Farm Fun, Cinco de Mayo, & a SALE!

SO, last week was pretty much amazing.  We were learning about farm animals and…as my dear friend Abby would say…the kids were *12 kinds* of excited :)

First up, our dear friend, the cow.  Y’all.  I can’t even begin to describe how much my littles LOVED learning about cows!!!  We read several fiction & non-fiction books about our little bovine buddies.  As we read our non-fiction books, we created a little cow chart and gathered lots of fun facts about cows.  Then we followed it up with a little interactive writing and student writing craftivity.  LOVE.


I wrote the cow facts on the black spots and then we brainstormed what we could write about for our interactive writing activity.  We used a great little tree map I got from Michelle Griffo at Apple’s & ABC’s to guide our writing.  They were perfect for organizing our thinking!farm6

We also made these fun little paper bag cows to go with our writing.  I was pressed for time, so I needed something quick and easy and this is what I came up with.  The kids LOVED them!!! 

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We also learned quite a bit about pigs, too!  We followed the same format we did for our learning about cows so that we could compare/contrast the two animals.


All of our facts went in the “mud” :)farm10

Again, we used the tree maps from Michelle Griffo to organize our thinking and help us with our interactive writing.


Next up, another quick & simple craftivity to go with our non-fiction writing.  The kids LOVED it!!!


And I loved hanging them up!!!  I don’t know what it is about these little mammals, but I smile every time I look at them :)  So sweet and precious!


I also LOVED putting these center activities from Kathleen Pedersen & Michelle Griffo in my literacy and math tubs last week!!! 


And they were SO excited about the roll and cover games from Andrea Mason’s Farm packet!  We kept them stocked in our math dessert tubs and I had to keep refilling them because the kids love those dice games so much!

Next up, we had a little Cinco de Mayo fun!  We used some of sweet Leslie Ann’s activities from this PRECIOUS Cinco de Mayo packet!  LOVE!!!!


And we made these ADORABLE sombreros from Cupcake herself :)  Ohmiword, y’all.  My kids were OVER THE MOON excited about these!!  ANd they looked SO precious wearing them in our little parade!

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Speaking of the parade, here’s my little man.  I was lucky enough to have his class right behind ours in the parade, so I got to snap a few pics of him in his “big hat” and “vest” :)  He was most excited about his homemade maracas :)


Speaking of maracas, here were ours :)  Thank you, MADE, for this PRECIOUS idea!


And we couldn’t enjoy our fiesta without a little writing activity, so we wrote about our amigos/amigas.  These turned out SO stinkin’ cute and the kids had SO much to say about their “BFFs” :)



Whew!  BUSY week!!!  And the countdown to summer is ON!!!!  If you’re looking for a few little things to get you through the end of the year, I just added these math tub review activities to my little shop…


And just incase you haven’t heard, TpT is hosting their annual Teacher Appreciation sale May 7th & 8th.  My cart is full and I’m ready to buy!!!  Everything in my little shop is 20% off and if you use the code TAD13, you’ll save an extra 10% :)


And don’t forget to join us for Teacher Talk Tuesdays on Instagram!!  If you’re not on Instagram yet, you’re missing all the fun.  Come join us!!  You can find me at @thefirstgradeparade and you’ll be just in time for this week’s installment of Teacher Talk Tuesdays.

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  1. Love your blog! Such adorable ideas/craftivities =)

  2. Thank you for the million and 1 shout outs! LOVE YOU Girl!
    Apples and ABC's

  3. Wahoo! Can't wait for the sale! I LOVE the bright colors you use in your classroom! Makes me wish I could go back and have you for a teacher. So fun :)

  4. The cows are cute, but the pigs are BEYOND adorable!
    Your "little man" is such a cutie. Isn't it the best teaching where you child goes to school? I did that when my kiddos were little - LOVED it!
    ❤ Traci
    Dragonflies in First

  5. Hello! I am new to the "blogging world" and just stumbled upon your blog. I must tell you that I absolutely adore this unit, but especially the piggies! I am in a teacher preparation program and was placed in a 1st grade class this semester. I would have loved doing this with the kiddo's! LOVE it!

  6. I would have never thought to use plastic eggs and spoons or maracas! Genuis! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
    Three Cheers for First Grade!

  7. We're learning about cows now! I like seeing what you did. We will visit a dairy farm tomorrow. I'm using lots of Michelle's pack, as well! Love her!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  8. UMMMM...can I come back to 1st grade and be in your class. I am def going to try and adapt this to my 3rd graders for the beginning of next year with something we do. SO CUTE!!

  9. TOO CUTE!! This idea with the farm animals was SUPER!! You're amazing!! Constantly "blowing my mind"!! Just AMAZING!! Happy Teacher appreciation week Cara!!

  10. Love the Mi Amigo writing! Did you make that? If so, is it available somewhere? We are currently studying Mexico and also enjoyed some Cinco de Mayo fun! Glad to see the Maracas turned out. I thought about trying that idea too.

  11. Great post, so many fun ideas!! And thank you for the love again, sweet girl!! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  12. So glad I'm not the only one running out of wall space and throwing charts up on top of charts already on the wall! Love your cute as a button cows!

    For the Love of First Grade

  13. I love the maracas. I'm getting ready to blog about children and music. I may have to try those. Thanks for the idea!

  14. Thanks for the shout-out!

    I love the Easter egg maracas! We're having a fiesta for our end-of-year celebration, and these would be great!

    I Heart Kindergarten

  15. I loooove expository writing with Kinders!! SO MUCH FUN! Those cows are adorable- wish I had time to crunch them in the next few weeks!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  16. AHH! How cute are those maracas?! I totally wish I would have found this idea before Cinco De Mayo! My first graders would have loved them! Oh well, the maracas and Mexican flag will have to do for this year...I'm saving the maracas for next year for sure!

    Happily Teaching

  17. Those pigs and cows are ADORABLE!!! Also, I am hosting a giveaway - just wondering if you would like to be apart of it? If you would that would be AMAZING!! Let me know at


    A Grade One Nut and Her Squirrelly Crew

  18. Hello,
    Is there any way you could post the link to your writing sheets or email them to me? I am teaching summer school and they would love these!


  19. Hi! I teach in a Dual Immersion Spanish classroom. Cinco de Mayo will be a really fun unit for us because we study Mexico quite comprehensively. I was wondering where you got the MI AMIGO writing paper or if you made it. Would you let me know where you got it? If you made it, post it to TPT and I will be your first customer!! Please, let me know either way. I am preparing for May 5th - next Monday!! Thank so much for your great ideas and blog!!

  20. I am also working on a Mi Amigo writing activity and would love to find the paper you used...

  21. i love the mi amigo template. i would love to find the paper too