Friday, June 17, 2011

Go FIRST GRADE, It's Your BIRTHDAY! A Birthday Month Mini Unit Coming Soon!

So this idea came to me when I realized at the beginning of last school year that a TON of my students came to school and DID NOT know their birthday! My literacy coach was doing a pull out group with ELL students and came back and reported the same thing months later.
No more!
I'm creating a mini-unit that will include tons of super fun birthday activities, and a study of the months. This will be perfect for those first few weeks of school.
I also don't want to admit this but i *hate* celebrating birthdays in school. Our district has a wellness policy- so they ask parents not to bring in cakes and cookies and I have to tell them no.

I'm not totally ungrateful. I learned my lesson my first year of teaching when a parent brought in a FULL-BLOWN-PARTY for my class (different school district).  I'm talking: table cloths, party hats, and noisemakers. Took up an hour and a half. Oops.
This is what I KNOW they were thinking in their hearts. Photo: My first year circa 2006.
LOL. I'm so embarrassed! Oh no I di-int let this happen!! Seriously, there was all but a blow-up Jump Jump and petting zoo in the back of the school. Ha ha ha. =)

SO in an effort to avoid turning my classroom into Chuck E. Cheese's but still celebrate and recognize birthdays, I'm creating a mini unit called:

Included, we'll...
* Study the months (Holidays etc...)
* Make birthday "presents" for each other. These activities will be made at one time, then stored away by me. Then, when the day comes around- there is no scrambling for a birthday pencil and certificate- we already made a fun present!
*Have fun with lots of birthday related balanced literacy activities and thinking sheets
*Read lots of Birthday themed books (book list will be included with accountable talk prompts- of course!)
*Shared Reading: Original Poetry by Yours Truly :)
* Do a little birthday themed math
* Printable book for guided reading
*Anchor Charts for each month of the year
*Kid-Friendly CELEBRITY birthday match up activities
(who has the same b-day as the Biebs?FUN. They'll be SO into it.)
and much more!

Here is a sneak peak of a FEW items!

 I love y'all, but there are no promises on when this will be done. I'm L-O-V-I-N-G my first summer where I don't have to work waaaaaaaay too much!!!

I'm trying a lot of these activities out on my friend's children (bwhaha!) I'll post photos of the activities when I'm all done!
Hope you're enjoying summer,


  1. This is such a fab idea! I love it!


  2. I hope you sing, "Go Hadar, it's your birthday!" on my birthday! hahhaah!

    Miss Kindergarten

  3. Great Idea! For 4 of the last 8 years i have been co-teaching. We have had 36 1st graders- can you imagine if we stopped and celebrated all of their birthdays on their birthday? We adopted a Once a month birthday celebration :-) We still have some parents that try to get around that but we explain it. To keep it special in it's own right- this celebration is not on the same day as any other celebration.

    Primary Connections

  4. What a great idea! I too have had the hour and half birthday fiasco happen so I feel for you! Since then I have become the worst birthday celebration teacher EVER! Can't wait to hear more!

  5. Love this! Can't wait to check it out :)


  6. This is great.. I always feel so bad too because my kids never know their own birthdays!

  7. Wow such a great idea! By the way you are not alon... I also hate celebrating birthdays at school. ha ha

  8. Yay! I can't wait for this. Your units are always so cute, and I loooove birthdays. :)

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  9. SHUT HE FRONT DOOR! OMG! This is fantastic and I LOVE the Christmas tree! How do you get the pictures so darn big?

  10. thanks mrs coe!

    I take the photos and click "extra large" when posting and they blow up! =)

  11. Enjoyed surfing onto your site today. Looks like we have some of the same books on our vacation reading lists. Happy summer!! :)

  12. ok. This is THE BEST idea I've seen in FOREVER. I love it! I too do not like all the birthday business--it stresses me out, but this will make it sooooo much easier! Can't wait to see the whole unit!


  13. What a great idea! I like this idea of doing a unit for them- my kids don't know their birthdays either, especially at the beginning of the year. Umm and that little word wheel I saw, SUPER cute!
    Lessons Learned

  14. This looks so cute! I just ignore birthdays as most kids don't know when theirs is. It works out well, really. But, if I had something like this in my arsenal, I might think twice about b'day celebrations! Thanks!


  15. Looks fun! Can't wait to see :)


  16. love tyhe idea...we JUST eliminated kids passing out cuppycakes to teachers cuz they would be out of the room FOREVER...I cant wait for this and to use it!

  17. Olá, sou do Brasil e sou educadora de crianças de 5 anos, passeando pela net encontrei o seu blog e gostei muito. Parabéns. Estou salvando alguns de seus trabalhos e gostaria de agradecer por disponibiliza-los para nós. Já coloquei você na minha lista de blogs de visita.


  18. I can't wait to see this. I had a similar situation a few years ago (my first year). I was so worried that the party patrol was going to walk in and issue me a citation. I'm glad I can laugh about it now.

  19. I absolutely love your blog!! What great resources!!! :)
    Long Island Teacher