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Paper Valentine Critters


I wanted to share the Valentine critters my kids made earlier in the week.

It was the easiest art lesson and kept everyone happily engaged for about 45 minutes.

I projected some art animals onto our white board, showed them how to fold paper to make a heart, and off they went!

Oh yes, I pre-cut the paper first so as not to waste too much. I cut 9x12 pieces of construction paper into quarters.

Paper Valentine Critters made by first grade students. GradeONEderful.com

Lots of FREE Valentine Clipart!

Hi Everyone!

In case you missed it, I'm giving away 14 different kinds of Valentine clipart.

That's right! Every day since February 1st I've posted a new clipart freebie on Grade ONEderful Designs.

Take a look below to see what I have so far! If something catches your fancy, just click on the image and you'll be taken directly to that post where you can download the clipart.

And if you DO, please be kind and leave a comment, follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store, or share on social media.



Valentine Poem and Clipart Freebies

Every week my class learns a new poem.

Valentine Poem Freebie: Perfect for 1st Grade
Click to grab poem

The Story of Snow: Book Review for First Grade

I have a totally excellent science book for you today that's all about snow. I read it to my class yesterday and you could have heard a pin drop. They were VERY engaged.

Cool Fact: Did you know that each snowflake is made up of thousands of snow crystals?

Title: The Story of Snow. The Science of Winter's Wonder
Author: Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
Publishing: 2009, Chronicle Books, LLC.
Suitable for Ages: 6 to adult
Theme/Topic: Snow, Non-Fiction

Opening: "Our story starts on a winter day, high up in the sky, in a cloud that is very, very cold."

Groundhog Day Book Round-Up and Clipart Freebie

I've been reading the same three books to my class on Groundhog Day for several years now and decided it was time for a change.

So I went to my local library and found these five winners!

Groundhog Day books for children and free clipart

Groundhog Day FREEBIES

Kids LOVE puppets. It doesn't matter how simple they are. And that's why my classes always love this Groundhog Day activity.

This is a new and improved update of a five-year-old post, but these are still my favourite go-to Groundhog Day activities so I wanted to be sure to share them again.

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by GradeONEderful.com

It's a Reindeer Christmas


This is a linky where everyone shares something special from home or school.

It was definitely a "reindeer" Christmas in my class.  We did some reindeer art, made reindeer ornaments, reindeer cards and reindeer gift bags.

Have a look!

Christmas Poem Freebie

Hi Friends,

This is a very quick post.

I put together a little Christmas poem this evening that I'm using with my class this week.

If you click on the image you'll be able to grab both a colour and a black and white version.


December Poem for Kids: Free Download