Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bees, Buttons and Bribery...I Mean Persuasion!

Today my firsties had another word search.  This time they had to search for bees scattered around the room.  Once found they  used giant fly swatters I found at a dollar store to bop the bees.  One student calls out the word to bop while two others race to be the first to bop.  After five words, they trade places.
Ready to bop a bee!

Bee Bopper graphics by Digital Bake Shop!  My favorite!

I found dig!


I have wasted two evenings trying to make a grab button!  I think they're a nice touch on a blog and I used a Digital Bakeshop design to create one that I love.
Wouldn't this look
nice sitting a little to the
right?!


Every time I think I have it, it shows up five times bigger or with letters all over outside the place the code is supposed to rest.  In the meantime laundry has piled up, birds have gone unfed and I have a headache.  I'm not giving up, but I'm taking a vacation from trying!

Today we worked on persuasive writing again.  I wasn't very pleased with our last attempt.  When the kids work is not what I hope or think it should be, I suspect that something went awry with my teaching.  I haven't done much writing for them in the area of persuasion, so I wrote an example of what I had hoped from them on convincing the Little Red Hen's friends to help her next time she would be planting, cutting, threshing, and baking bread.  I thought I was very convincing.  If I was Red's  friend I would help!

I used some of our music time to continue with our persuasive talk. Since they had just come in from recess, I asked them what it was like outside today.  They told me how nice it was. I said I’d like to go out, but I’d have to be persuaded.  Someone said they’d bring me $100.00 tomorrow if we went outside. Someone else promised me chocolate!  They had a hard time knowing the difference between bribing and persuasion.    
The listening to birds was what persuaded me!
I am expecting some chocolate tomorrow...
I love the woods next to our school.  Wouldn't you love to set up  a  guided nature trail here someday?

The kids got so excited watching this chickadee. They held sticks up in the
air hoping the pair working on their next would land on them!

He was building a nest inside this dead tree branch.

These girls decided to build a hawk's nest.  I love letting them experience playing in the woods.



I would really like to persuade someone to help me with buttons and blogging!  I can’t get my post to format today the way I want it.  Good grief!  Technology is not my friend this week, but I’m glad you are!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Jenny 
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11 comments:

  1. Cute game! Email me through my blog and I will send you the code for your button.

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    1. I'll be right over! I hope it works!!
      Jenny

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  2. Love how you have the kids so active while learning. I remember being antsy during this time of year, but having to sit at our desks. Recess did not come often enough or last long enough!

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    1. I can't stand to sit still very long, so I can't expect them to! That's probably why I'm a good fit for first grade!!
      Jenny

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  3. I really love your posts. They make me so happy. Do your kids have to wear uniforms? They all look so tidy and sweet.

    Kimberley
    First in Maine

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    1. Thank you, Kimberley! Yes, we wear uniforms. On Fridays we get to "dress-down"! I love Fridays when we all try to wear shirts with words on them, so we can practice our t-shirt reading skills!!
      Jenny

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  4. Hannah told me she went bird watching with you and Jessica and to be honest I just. Chuckled and thought yup sounds like Mrs reck

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    1. Hannah stuck right to my side. I have tears in my eyes whenever I think about "my" kids moving on!
      Jenny

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  5. Great post! Definitely a 5-Star Blogger! Thanks for linking up!

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  6. I am so glad I just found your blog. Love the Chickadee...that is what I call my class of students.

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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    1. I love Chickadees! They are so cheerful. I can't wait to come visit you!
      Jenny

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