Five for Friday - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Five for Friday

It has been a HOT minute since I have linked up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday, but I am feeling a little extra saucy this Friday so let's give it a go!

  The last couple of weeks have been full of geometry in my room!  I feel like our first grade teachers hit the standards so well, that I was more reviewing and was able to have a little fun with it!  I set up 5 stations and we rotated around the classroom.  
*The geoboards are always a huge hit!
*Small group instruction with me was reviewing arrays from earlier in the year.  Now we are ready to translate those arrays into multiplication problems!
*A measurement center from my Sporty Kids Pack where my kids measure in centimeters and inches. 
*Geometric shape drawings with our stencils.  I am always amazed by their creativity!
*Lastly 2-D shape manipulatives.

After we completed our 2-D shape unit, I searched high and low for an art project.  We LOVED this one!  The instructions included cutting out foil geometric shapes, outlining with sharpies, and filling in a pattern with water colors!  Swoon!

We jumped straight into 3-D shapes this week.  We reviewed with the amazing Teacher Tipster! I know the videos are technically for teachers, but my kids love them so much!  You can find him all over youtube! 

I made these posters and hung them up in my room!

You can find them on my facebook page as a freebie by clicking on the picture below and going to the freebie tab!

Today we talked about faces, edges, and vertices of our 3-D shapes by creating our own shapes!

First we used marshmallows and toothpicks!

We also created paper 3-D shapes using patterns I found HERE.  I printed them out, blew them up to a larger size, and copied them on bright neon colored paper.

For a Friday afternoon the kids were very engaged! It was also nice to see who had the abstract thinking to be able to put the shapes together!

And here is one of my cuties with her completed 3-D shapes that she arranged as a ice cream sundae :)

Have you met my precious puppy Hank?!?!  We got Hank on Valentine's Day. He was seven weeks old at the time (now 9 weeks old).

He is a silver lab. He has the prettiest blue eyes and we are SO in love!

Yes, I am pregnant. Of course we know we are nuts.  But I cannot wait for Hank and our new baby boy (arriving in May) to grow up together!

We are still experiencing some of the nasty winter weather, but we are getting some days in the upper 60s, low 70s... perfect weather for introducing the puppy to the beach!

He is already a big fan of the beach and dabbled a little in the water too!

I had SO much fun catching up with y'all tonight! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. That puppy is such a cutie!!!! I LOVE that art project! I am going to have to try that with my kiddos. I love how interactive your shape unit is. It looks like the kiddos are really engaged, awesome!!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Great pics! Thanks for the Teacher Tipster - I've never heard of him and can't wait to check him out! We finished measurement, now in place value, and more geometry is right around the corner. Can't wait! I think your puppy is perfect timing (easy for me to say!) :) Jen

  3. I got such great ideas from your blog post! That art project and the foldable shapes look like a blast. Congratulations on adding Hank to your family and one your new little one on the way! Have a great week.
    Laughter and Consistency

  4. The puppy just makes me want to get a dog and I am not a dog person! I am also wanting to purchase that artwork! That turned out so great! Thanks for sharing all your math work! I am thinking of having my third graders work on perimeter and area soon!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  5. So much fun!!! And, of course I love your kids and pup!!!!

  6. Oh my goodness, that puppy is too cute. Yes, baby and puppy at the same time may sound crazy but I can already picture the adorable pictures. A newborn and a puppy in the same picture may just break the cute meter! I used those shape printouts last year, they are great!


  7. I love Teacher Tipster! I never thought of showing his videos to the class, though....gonna have to try that! I bet the kids will find him as hilarious as I do. :)
    First Grade Bangs

  8. Your shape art came out great! I bet the kids had fun making them too.
    Grade School Giggles

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