A Day Fit for a Foodie

If you know me well, you know I’m a foodie.  NOT a food snob at all...I’ll eat ANTYHING.  Especially if it’s deep fried and made with butter :)  But I’m definitely a foodie!!  Today’s activities were focused all around a couple of my favorites…pizza and cinnamon rolls!!!  Both terribly fattening and unhealthy, but that’s not the point of this post :) 

Before we started our math tubs today, we did a whole group fraction activity.  I set out 4 pizza boxes on different tables and handed out recording sheets and clipboards.  The objective of this activity was to get the kids to count the number of slices in each pizza box and then record the fraction of slices that had pepperoni/mushrooms/olives/green peppers.  I made the pizzas out of construction paper, cut them into various slices {each box had a different number of slices}, and then glued each slice to the bottom of the box.  The kids got to travel from box to box until all of the fractions were recorded.  I labeled each box with a number, too.  They LOVED this activity!!! 

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I got the boxes from Domino’s last year.  Actually, they were left at school…totally unused…so I snatched ‘em up knowing I could do something fun with them at some point.  This seemed like the perfect time to put ‘em to good use!  Click the pic below for a printable.

Pizza Box Fractions

Graphics copyright DJ Inkers. http://www.djinkers.com

If you’re looking for another appetizing fraction activity, Amy Lemons has this precious pizza craftivity you should check out!  LOVE IT!!

During our literacy block, we talked about synonyms.  I started with this book…

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And then we made a list of synonyms.  After that, it was time to start baking!  Baking SYNONYM rolls, that is.  I’m sure you’ve all seen this PRECIOUS idea on Pinterest! Well, for my little foodie lovin’ class, I knew this activity would be just perfect!  I decided it would be fun to play the part of a baker, so I made all the kids a chef’s hat…and one for me, too…busted out the apron, and we got this party started.

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First I had the kids make a list of synonyms.  They actually got to choose what they wanted to do…either make a list of several different pairs of synonyms, or make a list of several synonyms for one word.  They were all up for the challenge and it was fun to see what they chose!

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Here’s a copy of this, too…

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Graphics courtesy of Scrappin’ Doodles

Once they had their words recorded, I handed out their chef hats and they immediately transformed into “Synonym Chefs”.  They baked their little hearts out making the most delicious little “synonym” rolls.  Yum!

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I really wanted to make cinnamon rolls for the kids and bring them in, but I have several kids with severe peanut allergies, so I’m really nervous about bringing anything homemade into the classroom!  While I was shopping yesterday, I found these little gems and since I knew they were peanut free {PTL!!!}, I thought these would be fun to share!  {I saw this cute little idea, HERE.  Genius!!!}

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Oh…here’s how our little antonyms turned out.  I’m still missing a few of my kids’ feet, so I’ve got a gaping hole in the middle! 

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Antonym Andy!

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Food wasn’t the only thing we worked with today.  We also worked on lots of long /a/ activities from my little Long A Kids packet.

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If you want to make some chef hats for your kiddos, here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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A sentence strip, 1 sheet of white tissue paper, and some tape.  CHEAP.  I had TONS of white tissue paper stored away…you can grab a pack of 50 sheets at the Dollar Tree! 

Just take the tissue paper and start bunching it just a *pinch* and as you bunch, secure with tape.  Keep on doing this until the first side of tissue paper ends.  Now wrap the sentence strip and staple

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Now keep on bunching/pinching/taping all the way around the inside of the sentence strip.  Once it’s all secure, fluff it and put it on :)  SUPER DUPER EASY!

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We’re halfway to Friday, sweet friends!  I’m off to celebrate with a bowl of cereal and Modern Family :)

63 comments:

  1. Love your pizza fractions idea! And I was looking for a great way to teach synonyms and you just gave it to me. Thanks sooo much! Very cute!

    Amy
    Krazy About Kiddos

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  2. Love your pizzas and "synonym" rolls. I'm pretty sure my kids think synonym and cinnamon are the same word!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  3. Adorable!!!! I am on spring break but am tutoring 3 first graders this week, I couldn't have done it without the hep of your site :o)

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  4. Thanks! Will be doing this after Spring Break! :)

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  5. Oh my gosh you are adorable... I love all the pics and ideas. Thank you for sharing. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  6. This is so fabulous Cara!! I'm going to pin it and try to use it all when we introduce fractions next six weeks! Thanks for sharing! You are TOO "sweet"!

    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  7. Every bit of this is just too dog gone precious girl!!! I love it all! I'm sure your kiddos had tons and tons of fun today!!

    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  8. You are an awesome FOODIE! I make your Creamy Marinara Chicken Pasta at least twice a month, my family loves it! You can find it here: http://pearls-handcuffs-happyhour.blogspot.com/2010/05/penne-for-your-thoughts.html
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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  9. Oh my word!!! This may be one of my favorite posts EVER. Seriously, that little cinnamon/synonym activity is absolutely precious.

    Also, what a fun idea to use real pizza boxes when teaching fractions. Adorable!

    LOVE YOU!!!!!

    Lyndsey
    A Year of Many Firsts

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  10. This is FANTASTIC!!! THank you for sharing!!!

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  11. Love your ideas! By the way, I love your anchor charts! So cute! Thanks!

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  12. I love the pizza and the cinnamon roll project!!!! The photos are great!!

    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  13. Yum! We'll be starting fractions after spring break and we are so going to do your pizza idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    Kelly

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  14. OMG! This is so adorable! I am so glad you included directions for that amazing hat! I LOVE it! The rest of the post is great too, but the hat pulled me in...hook, line, and sinker!

