“*Dr. Kenneth Zike has said that at least 50% of the children with learning problems referred to the neurological clinic at his hospital had had no traumas, no birth injuries, and no other physical deviations. Their trouble seemed to come from pressure - pressure to do a task that they did not have the maturity to do.”

~Borrowed from Robert Jackson on the world wide web.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Fairy Tale Readers Theater

What a wonderful morning in First Grade!  The boys and girls did a wonderful job.   Regretfully, nerves took over some of the children and their incredible voice and character they brought to their reading was lost.  ...and they still did an AMAZING JOB!!!
I want to personally thank you for taking the time to come into school and support your children.  You made this day incredibly special to them!

I am sorry I did not get more pictures.  I definitely wanted to make sure I took video of each presentation.

Red Riding Hood

Three Grumpy Bears


Three Pigs

It is such a pleasure to teach your children!
PS:  Please send me your photos.  I had just this one.  If your video is better than mine...pass it along! :o)

E is for Extra Recess!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

D is for Doughnuts!

Just had a treat this afternoon in honor of the hard work they have put in for their fairy tale readers theaters that they wrote on their own!

We are performing our original remakes of fairy tales in a readers theater tomorrow. 
Hope to see you there! 
9:45-10:45 am 
Stay for lunch after!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

C is for Comics

 I took out the tub numbered 28.  There was a smidge of dust the billowed up.  No one touched this tub all year.  It has all comic books in it.  You will note above the children tore up this tub and left a mess in their wake! (...Which I loved seeing!)  After I introduced the comics and discussed the speech bubble, thought clouds, narration squares and let them write their own, they could not wait to get their hands on this tub.

 I was amazed that they grasped the concept so quickly and turned out some great comics.

 "I am making a non fiction cartoon Mrs. Carter." 

 This is the ultimate in ninja ~ alien warfare!


B is for Bubble Gum!

 We chewed sugar free gum, listened to the story Trouble Gum, tried to learn to blow bubbles, and wrote a paragraph on how to blow a bubble.
  The children were so excited about this!  This is one of the reasons I love teaching! 
 Something so simple could be so enjoyable.  Next time...I will not say, spit out your gum in the garbage and let's chew another one.
  Oh, you can bet I will say let's chew another one. 
 BUT, I will not say...spit it out...there was more spit on the wall than in the garbage.  Choose your words carefully people....choose your words carefully!


A is for Antonyms

 We are counting down to the end of school!  Every afternoon we take on one more letter of the alphabet!


Wizard of Oz!

The children had such fun learning about the Wizard of Oz.  They did not fear the witch or the tornado.  I imagine it is because the graphics are so "old fashioned" .
The children began the morning a few weeks ago with a melted witch in the middle of the hall. 
I read the pop up book in the middle.  It is phenomenal and wonderful for holding firsties attention!
Enter at your own risk!
Mrs. Carter: What are those things on your wrists?
J: um...well...um...they protect my wrists as I am writing.  My wrists get sore ya know!

Tornado research and experiment.

 The children LOVED this!  I had a box of 96 crayons and they picked them and wrote their names!  They seriously LOVED this! :o)

 Brainstorming prior to reading about rainbows.
 Another activity that seems too young for them.  NOT!!!  They had a ball!

 Learned about weather, tornadoes, clouds, rainbows, and spring.

 We did a lot of brainstorming and I was shocked how much the students knew prior to reading about the heart!

 The cowardly lion needed courage.  Our class has a lot of courage!

I loved bringing this "fairy tale" to life for your children.  Many had never heard of it.