Jan 20, 2013

Melted Snowmen with a FREEBIE!!!!

Prior to our Gingerbread Man read alouds and classroom workings, we were behind the curve and worked on Snowmen!  :)  Snow...... how I love thee only one day a year (Christmas) UNLESS it is a surprise gift from Mother Nature with a phone call before my alarm goes off.  Don't you just love waking up your coworkers with that great news?????  We had 0 snow days last year :( and I'm not sure if we'll even get one this year.  Which means our firsties will be 5 days smarter!  :) I guess that's the bright side of that. 

Anywhoo.....  back to snowmen.  I put together a packet inspired by First Grade Blue Skies . I decided that everyone focuses on How-To build a snowman, so I would focus on How-To Melt a Snowman!  :) 

We started the week with a little inquiry.  I put a bin of water, carrot, sticks, buttons, and a scarf (THANKS EM!)  and had each group investigate the items and talk about what it might have been. 
Here's what it looked like.....


After that, we talked about what Melted Snowman ARE and HAVE.  We made this not-so-cute chart.  :)  Post-its again...are my friend as I do this same lesson for three classes. 

Next, my friends filled out their own chart.      We read the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert.  It worked AWESOME.  The great thing about teaching three classes the same lesson is you realize everything you do wrong grow and get better with each lesson.  Over the weekend, Em and I combined our girls jumped into child labor.  No laws were broken that we know of and our girls had an awesome time hanging out with each other and making these super cute and yummy melted snowman cookies!!!!!!   Em made a wonderful how-to PowerPoint to go along with our new unit.  :)  Our kiddos LOVED eating these guys as much as we LOVED making them! 

  What was so interesting to me was watching how each firstie ate his/her cookie.  Some... RIGHT for the marshmallow.  Others deconstructed (yes.. I watch Top Chef, that's where I learned that word) by taking all the parts off and eating those first, some ate completely around the marshmallow and then their last bite was that.  So funny! 
On day two we labeled a melted snowman. 
 We also began brainstorming ways we could melt our snowman.  Some of these little firsties are CRE-A-TIVE!  We had fire breathing dragons on our list, lava, mouth, hot lights, etc.....  So that's where we are now.  Writing our How-To Melt a Snowman writing pieces.  I can't wait to share them with you!  My high and middle firsties are writing their own pieces.  My low guys are doing it as a community writing. 

If you've made it this far.... THANKS for sticking with me!!!!!!  Here is a freebie for you!!!!  Let me know what you think!
Click the picture to get your FREE copy!!!! :)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Maria! How adorable?!?! I love the inference activity - so much fun :) I'm your newest follower!

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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    1. Thanks for following us! We're excited to have you! :)
      Our firsties really LOVED this activity, especially the cookies. Wish I had a kitchen in my room so I could keep them fed. :)
      Maria

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  2. I love this idea! I have to make time for it! I had the gift of a Snow Day today...It was awesome!
    Jenny
    Owl Things First

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    1. I am sooooo very jealous of you!!!!! A snow day would be TERRIFIC!!!! :)

      Stay warm friend!
      Maria

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  3. I just found your site, very cute freebie.
    Thanks,
    Amy

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  4. I love the inquiry lesson with the water, carrot, stick, scarf, etc. I'll have to remember it for my snow unit next year! :)

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