5 Feb 2016

More Bear Ideas for Grade 1



We have now wrapped up our Bear unit. Well, except for our biscuit bears which we'll do next week. We're going to add a red hot heart to their lil' bodies to tie it in with Valentine's Day.

On to the bear activities.

ART

My teaching partner had the kids make these cutie-pies. They painted their paper dark brown (tempera paint) and then scratched the wet paint to give it some texture. Once the papers were dry they traced the various bear parts then cut them out and glued them onto their habitat pictures.

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students

Bear paintings by 1st Grade students


RESEARCH

The kids worked together with my partner to research and write about Grizzly Bears. 

Bear research by 1st Grade students


They also made these great bear caves out of paper bags.

Bear caves by 1st Grade students

Reading Response

I read the kids Bedtime for Bear, a very sweet book about a big ol' grizzly trying to get ready for his winter hibernation.



Then they wrote about the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Story sequencing by 1st Grade students

Writing

Early on in the unit I had all the kids bring their teddy bears to school. We used them in Writing and Math. Here you can see their bear descriptions.

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students


After the kids wrote their descriptions they travelled around the room and read their pieces to 3 other people. This was a super successful way to share their writing AND to get some more reading practice. I'll definitely do this more often.

Reading our written descriptions of teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Math

We used snap cubes to measure the length of our bears.

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

And then they recorded their findings.

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Measuring our teddy bears by 1st Grade students
Not everyone had a bear. One little guy brought in his moose!


 We also graphed our bears according to size.

Graphing our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

 And recorded that, also.

Graphing our teddy bears by 1st Grade students

Gratitude

Finally (because I always like to teach good manners whenever I can) everyone wrote thank you notes to our guest, the Conservation Officer.

Writing thank you notes by 1st Grade students



If you missed the earlier post about our bear unit, be sure to check it out!

Don't you just LOVE this face?
Thanks for dropping by. And happy Family Day weekend to all my BC friends!

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1 Feb 2016

Blogger Tutorial: Automatically Embedding Pinterest Widget in Blog Post




Hi Everyone!

Have you ever wondered how to add a Pinterest board widget to your blog? Lots of bloggers like to add them to the bottom of their posts (see mine at the very bottom).

If you're a huge Pinterest user, then this is a cool way of getting more readers to view your boards.

You can set it up so that your profile page is viewed, or just one specific board.

Follow my tutorial and not only will I show you how to do that, but I'll also show you how to set it up so that it shows up automatically every single time you publish a blog post!

Inserting a Pinterest Widget into Your Blogger Post


Step 1

Go to your Pinterest page and log in. Click on the little gear at the top right. Then click on "Make a widget".


Step 2

Once you do that, the image below will pop up. Copy the code in the box (be sure to grab everything).



Step 3

Now you're going to paste the code into your Blogger post BUT you can't do that in "compose" mode. You have to be in "HTML" mode. If you're not sure what I mean, just look at the top left (it's right there beside font, text, bold, italics etc.).

You'll now be looking at a bunch of code. Don't panic, just scroll down and paste the code you copied at the very bottom.

Click on "Compose" and you'll be back to your posting page. The widget will NOT show up but you'll be able to see this (with your own name, of course):


When you're finished your post, hit publish, and you'll be able to see your new widget!

Adjustments


Centering:

You'll notice that your widget is aligned left. If you want it in the centre (like I do), then add the centre tags to the code pinterest gave you.



Can you see my tags? They're underlined in red (be sure to put in the little arrows and slash, and spell "center" the American way).

Size:

You can change the size here, also. Just adjust width and height to whatever you like.

The default is a width of 400:  data-pin-board-width="400"  but you can easily change that. Mine is now 600.


A Widget for a Specific Board


If you don't want a profile widget then you can easily change it to one of your boards. Just go to that board on Pinterest and copy the URL.

In the code that you grabbed earlier look for something like this:

href="https://www.pinterest.com/GradeOnederful/"

and change the pink URL to your board URL.

How to Make Your Pinterest Widget Show up Automatically With Each Post


Step 1

Copy your pinterest widget code again (the one you pasted into your blog post). 
Save and close your blog post.

Click on settings at the very bottom.


