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Friday, 6 March 2015

Five For Friday

I don't think that I've every done a Five for Friday before, but I figure there is always a first time for everything right!!!
The hubby came home from Poland this week, so it is super nice to have him home and not be the only one looking after the pup and the toddler. He is so tired though all jet lagged and such that I've had lots of time to get work done! Which leads me to the next post, it has been ALLLL about that math this week...
MATHERCIZE!!
Yup, it's a thing. In my class. That I invented. That my kids think is AWESOME! We practice patterns with our bodies, skip counting while exercising and then we shake it off to Taylor Swift, picking the number and then practicing addition and subtraction. It is so much fun, the kids can't wait to do it and the BEST parts is it tires them out so I can teach my math lesson and they last longer than five minutes without getting the wiggles.
MORE MATH!!
Meet Marvin the Marvelous Math moose. He is a puppet in my class, but I don't have a picture, and this is him in clipart form. So basically he comes and brings our new word wall words and basically makes the kids think that math is really REALLY fun. They ask for Marvin all the time now. Today he read out the students names when handing out work. Apparently, this was very hilarious. One students told me, "Mrs. Dunn Marvin is sooooo funny." Yup.

And you guessed it... more math... I am working on this enormous project right now. Basically I'm making my own math program that I can use that involves centres- Computer, Alone, Manipulatives, Partner, Problem Solving. It's turning out well, but it's taking FOREVER.
And finally, an art project just to round things off.. we are researching winter animals in science and I figured we could do an art project that tied in to the curriculum. These turned out really well, I love how each one is unique!

That's all for me!

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

100 Day- A little late!

We celebrated the 100th day of school in mid February, and of course with life being as busy as it is, I am only getting around to blogging about it now. The students had the best time doing 100 day centres all day. We did a lot from Cara at the First Grade Parade and then I changed and added a few of my own. The kids had the best time.
We also did this project that was a hoot! The kids made themselves look like they were 100 years old, wrote about it, and then I used the aging booth app to make the kids look old. I'm telling y'all this bulletin board has been a MAJOR hit. Teacher's have commented on it, the kids can't stop looking at it, and even my Admin made mention of it. So great!!
When I was making up my centre activity cards, I looked around for clipart and was having a difficult  time finding what I was looking for, so I figured I would make some! Right now it is on sale too since it is a new release :) I am also having a giveaway on my Facebook page.



Saturday, 31 January 2015

Happy February!

Wow, February tomorrow, hard to believe!! I had my students create their February artwork and a parent volunteer on Friday, so it is all up and ready to go. WOOHOOO!

We did another Inchie project inspired by That Artist Woman's wonderful Valentine inchies. I just love these little projects!!
Here is how they turned out:

I set them up in centres, and gave them about 8 minutes per centre. I had all the materials in a bag, with a sample on the outside of the bag. I also had picture directions at each centre and went through each one beforehand. 


There are a few that I would change for next year, but for the most part they turned out really great. I think my favourite is the penguin one, the kids said they were SOOO cute!

Mrs. Dunn

Friday, 9 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Wow, I can't believe it is already 2015! Happy New Year to everyone, we are already one week into school and it is amazing to see how much my little ones have grown and matured over the holiday. I loved spending time with my family over the holidays, and it sure has been hard on my little guy this week going back to the day home routine after spending two weeks with Mom and Dad full time.

We had lots of fun this week in the classroom!
We made time capsules to be opened in a year to see what we were like WAY back in grade one!!


 The students did a cute little New Year's Resolution creativity. They loved making their little party kids!




We also made some cityscape New Year's Eve Firework artwork! Phew! Some students had NEVER seen fireworks before, so we watched a video on Youtube which the kids loved, and then we painted our background, added some salt to the picture, cut out our cityscape and then used glue and glitter for fireworks! They turned out pretty neat, and the kids LOVED making them.

YUP THAT'S A LOT OF GLITTER!!!!
Wow it has been a busy week! If you would like to do these activities with your students, they can all be found in my New Years Countdown activities packet on TPT.
New Years Countdown


Have an amazing year in 2015
Mrs. Dunn

Monday, 8 December 2014

Chalk writing

So I came across these super cool chalk circles at superstore, and had to share! They are decals that stick and can be reapplied (apparently). It is a little tricky to write on them but I think they will work just fine. I thought they would be an amazing addition to my guided reading/guided math area. Some smaller circles came in the package so I put those on the students desk to use to write words or letters that they need help with. I'm pretty excited about this find, and the kids were loving it!
Mrs. Dunn

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Writing Rubric


I have seen these writing rubrics floating around pinterest, and I just had to make one for my class! It seemed as though there were many students rushing through their work, and completing it just to be done. When asked if it was their best work, they would always reply, You Bet!! I knew that they could improve, but it was difficult to explain how to do that.
The 4 star rubric works like a CHARM!! I can't believe how much they improved just by doing this. We talked as a class what each level would look like and then I made the rubric.
Here is some of their writing...so proud!!

Mrs. Dunn

Friday, 5 December 2014

Fall Art Project


Yes, I know, Fall is almost over, in fact it is around -30C here with the windchill today, but officially it is still Fall and I'm holding on to that.
I am always so inspired by That Artist Woman, and her fall inchies were no exception! Have a look at her Fall Inchies, they are just beautiful. I decided to give this project a try this year, and I was pretty happy with the results. This took us a few art classes to complete, and I had to be creative in how to make some of these doable for grade one students.


All of them turned out so cute, and the kids were all super proud of their work.

Mrs. Dunn