Happy Friday! And it is an especially nice Friday for me because I have the day off! We have a four day weekend for the President’s holiday, which is nice because I felt like it was a long week with Valentine’s Day. I am linking up with Kacey over at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Friday round-up.
Earlier this week, northern California was in crisis mode because of a weakened dam. Oroville Dam is the largest dam in the U.S. and the lake is full due to all of the rain we have had. The main spillway and the emergency spillway are damaged, so they are worried about major flooding. They evacuated more than 180,000 people and the threat is not over. More rain is expected this weekend. We are north of the dam, so we are safe but our town was home to many of the evacuees. Many school are closed, so we decided it would be fun to make Valentine’s to deliver to some of the evacuees. My students were so excited. We made it simple, cutting out hearts and adding a chocolate kiss.
Valentine’s Day in the classroom is always an exciting event for first graders. What can be more exciting than hearts and candy? We made cute heart bags and they turned out so cute!
Valentine’s at home when you have a kid looks so much different than when you don’t, at least it does at our house. My husband and I usually go out a different night and spend Valentine’s day at home with our son. It’s a tradition to pick up a heart shaped pizza, because I am definitely not cooking on that night.
On Wednesday of this week, we had polar adventure day. It’s a day that we send our first graders to various stations to apply what we have learned. They always love it! You can read more about polar adventure day here. The picture below is the penguin measuring station.
Next week, we will begin our American symbols unit. This is such a fun unit for kids! You can find some great books and resources here.