Post Spring Break Craftivity

Spring Break gave me just the taste of summer I needed…or maybe not :)  It’s never as long as I wish it were and I missed my boys terribly today!!!  However, it’s pretty nice being back in a routine!  We ALL needed that for sure!

So, we hit the ground running today.  We’ve got TONS to do this week!!  We’ll be working on synonyms & antonyms this week, so this little guy right here will be making another appearance…I LOVED this activity last year

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We’re working on /ai/ and /ay/ words for spelling this week.  We brainstormed a list of words for both and then I had the kids practice writing their /ai/ words on a little raindrop.  Nothing fancy, but it was supposed to rain here today, so I thought it would be perfect :)  Ummmm…the rain never came {thankyouverymuch,Texas}, but now it’s pouring cats, dogs, and jungle animals outside.  I’m about to batten down the hatches because I do NOT like scary weather!!!!

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Since we started our day with a little rainy activity, I thought carrying on that particular topic would be perfect for the remainder of the day.  We’re continuing to work with nonfiction text and use it’s features in our writing.  We read several nonfiction books about rain and gathered lots of rain facts using a fun little KWL on a raindrop template {forgot to snap a pic!}  After we were finished fact gathering, we talked about how we felt about rain and a few of my firsties told me some funny little rainy day stories.  I decided to carry our conversation into a little craftivity and the kids did AWESOME!

We created these little nonfiction windsocks…perfect for ANY topic…not just rain!  First up, I had the kids draw a rainy day scene/diagram.  Since nonfiction text includes labels, I had the kids label their pictures/diagrams.  They took 6 different colored strips of paper to use for streamers.  On three of the strips, the kids had to write 3 different facts about rain…something they learned during our fact gathering.  On the fourth strip, they had to write about how they felt about the rain or their own little rainy day story.  On the fifth strip, the kids had to tell me how the rain affects our environment {we’re learning about the environment in our science curriculum so I thought this was a great connection!}  On the sixth strip, the kids had to write about a book they’ve read that reminds them of the nonfiction books we read today.  

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I’m still helping the kids assemble their windsocks, so I hope to have ‘em all up by tomorrow! We’ll be working on lots of activities from my little Long A Packet of Fun.  I’d love to share that with ya right now, but I’m fixing a few errors I found, so I’m *hoping* to have it all fixed & uploaded to TpT before I go to bed.  The Voice is on right now…and the rain is freakin’ me out…so we’ll see :)

For all my Texas teacher friends, I hope your first day back was a great one!  I was sad today for sure, but my morning cup of coffee sure helped make things right in the world :)  Looking forward to another cup…or two…tomorrow :)  Have a fabulous night my sweet friends!!!!! 

23 comments:

  1. Those wind socks are too cute!!!! Glad you had a good first day back. I played hookie today (ssh!) :) So my first day back from break will be tomorrow. Wish me luck!

    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  2. Thats a really good activity!

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  3. Love, love, love it all! Those little windsocks are great. And, what an awesome idea to do rain drops for /ai/ and /ay/. Oh, how i love you so! I seriously swear you are a teaching wizard! AMAZING!

    I'm so happy to hear your first day back from break was a good one! I am beyond excited for my spring break. :) Yipee! Don't be too spooked by the storms.

    Lyndsey
    A Year of Many Firsts

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  4. Leaving those cutie patooties of yours would be very difficult, but it sounds like you made the best out of the inevitable! Love the rainy, or not so rainy, day activities too! I am watching The Voice too! Love it!

    Ashley
    Live2Learn

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  5. I love the windsock activity! Super cute!

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  6. Love those windsocks! It was pretty difficult to get going today...never quite got my makeup finished, ha!

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  7. I love all your fantastic ideas. Might have to do some of this when we come back from Spring Break on Monday. But the countdown is on, 8 more weeks until summer break. We can do it.
    I heart "The Voice"!!!

    Sarah
    Mackey'sClassroom

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  8. I hear ya with the rain. I'm in DFW and it was pretty loud before!
    Love your windsocks. We're working on weather this week as well!

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  9. Love the rainy day streamers! It would go well with my rainy day activities!!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  10. Love it all! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.
    Caroline

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  11. I love the rain writing..I did something similar with my kinders!

    Michelle

    Apples and ABC's

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  12. I love your windsocks, too. I just pinned them!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful

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  13. Oh. my. goodness! I'm in Lubbock and Sunday night we had tornado warnings and scary weather and I seriously could not sleep all night!! (I actually got on and blogged because I needed something to distract me!) It was probably all the rain that was supposed to make it over to you guys in Dallas.

    You are so wonderful and your kids are SO lucky to have you as their teacher! I was so delirious from lack of sleep my kiddos probably didn't get as much as they should've :)

    I would love you to come by and check out my blog sometime!

    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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  14. Love the windsocks!! Spring break in 10 days...looking forward to relaxing!!

    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  15. We got the rain down in Houston today and had no power from 8:30 til 3. This would have been perfect to do. Totally saving this for our next rainy day.

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  16. The windsocks look like such a fun activity!

    Becki
    http://littlemisshoodsadventuresinkindergart.blogspot.com/

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  17. Hi! Thank you for all of your great ideas and sharing them so freely. I am hoping you will share a little expertise. I am wanting to make a preview like the ones you do for tpt. I love being able to see tiny pictures of everything Im going to buy. How do you do this? Thank you!!!
    Katie

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  18. I just pinned this weather windsocks! I love them and can't wait to try them after Spring Break! Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!
    Rambling About Reading

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  19. Cara,

    Thanks for sharing your cute ideas!

    Ashley

    http://firstgradesmartcookies.blogspot.com - I am having a giveaway if you are interested!

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  20. I am in love with this "Spring Break" and the technique you demonstrate but I guess I need more practice as mine didn't turn out like yours I LOVE IT!!!

    Regards
    Amit | Laptop Repairing

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