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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Nutrition Week at a Glance - Five for Friday

For the week after Halloween, there sure were a lot of wiggly worms this week.
Perhaps its the sugar overload? 
I wonder who had a piece of candy or two for breakfast!!
This was the perfect time to work in a little nutrition unit with my friends!
I introduced the 5 food groups through this fun song sung to the tune of BINGO.  We sang it every day and on Friday added it to our poetry notebooks.  We then highlight our letter of the week (You could target any skill.) and add an illustration. I take this opportunity to talk about drawing pictures with shapes for those who struggle with drawing and get frustrated.
It is part of my November Poetry with Rebus Pictures.  You can read more about the Value of Poetry Notebooks HERE.
We continued to pattern this week in math so we pulled in our fruit manipulatives from Lakeshore Learning and then found this pattern FREEBIE from Ms. Jodi's Pre-K on TpT to go with it! We then took it a step further and worked on identifying the pattern unit.  This was HARD for my pre-k friends so I created the white box as a visual so they could see how to isolate and identify the pattern unit.   


This was a little late in coming, but I LOVE our grocery shop!  I moved the word wall in the dramatic play center and am liking that I can add thematic words and carry reading and writing over into  this center.  They can make grocery lists and shop all in one center.  The adorable center signs are from Play to Learn's Grocery Store Pack.


Healthy Helpings by Learning Resources was the PERFECT game to play during centers.  It gave the kids a great visual for what a balanced meal looks like as well as extra practice in categorizing food by food group.  The social skills of sharing, taking turns and congratulating the winner were a HUGE bonus!

We finished the week with teacher directed turkey drawings at the art center.  I am not sure this counts a part of nutrition week, but I figured turkey is a protein!  I know I mentioned it earlier in the post, but so many of my friends struggle to draw independently and always ask me to do it for them. I am working on fostering independence and confidence, so many years ago I started breaking down pictures into shapes for them.  In our turkey drawings, we worked on straight and curved lines, circles, ovals and a triangle.
There is so much going on at this time of the year.  I love a peek into others' classrooms too so I am linking up with Five for Friday over at Doodle Bugs Teaching. Head on over and check it out too!
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  1. Perfect week for Nutrition Week! My students have been bursting with energy all last week, too! Great blog!


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