Operation Spruce Up the Hallway

This is the post I originally planned for Sunday... before Columbus pushed it aside ;) 

We had some extra time on Thursday and Friday last week {as I always tend to have... do you find this to be true in your classroom??} so I decided to work on a couple hallway decorations!  The halls are lookin' pretty bare, so I thought they needed some sprucing up!

The first thing we did was read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and talk about the letters in our names.  We counted the letters, and since we are big first graders now, we also counted the vowels and consonants!  Then we put it all together in a cute little palm tree project, that reminds me of summer days:
That one's mine!  Here are my students' completed projects:
You'll have to forgive me:  I spent a great deal of time on Photobucket, erasing all of my students' names.  I'm a little paranoid when it comes to showing my kiddos' names {and especially FACES... never, never}, so I just had to get rid of all traces.  Haha!  You can use your imaginations to complete the pictures ;)

I got the idea on Pinterest, and I traced it back to Mrs. Jump's classroom website.  I made my own writing piece, and made it available on Google Docs for you to use, if you want!  You can DL it for free {HERE}.
Friday afternoon we started our second hallway project, by reading Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes.  I had never read a Pete book before, and oh my, I LOVED it!!  And so did my students!  They got such a kick out of the song, and they sang it for the rest of the afternoon!

I plan on surprising my little ones with this as soon as it arrives:

Anywho, while we sang, we got to work on our own school shoes, straight from my pal Alisha's CUTE  Steppin' Into a New Year unit!  We ran out of time so we didn't get to finish the projects, but here is a peek at what we have so far:
Most of our sneakers look like the pair on the left... but I couldn't resist snapping a pic of the pair on the right!  Gosh, so cute!  Some of us need a little cutting practice, don't ya think?? :)  

And since this post is all about sprucing up the halls... my neighbor Ms. C and I just received a new bulletin board that will hang between our classrooms:
We plan on sharing it... so excited!! :)


Unknown said...

I love Pete!! The shoes on the right crack me right up!! That just means you have to do more craftivites this year ;) Darn.

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The Daily Alphabet said...

Yes, I also have some kiddos that struggle with cutting!

The Daily Alphabet

Heather's Heart said...

Cutting and Firsties...good times! I will never forget the year my teacher friend had a kiddo cut her hair!!!

Pete is coming to visit us later this week for The Great Paw Hunt...I am so excited! =)

Your shoes are adorable. =)

Heather's Heart

Carmen said...

I love pete the cat. My students also LOVE that story. Your shoes turned out GREAT!

Just Wild About Teaching said...

haha this made me giggle... the bulletin board will never be up =)
love the chicka chicka !!

Just Wild About Teaching

Traci Clausen said...

THE cutest Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom project I've ever seen!
❤Dragonflies in First ❤

Michelle Griffo said...

ooook...those little shoes are so cute! We did chicka last week too! :)
p.s...of course I haven't sent your treat yet....

Apples and ABC's

Rhonda said...

Love Pete and love the shoes. There is always a little one whose work ends up looking way different. More cutting needed!!
Thanks for the chicka freebie. A good idea using vowels and consonants.
Classroom Fun

Stephanie Livers said...

I love how you added to the chicka chicka poem!! Thanks for the freebie:)

Sandy said...

Adorable!!!!!! :-)

Sandy said...

Adorable!!!!!! :-)

Sandy said...

Adorable!!!!!! :-)

Annie Moffatt said...

LOVE your Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom trees! So cute Teri!!
The Moffatt Girls

Amy Johnston said...

Your will have the cutest hallway on the block! Love your craftivities and thanks for the Chicka freebie!

Cindy Calenti said...

The hallway looks wonderful. Thanks for the book suggestion. I love learning about new books- especially those fun and funny ones.

Granny Goes to School

peter said...

this is so sweet..nice posting too!!

cool math for kids

Fluttering Through First Grade said...

Chicka and Pete=all is right with the world!
We also get some firsties who look as though they have never held a pair of scissors in their lives. Yikes!
Eager to see the hallway...
~Christy & Tammy
Fluttering Through First Grade

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