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Weekend Reflections: A Week of Number Bonds, Nouns, Narrative Writing, Maps, and Weather!

August 9, 2014 by Emily

Hi there!  Just wanted to let you all know that I will be linking up with Cyndie from Chalk One Up for the Teacher each week reflect on all the great things happening in my classroom.  (And quite probably the things that didn’t work out quite well.)  Be sure to bookmark my site to stay posted each week on weekly happenings!
So here we go!  I have been using my Common Core Morning Work Bundle this year, and the kids LOVE it!  This week, I was able to step it up by making it even more interactive by having my kids not only right their sight words, but when we went over it together, I had them Say-Clap-Say the word.  I will say the word, they repeat it, then we clap the letters together, and we say it again.  This helps them to get those sight words down solid.

For grammar and language, we learned all about nouns.  My kids really got so much out of this “Nouns All Around” Freebie from Shuna at Pocket Full of Kinders!

Although I wished I had printed these beautiful posters in color, I had to make due with the black and white posters.  I posted these around the room, and the kids had to go around and write down people, places, animals, and things on their recording sheet you see above.

For writing, we are focusing on Narrative Writing for the next three weeks.  I got these “What is Narrative Writing” posters as a freebie from Jodi Southard from Fun in First.  These posters help to serve as a great reminder for expectations of narrative writing.

I was really excited to upload a very special freebie for all of you to get your year started off right.  This Back to School Freebie has lots of writing and team building activities for your kids to enjoy! Be sure to click on the graphic or the link to my store to download.
Just for fun, on Friday we wrote about what we want to be when we grow up.  I sometimes forget that I have Firsties, and they still have to learn to write for fun!  So I let them just write about what they want to be when they grow up and why!  You can find this freebie in my Free Back to School Learning Activity Pack in my store!
I always have the students take their Writing Dictionaries out when they do not know a word.  They can then record the words they do not know how to spell.  As the year goes on, I transition from me helping them to spell the words, to them helping each other spell the words.

For Social Studies, we learned all about maps.  They got a chance to make a map of things that are familiar to them.   You can find this freebie in my Free Back to School Learning Activity Pack in my store!

We have been working so hard in Math and trying to wrap our heads around decomposing numbers, number bonds, and basic addition.  As we transition from addition to finding the missing addends, or change unknown,  I have found these Math Journals from Classroom Confetti to be such a helpful tool.

To close out our week, we wrapped up our weather learning in Science with the cutest and most fun Rainbow and Cloud Weather Craft from Robin Sellers over at Sweet Tea Classroom!

The Weather Craft looked so beautiful on our Art Wall!  The pennant banner really makes the wall look great!
That it for this week!  Stay tuned next week for another jam packed post of ideas for your students! Free free to post any links or ideas you used in your classroom this week.  Be sure to find more great Weekend Reflections by visiting the Linky Directory hosted by Cyndie from Chalk One Up for the Teacher!

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