Earth Day, Telling Time, & a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Freebie!

It’s Saturday and I couldn’t be happier that I have absolutely NOTHING planned.  Those are the best kind of weekends, aren’t they?!  I *might* venture off for a pedicure because my feet are a little scary right now.  BUT…other than the mid-day pampering, I have a whole bunch of nothing planned and I LOVE IT!!!!

This past week was FULL of non-stop learning.  We didn’t confine our Earth Day festivities to Monday, but instead we did a little something to celebrate each day this week.  I can honestly say that I think my kids are experts on the 3 R’s. 

One of my FAVORITE Earth Day songs is by my FAVORITE artists, Jack Johnson.  I could listen to him all the time and not get tired of hearing his voice, but that’s beside the point :) My kids LOVE the 3R’s song!!!

Jack Johnson–3 R’s

We had SO much fun learning about how to take care of our Earth.  I LOVED that they were all so interested in composting, too!!  I’m sure it had a lot to do with our little compost critter


Hands down, my kids’ favorite literacy activity this week was our little “Toss the Trash/Recycle the Real” real and nonsense word sort.  Landon loves to come into my classroom after school and play all the “games” we play in class.  I think this was his favorite, too!

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Of course, we did a little “harm the Earth/help the Earth” anchor chart activity inspired by my sweet friend, Cheryl, over at Primary Grafitti. We read a few books about Earth Day and then watched a video on Brain Pop Jr. to help use add to the chart.

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We also read this ADORABLE book…


And then followed it up with this little writing craftivity.  The kids were prompted to write about what they would do to protect the planet.  Ohmiword…they turned out too stinkin’ cute!!!


“I would recycle.  I will turn off the lights.  I will tell my children that.  I would compost.”  TOO CUTE!

I had every intention of making my kids those precious Earth Day cupcakes I blogged about last weekend.  Ummmm…didn’t happen.  All 3 of my boys were gone for the weekend and I took total advantage of my “me time” and did absolutely NOTHING…all by myself :)  INSTEAD, I bought an angel food cake and served it to the kids and told them it was EARTH cake :)  They were IN.LOVE.

Last week we also finished up our little meteorologists…just a little activity that spilled over from our weather unit.  These are from the darling Julie Lee!!!  Aren’t they a hoot?!

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We’ve been practicing telling time to the hour, too!  I made up this little song to help us remember some of the important things about telling time on an analog clock.  Darnit if I can’t get this tune out of my head now!  HA!!


I know it sounds crazy to say, but I’m actually AHEAD for once this year!  It’s about time!  I’m getting ready for Mother’s Day and decided I throw in a couple of fun little math tubs to celebrate.  Click the pic below for your freebie!


Speaking of Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, if you’re looking for a little some fun craftivities, coupons, and writing printables, check out my newest little packet in my little shop.


Now it’s time to get these feet flip-flop ready!  Have a GREAT rest of the weekend!


  1. These ideas are great. Thank you for sharing. Love the tv crafty and the analog poem/song.

    I enjoy following you.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

  2. Super cute freebie- I'm starting measurement on Monday (nonstandard first- yay), so this Mother's Day one will be perfect! Thanks so much.Carol

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  4. Your Earth Day activities are so cute. I really like the harm/help the earth activity. I'll have to remember that one for next year.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  5. I LOVE your Earth Day anchor charts. Super cute!

    For the Love of First Grade

  6. Looks like you've been having fun and keeping busy! I love the Earth Day anchor charts!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  7. We're working on telling time to the hour and half hour - such a difficult concept for my firsties. They primarily see and use digital clocks. Love your analog anchor chart.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  8. Everything looks precious and fun as always!!!

  9. You make the best anchor charts in all of the blog lands! So, so cute, Cara! :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  10. What fun ideas you have! Thank you for the math freebie, the kids are going to go cray-zee!!!

  11. You wear me out with your cute-ness. Your anchor charts are unbelievable!! You rock!!

  12. The math freebies are great! I love your anchor charts :) Thank you so much for sharing!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  13. Replies
    1. Loving all of your ideas and freebies! Totally forgot about using Jack Johnson's song in the classroom. Thank you for all that you do (:

  14. If only I had your artistic talents!! I love your Earth Day anchor charts. They are amazing! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  15. Loving your anchor charts and freebies! Generous heart you have :)

  16. Where to begin... First, I LOVE Jack Johnson and got so excited when I saw you included him in your post. He's the only person I've ever seen in concert multiple times. The first dance at my wedding was "Better Together". I've never heard this song though! So cute. :)
    I am always loving your anchor charts. Your Earth anchor is TOO CUTE! I love that craft that the kids did too.
    Okay, I don't want to be the longest commenter of all time, so I'll end it there. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  17. Oh.My. Such cuteness! I am overwhelmed by what your super smart brain thinks up and creates! Thanks for the freebies - they are adorable! As usual...

  18. I LOVE JACK!!! Seen him in concert a few times!!!

  19. I was going to comment on what a great idea the Jack Johnson song was - I'd totally forgotten about it! But I love the real and nonsense word sort even more! I can't wait to try it with my son :)

  20. I love that Jack Johnson song. My son has listened to that cd going to bed for almost all of his 5 years! He claims Jack as his favorite too! Your Earths are just awesome! Love the new pack! I use tons of your stuff in my class, and I may have referred to you as my friend on more than one occasion. Hehe. I have some songs about addition, subtraction and the equal sign in my TPT store (for free). They may be up your alley. I'll be singing your clock song with my kiddos. Ok, longest comment ever!
    A Burst of First
    Here's the link to my songs

  21. Cara,
    I absolutely LOVE your blog! You have such creative ideas and I appreciate your willingness to share them! I love Jack Johnson but had no idea about his 3R song. I can’t wait to share it with my firsties! I also look forward to doing the real and nonsense word sort with them. Thanks again for all your cute ideas!

  22. The recording sheet for your Mother's Day fingernail polish math activity has the wrong directions! The directions are about Earth Day, not the Mother's Day activity. Just thought you should know! I can't wait to use it with my class next week!

  23. Thanks for the freebie! I got your Precious Parents packet and I love it! We worked on the Blowing Kisses craftivity today and they turned out SO cute!!! :)

  24. Love your Precious Parents pack and all of your fun Earth Day activities! Jack Johnson's 3 R's song is one of our favorites too!! :)

  25. Dads are precious gifts God gave me, a daddy's girl. So I always give some gift and a card with special fathers day messages to that every fathers day to let him know how happy I am to have him. Happy Father's day to all wonderful dads around the world!

  26. Love your resources:) I am addicted! Thank you for all the wonderful activities that brighten up my stations.....LOVE IT ALL:)
    KinderHive and lovin it..

  27. Hi! I'm a first grade teacher from Israel and I just LOVE your blog!

  28. Love your meteorologists! Where can I find the sheet you attached to them that said, "If I were a meteorologist?" Thank you!