Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Let me share some Kindergarten humor. I love teaching about the presidents. It is actually one of my favorite themes to teach. The kids love seeing portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and even Obama! Of course, they don't really get it. They don't understand that Washington and Lincoln are not alive anymore (although there is always that one kid that can tell you about what happened). They don't even really know what being a president really means. We talk about it. I read them two very good books about what being a president today would mean.
They get so excited talk about the White House and everything that a president does! One activity we do on President's Day is to make a picture of the white house. I use the printable from search.theeducationcenter.com. We color our picture and put it all together. Then I call them back one-by-one and ask them what they would do if they were president. It never disappoints. Kids say the funniest things. I thought I would include my favorites from this year. Take a look:
Aren't they cute?! I love it! Happy President's Day!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
We just finished our Polar Bear Week!
pre-cut polar bear to their paper and had them sponge paint over it. The sky was purple and the ice was blue. Once they were done sponge painting I pulled off the bear and it was like MAGIC! They turned out pretty good.
Here is a polar bear we made from the website learncreatelove.
This is a writing activity from we made, using facts we learned about the polar bear. The pattern is from
The Education Center.
Last, but not least, is our polar bear ice cream! Yum! It is a vanilla cup with Nilla wafer ears, chocolate chip eyes, and a Hershey Drop nose. Can't beat it!
My students loved learning about this bear.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
We are reading in Kindergarten!
I like my _________________.
It is ____________ and ___________.Students can then use their vocab words that are on the front of their journals to fill in the blanks. A lot of my students are not using the sentence frames anymore because they realize it is more fun to write what they want!
After journal writing we do word family and sight word work. We do our weekly sight words, which are 5 words a week and come from the Kindergarten Pre-Primer and Primer Sight Word Unit I sell in TpT and TN. Grab the Kindergarten Sight Word Bundle, it really gives Kinders the skills they need.
We drew a tongue on our frog, just for fun.
If you would like to use these books, click here. They are free. They do go along with my Kindergarten Sight Words Lists 1-8. I am working on sight word books for Lists 9-18. I will post them when I am finished.
I finish morning reading with Word Family WorkWord Families Galore Bundle is a great asset to my class. I also use a lot of Heidi Butkus' sight word activities.
I am trying to get CCSS into the classroom and getting my Kinders ready for the upcoming changes. I am looking forward to incorporating more technology into my everyday lessons. Right now we are using the iPads to play word games, but our school just purchased the Flocabulary program, which we will begin using very soon.
Monday, February 3, 2014
So I was a little late. Groundhog Day was on Superbowl Sunday, so I waited until Monday to do it with my class. We read some cute stories about the groundhog.
Happy Groundhog Day!
After we did that we traced our own shadows on the sidewalk and then tried to match animal shadows.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Last week the Kindergarten learned about Penguins. Sure, we learned about what penguins are and what they can do. We also did the Kindergarten Penguin Project! We have 5 Kindergarten classes at our school. Each class took one type of penguin to study.
We had the Emperor Penguin, the Macaroni Penguin, the Black-footed Penguin, the Adelie Penguin and the Little Blue Penguin. We had three questions to answer:
1. What does it eat?
2. Where does it live?
3. What is special about it?
I assigned a homework assignment for our penguin project. I asked my students to find 3 facts about penguins at home:
I am so proud of our students. They did an amazing job! I had 5 "actors" and they were the best. Here is a picture of some of our puppets:
We also did a cute writing activity about a baby emperor penguin:search.theeducationcenter.com.
Penguin week was awesome. I can't wait until we get to do a puppet show about the ocean!