January 3, 2015

January Pick 3

Hello January 2015! There are so many fun and creative ideas that I love to do in January in my first grade classroom. Below are 3 of my favorites that I’ve found on Pinterest. I hope you can use them too! Click on the link to be directed to the originally post on the pin to learn more! 

I love to teach my firsties about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is an awesome way to provide a visual of the concept that we are all the same on the inside no matter the color our skin. Certainly a lesson that will be remembered :)

I love love love these snowflakes! They come out amazing! I have done them before with kindergarteners as well! We made them extra large and hung them from the ceiling! 

With the little ones, I precut the shapes for them. I used the shape template that came with our math kit. Here’s what it looks like:

Students love tracing the shapes onto paper! Then they cut them out. You can extend into math with having students cut out a certain number of hexagons, circles, or rhombuses. This project may take a few days to complete. The finish product is beautiful!

This is the coolest snowman ever! What a great way to show the perspective of a melting snowman.  Creative juices really get flowing as students write from the point of view of the snowman! 

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  1. Love the skin diversity activity. Hadn't seen that one yet. Thanks. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

  2. I have that snowman on my list to make this month. I think it is so neat!

  3. Such great ideas! I'm sure the MLK activity will send a powerful message to the kids. I love the snowman perspective- that's so cute! Thank you so much for sharing and linking up! :)

  4. Thanks for linking up! Those snowflakes would make such adorable classroom decorations!

  5. I LOVE the snowflakes. I have a die cut machine that will cut all of those same shapes for me! I'm so doing this with my TK & K kids. Patterns might not be part of Common Core, but it's foundational to Common Core, so we still need to teach it. Thank you for sharing!
    Palma (from KFUNdamentals)

  6. Love the melting snowman and the apple activity. Very creative.
    Burke's Special Kids

  7. Love your pins, Michele! What a powerful MLK lesson to teach your class!!
    Elyse :)
    Proud to be Primary

  8. I love the art projects and the diversity lesson! I have seen it done with eggs, but the apple is a nice variation!