Phew! This pregnant person is popped! We had another busy week that seemed to just fly by.
All the schools in our area headed to the arena for school vs. school skating races.
The kids raced by age group and then there was a hockey game in the afternoon. It was so fun watching some of my firsties participate in the races!
I won't lie, the wipeouts were my favourite part...what a terrible teacher!
And those who didn't race, happily cheered our school on:
It was fun, but definitely *way* too much chaos for this Type A teacher. I was so happy to get back to our classroom!!
So anyways, amid the rush of the week, I didn't get around to documenting our activities much. The good news is, that means this post will just feature some random FREEBIES for y'all!
Let's start with writing! We have been working on opinion writing and I created this graphic organizer to help my firsties organize their ideas:
We originally started out just writing our opinion pieces on standard lined paper (following the same structure: a statement of their opinion and three reasons for their opinion) but I have found this organizer to be SO helpful to my firsties. Their writing is so much clearer and has actually improved quite drastically as a result.
If you read last week's post, you already know that we have been working on balancing equations. We finished up this unit with some more simple skip counting & balancing equations math centres:
The kids loved making their own little cut & paste skip counting books. Once they were done, I stapled them on the indicated staple lines (as seen on the left side of the booklet) and then they coloured their book if they had extra time.
One of the other math centres was a balancing equations partner activity, where my firsties worked in pairs to complete a booklet:
*Click HERE or either pic above to download!*
Each partner got their own booklet with one title page and 4 interior pages. They completed one side of each pan balance on their own by either writing a number, addition sentence or subtraction sentence, or by drawing any number of objects. Once half of each page was filled out, they switched booklets with their partner and their partner had to complete each page by balancing the pan balance in a different way (e.g. If one partner wrote the number "4" on the left side, then the other partner might draw 4 stars on the right side).
Last but not least, Term 1 report cards went home last week which meant Parent/Teacher interviews this week! I tried something new and created this printout to help guide each interview:
*Click HERE to download this FREEBIE!*
I found it much more helpful (and efficient) to write my thoughts on this page as opposed to a little sticky note. Plus it was nice to be able to provide a copy for each parent to take home at the end of the conference.
I hope you find some (or all!) of those freebies useful! Have a wonderful weekend :)