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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Angry Birds Day

I have seen a lot of bulletin boards lately with the Angry Birds. I have to admit that I really don't know the premise of the game, but we don't have to always understand everything about what our kiddos like in order to connect with them. My kids this year have been obsessed with Angry Birds. They play it in their parents' phones, iPods, the classroom iPad, etc. They write about them in their journals. Draw pictures (very good ones) with directions on how to play the game. So...it only made sense to celebrate the end of the year with an homage to the Birds. We ate Angry Birds gummies (thanks to Wal-Mart), made pencil toppers, and masks. We competed to see how many words we could make from Angry Birds. We also played the physical rendition of Angry Birds with the classroom red Angry Bird and green Solo cups. Each table completed the activities in a rotation. We had a scoreboard posted at the front of the room to keep track of the "pigs" knocked down by each team. There was a tie, so we awarded one point for each word made. The kids had a great time. I will incorporate the birds into next years plans, but I will include a writing activity to go with it. I would have this year, but it was our next to last full day.

For ideas on planning your own Angry Birds day, see the following links:
http://mrswhitbread.edu.glogster.com/angry-birds-in-our-class/
http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/post/19926961536/dont-be-an-angry-bird-cooling-down-strategies-and
http://pinterest.com/mhkeiger/angry-birds-theme/
http://greenbeankindergarten.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/angry-birds-activities-in-the-classroom/
http://pvroom121.blogspot.com/2012/03/angry-verbs.html

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Family Write Night

Earlier this year, one of my friends reminded of the power of family write nights. I must admit that I filed our conversation in the back of my brain and forgot it until I got this idea from a fellow blogger. She has some wonderful posts about implementing Daily 5 in the early childhood classroom. I especially love her post about getting the teacher ready to implement certain aspects of Daily 5. Her journal idea sparked a creative thread in my first grade brain. My first graders love to write, but getting them to write in their own journal without using every page for their "artistic" creations has been a challenge. I think this will help them to focus on their personal schema. I plan to use their personal journals for word work only. Click here for your free copy. Stay tuned for a spelling unit soon!!