Friday, September 19, 2014

Five for Friday!

So excited to link up with Kacey today!  Click the graphic above to join in!

Apple Week concluded today!  It was such a fun week, but I'm grateful for the weekend and a little space from all things apples ;)  After our weekly spelling test and a quick apple diagram activity from Rachelle at What the Teacher Wants, we ran some errands and went on an apple field trip.  Gotta love Fridays!
Let's talk about how Becks insisted he use tape instead of glue.  ??????  #whatevs


I love these two.  A whole lot.  I cannot even tell you how grateful I am to be their mama and to be spending some extra time with them these days.  I'm so content.  

Many of you asked for a compilation of my apple activities.  They're now in resource form and...if you're an Inspired Apple Facebook know that there's a little something special if you purchase by tomorrow at 11:59pm.  Just sayin'.

Product Found >>> HERE. 
This is my view right now.  Except it's night now and all the open cabinets are kind of freaking me out.  Also, we have too much stuff.  #noted  Though we love a good DIY, we actually hired out for this project after a few friends said that if we wanted to stay married we shouldn't attempt it ourselves.  #alsonoted
I am doing a *phenomenal* Bible study with She Reads Truth.  If you're a female follower or seeking Him in your life, I highly suggest you download this free app to your phone and start one of their studies.  I'm doing the Open Your Bible one, currently, and am learning so much about just how much God wants to be a part of my everything.  I need reminders ALL. THE. TIME.  I'm weak, I'm a sinner, and I am terrible Bible reader.  This study is really helping me with that last one.  

I'm planning to do the next one, too, which is 1 Peter and 2 Peter.  If anyone else is interested in doing it, too, holla and we can keep each other accountable!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Day 4

Okay, so, since I've had so many inquiries about my apple activities, I'm going to try my best to make a little mini-unit with them.  It will be random, but I'd love to share!

ETA 9/19/14 : All activities up to this point are uploaded in the resource pictured below.  Click the pic to check it out!

Here's what we did today...

We started off getting our applesauce ready to go!  Fortunately, B didn't have to go into work until later, so he peeled all the apples for me!  #lovethatguy  While he was doing that, Becks and I read Apple Picking Time by Michele Slawson.  I loooooooove this book.  It tells a great story and the pictures are so sweet.  A great read-aloud.  

Then, it was time to make applesauce!  Becks read the recipe and measured out the ingredients before mixing everything together.  {Our recipe came from The First Grade Parade >>> HERE}

We turned the crock pot on and went about our day.

Today we were thrilled to do some science, starting with Cara's The Great Apple Investigation.  Becks LOVED this, and while he was doing it, he looked at me and asked if I would home school him again.  Melt. My. Heart.  I sure hope to continue!

The investigation included tons of opportunities for observation and collecting information about his apple.  Afterwards, we used his cut up apple (plus another) to do apple prints with paint.  
It didn't take him long to pretend each apple was a member of Lego Ninjago, and then this resulted from all the spinjitsu stunts they do...


All the while, little sis watched on.  I can't tell you how much these two love each other.  They both light up when they're together.  She can't wait to run around with him, I just know it!
In the spirit of exploration, Becks was curious if he'd be able to clean the paint off the apple.   It was a good effort ;)

Then, we had a lunch break and it was time for a little Sad Apple Science.  You all.  Isn't he the most pitiful thing?!  I kinda want to hug him... 
When I explained what we were going to do to the apple, Beck wasn't very amused at first.  I don't want to hurt the apple, mom!!!!!  But, alas, it was for the sake of science, so with a little encouragement, he was game.  And, if it makes you feel any better, there was no harm done to the apple pictured above.

First, Becks had to fill out his little observation sheet to hypothesize what he thought would happen when the apple was dropped.  Naturally, he thought it would EXPLODE.  Because he is a six-year-old boy and all.  Then, it was time to drop the apple.  FUN. TIMES. 
I love how he wrote "squishy part" and "bruise."  Invented spelling at its best ;)

But, we didn't stop there.  The last part of the experiment was to see what happens when a bruised apple is exposed to banana!  Pictured above, you see the banana and apple on one set of shelves and the apple all by itself on the other set of shelves.  And, I assure you Becks made sure that both apples were substantially bruised.  {According to science, the banana will expedite the chemical process by emitting a gas that will produce a more pronounced bruise on an already bruised apple!  Cool, huh?!}  We'll keep you posted on our results!

Lastly, we continued our study of facts and opinions and ate a big ol' caramel apple.  First, we used our 5 senses to observe the caramel apple.  Then, of course, he ate it to see how it sounded and tasted.  Afterwards, we did a shared pen activity and wrote sentences about our caramel apple.  We reread the sentences and underlined the facts and opinions in different colors...
Not gonna lie, it was about this point that I lost him!  It was a struggle to finish the activity!!!

By the time we were finished, the applesauce was ready for eatin'!  And, the moment Becks went outside, I poured a steaming hot helping over top of Graeter's Salted Caramel ice cream and called it a day :)
Happy Thursday!  I'll try my best to get the unit uploaded by tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Day 3

You all.  I have my GROOOOOOOOOVE back. 

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Seriously, teaching Beckham this week has been an absolutely joy.  And, as you know, it's kind of an epiphanic moment for a teacher when you have that little kick in your step and are excited to make your way into your classroom.  I've even caught myself thinking: My firsties would LOVE this!  Now, I use the term "firsties" in reference to a future class of kiddos I will have in the not-so-near-future (God-willing).  But, it has been noted, the I do see myself returning to the classroom.  Someday-ish.


