Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday...Presidential Style!

I'm linking up with Cara Carroll again for a Throwback Thursday. I'm feeling patriotic, so I'm going to bring you back to President's Day....with a little time thrown in!!
So All this week we are covering Presidents Day --George Washington and Abe Lincoln.
Here are a few pics of our Cute Abe Lincoln Craftivity and some Presidential Problems in math.
We Salute you!!!!

Here's my silly Friend Cyndy trying to look Presidential! She's a hoot!

I have Monday off for Presidents Day as many of you.  I made up this little Unit to do next week and it has quickly become my "BESTSELLER!!!" Part of this mini-unit is my Abe Lincoln Hat and Beard Craftivity. (I really wanted to get my son to model it, but he was camera shy) But use your imagination, and try to picture a cute little face peeking out from the beard! I also made a template for a Washington Wig. I traced out all the beards on Friday like this---so I could fit 2 beards on 1 piece of paper.

We will also be making a mini-book about George and Abe, Word of the Day, Sentence Scramble and Math Word Problems.  Take a look at Presidents Day Fundamentals!

On Tuesday my son won our school Citizen ship award for Personal Courage. I'm a proud mama.  (You might not be able to tell, but my cheek is a little swollen here--I had gum surgery Monday--so I'm half a chipmunk)
We are continuing our Time Keeps on Tickin' Unit.
Here is one example of an integrated activity I made for my class to do with Hickory, dickory Dock.
Hickory, dickory, dock. The Mouse ran up the clock.

The Clock Struck 1, the mouse ran down, Hickory, dickory, dock. The kids loved this connection to the nursery rhyme and making this simple pulley to move the mouse up and down. They were so excited to show me how theirs worked and move the mouse up and down.

Today we also did some Presidential Problems. Originally I had the for a center, but since we are also doing time, it didn't fit in. I did this with the Kagan Structure "Numbered Heads Together". I displayed the problem on the screen and had each student solve it. I then called out "Numbered Heads together". They worked together as a team to see if they got it correct. I then called 1 number and those students from each team explained how they got their answer.

The first 4 problems deal with Money that has George and Abe on it. The Next set of problems deals with addition and subtraction with 2-digit numbers.
Tomorrow I sit down with my AP to go over my Formal Evaluation Lesson. I created and introductory lesson for First Grade Common Core Standard MACC.1.G.1.1
I found lots of great lessons and freebies on many different websites, but none that I felt were an "introductory lesson". So I pulled an idea I found on. 
from their Math section. I am uploading my lesson plan and activities for you. If you do try it out, I would love to hear what you think. I will be doing this lesson on Monday.  Wish me luck!!


  1. Hi Jessica! This is my first time visting your blog...It is darling! I love your Presidential Unit...particularly the Abe Lincoln hat craft. So cute!! Thanks for your post! :)


  2. I found you through the Throwback linky. So glad that I did! I really loved the Poly Gon mystery lesson- super creative but also right to the point in terms of content!

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

  3. I couldn't tell at all that you were a chipmunk!
    Whimsy Workshop

  4. Is there a way to download or save your lesson above? I love the different ideas/activities and want to be able to use them in my classroom!

  5. Ej if you go to my tpt store(link in sidebar) you can find and download the geometry lesson there. On my phone do hard to send the link from here. Lmk if you need anything else.


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