May 2012 | Peace, Love, and First Grade


Do you remember Bob? From this post? Our runaway caterpillar?
 "He" made his chrysalis on our classroom ceiling. Remember?
  Well, I never updated you on Bob or any of Bob's friends.
Here's Bob hanging from the ceiling.

Here's the "used" butterfly pavilion we tacked to the ceiling
 so Bob wouldn't fall to "his" death.
Sorry about the stain from the previous tenants.
Bob is in there, though.

This is not Bob.
This is one of Bob's friends bothering the chrysalis next door.

My kiddos were so excited to take our butterflies outside and set them free.
Take a look at the sweetie in the jeans and pink cowboy boots. She loved this!

Here is a close-up of our butterfly friends. Beautiful!

Our sweet pink cowboy boots friend is talking to them through the side.
SO precious! I will miss that girl so!!

 And here is the star-"Bob" who turned out to be a "Molly."

Did you know male Monarch butterflies have black spots on the inside of their wings? These dots send out the pheromones to attract mates.
Bob did not have spots! She was actually called Molly, Skylar Laine, Marley, Shirley, and from one "hip" kiddo-Bob Marley! 

And if you can see this little speck in the air-
that's Bob-Marley flying to freedom!

Need a way to document the life cycle of a butterfly? 
Check out my booklets here. 
Life cycle of a butterfly


We spent the last week diving into Summer-themed Math!
The kiddos had a great time reviewing 10 Common Core Standards. Here's a peek!

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 1.NBT.4 Boat Race-2-Digit Addition without regrouping

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 1.OA.8 Missing Number Bounce House-Missing Addends and Subtrahends

Summer Math Centers

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 1.OA.3 Clam Dig-3-Addend Addition

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 1.MD.3 Sunshine Time-Time to hour and half-hour
(and yes, we are cleaning out...)

Summer Math Centers

MD.2 Surf's Up Measurement- Measuring inches

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 1.G.3 Beach Ball Fractions-Identifying Fractional parts

Summer Math Centers

CCSS 2.MD.8 Souvenir Shopping-Counting coins

and more...

CCSS 1.NBT. 1 Flip Flop Skip Counting-2s to 120 (4s to 120 and Top-It)
CCSS 1.NBT.3 Sand Pail Compare and Sort-Greater Than/Less Than and Odd and Even Sort
CCSS 1.NBT.2 3-Way Sandcastle Memory-Place Value-hundreds, tens, ones
CCSS 1.NBT.1 Shark Crunch-Number grid to 120

I may be a little nuts getting this in the VERY last week!

These activities are from my Summer Math Tubs pack.

Summer Math Centers

Happy Summer to you!!!


One of my favorite books to read during our Plant unit is Jack and the Beanstalk. My kiddos are having a blast with our Jack unit.
Here are some samples-

The students completed this fun and easy craftivity,
 then had a choice of writing prompts. Here are their finished products.
 One of the boys gave him ruffled socks. So funny!

 This kiddo chose the prompt, "Would you climb the beanstalk?"
Her response-"I would not climb the beanstalk
 because I do not want to get in trouble by my mom."
 Love that!!

This sweet one chose the prompt, "What would you trade for magic beans?"
His response-"I would trade my dog
 because she poops everywhere she goes."
 Well, I did ask!!

Completing the Sentence Scramble

Labeling the Beanstalk

We also completed our Plant Vocabulary Booklets.

"Leaves have veins like people but they don't have blood."
Love that first-grade spelling!

"A garden is like a store that only sells vegetables."
 Too cute!

You can find all my Vocabulary booklets and
 my Jack packet on TpT!

 Click the cover!
Jack and the Beanstalk

Plants vocabulary

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