Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Leaves, Fall!

So, I finally wrapped up my Fall/Autumn unit this week, and then it snowed today! Actually, it still is snowing here in PA! I have to admit the weather this school year had made for some really interesting weather graphing! I bet my firsties will be ready to learn about Winter on Monday already. :) Below I'm including one of my favorite fall activities/lessons. I usually read Fall, Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall and then my firsties use fake (look alike) leaves that I usually buy from Dollar Tree to either classify the leaves or make leaf animals, people, and other fun stuff! The lesson is a great way to introduce various types of leaves/trees and encourage students to identify them. This year most of my girls took the creative route and my boys decided to classify, interesting...anyways, here's some pics of our finished activities below.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hello Teacher Friends!

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I'm a first grade teacher in PA and a Phillies Phanatic. :) Three years ago, I finished my M.Ed. and accepted an offer to teach first grade. Although I had a ton more experience in the intermediate grades, I took a big leap of faith (in myself) and jumped into the primary world. Hence, "Free Fallin Into First."

Last year, I discovered some of your blogs from a co-worker of mine and while they have been extremely helpful (especially when in a pinch), they have also been incredibly inspiring and collegial. The morale here in the blog world is high and I've enjoyed the supportive community that you all have created. With that said, I have decided to take another leap and join the blogging world. I'm hoping that someone out there might be able to benefit from my ideas, stories, and freebies as much as I have benefitted from yours! Here's to giving back and learning something new!!!! :)