    Barb
    meet me at the zoo...
    kinderzoo

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  15. Your posts are always so inspirational! Love everything!!!!
    Jenn
    Finally in First

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  16. Cara- you are so darn creative! I wish that I was in first grade again! Oh wait- I am!!! :-). I totally have to rock those chef hats and synonym rolls! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  17. PRECIOUS!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  18. OMGoodness!! Love it! Love it! Love it! So glad you shared this!

    Primary Inspired

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  19. Completely adorable!!! What other profession has this much fun???


    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  20. Ridiculously cute, fun, and effective - as always!
    Love it.
    ❤Traci❤
    Dragonflies in First

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  21. What a fun way to learn synonyms and antonyms!! I'm having a beginner's giveaway for my first 15 followers on my new blog! Come on over and get my free Literature Circle Packet! :)

    A-B-Seymour

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  22. You absolutely amaze me! I thank God for blessing me with your ideas and inspiration!
    Carlen

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  23. and blessing YOU first, of course, lol!

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  24. It's 9:30 at night and now I really want some cinnamon rolls! YUM! All of these activities are so cute. I can't wait to do these activities in my class too. :)
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  25. SO cute! Thanks for the freebies and great ideas! I bought your Fraction Unit so the pizza activity will go along perfectly! Just need some pizza boxes... :)
    Erin
    FanaticaboutFirst

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  26. So fun! We just made our Synonym Rolls last week! I LOVE the hats-need to make those next time-thanks for sharing!!!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

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  27. Love it!! The synonym roll idea is just too cute!!

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  28. I love these ideas! Oh, who am I kidding. I love all of your ideas:) Do you have the write it, draw it, write it in a sentence page available? Thanks for all these great ideas!

    Meredith

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  29. I love the pizza box fractions. Thanks!

    Barbara
    Grade ONEderful

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  30. Such cute ideas! Thank you for sharing. Synonyms are coming up for us too. Yeah!

    Crystal

    http://teachinglittlemiracles.blogspot.com/

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  31. How cute are you?! This looks like so much fun. Thanks for the chef's hat directions. Our grade level event is a Tasty Tuesday where we invite parents in to cook with their kids. These hats will be so stinkin adorable!!

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  32. This is AMAZINGLY CUTE! LOVE IT!!

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  33. This is awesome!! I want some *synonym* rolls right now!! ;)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  34. Can't wait to teach synonyms!! Thank you!

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  35. Love all of the wonderful things you do in your classroom! GREAT inspiration. Thanks for sharing your classroom!

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  36. The synonym thing is SO cute!! I was reading along thinking I wanted to know how you made those hats, and then you read my mind! I am so making these! Thanks for sharing. How did they do the antonyms? Just tracing their feet and drawing it?

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  37. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutly amazing and inspiring. I have borrowed so many ideas from you!! Thank you So much for sharing all your wonderful teaching activities!! :)

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  38. O my goodness I love your ideas! That hat is so cute. Check out my blog for a free Easter download and idea.
    Michelle
    http://petersonsprimarypeeps.blogspot.com/

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  39. Hi Cara.
    Thanks for the great ideas. I have just become one of your followers. I have just joined the blogger world and found your site, so glad I did. Pop over to my blog sometime at Classroom Fun. http://rhondabaldacchino.blogspot.com.au
    Rhonda

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  40. Its me again.
    I thought you deserved a Top Ten Award for your great blog. Go over to Classroom Fun too Check it out.
    Rhonda
    PS I couldn't find your button on your blog to display.

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  41. I love your blog and your synonym activities!! I am your newest follower! Fabulous blog!
    http://discoverykidzone.blogspot.com/
    Rachel

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  42. Such a cute activity!! I am now following you on Tpt!! I am having a giveaway if you want to come check it out.

    Miss J
    Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

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  43. Okay I've been blog and pinterest stalking you for a while now lol.I just have to say your creativity is inspiring.This is my first year in first grade & I'm using so many of your ideas.Thanks for the great ideas & generosity.

    -Melissa Martinez-Lantz

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  44. Love, love, love this! We will be doing these when we get back from Spring Break. Totally using this!
    A Day in First Grade

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  45. Love your chef's hat! Is it okay to pin it?

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  46. Love it all. I am grateful for the instructions to the chef hat. Thanks! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  47. Thank you so much for this idea! I did something very similar with my students. They made their own mini pizzas and loved it! You can check it out on my blog below if you would like. Your creativity amazes me, and I am so grateful that you share it with so many others!

    Delighted in Second

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  48. I just love the pizza fractions. I used it to model a lesson for a job interview and it got me the job! It was the perfect mix of creativity and academics. Thanks for the idea & the printable!

    Kathryn
    theteacherbrain.blogspot.com

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  49. The synonym activity is too cute! I'm doing this with one of my teammates tomorrow! We are soooo excited! Thanks for sharing!

    http://thepinterestaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  50. I saw this on Pinterest and LOVE it!! Thanks for posting all your cute ideas for the synonyms!

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  51. Thank you for showing us how to make the chef's hat! I had some tissue on hand and it was so easy, like you said. Thanks again, I appreciate it.

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  52. Thank you Thank you! I wanted you to know that I gave you credit for your wonderful ideas!

    http://iintegratetechnology.blogspot.com/search/label/Synonyms

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  53. You are SO creative! I love it! Cannot wait to implement with my Kinders!!!

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  54. I absolutely love the Synonyms/Antonyms Activities! I will be trying these this week.

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  55. What are Synonyms? Examples and list of Synonyms.Find Synonyms for good,happy,sad,great,crazy,nice,strong,pretty,cool etc. @http://www.englishleap.com/vocabulary/synonyms

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