Saturday, October 19, 2013

5 for Friday: Pumpkins and Other Random Stuff

So, I haven't been doing a very good job of taking pictures, but I figured I'd link up for 5 for Friday with the few pictures I have!  

1. We began to learn about pumpkins this week.  We still have a lot of pumpkin activities to do, so we will study them for at least another week.  We practiced the word "the" with this shared writing.  It also helped us work on describing words.  Next week, I'm going to turn this poster into a center where they have to write in the words "the" and "is."

 2. I found these little foam pumpkins in the dollar section at Target.  They were a huge hit.  We used this hastily drawn tens frame to practice addition, subtraction, and changing numbers.  One day, we rolled the dice and added sparkly pumpkins and non-sparkly pumpkins.  Another day, we rolled the dice then talked about how many more pumpkins we had to add to get to 10.  And we also rolled our big dice (4-9) and then rolled a small dice (0-4) to do subtraction problems.  I was surprised how popular this activity was!

3.  A few of my former students asked me for a picture of myself.  I gave them the free school pictures we got.  Then, one of my third graders made this for me.  Haha - so embarrassing, but I love the sentiment!

4. Next week, we are practicing the word "is" so I made this emergent reader.  It has four different versions for differentiation.  The different versions are either missing the letter g, the word is, or the feeling word, so they can practice writing/spelling.  There is also a version that is just normal.  Click on either picture to check it out!

5. Freebie!  We've been talking a lot about the first 3 habits.  I feel like my students understand Habit 1 and 3 okay, but still didn't seem to get Habit 2.  I made this little recording sheet for them to practice Habit 2 at blocks.   They had to make a plan, draw and write what they wanted to make, before they could build.  Click the picture to grab it.
I hope you all have a great weekend!  Hopefully I'll be back with more pictures soon!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Five for Saturday

I'm happy to link up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!  We've had such a fun week learning about bats and the -at family.

1. We made -at family bats and hung them from our ceiling.  I was able to differentiate this activity for all my learners, and they LOVED making the bats.
Level 1 (writing beginning consonants)
Level 2 (writing the whole -at word)
Level 3 (thinking of their own ideas for words that are in the -at family.)

2. We read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, and then retold the story with paper bag old ladies. 

3. Of course we read Stellaluna, and compared bats and birds.  But we also had a special visitor this week - a butterfly expert.  So we also compared bats and butterflies.  The kids loved the double venn diagram.  They said it looked like a baseball.

4. We made bat counting books to practice the sight word "see" and number writing.

If you like the counting book and the word family bats, check out my Bat Mini Unit

There's also an addition book option as part of the mini-unit.
 5. Nothing to do with bats, but we got four different packages from UGA this week.  Our school is focusing on college readiness, so each classroom adopted a school.  My class is the Georgia Bulldogs.  I wrote the provost, the president, the admissions department and the athletic department asking for some Georgia gear to help excite my students about college.  They were beyond generous, sending us pom poms, flashlights, posters, pencils, bumper stickers, pennants, and more.  My kids were so excited!

Friday, October 4, 2013

October Currently

Just a few days behind, here's my Currently post! 

I know I've said it before, but I am just so, so happy with my sweet class this year.  They make my job so much fun!  That said, I'm getting to that point in the first quarter, where I start to feel a little burnt out from all the beginning of the year stuff.  (Hence my thinking, wanting, and needing.) 

But, I do have a *treat* to share.  It is a sample from my Beginning Consonants Spin and Graph.
 (Click the picture for the sample.)  I hope your kids like it as much as mine did.

Thanks for letting me share.  I'll be back over the weekend to share what our week was like.
Oh' boy fourth grade  Picture of Free Teacher Downloads at Teaching Blog Addict

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our Applicious Week

I'm way behind with my blogging are some apple activities we did last week.  Our Q-tip paintings are one of my favorites.  The kids paint the apple tree in each season, so they can see the cycle of the tree.  They love this!

In math, we played a few apple-themed games.  Here's a game one of my teammates made me.  The kids pick a number and put that many apples in the tree.  Then their partner checks their work.  (As you can see, our "apples" are really just little pieces of red paper, ha.)
For this next game, I actually had some plastic apples to use.  You could also use pom poms, unifix cubes or bingo counters.  Here, the kids had a bunch of trees.  They had to read the number on each and then put that many apples in the tree.  If they needed help, they could count the dots and match up each apple to a dot.  For a challenge, the other side was blank.  They had to recognize the number and count 1-to-1 without support.  Simple, but fun!

And of course, we had an apple tasting.  We graphed our predictions about what we would like, and the results of what we actually like best.  It was really interesting to see how drastically the graphs changed.  The kids made some really great connections and comparisons between the two graphs.

I think it's so important in kindergarten to teach kids that others have different opinions than their own.  Our apple tasting was the perfect opportunity to see that.  So, we did a shared writing activity about everyone's opinions on the apples.
It was a really fun week!  Now we are studying bats.  Stay tuned for all our bat and -at family activities!
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