While Becks completed his spelling work at the kitchen table, I was busy putting the finishing touches on some Mystery Box fun.  I washi-taped the clues around our home school room and instructed him to STAY OUT until he was given further direction.  That, alone, was enough to elicit an exciting start to our day.  He couldn't wait to see what I was up to.  

First, I presented him with the box and encouraged him to guess what was inside.  He needed no prompting to shake and sniff the box.  Smells like GLUE! he exclaimed, as if he'd uncovered the big mystery.  I explained that he was smelling the glue from the pieces glued to the outside of the box (which is from Target, btw...I've also seen them at Hobby Lobby).  Next up, I explained that he would be searching for 'clues' around the room and would have to write the clues down and formulate a guess for what was inside the box based on them and his own observations.  

Watching him hunt the room was fun!  He's such a nut!
After he'd located all four clues, he went to write them on the recording sheet and draw/write his guess.  
The clues were:

1.  It looks like the sun.
2.  It can cut fruit.
3.  It is metal.
4.  You find it in the kitchen.

Immediately, he said KNIFE! but quickly said that a knife wasn't shaped like the sun.  {My teacher heart was thrilled to listen to him talk through his guesses!}  Since it was his best guess, I told him it was okay to write it down anyway.  

Finally, the moment of apple slicer!
It's funny how something so simple was so interesting and fun to him.  We actually don't own the slicer (I borrowed it from my mom), and he hadn't seen or used one before.  The hands-on exploration following was priceless - and a perfect time for another apple snack, too!

{You can find the Mystery Box Activity >>> HERE}

Next up was reading where we've been focusing on fact and opinion this week.  We read another non-fiction book about apples, discussed the facts within, and completed a little graphic organizer I made to distinguish between facts and opinions about apples.  I thought using washi-tape for the stems turned out so cute!  {Can you tell I'm a little obssessed with all the washi goodness?! #iloveallthingspretty}  Then, I gave him a practice sheet where he used different colored bingo dotters to dot facts and opinions.  

Afterwards, he added another page to his All About Apples fact book.  {Sidenote: Yesterday, he was thrilled to present me with the first page: I like apples!  Needless to say, we had to do a little re-teaching ;)  }

His first {remade} page says: An apple is a fruit.  Then, he drew and labeled a Granny Smith apple.

Today's page says: These are the pips of an apple.  Then, he drew an apple showing the pips, or seeds, inside.  
We concluded with math where he started with the center of Cara's I mentioned in yesterday's post.  He needed more practice and wanted to beat his time! Then, it was all things apple cereal!  He sorted it, counted it,  graphed it, made patterns with it, and completed all the equations for making 10.  Then, of course, he ate it :)

So, that's it!  Apple Week Day 3 is complete!

I already can't wait for tomorrow!  Happy Wednesday!

{PS.  For those of you who've inquired, I will put my Peek at My Week up on Friday or Saturday from this past week.  Would it surprise you to know that I plan better on the fly?! }

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Days 1 & 2

I have to be honest - this is the first week of home school that I was pretty excited to teach.  The weeks leading up to this haven't been bad, just kind of mundane and repetitive.  No complains from Beck, but my teacher heart just wasn't feeling it.  Something about the changing seasons, open windows, and apple spice scent wafting through the house were all kinds of inspiring.  I dug a little deeper, planned a little better, and decided we would be a little less rigid this week and a lot more exploratory and creative.  {Honestly, I continue to struggle with the transition from traditional public educator to a home school teacher.  I used to doing things Only This Way, where teaching should be about This Way or That Way or All The Ways In Between.}

So!  Apple Week!

Mondays are a little slow at Mullins Academy.  We made Apple Playdoh as seen in Kathleen's apple pack at Growing Kinders.  Becks was responsible for reading the recipe, highlighting the ingredients, and helping me mix it all together.  Of course, he was *thrilled* that it looked like a pot full of blood before it solidified.  #boymom

After it cooled, he played with it, told me how wonderfully it smelled, and made his spelling words out of it.  
Today, we took off extra early for the grocery store to purchase ALL THE APPLE THINGS.  Seriously.  So. Much. Apple. Stuff.
Afterwards, we came home and worked on our weekly memory verse.  It is such a blessing to me that I get to share this part of the day with Becks.  
If you would like a copy of this very simple activity to do at home with your kiddos or use in your classroom, click the pic below and you can download it for FREE.  I will *try* my hardest to put these out monthly, but I make no promises!  Whenever I say I'm going to do something (i.e. 2nd Grade RTI pack...a year in the making), it never gets finished.  However, they will always be shared free of charge.  That I will promise :)

Another fun activity that I saw circulating Pinterest (credit >>> HERE) was building with apples.  Becks had just finished his reading activities - which I will share tomorrow - and needed a snack.  What better than to build with and eat apples all at the same time?!  He LOVED this.  

We finished the day out with math, where he's been working on counting on and using a number line as strategies to solve addition problems.  We snagged Cara's fantastic Three Way Apple Math *freebie* >>> HERE, arranged the number baskets in a number line, and then he matched the apple pieces with the correct number.  LOVE.  Oh, and there's the Faifa Waif and her daddy.  Also, LOVE. 

And, now, it's time for me to pop a loaf of beer bread in the oven and wait for the pot roast to finish.  Happy Tuesday to you!