We are wrapping up our studies on shapes so I thought I would share a couple fun and free things we enjoyed trying this week!
Since we are enjoying picnic themed math centers these days, we made some symmetry salad!
First the students created symmetrical shapes on their lettuce. They kept creating and flipping until they had it just right….
Then they used pattern block stickers to copy their design on the salad one shape at a time. I have the same pattern block stickers that I got in 1998. Seriously. Does anyone remember mathland? They came with my kit and I have used them every single year since then. (not mathland…just the stickers) I am getting dangerously low though so I may need to stock up.
The other option is to meticulously punch out 12,984 shapes on the die cutter. I have a love hate relationship with that thing! Picture me cranking the rolling arm while I wipe sweat from my brow and intensely stare and pray that I will indeed see clean cut paper when I lift the block. I always end up with mangled half cut shapes and a wasted pile of precious construction paper.
These are just what we needed. High interest math time!
We also made 2-D Desserts!
I cut the shapes out in advance myself with scissors. This activity was about reading and matching the shape names to the correct 2-D shapes. They were given all the pieces and shape names. They had to assemble their dessert in any order they pleased while matching the names to the shapes.
This week’s squirrel picture. “The Squinker” I did not tell him to do that. A girl wanted to play chase with him and this caused him to have an internal debate. How can you not love first graders!!??
So now I am going to let you know about something. It’s my relationship with Siri. We are not on talking terms. I talk and she mockingly replies, “Reagan, I am sorry but I can’t help you with that right now.” I try and try again, but she does not seem to like me and she is not helpful in the least. We have exchanged a few words I do not feel comfortable typing.
Siri took it to the next level this weekend when I was shopping and baking with my daughter. We were bonding over chocolate and baked pastry as most girls do. My daughter needed my loving motherly assistance and sweetly asked, “How many ounces are in a tablespoon?” I began to answer her and she SHUSHED ME and said, “I am ASKING SIRI!”
Whaaaaaaat???? After I shoved a handful of chocolate in my mouth to sooth myself, I considered accidentally dropping her phone in the oven but I was sure Siri would tell her to bug off and ask her own mother. Of course Siri lovingly replied a perfect answer and even called her by her precious name. A name I GAVE HER!! The Nerve.
Siri 2 (this happened twice)
(No one needs to know that I had NO IDEA what the answers were to her questions–that’s irrelevant!)
Michelle Hudgeons says
Lauren Kuhn says
I found so many great ideas in this post – just like I always do when stopping past your blog! I absolutely love your picnic themed ideas, especially the 2D shape ice creams. I'm going to use that with my Preppies when we go back for Term 2 on Monday as a review activity. 🙂
Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep
Kristen Smith says
Oh my word Reagan, I was just laughing out loud. So funny.
A Day in First Grade
Miss T says
Oh Siri 🙂 Technology is replacing us!
The ice cream shapes are adorable and I love the chevron buckets!
Journey of a Substitute Teacher
I adore your classroom rug? Where did you find it?
Love the squirrel picture! First graders crack me right up! I seriously love your Picnic pack. I just made a common core shapes pack and this would be great with it!
Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes
Mrs. Gloudemans says
I am a chevron loving container freak! Now I HAVE to make a Target run tomorrow! Love your work!
Mrs. Griffith says
Your 2-D desserts are beyond adorable!
For the Love of First Grade
Miss Kindergarten says
hahahah! I LOVE that she shushed you!!! And I'm kind of obsessed with those chevron containers, naturally! I need to go to Target!
The Polished Teacher says
The Squinker! Too cute! Firsties are stealing my heart too lately! Love their personalities!
Jenna Frederick says
I love all your storage containers! Where do you store them? I like having themed bins and containers but struggle on how to store storage. I'd love to hear how you do it! The ice cream cones are darlin! It looks like the kids enjoyed them just as much as real ice cream!
I've Got It Made in Second Grade
Shannon Piles says
I am so mad at Siri that I turned her off. But I forgot and now I try to ask her something and no response. Grrr
Love those shape cones! What a great idea!!!
Lisa Mattes says
Siriririririririri….BLECH. YOU are IRreplaceable!
I'm so buying those stickers! I have the same experience with our die cut machine. $9 is cheap, as time is priceless!
Smiles – Lisa
Faith Wheeler says
Love your blog post! Can't wait to visit Target and get this packet. It is adorable!
Traci - Dragonflies in First says
Uh… I did NOT see them at my Target! hmmm…
Guess I HAVE to go again.
Those salads are awesome. I have never seen those stickers before. WAY better than die cuts.
Dumb Siri! She's rude to you AND stepping on your toes!
Love everything about this post! 😉
Julie Marciniak says
What's not to love?
Amazing post Reagan!!
Annie Moffatt says
Oh my goodness Reagan! Thank you for the stomach workout! I laughed so hard at this and yes…Suri and I have a bad relationship too! 🙁
Fluttering Through First Grade says
OK How incredibly lucky are your students?! You make learning fun and exciting. I will never look at salad the same!
Can't understand Siri at all-better yet, she NEVER understands me and always gets what I say wrong. Or maybe that's my husband… I'm getting double-teamed!
Happy Friday friend!
Fluttering Through First Grade
Oh, I love this post! You make learning so fun! I continue to follow you with your great ideas!
Any chance the 2-d dessert shapes are on TPT along with the words for the shapes?
I'm in love with your 2-D desserts and symmetrical salads!!
I love the 2D ice cream cones! I'm going to do that next year!
Mrs. Wheeler says
The ice-cream and salad are so fun! I might bust those out next week as a review! 🙂 Thanks, friend!
Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
Mrs. Wheeler TpT
Too too cute! I think I will now spend my vacation laminating and cutting your Picnic Pals! I love 'em. We will just be starting shapes soon- Perfect!
A Burst of First
ThinkWonder Teach says
Oh Reagan! I have missed your posts!!! You always make me laugh and have so many incredible ideas. I had a fight with Siri this week too. I told it to call my husband and she replied "I am sorry. You do not have a husband listed." Yeah-huh! I do too!
Think, Wonder, & Teach
Teaching Fabulous Firsties! says
Hillarious! You made my morning! :o)
♥Teaching Fabulous Firsties!♥
Richard Giso says
Love both ideas and will be using them! I just ordered the pattern block stickers. Amazon prime, baby!
Thank you sooo much for the shapes and reference wall info!! You're awesome!!!
The link for the shapes are missing. Google keeps telling me the link is moved or missing.