A Polar Week Ahead
I’m ready to see my kiddos.
Not really ready for this wonderful break to be over. But I’m looking forward to teaching.
I’m not looking forward to alarm clocks, district shenanigans, “mucky-muck” visits that are planned this month, nor recess duty.
But I’m good with everything else. 🙂
We study polar habitats in January. We talk about snow, a lot. It’s very intriguing to all of us. Over 75% of my class has never actually seen snow.
We live less than an hour away from snow in the winter.
For that matter, many of my kiddos have never been to the beach. We live just over 30 minutes from the beach.
I find that very strange. Families need to DO more with their kiddos.
My mom used to always say, “Ya wanna go for a ride?”
Then we’d pile in the car and go somewhere. Just visit. For the day. The only cost was the gas that got us there. We’d play around a bit, climb back in the car, and go home.
It was fun. We got out and simply ENJOYED. That’s what I did with my kids, too. We never really had major vacations – but we would just GO somewhere that didn’t cost money for the day.
I wish more parents did that.
In my Friday Notes each week, I remind parents to go out and “play” with their kids. Over the next couple months I will be reminding them how fun it would be to take a quick trip up to the snow. (There really isn’t a whole lot of snow right now… but there are spots of it. Regardless, it would be new, different and fun for some of those kiddos to head up there for an hour or 2.)
In class we will be studying penguins and polar bears and all things snow related this month.
On Monday, we will jump right into the penguin theme with this activity:
My Resolution for the New Year Penguin is a fun way to explore the term resolution and what that means to a 1st grader. 🙂
Our primary writing lesson this week will be from Working in a Winter Wonderland.
My kiddos just LOVE playing sight word board games, so I have a wintery themed one for them this month.
The board game is “programmable” (do they use that word anymore?) Well any way, if I’m showing my age with that old term, that just means you can put in whichever words you want the kids to practice. The words aren’t already on the game.
I’m also using some of my Winter Math Games during universal access time to practice skip counting, 10 more and 10 less and comparing numbers. These games keep them engaged and allow me an opportunity to do guided math with those who need a little more small group or 1:1 work during our math block.
Here are my plans for next week. Click the plans to see a larger image. Click HERE to download your own copy. 3 emailers and 1 commenter asked how do I do lesson plans like this… You need my digital planner – The Ultimate Weekly Planner! It’s a new year, time to get organized! And this planner is completely yours, completely printable, customizable, and doesn’t come with a ridiculously yearly fee like those not so attractive online planners. Just sayin’ ;P
The downloaded version includes links to everything that’s available in TpT including the worksheets I will be using from my BFF Annie over at The Moffatt Girls. Her Winter Math and Literacy Math Packet is filled with activities to support whatever we are learning about.
Don’t forget to peek at the week of a bunch of other teachers linked up over at Deedee’s.
I’ll leave you with my boxer, the model. He thinks he needs to pose at all times. It’s kinda hilarious.
I feel like he is always saying, “You got that camera… use it!”
In the top pic, he is laying on an ottoman that is behind the table on which he is resting his head…. just staring at us. Seriously – he is always posing. 🙂
One day left… GO OUT AND PLAY! 🙂 Then, it’s back to the grindstone. Have a fabulous week peeps!