What does the shape say?
Oh my goodness, friends. Do you remember this CRAZY song that was a hit a few years ago? What does the fox say? Bless.
Well…we may not be talking about what a fox says, but we sure can talk about what shapes say! This is a fun, engaging way to learn about shapes’ attributes.
We use several songs throughout our shape unit. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Have Fun Teaching. They make some great videos.
We started by creating a graphic organizer with 4 different shapes and their attributes. We used the most common shapes – circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. We wrote the number of corners and sides each one had. Once we did the on the board, we used Reagan Tunstall’s shape interactive notebook page to sort the shapes and their attributes. I love her and her work.
Anyway, I let them choose ONE of those shapes and colored the column all the way down. We used our information to imagine what our favorite shape would say. We wrote the description in little word bubbles. One of my friends said, “It’s like we are writing a riddle!” I thought that was a super smart connection!
We then cut our favorite shape out of our favorite color of construction paper. We added some eyeballs and a few extra details. Once it was all together, we proudly displayed them in the hallway.
Our first grade team is fantastic. We plan together and help each other out. I love how we have the same structure, yet all do something completely different with it! Here are a few more pictures of what my teammates did with their students.
I’m excited to be linking up with Oh Boy It’s Farley for the first time! Here’s what I’m up to these days. :)
Listening: Gilmore Girls! Y’all. I love me some Lorelai and Rory. I have seen the seasons so many times that I can’t even keep track. I just start at the beginning and keep going. I have seen the episodes so many times that I don’t have to watch the screen at all, so I can actually get a lot done while listening to it. Do you have a favorite show that you’ve seen over and over? Or maybe it’s just me. Who knows.
Loving: My Class. Cheesy, I know, but seriously. I have such a great crew this year. Lately I have been reflecting on my past two years of teaching, and this one is by far the best. I have some crazy funny kids this year. They are silly and love to laugh. We are constantly laughing. These kids tell the silliest jokes and crack themselves up. They love learning and get so excited about understanding a new concept. (Who knew compound words could be so fun until this week?) They have such kind hearts, too! My kiddos are always helping each other, whether it is cleaning up or helping read a book. I definitely lucked out this year, you guys. I don’t even want to think about them leaving me!
Thinking: About the LIRPA LOOF. Yesterday was April 1st, better known as April Fools. I got my class GOOD this year. We read a story about the Lirpa Loof Bird and then found the adjectives. (We’ve been studying adjectives this past month!) When we read that these special birds migrate in the first week of April, the kiddos got SO excited. Then after reading that they eat carrots, I shared that I actually brought a carrot if they wanted to go look for one. We decided to make our own carrots and head outside. They bought it hook, line, and sinker. They were holding those carrots above their heads and chanting, “lirpa loof, lirpa loof!” It was hilarious!
Wanting: A piece of cheese toast. Sounds weird, but it’s true. It’s my favorite go to snack. A piece of Bay’s Southern Sourdough Bread, lightly toasted, with a slice of thin-cut provolone cheese is quite close to perfection. Thank goodness my mom got me a loaf when I was home in Nashville for spring break last week.
Needing: This pretty weather to stay! Today was so pretty! It was in the 60s and sunny! We had some storms earlier this week, but this weekend’s weather has been so good. We were even able to go outside for recess yesterday – something the kids and I BOTH need.
Whatever: #teachertired. It’s a real thing. I love my job. I love my kids. I love my friends. But whew. Sometimes I’m just worthless! Coming back after spring break was rough this time! Our schedules are all messed up – eating, bathroom, sleep, all of them! Gracious. You’re a teacher, you get it.
Hope you all have a great April! :)