Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Chocolate Chip Ghost

Here is a quick and fun activity to do in your classroom on those days when you have a little extra time, or to go along with your math or Halloween fun. This story is called 5 Little Ghosts. In my class we call it The Chocolate Chip Ghost because it sounds more fun. :) This is a story you read along with puppets. I made mine out of felt. One side is white and the other side has a color (orange, red, green, purple) and one ghost is white on both sides with chocolate chips on one side.
Ask 5 students to come up while you read the story and act it out with the puppets. We read this story every day, pretty much, in October so that everyone is class gets a chance to be a puppet. This activity teaches colors and ordinal numbers. And, most importantly, it teaches you to listen to your mommy!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bats and Pumpkins!

Halloween is in full swing in Kindergarten. We have been working, creating and learning new and silly songs. One of the first crafts we made was our bat hat. It is too cute.
When the kids finish and put it on we all walk around saying, "So and have a bat on your head!" They crack up all day long. Here is the template for the hat. I recommend poster board or card stock for the wings so they stand out.

What else are we doing? Pumpkins! We have been learning about pumpkins all week. We have even entered the PTA Pumpkin Decorating Contest. I have yet to think of a good idea, but when I do I will post it.
Here is our bulletin board outside my classroom. Cute huh?

This is a page in our daily journals. We are working on capital letters, spacing and punctuation. Students have cut apart sentences (GRAB here!!) and they have to glue the sentence in their journal. Then they write the sentence, following all the rules, and then they draw a picture.

We learn the poem 5 Little Pumpkins and act out the poem with puppets. My students have it memorized in about 3 tries. I got these puppets at Michaels.

We make a 5 Little Pumpkins craft with popsicle sticks. I have them glue the poem on it so they can read it at home with their families. Grab the 5 Little Pumpkin craft here.

And of course, the paper plate pumpkin. We painted the plate and added a face to it, then did the life cycle on the back. To get the life cycle pieces go to my Pinterest Fall Activities Board.

We have a lot more Halloween fun to go !

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

It's October!

It is finally Fall. I always look forward to Fall and then realize how much I have to do with report cards, parent conferences, the Fall Festival and Halloween. Plus, I have to teach!
We kicked off our October with Stellaluna. We made a bat out of construction paper and wrote our own little sight word story retell on the back.
Grab the simple story here.

Another activity we did to go along with the bats theme was Nocturnal vs. Diurnal.
We read the story Where are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser and do a little sorting of our own.

Students will cut apart the animals and decide if they come out in the day or the night. Get the sorting sheets here.

We also had some fun with our math this week by putting our Spider Web numbers in order. I teach a Transitional Kindergarten class and do one number a week. We have only learned up to 7 so I only asked that my class order to 7. However, my numbers go to 9. If you would like to try some creepy, webby numbers grab them here.
09 10 01 09 10