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Karen Rowland
I am a first grade teacher. We have crazy adventures every day!
I am a first grade teacher. We have crazy adventures every day!


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First Grade Writer's Showcase and a New Unit!
Our 5th Annual - First Grade Writer's Showcase was yet another HUGE success! Let's face it - that last month of school is torture for everyone - right!?!?!? I mean, not only are the kiddos done, but the teachers are smooth worn-out! For the last 5 years we ...

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Excavating Dinosaur Bones!?!?
Along with our study of rocks and reading the story "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter", we had fun "excavating" some dinosaur bones of our own.  I passed out 2 Chips Ahoy cookies and 2 toothpicks to the kiddos.  They had to gently "excavate" the bones (chips) fro...

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Research and Writing Center - Rocks
Our story in our reader last week was "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter" by Jane Kurtz.  I usually to a study on rocks along with this story.  Here is a picture of our research and writing center: I used to call this the "di...

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Spider Week!
Last week was All About Spiders.  Here are some activities we worked on:  These super cute spiders came from: Amy Lemons and Cara Carroll This week is BATS!!

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Bats, Spiders & Ghosts - Oh My!!!!
Such a fun unit for the month of October! This unit has Math, Literacy and Writing Activities. Check it out!!! What's included: Be sure and click on any pic above to check it out.  The pages shown are for spiders but there are the same pages for bats and gh...

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Fall Leaves are Falling
This week was all about leaves.  We read many books about leaves and fall.   We read  talked about verbs and went back and looked for all the verbs.  Then we added it to our leaf chart. Here's our Can Have Are chart: Here's all our leaf books ready for the ...

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Apples? Yes, Please!!!
Last week was our study of ALL THINGS APPLES! Here are some pics of our week: Here's our adjectives, Can Have Are chart, and Apple Writing that we worked on throughout the week. This is the class book we made and put together: Torn Paper art in the Art Cent...

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Finishing Kinder review - Ready for 1st grade stories!
Well, we're finishing up our 4th week of school.  The time has already flown by!  I really do have a GREAT group of firsties this year and cannot complain.  We're finishing up our Kindergarten review and will jump in to our first grade stories and curriculu...

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B2S Sale!!!!!
Can you believe it's already time to go back to school? Summer absolutely FLEW by!  It's also time for the TPT - B2S - site sale! My store will be 20% off and when you enter the code BESTYEAR, you'll get an extra discount!!!  Click on any pic below to check...

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Pet Rocks Rock!!!
Following our dinosaur and excavation activities, we examined rocks.  Each child was supposed to bring a small rock to school.  We have used this cute unit for several years now and it always turns out great! Unit by Renee at: http://scienceschoolyard.blogs...
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