8 Dec 2014

Gorgeous Tissue Trees for Christmas!

We just finished creating some beautiful tissue Christmas trees. They're in the gym right now as part of the decorations for our concert tomorrow.

I found the idea from Jill at Mrs. T's First Grade Class.

Colourful Tissue Christmas Trees from Grade ONEderful

They were reasonably easy to make, but it WAS a two-day, three-stage process.

1. I cut tissue paper into squares (they weren't exact).

2. I gave the kids white glue bottles and a letter-sized piece of paper and told them to cover it in glue.

3. They layered on their tissue paper.

4. We let it dry over night and the next day I cut their paper into triangles and rectangles.

5. They painted the sky with watered down blue tempera paint (on 11 x 14 paper).

6. Once the paint was dry they glued on their trees (we talked a bit about perspective beforehand).

7. Last step was gluing on the little dots of snow (paper circles from the office hole puncher).

Easy for Grade one students.

And here's what I heard as we were finishing up: "Mrs. Leyne, you do the coolest art! Way better than kindergarten."

Have a great week!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

3 Dec 2014

Oh no! Santa is Stuck!

Did you know that first graders have excellent problem-solving powers?

My class figured out LOTS of great ways to save Santa should he ever find himself stuck in the chimney!

They would use ropes, ladders, toilet plungers, soap and oil. One creative person decided that he would feed Santa many cookies to make him even fatter in the hopes that the chimney would crack open and free Santa!

Gotta love six-year-olds!

This super idea came from Nancy at First Grade WOW. You should head on over cause she's got a ton of free Christmas stuff.

Thanks for stopping by!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

29 Nov 2014

Lots of Ideas for a Salmon Unit

We've been learning LOTS about salmon.

We read two great books:

Watched a fabulous video:

Made life cycle wheels:

Painted these beautiful salmon:

And made this gorgeous mural:

Happy Weekend!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

28 Nov 2014

PPBF: The Book With No Pictures

Have you been lucky enough to get a hold of this new book?

Mine arrived in the mail a few days ago and I LOVE it!

Title: The Book With No Pictures
Author: B.J. Novak
Illustrator: There isn't one! Duh :)
Publishing: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014
Ages: 4 to 10
Genre: Humour

Brief Synopsis (from the book flap):  A book with no pictures? What could be fun about that? After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page. Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices... Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

Opening Lines: This is a book with no pictures. It might seem like no fun to have someone read you a book with no pictures. It probably seems boring and serious.  Except ...

Why I LOVE This Book: Because my class loved it and it's one of the funniest books I've read in a LONG time! The reason this book is so hilarious, is that the rule is the person reading it aloud has to read EVERY SINGLE WORD! And one of the pages says, "I am a monkey who taught myself to read." Can you even begin to imagine how funny a six-year-old finds that? And it gets better: "My face is a bug"; "My head is made of blueberry pizza." And in small print the story teller is denying every silly thing that's just been read. Pure comedy ... if you're a little kid:)

Still not convinced? Take a look at this:

Other Resources

1. Question Time: Why was this book so funny, even though there were no pictures?

2. Add Pictures: Okay, I know this is not the purpose of the book. But there's some great imagery in here (e.g., "I eat ants for breakfast right off the ruuuuuuug!").  It would be lots of fun to see what kind of illustrations the kids come up with.

3. Write Your Own Version: I think kids in Grades 1-3 would have a blast writing their own version of a silly book designed to trick grown-ups into saying goofy stuff.

You can find more great book reviews at Susanna Hill's blog! (Just click on the image).

Happy Friday to my fellow Canadians! And Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

26 Nov 2014

Gryphon House is having a sale!

Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.

In honor of Gryphon House’s new website, they are offering 20% OFF entire orders at www.gryphonhouse.com from now until Sunday, November 30th, 2014. Shoppers should use this code at checkout: WELCOME.

Additionally, Gryphon House will have a deal running from Monday, December 1st – Monday, December 15th, 2014 onwww.gryphonhouse.com that includes 20% OFF total orders, plus free shipping. Shoppers must use the code: HOLIDAY.

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

24 Nov 2014


Check it out! It's a Canadian Blogger GIVEAWAY.

You could win a $30 gift certificate!!

Click the image to pop over to my other blog where all the fun is!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

22 Nov 2014

Perfect Picture Book Friday: My Teacher is a Monster!

Imagine my surprise the other day when I found THIS book in my mailbox. Yes, it was a gift ... and a surprise ... read on and I'll explain at the bottom :)

Title: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

Author: Peter Brown

Publishing: Little, Brown and Company, 2014

Ages: Suitable for 5-8

Theme: Viewpoint, Friendship, Monsters

Opening Lines: "Bobby had a big problem at school. Her name was Ms. Kirby. ROBERT!"

Synopsis (from Amazon): A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.

Why I Like This Book: I love the big, bold, expressive, kid-like illustrations. 

As a teacher, I can totally relate to kids like Bobby (you will, too!). And remember when you were a kid and how incredibly awkward and just plain weird it was to see your teacher OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL? Brown captures that awkward moment perfectly.  

This book is perfect for talking about viewpoint (i.e., Ms. Kirby isn't REALLY a monster ... yes, I had to convince my own class about that one) and how the illustrations help tell the story (I think it's really cool the way Ms. Kirby gradually morphs from a monster to a real person).

Teaching Resources: Well ... I went with the monster theme for this one, 'cause "kid monsters" are just so fun! Here's what I've collected:

1. Monsters in the Art Room by Georgetown Elementary Blog

2. Drippy Monsters by Smart Class

3. Monster Hands by Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi

4. Four FREE Emergent Readers by The Measured Mom

5. Free Monster Writing Papers by Krista Wallden

6. Monster Symmetry by Kindergarten Smiles

The reason my friend gave me this book (besides the fact that she's such a great gal!) is that she wanted to start a RAK or a "Pay the Kindness Forward" or a "Share the Love" activity ... you get the idea:)

And I was her first recipient! And I had TOTALLY forgotten all about it ~ hence the surprise!

If you would like to "Pay the Kindness Forward" to TWO other people, just let me know in the comments. If more than two people indicate an interest, then I'll use the random number generator to pick two.

What will happen? I'll send you a surprise and then you need to pass on a surprise to two other people.

Fun, eh?

If you're looking for more fabulous picture books, please be sure to check out the fabulous Susanna Hill and her Perfect Picture Book linky.

Have a great weekend!

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

16 Nov 2014

Christmas Clip Art, Mini Giveaway, Clip Art Freebie

Hi Everyone,

Just finished making a whole bunch of Christmas trees!

They're half price for the next day and a half AND if you check my face book page tomorrow afternoon you'll have a chance to win all six sets!








And here's the freebie I promised! Just click on the bird.

I also design Blogger blogs at BL Designs. If you're looking for a new design, my next opening is January 14th.

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address:

12 Nov 2014

More Poppy Art!

Today I noticed the most beautiful art in our hallway. It was created by a class of grade 4 students. These water colour paintings are SO gorgeous I just had to share them with you! I believe the teacher that day was a "Teacher on Call" ... a very talented teacher with an art degree.  I wish I knew who you were so I could give you proper credit because these paintings are amazing!

Thank you for brightening our hallways.

Image Map

Subscribe to Grade ONEderful by email.
 Enter your email address: