A Quick and Easy Classroom Easter Egg Hunt

The days in the classroom leading up to Easter are exciting like any other holiday.  The children in my class are counting down the days until the Easter Bunny comes and I am trying to keep them engaged.  Some days it feels like I am fighting a losing battle.  So why not use Easter Eggs to keep them engaged?  Read on to learn about a FREE and straightforward classroom Easter egg hunt.

a quick and easy classroom easter egg hunt to practice your sight words or any other skill you would like to practice.

Step One:  Get Plastic Easter Eggs

Gather up 24 plastic Easter eggs to use for your egg hunt.  

Step Two:  Download this free resource

A free and editable easter egg hunt read the room resource to practice sight words.

Step Three:  Customize the resource.

The file included has a set of sight words that would commonly be found on a word wall in first grade.  However, because all classrooms vary, I have also included an editable file.  ***Download the file and then open it up from your desktop into Adobe or your PDF reader.***  Here you can type in any words you want to use: sight words, word family words, vocabulary words, math words.  What you use is entirely up to you. 

Print off the list of words you have created or the included list and put one inside of each egg. 

A free and editable easter egg hunt read the room resource to practice sight words.

Step Four:  Hide the Eggs!

It is time for the egg hunt!  I make a copy of the recording sheet for my students.  Next, I hide my eggs and give all my students 2 instructions before giving them their clipboard and the recording sheet:

  1. Copy the word on the recording sheet beside the number that is written beside the word on the egg. 
A free and editable easter egg hunt read the room resource to practice sight words for a quick and easy classroom easter egg hunt.

  1. You MUST put the egg back where you found it for someone else to find!  This one is super important because afterwards, you want to gather up all the eggs.  Each year I have a few industrious bunnies who re-hide them, and I can't find them.  

Step Five: Reward!  

After our egg hunt, I always have a little treat for them.  You can decide what that might be.  I usually do chocolate eggs, but for those that can't do candy then mini erasers or pencils are a good option too.  I hope you enjoy doing this with your class.  It is a hit in my classroom every year! 

Until next time! 

A Simple Way to Get Students to Add Details to their Writing

Teaching writing in first grade is a huge job.  Student ability ranges greatly.  You will have some students who are not yet able to write at all and students that are filling pages.  It is such a challenge to reach all these learners.  I want to share one simple lesson that I have been using for a few weeks that is really working in my classroom.

teach your first grade students to add more detail to their writing

Using WODB to get Students to Think Critically

Have you heard of WODB - Which one doesn't belong?  If you are old like me (gasp) you might remember the song from Sesame Street... "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn't belong"  Which one doesn't belong now takes on a math spin.  It is a great way to get your students to think critically.

I first came across WODB through twitter.  If you search the hashtag #WODB, you will find a treasure trove of images to use.  I believe this is the brainchild of Christopher Danielson who wrote the book of the same name.  Another amazing resource for images is WODB.ca

5 Simple Reasons Why You Need to Switch to Morning Tubs

How do you start your school day?  Would you like to leave morning work behind and switch to a paperless option? If you answered yes, then it is time to switch to Morning Tub Tasks.  Morning Tubs will allow your students to practice all those crucial skills but without the papers to mark.  Today I am sharing 5 reasons you should make the switch to morning tubs.

5 reasons to use morning tubs for morning work in your classroom

If you are interested in how to get started with Morning Tubs and the organization behind it, please check out this post by clicking on the image below.

It Helps You Spiral Your Curriculum

In math, in particular, we teach units - time, money, patterning, and then we move on to the next unit.  When you circle back to those topics, do you find that students have retained those concepts?  If your students are like mine, then the answer is "not always."  Have you considered using morning tub tasks to keep revisiting those concepts?  The idea is that your morning tubs reflect content that you have already taught or are going to introduce shortly.

By using your morning tubs in this way, you are revisiting concepts to keep them fresh, and you are also able to see what students know about upcoming units by having them try out some activities related to the new topic.  

first grade morning work morning tubs

It Gets Students Using Math Manipulatives All the Time - Not Just When You are Teaching that Unit.

I am guilty of having math manipulatives sitting on my shelves untouched because I was not teaching a unit where it made sense to use them, or I really didn't think about how to use them.  Those manipulatives are not doing a lot of good sitting on a shelf!  I got creative and really started to think about how many different ways I could my manipulatives in different math units.  Now my counting bears are a hit for lots of things, not just patterning.

Document Digitally to Save Paper and Marking - Students can do it themselves! 

I am making a conscious effort to reduce the amount of paper I copy for my students.  I am trying to be mindful and ask myself if the activity I am printing is a necessity or is there another way to teach/assess this concept.  I have definitely embraced the use of digital portfolios and students taking ownership over documenting their learning.  When they are busy at their tub tasks each morning, they are responsible for taking pictures of their learning.  None of the tub tasks have a worksheet component.  No marking for me!  Instead, I log into their portfolios to see their completed work.

Engaged kids = Happy kids! 

This one is a no-brainer!  Students love to play with these manipulatives, so morning tub tasks give them a somewhat more structured way to do this.  They are engaged, and it allows me to get the jobs done that I need to do each morning.

first grade morning work morning tubs

It Gives You Time to do ALL.THE.THINGS!

The beginning of the day is busy!  Parents stop in, students come to me with yard issues, I need to take attendance, check agendas, collect money... Whew!  Just writing that reminds me of how crazy each day can be.  Starting the day with morning tub tasks means the kids are engaged, and I can do all of these things without being needed.  It is also the perfect opportunity to check in with kids before the start of the day.

Would you like to give Morning Tub Tasks a try?  You can grab a free set of tub tasks for pattern blocks.  Click below!

free morning work for first grade morning tubs

Perhaps you're ready to check out the whole set and jump right in!  If that is the case, click on the link or image below to see the BUNDLE (to be completed by the end of June 2019)


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first grade morning work morning tubs

Until next time!