Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Feel Like Hibernating!

After all of the wonderful Thanksgiving treats, I really could crawl into my cozy den and hibernate! It's a good thing my next theme is about hibernation and migration. If you have any good ideas or resources, please leave me a comment. Here is my new emergent reader for hibernation. I researched all of the creatures online to see if they definitely hibernate. Some sites say they do hibernate, and some say that they take a long sleep but wake up periodically (skunks). I also created a class book and a making words activity.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

You are my sunshine...

Thank you to my friends Mrs. McKown at Little Literacy Learners and Cindy from
For the Love of Kindergarten for giving me the Sunshine Award!

Here are the rules for this award:
1.  Thank the person(s) who gave this award and if you would like to, write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. Pass the award to 10-12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

My answers:
-  Favorite color?  Pink
-  Favorite animal? Cat
-  Favorite number?  15
-  Favorite drink? Pumpkin Latte
-  Facebook or Twitter?   Facebook,but 
I have found great resources on Twitter - Winning!! (Just kidding)
-  Your passion?  My children, my husband, and my love for teaching
-  Giving or getting presents? Oh, giving is better than receiving!
-  Favorite day?  Saturday

I am passing this award onto:
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Don't Believe the Hype - We really do want to Skype!!!

Hi there everyone! So, I thought of an idea today while organizing some files (procrastinating) and thought I would see if anyone is interested. I really want to incorporate more technology into my kindergarten classroom, but it can be difficult when you have little ones. Then, my mind turned to Skype. This would be a fabulous way of connecting to other classrooms through the use of technology. Then, I thought...what would we talk about, how will it connect to my classroom, curriculum, Common Core???  Then,while running errands, it hit me (kind of like the very cold wind that hit my face) - we could discuss the seasons and the weather and how they are different, the same, etc.

We are in upstate New York, so we have beautiful foliage in Autumn (although most of the leaves have fallen from the trees), lots of snow in the winter, rain in the spring, and lots of hot sunshine toward the summer. So, we have a lot to share!

I would love to find another class that has a very different climate. I think it would be a lot of fun, especially in the winter when we have a foot of snow and another class is enjoying the warm sunshine. If interested, leave me a comment. It does not have to be a big project. I have never done this before so I will have to work out the specifics. Thanks!!! Pin It Now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cranberry Thanksgiving

I love this book! I have had it for years. The story never seems to grow old and that great lesson, "Never judge a book by it's cover" is always true. My students and I have been really focusing on the characters of the different stories we read. Lately, we have been talking about how the character can change over time. If you know this story (I don't want to give away the ending), then you know that Grandma has a change of heart about one of the other characters. I made a graphic organizer to go along with this book.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Roll and Color Math Activity

My students this year absolutely love roll and color math activities! I have found so many wonderful sheets on the great blogs I visit, that I decided to make one for my kiddos for this week. It is fairly simple, but the graphics from DJ Inkers are really great.  I did not make a color code, because I wanted the focus to just be on number identification and not reading the color words (although I agree that reading those words is an important skill). Click below for your copy.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Oh No! The Turkeys Ran Away!

I just found a great book at our Scholastic book fair this week. It is called Turkey Day.

Have you read this hilarious book? I bought a few copies for my room. I also made a subtraction activity to go along with the book.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful for Sight Words!

Hi there! I have been busy making some new activities for my Thanksgiving theme next week. I also wanted to review some sight words so I made a new activity sheet.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Emergent Reader

Hi everyone! Yes, I was looking for another emergent reader and decided to just make one myself. It is about Thanksgiving and focuses on the sight words will & we. The clip art is from DJ Inkers.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Yummy in the tummy - Graphing Fun!

OK, I am starting to see a theme here. My last post was about pie and this one is about Thanksgiving foods!

Every year I have my students take a survey at home about favorite Thanksgiving foods. It is good practice using tally marks and  learning about data collection. They bring a sheet home and ask parents, siblings, etc. Then, they bring the data sheet back to school and we make a graph. It's that easy.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

As Easy As Pie!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and you know what that means - lots of pie! So, as I was daydreaming about yummy pies earlier today, I started thinking about the housekeeping station in my kindergarten classroom. It can be a very popular center in my room, but it seems to be neglected lately. One of the more popular centers though is play dough. That got me thinking...What if I combine the two centers?

So, I made a pie baking center! I thought the kids would love it and since so many of us are starting our holiday baking, it would be a nice time to start. I made a trip to the dollar store and bought the following:

Disposable pie plates, measuring cups and spoons, rolling pins, spatulas, cooling racks, and paper plates. All of the items cost me a little over ten dollars!

Then, I decided to make a Holiday Pie Ordering Sheet. The children can write the customer's name (great practice writing friends' names) and the number of pies ordered (more practice writing numbers).

Finally, I made a big batch of play dough!
I just added yellow and red food coloring to make it orange and threw in some pumpkin pie spice, or click on the link above for a great recipe. I will most likely send a play dough request home to parents for more dough.

That's it! Hope you like the idea. I will try to take pictures later this week. Pin It Now!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ten Frame Fun Freebie!

Hi everyone! I have been using math stations since the end of September and my students are really enjoying them. They currently rotate through eight stations (one station per day). They are either working in pairs or groups of three. They are fairly independent, so I am now able to pull small groups for guided math instruction. Next week, I will introduce a new activity using ten frames and counters. They will simply pick a number card and fill the ten frame using counters. Pin It Now!