This simple idea has been so helpful to the children. Now after I read a book the children ask me to put the book cover up. My question to them is “What side and why?” They are able to talk about text features, the author’s purpose and whether the book has a beginning, middle and end. I really love this idea and I plan on growing this area throughout the year.
I introduced the idea of a hybrid text to them this week. Books like The Magic School Bus and similar books that include elements of fiction and non-fiction are considered by some authors to be hybrid. So that begs the question do we start a new area in the middle of our anchor chart…well we will see what the littles think. They use the chart during their daily conversations about books in the classroom. It is always a great moment for teachers when students connect with learning! When I asked one of the little girls how they knew something about a book she looked at me like I was a silly goose and said , “I used the chart!”
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