Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mouse Was Mad!

Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban and Illustrated by Henry Cole.  
     Here's a new book that I found that was fun for my kids.  It is about a mouse who was having problems expressing his anger.  His animal friends try to help but it seems to make the situation worse.  In the end he figures out what works best for him.  This book lent itself towards some great discussions about being mad and how to show it.  It was great for prediction as the story moves along.  Henry Coles illustrations are adorable.

I took pictures of my class showing the ways the mouse practiced being mad.
Hopping Mad!
 Stomping Mad!
 Screaming Mad!
 Rolling on the Ground Mad!
 Standing Still Mad!
My class is very dramatic!
We also talked about other descriptive words for being mad like fighting mad and steaming mad.  This book was fun.  I might have my students write about a time that they have been mad and talk about what kind of mad they were. I think that I'll take a picture of them being mad and add it to their writing. Check out this book.
       This was pajama day at our school so all the kids look ready for bed.  I hope they are having a fabulous vacation and come back ready to learn.
Mrs. Dietsche

Friday, February 25, 2011

Random Things

 I heart my class<3  First Grade Smarties.

 Cup stacking fun from our winter carnival.  
Oh so fun!
 It's been a little snowy this winter.  
This is a view from my 
classroom window out to our
playground.  Yicks!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Wow!  Somebody thinks that I'm stylish.  Who knew?  Ha Ha  Two incredible bloggers did in fact give me this award.  What a great feeling to know people out there are actually reading my blog and think I've got something to say. 
      Thank you to Laurie Hilton who has an amazing blog and class website.  I am inspired by her every day.  I think that she is on the cutting edge of technology in the first grade classroom.  She has inspired me to do things that I didn’t think were possible with first graders.  My students now have their own blogs at .  I just finished writing a grant to obtain 2 Ipod Touches.  I want to start using Glogster.   I want my students to create talking characters.   And the list goes on.  Thank you Laurie.
      Thank you Kim for this award.  I had no idea that I was your inspiration for your kids blog last year.  See people are reading my blog. Keep up the blog with all of your themed videos.  My class loves them. 

So, here are the rules for receiving this award:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 5 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about this award

1.  I am widowed with 2 terrific kids and one crazy kitty, Ziti.  One is a sophomore in college and one is a senior in high school.  They have made my life full.
2.    I live in NY on the Canadian Border and cross a big bridge into Vermont to teach. 
3.    I love teaching first grade.  I have been in first grade for 22 years.  I substituted for about 7 years before I was able to land my own classroom
4.   I think technology is fun, exciting, challenging, and the best thing to happen to education.  I am headed to the ISTE National Conference in Philadelphia, PA at the end of June.  Anyone else going? 
5.   I have 11 siblings living across the US.  Two of my sisters are teachers like me.  My sister Helen teaches first grade in West Virginia.
6.  I grew up in Maine and try to go back there every summer.  
7.   I love blogging and am a blog stalker.  I think there are some incredible bloggers out there and wish that I could keep up with them all.
           Here are 6 blogs that I give this award to.  They are all fantastic!  Check them out!

Heidi Samuelson  just love love love your stuff
Mrs. Bates  you have the coolest stuff
Michelle  Love the Robert munsch stuff.
Mrs. Malchow Reflections on teaching learning and technology

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Book Reports and Snow

Wow!  What a week!  We had an incredible amount of snow on Wednesday.   It was great to have a snow day in the middle of the week.  My son and I spent the whole day shoveling and moving the snow.  Last night we got another foot of snow on top of the 2 feet we already had and we had no where to put it.  We piled it higher and higher on the snowbanks.  I was just glad that I didn't have to shovel it all by myself.

I hope all of my students wear their snow gear tomorrow.  Our playground will be lots of fun.

Here is a book report template that I plan on using this week.  I hope someone can use it.

Have a great week everyone!  No more weather related issues!
Mrs. Dietsche
*I am having a problem with embedding my google doc.  Can anyone help me?  Thanks