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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 4

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family! I woke up super early to go downtown Atlanta for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. A spot in the annual 10k is a coveted thing around Atlanta and I was SO excited to finally participate after living here for 5 years! Out of the 60,000 runners, my favorite was this sweet, elderly man whose T-shirt read: "I'm 91 years old! Eat my dust you slowpokes!" We'll be going to the Braves game later tonight for the game and fireworks! On to Daily 5! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. 3 Ways to Read a Book Chapter 4 was all about setting up Read … [Read more...]

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Robot Home Project!

In honor of Earth Day, the students completed a Robot Home Project! Their assignment was to create a Robot from recyclable materials. They used Erica Bohrer's recording page to describe their Robot and the materials they used. The students worked on their Robots all week and then brought them to school to share. Mrs. Doggett's class joined us in this activity and the students had so much fun sharing their Robots with not only their classmates, but Mrs. Doggett's class as well. The students were SO very creative! They used materials such as bottle caps, tin foil, cereal boxes, soda cans, straws, and toilet paper rolls. There was even an "Octopus Robot" and a Robot that could shoot marshmallows! … [Read more...]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day to the wonderful mom's that have shared their children with me this year in my First Grade class! We have had a wonderful year and I can't believe I am about to send my sweet students off to Second Grade! For Mother's Day, the students created a self-portrait of their mom. They had SO much fun creating these and loved when I gave out the "diamond" earrings and "pearl" necklaces! On the bottom of their self-portrait each student wrote why they love their mom. Happy Mother's Day to my Mother and my Nana! … [Read more...]

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Veteran’s Day & Thanksgiving!

Veteran's Day at Mableton is always so special. Earlier this year we read the book Hero Dad and wrote letters to the Soliders. To celebrate Veteran's Day we made camouflage hats and enjoyed the Veteran's Day Program in the afternoon. Mr. Reggie Ewing was the guest speaker this year. He did an awesome job! I taught 2nd grade to his son, Daniel last year. Look for Daniel to be featured in an upcoming post. He recently visited our classroom as a guest reader! In November, we also enjoyed our Thanksgiving Feast. We had parents, grandparents, and other family members join us for lunch! We also completed Pilgrim writing, and the students wrote about what life would be like if they were a Pilgrim girl or boy. For Homework, each student decorated a plain, boring Turkey … [Read more...]

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Halloween Hoopla!

Our class had so much fun during Halloween this year! We were excited for cool Fall weather, pumpkins, and all of the excitement that comes with Halloween. To begin the excitement, we created a Pumpkin Glyph. A glyph is a pictograph that uses pictures or other features/attributes to show information and data. The students created their Pumpkin Glyph based on various criteria including: age (even or odd), Halloween plans, costume, feelings about Halloween (like, love, don't like) and favorite Halloween treat. Click here to download the Pumpkin Glyph directions. On Halloween, the students got to dress-up as their favorite story-book character. We had Harry Potter, Miss Frizzle, a vampire, cowboy, and Pinkalicious visit our classroom! We also had a super fun Halloween treat … [Read more...]

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Christmas Blogging!

Whew! We made it to Christmas break! I have a lot of blogging to catch up on! Be on the lookout during Christmas break for some new posts. Our class has been very busy this Fall. Check back soon to see what we've been up to! Halloween {pumpkin glyphs, Halloween party, dress-up day} Benjamin Franklin {Franklin Facts} Wind Socks Veteran's Day Thanksgiving {feast & pilgrim writing} Landforms {modeling clay & National Board update} Lewis and Clark Expedition Mystery Reader Holiday Party Crafty Christmas {canvas painting & Santa paint brushes} … [Read more...]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day of fun, food, and family! What are you most thankful for this year? I am thankful for such a sweet class, wonderful parent volunteers, and being able to teach first grade! … [Read more...]

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Sleighbells on the Square!

For those of you who don't know... I ♥ running! Last month I completed my longest race yet... a 15k/9.3 miles! I love competing in races because it links two of my favorite things: running and giving back. Some of my favorite charities to support through running are Soles4Souls, the Atlanta Children's Shelter, and Girls on the Run: Atlanta. Running in races is such a fun way to give to others in need! I have recently found out about a race that benefits our own Mableton Elementary School! Ever heard of Sleighbells on the Square? Every year the Cobb County Bar Association holds a 5K race on the Marietta Square to raise money for their Community Resource Fund. This money goes to help families in Cobb County that are not able to get help in other places. Last year the Cobb County Bar … [Read more...]

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Locks of Love…

This is my second time to donate my hair to Locks of Love! I first donated 11 inches of hair in 2008 and this week I donated 10 more inches! What is Locks of Love? Locks of Love is a non-profit organization {charity} that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children. These children are often very sick and suffer from long-term medical hair loss. Each hair donation helps put a smile on the face of a child somewhere in the United States. I hope you enjoy my before and after photos! Before {front view}... Before... {back view} After... with 10 inches of my hair! I hope that you are enjoying Spring Break! I will see you on Monday! … [Read more...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from Mrs. McClure's Class! Our class celebrated by creating fractions from candy hearts! Each student grabbed a handful of candy hearts and then determined what his or her denominator would be. The students sorted their candy hearts by color and then wrote a fraction to represent each color. They also put their fractions in order from smallest to largest. This activity was so much fun and the best part was getting to eat the candy! We ended our day by passing out Valentine cards to our friends and eating Valentine cookies sent in by Cameron! We hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day too! We ended our day by passing out Valentine cards to our friends and eating Valentine cookies sent in by Cameron! We hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day too! … [Read more...]

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