Today we celebrated Cinco De Mayo with one of the other First Grade classes! Both classes had so much fun! We learned about Mexico's Independence Day, the Mexican flag, maracas, piñatas,, sopapias, we made confetti eggs, and we took each students picture in a sombrero!
This week we did our animal research projects! I explained to my students that they each would check out a library book about a different animals and complete research writing papers and on Friday make an oral presentation to teach the class about their animal! They all did such an awesome job! Each day during our writing time we would complete one of these papers front and back, then today we completed our research papers and made our research books and have our presentations! I filmed each one of my students giving their presentation and I will e-mail them to their parents and we will also watch them on Monday! They love watching themselves, they feel famous!
Here is an example of one of the research papers.
I got this research paper from TpT for FREE here.
Early this year we wrote thank you cards to soldiers in Kuwait! One of my student's dad is there and we wanted to thank him and his fellow soldiers for what they do everyday! And yesterday we got a letter back! My kiddos were SO excited! They were super happy and so we decided to use our formal letter template to write back and practice our letter writing skills! I also let them draw him pictures for him on the back! Here are some examples...
You can get this printable for FREE here.
I thought it was awesome that most of them wanted to write that they missed him and most of them haven't even met him! But I have taught them all year we are a team, a family, and we stick together, so they have our little soldier in my class' back! :-)
This week we are learning about animals! I have my students do animal research projects and on Friday teach the class all about their animal. One of the activities we do during the week is our habitat board. I give each student a half a sheet of white construction paper, they fold it in half, write what type of animal they are researching on the front and draw the animal in its habitat.
Our habitat board has water, dirt/desert, and grasslands!
Check it out!