Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Plymouth Colony in First grade

 One of my favorite lessons to teach is the story of Plymouth Colony and  the Wampanoag Indians.  The kids LOVE it.  A few years back I tried making a mural of the setting which worked out so great.  So now I do it every year.  Each year it looks a bit different  which is my favorite part because it showcases the personalities of the class.  We hang it in the hallway and it is enjoyed by the other classes that walk by.  I love hearing past students telling me they remember the part they made.  Lessons like these are the ones that stick in their memories.
Here are some close ups of the mural.  The Wampanoag Village has the wigwams and a fire for cooking.

The Pilgrims homes are quite fancy this year.  Maybe I have some future Design Stars in this class.

Fishing to feed the village.

The main event, of course, is the feast.  Nice table made by Ethan!
Love this craftivity I got from A Cupcake For The Teacher. We wrote Indian facts on them.

And here is what we are thankful for......

I am thankful for this pilgrim craftivity from First Grade W.O.W .  It was a freebie so go to her blog and grab it for yourself.
Parent teacher conferences start this Friday.  Lots to share and learn about this year's firsties.  Can't wait!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Happenings

So here in Southern New Jersey we had to postpone our Halloween fun because of a nasty visitor named, Hurricane Sandy.   Our little town was not greatly affected thank goodness, but just over the bridge, our  beach towns  were.  We are planning to help out in any way we can to rebuild and aide those who are suffering after this storm. 
Since school was cancelled for three days, including October 31st, we had to postpone our parade and party.  We made up for it today though.  Check out our costumes!  Click on any picture if you want to make it bigger.

Our principal leads the parade.

"Peace Out!" said Mrs. Cialini.

The girls looked so cute! (3 were absent unfortunately)

The boys were rockin'!

Thanks for the fun craft Mrs. Costabile! We made lollipop spiders.

Yummy cupcakes from Mrs. Leonetti.

How about these Mario Bros.

Every party needs a pinata!  Thanks Loeb family.


Can he do it?

Everybody shared and used respect claiming the goods!