Fun Week in First

This has been a (full moon) FUN week in first grade!

I started off this week with a boost.   Over the weekend I was named Classroom Teacher of the Year for my school district.  I am so honored to be nominated by my colleagues.  A big THANK YOU to everyone who has believed in me, encouraged me, and inspired me!

This was the end of the month, so my monsters earned their Classroom Dojo belts for January.  Each month if my students earn an 80% or better in conduct according to Class Dojo, they earn a belt.  This belt system works just like the karate belts.  They start with a white belt and go up to a 2nd degree black belt.  Each time they earn a belt, they also earn prizes.  This is a great modivater for my students!

We had a few checked out and a few missing from the picture...

Another exciting event this week was our Fry Party!  We had to reschedule this event because of our snow day.  My students had to read the first 100 Fry words in order to be invited.  They got to enjoy a short movie and french fries.  They earned it!

Here are a few of my girls enjoying their fries...

Snow Day!

I knew when I left on Tuesday,  we would not have school the following day because of the expected snowfall.  I had our librarian laminate a few things, so I had plenty to do in the house.

Sometimes we get the day off and snow does not actually show up.  This time it did!  It sure is pretty to look at, but it is too cold for me.

I was able to finish my file folders.   I have made it a FREE download on TpT for you.  Please see link below!

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I love when our bookkeeper drops off an order.  This week she dropped off several packs of Astrobright paper.  I ordered several packs of card stock and regular colored paper.

I will be using the colored paper to make these awesome wristbands.  

Here are the links:

I will be using the card stock for several other projects.  Please check back for more TpT projects!

PD Day!

Today we had a PD day.  Reading in the morning and math in the afternoon.

I walked in with my Starbucks (my special treat to myself on PD days) and settled down at our predesignated table.  Whomever sets these tables together, we need a bigger table next time!  Teachers have "stuff" and we need to layout our "stuff" during PD days!

After listening to the same information (and getting the same handouts), we filled out a data form to see where our students landed in reading.

2 hours later...

We watched an awesome video of a friend of mine.  She was doing an explicit  reading intervention lesson.  (West Virginia Explicit Phonics Lessons) We then shared about how we would implement it in our classrooms.  I highly recommend visiting that website for explicit phonics lessons!

After lunch is a STRUGGLE.  We had to unpack our standards (again)...uugh!  

I got to hear a colleague sing a math song.   She laughed, which made another colleague laugh.  Oh...we were tired.  Then we saw this...

Yep, we had to try it too.  Wow, we are bad students!! (And yes, you can see through them!)

Then, I was introduced to some awesome websites.
Well...I kinda already knew about Kahoot, but I did not know about all the awesomeness.  They have an array of fun quizzes preloaded for the students.  Students compete to get the highest score.
This is a great website for all grade levels.  First, you set up your class and pick the grade.  Second, oh...wait...that was it!  The students LOVE this website.  They get to play learning games and earn coins.  The coins can be used to dress their character.  

I also contributed as one of my favorite sites.  It doesn't have games, but has several high quality lessons, videos, and practice sheets.