I'm linking up with Flying Into First Grade's "Let's Get Acquainted" party again! This week's theme is to share our three favorite areas in our classrooms!
1. My calendar board
I think this area is special to me for many reasons. Our morning meetings are centered around this calendar board, and that is one of my favorite times with the kiddos as we share about ourselves. As much as I love teaching, it's also so worthwhile to take a little time to truly get to know my little ones. I also feel proud of this board because I spent a summer painting (yes painting!) all of my bulletin boards. This bright blue took forever to go on just right, but in the end it was worth it! (can you say buh-bye to trying to make huge butcher paper fit perfectly?!) I think having a calendar board like this one is also an excellent resource for students to use for math, science, reading and everything else!
2. "Watch Us Grow" board:
My classroom door is settled back into a nice little nook and I can decorate both sides of my "doorway". My mom also happens to be a first grade teacher (I swear, teaching is genetic!) and I always admired this idea that she does every year with her classroom. Each month, I pose the kiddos to take a class photo and display them as we go through the school year, with the month written at the bottom. It's so fun to be able to see how the kiddos change from August to May! They also feel quite grown up when they look back on how many teeth they have lost since then and how awesome their newest haircuts look now :)
3. My Art Museum
While this may not be anything I created personally, it is one of my favorite parts of my classroom. Whenever I'm feeing low or stressed, at some point in the day I can't help but catch one of these lovelies out of the corner of my eye and I remember why I do my job each day. I think it's easy to sometimes get caught up in the overload of Common Core/Report Cards/IEP Meetings/Parent Conferences and while we don't forget why we teach, we may not see as much of the joy as we'd like. These pieces of art bring me joy :)
Aaaaaand here is your freebie!
Just a simple addition dice roll, but prettied up for spring! Students roll a die (or two dice, or my personal favorite, the double-die) and create an addition problem to write in the boxes. Students may then count up the dots, use their number lines or mental math to solve. For a challenge, I have my kiddos roll the die twice to get one addend (EX: Student rolls a five and then a four. She writes nine in the first box). This helps them practice more math facts up to adding 12. You can print these out as worksheets, or you can put laminate them or put them in a page protector for the students to use over and over with dry erase markers. Click the image to download!
Have a favorite spot in your classroom you want to share? Link up here! Don't forget to follow or comment on the last two bloggers! Enjoyed my freebie? Let me know! I love to hear from other teachers!