Rodeo week fun!  

Our local city has a spring rodeo every year at the end of April and my class joined in the fun last week as we learned about cowboys  and cowgirls.  Here are just a few of the fun activities we completed. 

I started out the week asking my students what they knew about the rodeo.  Their answers were hysterical!  😂😂😂. A few students thought the rodeo was about singing and dancing.  I recorded their answers on chart paper.

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Then I told them what a rodeo really is and explained that it is actually a sport with many events.  We watched quite a few short clips of rodeo events from YouTube.  Here were some of our favorites.

Every Cowboy Needs a Horse Song

Rodeo Event clips–we just watched a few minutes of each event so students would get a general idea of what it was.  I don’t even think I played the sound for them!

Bull Riding Clip

Barrel Racing

Roping

Steer Wrestling

Saddle Bronc Riding

The boys of course loved watching bull riding!

We read a few fun “Wild West” themed books.  My class especially enjoyed reading Little Red Hot by Eric Kimmel.  This is a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and it is adorable!  We also read Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg.  This tall tale is so fun to read because it talks about Pecos Bill invented the first rodeo. Here is a picture of our books we read.  We are also getting ready for farm week so those books are displayed as well. 

My class absolutely loved playing this sight word game called, “Yee-Haw!”  It’s very similar to bang.  You place the sight word cards in a basket, shuffled face down and students take turns pulling cards.  If they can read the word then they can keep the card, if they cannot read the card the. They have to put it back.  If they choose a, “Yee-Haw” card then they have to put all their cards back in the basket. The person with the most cards is the winner.    

We also sorted pictures by vowel sounds in a pocket chart.  This is a great activity to prepare us for our end of year testing that is just around the corner!


We brainstormed about things a cowboy and cowgirl may need and wrote about it. We used our Western themed vocabulary words to help us with writing.

 We practiced our addition skills with this fun wagon wheel activity.  I substituted wagon wheels for dice to make it a little easier for little hands. 

And we of course practiced counting and writing tally marks.  My class needs all the practice they can get with this!   You can pick up this tally mark activity for free here in my store:  Western FREEBIE

 The last activity we completed was a little Mustang shape art/craftivity.  These turned out adorable!   

If you are interested, all of the activities and more are included in my Giddy-Up Wild West Math and Literacy Pack.  Here are some more photos from this unit:

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I hope y’all have a rootin’ hootin’ hollering week!

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Some shamrockin’ fun!

It’s March!  Hurray!!!!  One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner.  I thought I’d share some of the fun things we’ve done in the past to celebrate.

We always read Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.  I always try to read out loud with my best Irish accent (which I’m sure is ridiculous…😂).  Last year my class made these adorable potato people.    My class also completed these leprechaun directed drawings from First Grade Blue Skies.  They turned out SO adorable!!!

 We also worked on writing questions.  First we brainstormed some question words whole class and made a poster.  Then during our stations we worked on writing down the questions to ask a leprechaun.  I had this large leprechaun cut-out that I purchased from Dollar Tree.  I taped it to the door and had students ask the leprechaun a question.  Oh my goodness–this was SUCH a cute activity and I absolutely loved the questions that my students wrote in their leprechaun letters.  ask a leprechaun photo

I uploaded this fun activity as a FREE item to my TpT store!  Just click here to download.

Dear Leprechaun sample

We also had a little visitor at our house!  My kiddos were SO EXCITED!!!  He left little green footprints and shamrocks everywhere!  Here is a photo:

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The visiting leprechaun also left green milk in the fridge!  Ha!

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I’m looking forward to this silly little leprechaun visiting again (and I’m looking forward to Shamrock Shakes)!  We also have a little tradition of making green dinner that night.  I usually just tint some pasta and alfredo sauce and serve with broccoli–yum!  What do you have planned for St. Patrick’s day?  I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

 

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Author Studies

This summer is going by so quickly!  As I sit and think about next year, there is one thing that I VERY excited about doing …it is an author study every month!  When I previously taught first grade we would do an author study every month, which I absolutely loved.  I would have a bulletin board in our classroom library featuring a monthly author and we would learn about the author, read and compare the stories and complete various projects related to the books.  I would absolutely love it when my little readers would go to the library weekly and request books written by specific authors like Tomie dePaola, Kevin Henkes and Jan Brett.

So as I’m compiling all of my resources, I thought that I would share some of the WONDERFUL resources that I’m finding on the internet with all of you as well.  Just click on the links to go to the pages with the information.

  1. Lesson ideas for using author studies to promote literacy within the classroom.
  2. Kindergarten Author Study Ideas
  3. Pro Teacher Author Study discussion

I would love to hear if any of you complete author studies within your classrooms.  Also, come back and check in the fall for other author study posts.

~Barb