This past month in my classroom we learned about the Ocean and Water.  I love this unit as it is always a favorite of my students. We start off by learning about the water cycle.  This year my students made water cycle necklaces. 
Then we went into learning about the Ocean itself.  With some of my younger students (first graders) who can not read some of this text yet are partnered with olders (third graders) who love reading to these students.
My student's favorite thing is learning about the animals that live in the ocean.   They learned about octopuses, whales, fish and sharks, crabs and other animals. They made shark reports in small groups. They also read about octopuses and wrote 8 facts about them.  They painted big Octopuses which caught the eye of everyone walking down our hallway. 

We also compared fish to whales. 

We also read many different Ocean stories that are super fun.  We read the Pout-Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark.  We practiced writing summaries with that story. The students paintings of Pout-Pout Fish turned out super cute.
We also made our own version of Down by the Bay called Down in the Deep.  I did this with my youngers (first graders) during word work time.
This truly is just a quick sample of this massive unit.  This unit is easy to differentiate and had many opportunities for group work which we encourage in Multiage.  You can see more of my Ocean unit in my preview in my store, and you may  also want to look at the Water Cycle unit too. 
Happy teaching!


Today was one of those days when I felt exactly like this guy in the video.  My first grade student that I was trying to help looked just like the man he was trying to teach.  I guess we keep trying, but I know many of you can relate.  If you need to laugh then check out other kid snippets on you-tube.

In math with my youngers (first graders) we are working on adding and subtracting 10 to any number and then we worked on adding multiples of ten to any number.  This skill can be tough and the students need to have good number sense.  I have a few that struggle with just about everything in math so today's lesson was especially daunting (For me too). The best part of todays lesson was  putting together our 120 puzzles.  The students had fun putting these together.  Simply take a 120 chart print on colored cardstock, laminate and cut them up into puzzle pieces.  I found the 120 chart here and I could see a couple light bulbs turning on. Thanks so much Stacy Romanjuk for the 120 chart.

I have two centers in my math fluency pack that has helped my students with ten less and ten more. We just keep practicing.

In this math fluency pack there are 10 centers along with flashcards, posters and activities so students can practice understanding these skills. Check this unit out here.
Spring break is still over a week away! Yikes! Looking forward to a break, visiting my son in Arizona and soaking up the sunshine! 

Top Pinterest Picks for March

I am linking up with Inspired Owl's Corner and Pawsitevely Teaching for March's pick 3.

My students love this video of the states and capitals and ask to watch it all the time!  So much fun!

The past two months we have been learning about the Ocean habitat and learned about octopuses.  They made octopuses just like this girl.  We added our 8 facts on octopuses to go along with the artwork.  I was so glad to see this pin of this Octopus drawing because I wanted something they could create on their own. I will post my octopuses soon. See my ocean unit here.

I am always working on self monitoring with my students.  A fellow Wisconsin teacher made this terrific unit on self-monitoring.  The black posters that you see in the picture you use as the introduction and review of self monitoring.  My students loved this and the activities are terrific.Thanks Lisa  at      Growing Firsties  for a great product! Check her product out here. 
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