First Grade Valentine's Day


Our Valentine's Day celebration was simple and quite cute- no sweet treats, just some sweet valentines!
Exchanging Valentines, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

About a week in advance, we made our love bug bags! I copied the pattern on different colored paper so students could choose- blue was a favorite!
Exchanging Valentines, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Exchanging Valentines, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

You can pick up this love bug bag in my TpT shop by clicking HERE.

I had my students write valentines for their classmates in school, a few a day so they wouldn't get tired and just write the same message on every one!

We talked a lot about positive, "bucket-filling" messages that they could write to their friends including compliments and fun memories. I put up our "thinking offices" when students write because I really did want them to know that these notes were private (and special!) They were so sweet and write some really thoughtful comments!
Exchanging Valentines, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
"You are kind and big-hearted and help to make a better environment." Wow :)
Click HERE if you'd like to download a copy of my valentine card template.
Finally, we organized our valentines into "line order", how we always line up (or you could do it alphabetically). We also set up the bags on a bookshelf in line order. This made it a breeze for students to quickly drop their valentines into their classmates' bags!
Exchanging Valentines, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

Gone are the days of having kids run around the room delivering valentines to bags here and there! Don't know why I didn't figure that out any sooner!!

How was your Valentine's Day? Do your students exchange valentine cards?

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100th Day Math Centers and FREEBIES!


Why celebrate the 100th Day of School? Well, it's great time for students to reflect upon how far they have come and how much they have learned! It's also a fun way to have students focus on place value and quantity. I choose to focus mostly on math related activities on our 100th Day. Here's what we did....
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

I set up a rotation replacing our normal "M.A.T.H." stations with 100th day related activities, some of which I found from other bloggers :) My kids' groups are color teams, so I wrote this "fancy" rotation chart on my white board:
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Students spent 18 minutes at each station before switching. I was short for time due to our schedule that day; 20-25 minutes should have been better, but we managed.

"100 Kisses" was an idea I got from Cara Carroll at The First Grade Parade. After students sorted the kisses, I had 100 charts with missing numbers for theTm to complete if they finished early.
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

The next station was from Amber at School is a Happy Place, "100th Day, Yes or No Way". She always has lots of great activities that she shares for free. Here, students used the base ten blocks to check if equations were equal to 100. They also recorded their findings on a complementary sheet.
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom


I whipped up this next station with some clip art from Krista Walden, "EYE Love the 100th Day." Students colored a monster and added 100 googly eyes- no simple task as I asked them to think about how they could arrange or group the eyes to help them keep track of the total. If I had a do-over, I would have had my students color or paint their monsters the day before to save time. My teammate had her kids watercolor their monsters and they came out really bright and fun!
100th Day Math Centers, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
100th Day Math Centers Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

100th Day Math Centers Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Click HERE to grab a copy for yourself- Just enlarge it when photocopying!

Lastly, the favorite station was "Tallying Skittles". This took a little prep time- counting out 100 Skittles per snack bag. It took 4 large bags of skittle for my class of 14 students.
100th Day Math Centers Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
100th Day Math Centers Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

Students would tally each Skittle as they took it out of the baggie, and then sort them on the mat. Once done, they went back and counted each color to check and see if their tallies were correct. Of course, I let them take their Skittles home as a treat! The next day, they recorded their totals and ordered the numbers from least to greatest.
100th Day Math Centers Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

Click HERE to grab this freebie from my TpT shop. Please leave some feedback while you're there- I'd REALLY appreciate it!

So, how do you celebrate the 100th day in your class?

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