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I am a HUGE Daily 5 fan! 
We spend much of the first 6 weeks of school becoming Daily 5 experts.
One of the cornerstones of the Daily 5 is creating anchor charts with your students. 
I am no artist and find it so hard to write standing up while writing on chart paper. 
Anyone else find that tricky?
So after I put the kids through my ugly charts for a couple weeks, 
I pop up these cute charts to stop everyone's eyes from bleeding! 

Grab them free here

Happy Spring!
We love building these adorable bunnies each year!
I had to share them with you!
All the template freebies are at the end!
Grab all the templates for this craft {here}.
Once our bunnies were complete we wrote 
about them on this "Find My Bunny" page. 
At our Open House the kids will read this to 
their families and try to have them find their bunny. 
There are two prompt pages for easy differentiation. 

Grab these {here}.

One last final peek at these super cuties!

I have been toying with and evolving Math Workshop in my classroom for the past three years or so. And I FINALLY feel like this year I have got. it. down! 
Teaching math in a workshop model with guided math groups has been revolutionary for me! 
I teach a short mini lesson on the topic we are covering and then the rest of the instruction is in small groups. I feel so much more connected to my student's learning having them in a small group each day. It's also helped me immensely with assessments and report cards because I am much more in tune with who is working independently and who still needs a little (or big) hand hold. 
We have a 90 minute math block and this is how it goes! 
 We have math right after lunch and recess.
When they come in from recess we do our Math Journals straight away.  
It really quiets and settles the crowd.
They are able to refocus their energy back into school mode.
My kids get a new Math Journal each month.
It spirals grade one Common Core math concepts to keep their brains fresh.
It also makes a great assessment tool! 
After we do Math Journals I will either check the journals individually super quick or we will do a whole class check, depending on the skills on the page they just completed.
This is 20 minutes.
After journals we gather on the rug for a briefest of brief whole group lessons.
We start out with a fun math warm-up.
This is most often a video, song or whole group game. 
Then we move into our mini lesson. 
We learn and review new skills and concepts by practicing on whiteboards, 
using manipulatives or working with the iPads. 
This is about 20 minutes.
My kids are placed in flexible ability groups.
I call them orange, blue, red and purple group.
I simply move the large sign at the top in between rounds.
We do between 3 and 4 rounds a day.
You can grab the pocket charts here.
When students aren't at my table with me they are doing;
Math with Technology
Math with Someone
Math by Myself
Math with Technology is done at one table.
Math with Someone and Math by Myself are in bins for the kiddos to make choices.
At the end of each round one student from the group with me rings a little bell 
to signal to the class clean and meet back at the rug.
This takes 45 minutes. We do three 15 minute rounds. That's what works for our class, but you may choose to only do 2 rounds a day. Or you may manage 4 rounds in a day. Whatever works for you! 
At the end of our rounds we gather back at the rug to review the days learning.
We often do a quick exit ticket here too!
This is just a quick 5 minutes.
Looking to grab my Math Workshop anchor charts and labels?
Pop over to my TpT shop to grab them for free!  
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
And what a great way to celebrate by sharing in 
Holidays Around the World!

Welcome to Finland.
In Finland Christmas Eve is when people focus their celebrations.
Christmas Day is a more relaxed stay at home day. 
Finnish continue their celebrations into Boxing Day.
The Finnish call Santa Claus Joulupukki!
Lapland, Finland is believed to be where Santa actually lives!
They even have a theme park there.
Gonna have to add it to my travel list! 
I found this great treasure 
and they have them for many countries!
It's pretty high level for grade one, 
but the photographs are worth it!
And Jan Brett for the win on all other things 
Finnish and Nordic for Christmas!
She has great books in general, 
but her Christmas selection is spectacular!
These beautiful Finish stars are beautiful symbols of 
Finnish and Scandinavian traditions and holidays. 
Check out the directions for the beautiful Finnish stars here.
If you live in a cold weather climate you should for sure make 
these ice lanterns during your studies of Finland.
I make even need to make a few at my house!
Check out the super easy directions for these here
I hope you enjoy these printables to go along 
with your holidays arounds the world studies!
Your kiddies will have a blast coming up with 
smaller words from the Finnish word for Santa.
And here's a close read and comprehension page 
for Christmas in Finland too!
Grab your freebies HERE!
Like this close read?
Check out a whole bunch of close reads plus 
plays, poems, phonics, grammar and more in my 
Crazy About Reading packets!
You can grab monthly sets or save a bunch with 
Time to grab you Finland passport page!
Off to your next destination!

Tis' the season of craziness my friends!
Yup- it's Halloween.
But we can do this! 
It's all about keeping those little hands and bodies
busy all. week. long.
Coming at you are some fun and simple Halloween activities
to make your Halloween week a breeze!
This freebie is a hit every year!
I can't wait to do these with my class this week. 
Grab this freebie here!
More doubles practice!
I was at a conference this week 
and this craft was perfect for a sub!
You can grab this and a whole bunch of other goodies 
in Lucky to Be in First's Grab Bag Galore!

One can never go wrong with a directed drawing activity by First Grade Blue Skies!
Check out her adorable whole year of directed drawings here.
I love this awesome freebie I snagged
from my sweet friend Aimee at Primarily Speaking.
We took her cute ghost page, numbered them and
made them in a number line! Genius!
We always need number sense practice!!
We'll be making these cute 
Spookley the Square Pumpkins this week!
We paint paper orange. I give them some loose directions on making pumpkins, stems and curly leaves. Then I let them have free reign. Sometimes it's fun to let them just go for it and see what they create! They come out adorable!!
I love these trees!
I can't wait to make them in the next week or two!
The leaves are made by dipping q-tips into paint.
Click here to grab the prompt page!
I have some quick math activities to put in our math workshop bins next week!
 We will also be working on our plus 2s.
Halloween rings and erasers make life better, huh?
I like to have my kiddos record their work on simple whiteboard
 to save on paper and it makes them practice their number writing. 
I'm sneaky like that. 
Grab both of these FREEBIES here. =)
I made them in color and black/white for your copying needs.
Your class and mine will be sure to 
need to shake their wiggles out this week!
Check out this adorable Harry Kindergarten video!
Good luck my friends as we embark on Halloween together!

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