Meet Furball and **Freebie** - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Meet Furball and **Freebie**

Meet Furball. Mrs. King's Class Pet.  And yes, my students named him. We have Jungle Explorers of the Week (star students) and this little guy gets to spend the whole week at the home of the *Explorer.*
A while back I saw where Abby posted about her son bringing home a "class pet." I knew I wanted to do this in my classroom because as a parent myself, I would eat this up. I think it offers a great opportunity for my kids to journal about an experience. I wasn't sure if all my parents would be on board, but they have been all for it!  My students take home a simple journal, a book called The Lion Hunt, and Mr. Furball.  I asked them to take a few pictures and write about their journey with our friend.  Here are some of my favorites:
 Reading to our Sweet Friend (or two :)) 
 Catching some zzzz's.

Constructing Gingerbread Houses

Attending Church
And absolute FAVORITE- playingConnect Four with an Elf on the Shelf :)

Next on the agenda... working on our Number Sense. All we hear from the older teachers--- number sense, number sense, number sense. They can perform operations or steps that we give them, but they can't talk about numbers well.  This complaint is one reason I pushed for Work Stations this year (And I def think it is paying off!).  If you have read any of my math posts, you know I love Everyday math and often refer back to it.  I remember doing missing number puzzles and 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less all the time. I tried to create something for my kids reminiscent of that! The best thing about this activity is it can be used over and over again, since the students choose the numbers. You all are getting the updated version since my kids proved to me that they definitely shouldn't be getting into negative numbers in that top row (I LOVE to challenge my kids, but I am not going near negative numbers with a ten foot pole).

You should be able to click on the picture to get the activity and a number chart to 120 (Yay Common Core).

Last but not least, remember how I really, really like Teacher Tipster. Well I really, really like this idea!

Here are my cuties working on those addition facts!!!
Hope you found an idea that you like!

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  1. Great ideas! Thanks for the freebie! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Katie,
    I love this class pet idea. I did it last year with one that you could log in online too. I gave all the kids the login info and they would all go home and feed it and play on the website. They were so obsessed with the little guy! Furball is a cutie.

    I love your freebie ~ but WOW-EEEE is this a hard concept to grasp! Thanks for reminding me it's time to do this again.

    Randi @ Teach It With Class
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  3. I bought cups and I have a Pringles can for Power Towers but I haven't made them yet!! I need to get on that!!

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  4. Love Teacher Tipster! Haven't seen this one. Thanks for sharing.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  5. I love the *freebie*! We do tons of stuff on a large 100 charts floor mat and also the one on our Smartboard. Thank you for the *freebie*!

    I love the picture with the Elf on the Shelf!

    We have a Penguin on the Shelf visiting right now! Come read about him!

    I would love for you to come visit me! I have TONS and TONS of *freebies* for your Firsties!

    I love your blog and am so inspired by it! Thank you for being such a blessing to me!

    Heather's Heart

  6. My daughter loves to stack cups- I found an idea on Pinterest where she practics the sight words written on the cups if she reads it correctly she gets the cup to stack. Don't know what it is about stacking cups but the kids sure love it.

  7. I love the idea of having a 'stuffed' clas pet. I love even more... the idea of letting the children take it home and write about their experiences! Keep the good idea's coming!

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  8. Found your great freebie via Pinterest. Thanks so much for sharing. I hadn't heard of so I was really interested in the video you posted. Such terrific ideas, all in one post. I am definitely going to follow your blog.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading.

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