Teaching Out of the Box...of Crackers SOL 13/31



Why is it the best teaching experiences don’t come from a plan book, but instead the unplanned, spur of the moment ideas that just come to you? Today was one of those days.
This week is one of my favorites in first grade. The reading challenge is over and we are back to business as usualsort of.
This week before spring break I always save for my “Henry and Mudge” week. I love Henry and Mudge. It doesn’t get much better than a boy and his dog. Cynthia Rylant is my all-time favorite author. Her stories are the epitome of slice of life and I use them in many areas of my teaching.
The kiddos love Henry and Mudge too. Today we read Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers. It was a huge hit. They loved the idea of being “crackers.”
As they were leaving for recess I listened to them talk about the story and being “crackers” and I had an idea.
If you have not read the story it’s about Henry and Mudge and a spy kit Henry buys. Henry then finds a secret code message and goes home to “crack” it. In the end he finds another boy and dog that are doing the same and decide to become a club called “Crackers.”
While the kiddos were outside I wrote a secret code on the board along with a message. I then pulled out my boxes of Cheese-it scrabble crackers I’d stored away.
When the kids returned I gave each table a plate of crackers and told them they needed to use the crackers to crack the code.
They were so excited and so good. I love group activities you learn SO much in so many different areas.


They soon cracked the code “I Love First Grade” and were rewarded with crackers of course!
We also made these cute little missing dog posters today. They turned out quite cute but.look closely they are missing a very important parttheir noses! I forgot to demonstrate noses. I pointed it out as we went to gym and the kids thought it was funny, so while they were gone I stuck noses on our poor missing puppies. 

                                 Don't you love the second one? I asked the little cutie if she had followed all the directions. She held hers up next to mine and said "wow I really missed this one." LOL

I loved this last part "If you find my dog call Eben's (her mom) daughter named Katelynn we will pick her up."  I love it!!! 



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7 comments:

  1. So much fun in first grade!! I had one of those days with my middle school students this week. One of them picked up the Mo Willems book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Eat the Hot Dog!" and said read it Mrs. Heinisch! I did and we had such a great time with it!!

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  2. So much fun in first grade!! I had one of those days with my middle school students this week. One of them picked up the Mo Willems book, "Don't Let the Pigeon Eat the Hot Dog!" and said read it Mrs. Heinisch! I did and we had such a great time with it!!

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  3. I love this day with you :)

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  4. You are so right about where the best lessons come from. Yea!

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  5. I love how you are making books personal. Thanks for sharing.
    Ruth

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