To Peep or not to Peep

To Peep or not to Peep - First Grade Roars!
Are you looking for something fun to do with your students in Spring or around Easter? This fun Peep unit can be spread throughout the week or done in one fun themed day. I like to have a Peep Day the last day before Spring Break.
I start by gathering different kinds of Peep candies. We use them for several different things that day so I need various colors. There are bunnies and chick to choose from. I prefer to stick with the chicks but both work just fine. 
The night before I set up all of the activities in tubs as shown above.  There are various math, writing, and word work activities to choose from.  In the morning we begin by listening to the story, “Max the Peep” that I wrote.  This story has a very clear message about leaving others out of activities based on their color.  Of course, Peeps are the main characters. After reading the story, we do two activities, sequencing and author’s purpose.  
Then we begin doing rotations. In the morning we do math and in the afternoon we do word work activities. Here is a peek at a few of the activities.  During this rotation, students make a nest, adopt a Peep and then weigh their Peep. They make a little certificate to go with their Peep. 

 Students also work on building a number using place value cards. There are different color mats that match the cards so you can have more than one of each and they won’t get mixed together. Students also practice collecting data using a tally, bar, and picture graph. 
 There is also a fun math game where they spin and move up and back on the game board. 
 Once we have moved through the rotations we complete this fun activity in whole group. This is a freebie at my store. If you are interested, click on the picture and you can grab it! I make a basket of Peeps with various colors. We collect data using tallies and a bar graph. Then we complete some addition problems and work on fractions together. We do this together because at this point, we aren’t independent with fractions yet. 
Then in the afternoon we move onto word work activities.  We practice synonyms, antonyms, and compound words using these colorful cards. 
 There are also activities that are less prep such as the ones below. There is a double e picture sort, alphabetizing, syllables, a word search and more.

My students love this fun day because they get to work together, collaborate, move around the room and review skills they already learned.  If you are looking for something different and fun, this is the packet for you.


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I’m Megan, a first grade teacher and a mother to 7 amazing children. I love to create and collaborate with teachers. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, baking and playing tennis.

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