Now click on "Posts and comments"

Step 2

Paste your code into this box then save (top right).


Step 3

To test your automatic widget, click on new post, then  preview and voila! There it is. It will now show up every single time you write a blog post.


I hope this all made sense. If not, feel free to ask me any questions in the comments.

The steps might look a little daunting, but honestly, they're pretty easy and I know you can do it yourself:) But if you're super intimated just shoot me an email, and for $5 and I'll set it up for you.

Thanks for stopping by!


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30 Jan 2016

Easy and Beautiful Valentine Art for Grade 1

I joined up with Emily from Emmy Mac's Class PLUS 187 other Canadian teachers for the Great Canadian Valentine Swap!

Each teacher sends a Valentine to 20 other classes across Canada, and in return we all receive 20 different Valentines for our own class. We've already received six cards. On Monday I'm going to set up our map of Canada and open the cards with the kids. This is going to be educational AND great fun!

We made our Valentine's yesterday and I have to say I'm pretty happy with them.

Watercolour handprint valentine art by Grade 1


Watercolour handprint valentine art by Grade 1

Watercolour handprint valentine art by Grade 1

Watercolour handprint valentine art by Grade 1

Watercolour handprint valentine art by Grade 1

I gave the kids an 11x14 piece of paper with two hearts (one large and one small), some watercolours, water and brushes.

I said they could paint them however they wanted, but to remember to use lots of paint for bright colours and no black or brown.

Once the paint was dry they cut out both hearts. I painted their hands with black tempera for the handprint and then they glued the little heart onto the palm.

If I do this again (which I surely will) I'll use liquid watercolours, rather than the Crayola pan paints. I'm pretty sure the colours will be more vivid if I do. But you know what, considering the rather inferior tools we were using I still think the hearts look beautiful!

Since we're giving away these hearts, we decided to make another set that we could keep at school. 

Sponge painted and doily valentine art by Grade 1 students

Sponge painted and doily valentine art by Grade 1 students

Sponge painted and doily valentine art by Grade 1 students

Sponge painted and doily valentine art by Grade 1 students

Sponge painted and doily valentine art by Grade 1 students

We used the same paper with the big and little hearts, only this time I had them sponge paint the hearts using red, white and purple tempera paint. And then, as you can see, instead of a handprint, we added a doily.

The kids were very happy with these ones, too, and they're now gracing our hallway bulletin board.

In the next week or so we'll be making these super cute Valentine bags.

What ONEderful plans do YOU have for Valentine's Day?



22 Jan 2016

Bears Bears Bears!


We're learning about bears again! This is one of my favourite units because there are just so many fun things to do.

We jump-started the unit with a visit from our local Conservation Officer. The kids were thrilled with his visit and learned LOTS, including many safety tips.

The highlight of the visit, though, was when he showed the kids this little guy!

Stuffed baby bear cub. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

My first thought was, "Oh my gosh! He's so cute." That was quickly followed by "Aw, what happened?"

Turns out this little cub was orphaned and sadly he wasn't found until it was too late. But the good part of it is that he's making lots of children very happy.

My kids just couldn't get over how soft and sweet looking he was.

Petting a stuffed bear. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

My TOC wrote up this great chart with the kids:

Bear chart.  Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

And then they drew and labeled some pictures and wrote some bear facts.

Bear studies in a grade 1 class.


Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

If you're doing your own bear unit, you might want to check out some of my other posts.

A couple of years ago we made these great triaramas.

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And last year we had lots of fun making biscuit bears and writing about them.

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Click the image for more great bear activities

We watched an adorable video where a cub learns how to swim. This post also has some artwork.

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And here's a free polar bear math game.
Polar bear bump subtraction. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.
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One year we made these adorable brown bears. 

Brown bear art. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.
Click for the art instructions

If you haven't read Big Bear Hug yet, then click the pic for a review. It's well worth it!


We also read The Very Cranky Bear (which was lots of fun). Click the image below to read the book review AND grab this freebie.
Bears can, have, are, freebie. Bear studies in a grade 1 class.

And here's another book I absolutely adore.

Click the pic for a book review, directed drawing AND a super bear video!

And lastly, you can find a couple of cute art projects and a review of The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud (just click the image).


Have a great weekend and stay tuned for more bear activities!