The World Didn't End, So Teach About It We Must...

Well, we feel like we've given the Mayans and Nostradamus ample response time to end the world and so far they've got nothing!

In the words of Tammy's 5 year old nephew...Phewf

So, since the world is sticking around for hopefully another billion zillion years or so, we'll have to continue learning about it in class.


Which is actually a good thing. 
Not only that the world is sticking around...
But, also because we adore teaching our class about Habitats!

It's tough though...
We know that hands-on, experiential learning is the best.
And honestly, if we could pack them all up and backpack around the world for a few months we totally would...But, for some reason our Field Trip Department has a hard time approving this one?!? 
So for now, we will bring the world to them...

Did you really think we could handle backpacking around the world with 22 first graders?!
You can see {here} how it all culminates in our classroom for Open House in May (Phewf), but our Habitats learning will just be kicking off when we return from our winter hibernation break in just a few short days! 

With the arrival of Winter, it seems only natural that our first stop is the Polar Habitat
 By immersing our class in academic vocabulary, they become Polar Pros in no time! 

Many ask how such young children can learn such high level vocabulary?
Our answer...
Because we teach them!
There really is no better feeling than hearing young ones sounding so scholarly...
"We're going to migrate to recess now."

"Can you please turn the AC down? It's like Antarctica in here!"
It warms our frosty hearts!

What's Included:
*List of Common Core Standards
*16 Polar Vocabulary Cards
*1 Blank Bingo Card Master
*5 Pre-made Bingo Cards
*Polar Vocabulary Definitions
*1 Polar Mini (8 page) Book
*Fact Finders Page
*1 Polar Definition Worksheet
*1 Polar Vocabulary Sentence Worksheet
*Snowy Sentences Activity
*Polar Scramble Worksheet
*Polar Writing Brainstorm Page
*Polar Writing Final Draft Page
*Polar Penguin Art Project

Next stop...The Pond!
Designed much like Polar, the kids hop in with two feet first because they know what to expect! 
Being that we have so much land to cover, we don't have a lot of time to spend teaching brand new activities. 
The kids feel super successful when they know how to do something before it's been introduced, and we love saying things like, 
"Remember how you did this in the Polar Habitat"...
They nod in compliance...
"Great! Go do it in the Pond!"...
Wait, that did not come out right...
You know what we mean!! Ahhh...

Like Polar, The Pond Habitat Includes:
*List of Common Core Standards 
*16 Pond Vocabulary Cards
*1 Blank Bingo Card Master
*5 Pre-made Bingo Cards
*Pond Vocabulary Definitions
*1 Pond Mini (8 page) Book
*Fact Finders Page
*1 Pond Definition Worksheet
*1 Pond Vocabulary Sentence Worksheet
*Levels of the Pond
*Levels of the Pond Worksheet
*Pond Brainstorm Page
*Pond Final Draft Page
*Pond Frog Art Project

After being cold and wet, we'll need to warm ourselves up a bit, so we'll make a complete polar shift and head to the Savanna!
This unit focuses on the Savanna Habitat of Africa, as we do a HUGE Social Studies African Adventure in the Spring!
You can read more about that one {here}.

The Savanna Safari Includes:
*List of Common Core Standards
*16 Savanna Vocabulary Cards
*1 Blank Bingo Card Master
*5 Pre-made Bingo Cards
*Savanna Vocabulary Definitions
*1 Savanna Mini (8 page) Book
*Fact Finders Page
*1 Savanna Definition Worksheet
*1 Savanna Vocabulary Sentence Worksheet
*Savanna Label Worksheet
*Savanna Brainstorm and Final Draft Pages
*Savanna Directed Draw Giraffe Art Project

As long as we're toasty warm, we'll stay that way as we dry up in the Desert Habitat
Like all the other habitats, our class will learn new academic vocabulary for the habitat, play games to reinforce the new words, read, write, and create a culminating art project for the habitat.

Desert Digs:
*List of Common Core Standards
*16 Desert Vocabulary Cards
*1 Blank Bingo Card Master
*5 Pre-made Bingo Cards
*Desert Vocabulary Definitions
*1 Desert Mini (8 page) Book
*Fact Finders Page
*1 Desert Definition Worksheet
*1 Desert Vocabulary Sentence Worksheet
*Desert Label Worksheet
*Desert Brainstorm and Final Draft Pages
*Desert Snake Art Project

So, pack your bags folks and let's hit the world because...
It's still here!

Click the shopping cart below to check out our Habitat Units or any of our other units in our TpT Shop.
Enjoy 20% off our entire store until tomorrow,
December 31st!
 Happy New Year Friends! 


SNOW Close and a Frosty Giveaway!

We are SNOW close to Winter Break! Tomorrow, our winter wishes will come true!! Two whole weeks of sleeping in holiday bliss! Squeal!

This week, we've really spent time just enjoying our time together. The events of last week have reminded us to really take every moment, beyond standards and test scores, to enjoy them...Our heart still aches, and we know it will for a very long time to come, but as teachers we feel we owe it to our own students and those precious angels who lost their lives to keep going. To do what we know to do. To teach. To inspire. To move forward. For the kids. For the teachers. Kids have an incredible way of making the world feel right again, even when it is not. They keep us smiling. Keep us laughing. Keep us moving forward. They help our hearts, and we needed that more than ever from them this week.

So, while savoring every moment, we've been like a regular 'ol Santa's Workshop cranking out the Winter Wares! 

We put the finishing touches on our family gifts...Shhh...Don't tell them...
Here's How We Did It...
They designed their own wrapping paper on an 11x17 piece of white copy paper. We discussed options for small repeated pictures on the paper, but really it's their wrapping paper, so have at it! Some drew candy canes, hearts, snowflakes, swirls, dots, get the picture. Sooo wish we had pics, but our camera decided it was on Winter Break a day early... 

Tomorrow, they will walk in to find a gift of their own from their teachers. 
Yes, it's B.Y.O.B in our class...
Build Your Own Bag!
Check out the modest snowman on the right. :) 
The same day we painted our finger, we whipped out our own gift bags too!

We fill them with a bunch of goodies like little books, new crayons, pencils, erasers, 
and our personal favorite Snowman Playing Cards!
These make us SNOW happy!!!
We got them {HERE}
We print out game cards for their gift bags with directions to play "Snowman Top-It" (basically "War", but you know, we can't use the "W" word at school), then we make them all pinkie promise they will love these at least half as much as their Christmas presents. Some agree...One says one quarter as much! This one keeps us on our toes.
We do enjoy them...

Now that we've shared our class Winter Wares, we wanted to share something frosty with you too!
It's time for a GIVEAWAY!! Squeal!!

Enter for a chance to win our "Frosty in First Grade: Common Core Math and Literacy Activities for the Season" Unit and kick up your feet all Winter Break long!! 

This Megapack includes centers for the entire winter season and will keep your class busy well past the New Year!  We'll be using them during our Workshop (centers) time when we return.
We'll be giving this unit away to 5 Frosty Friends, so head down to the Rafflecopter below and enter now! 

Giveaway ends Sunday at midnight, Pacific time...unless there's a polar shift tomorrow as the Mayans have that case, please check back after the end of the World...

Winners will be announced here on the blog and on Facebook this coming Monday
**We'll also have a surprise for you, so be sure to check back!** 
Good luck!


Our Thoughts and Prayers are With You...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the teachers, students, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary...

A Frosty Freebie!

 We're bringing you our latest frosty freebie today!

Counting By 2's, 5's and 10's is a very practical skill we build in class all year long. 
Count your steps by 2's.
Clap by 5's.
Turn to your partner and slap hands together by 10's.
Touch the sky.
Touch the ground.
Turn around.
Simon Says...
Pretty please!?!?

For many of our kiddos, this skill is still a little tough...
Now that we've introduced counting nickels and dimes, things just got a whole lot tougher!

So, this fine December (December!?!?!?) we're giving them some extra practice with our 
Skipping Through Winter ~ Skip Counting By 2's, 5's and 10's

Three skip counting activities and worksheets to boot!

Plus, we've included this number grid and teacher direction cards for extra support!
Give them marshmallows or another fun winter manipulative, and have them mark their skip counts on the grid. 

Click {here} to grab your own copy!

 If you're looking for a new program to start in the New Year, check out our Timed Math Tests with incentives. We have Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication and have 5 different themes. They're a great way to get kids motivated to learn their facts!
While you're there, you might want to check out our latest winter Megapack...
We are firm believers in the motto, "Work smarter, not harder".
Creating and preparing centers activities each week takes a ton of our time!
You know you work too long when your car is the only one left in the school parking lot and you need your flashlight app to navigate your way back to it!

In an effort to GO HOME  check centers prep off our lists, we've created enough activities to carry us through the entire Winter Season! 
Three months of centers prepped...

is a follow up to our Top Seller
This time around, we wanted to keep the activities similar enough to keep them working independently (Have we told you how much we love the I word in first grade? We do!), but different enough to challenge them in the middle of first grade and keep carrying them through the Common Core Standards.
So, we've kicked things up a notch!
{Channeling our inner Emerils}

We're diving right in this fine first week of December with a few of our favorites...
We prep each activity, with lots of recording sheets and keep them in their own gallon size plastic bag.
We keep all of them in a tub, easily accessible all season.
We grab from it all winter and fire up our cars long before Daylight Savings kicks in! 
The gift that keeps on giving!

Click the pick below to see it in our TpT Shop. 
Happy Winter Friends! 

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