Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Duck! Rabbit!

Are you looking for a cute book and activity to do this week or next? Since Spring is in the air, I went on a hunt for some adorable engaging literature and activities. That's when I found this book:


Duck! Rabbit!

I also scoured Pinterest the internet to find great ideas of activities to go with it. My class had a great time showing their opinion:


I had them color their page and then sort themselves. (** Math connection**) Plus we counted the number in each group and compared the groups. Which has more? Which has less? Simple. Easy. 2 minutes and you have a math connection while they are engaged!

We also made the cutest puppets with poems (exploring different types of literature anyone?).

They started out as two individual pieces and get glued back to back.


You can grab them as freebies from this site.

I hope your students enjoy as much as mine have!!


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patty's Day: Resource Round up!

I really love St. Patrick's Day! I really love teaching Kindergarten during St. Patrick's Day!

This year I have gone all out all week long and can not WAIT to show you some of the awesome things my kids have been doing in class.

The day all started with my wonderful brainstorm last night.... a leprechaun door!!! My kids noticed it right away :)



I created the design and a friend of mine cut it out on her Cameo since she had the vinyl already at her house. It worked perfectly. I'm not sure what I'd do without my Cameo. You should definitely look into Amazon's awesome deals on them:


Silhouette CAMEO Vinyl Starter Kit Bundle with PixScan Cutting Mat, White

They also got to write about 'who is worth more than gold to them'. I've done this activity for several years now and it is always melt-your-heart writing! It's extra special this year because my daughter is across the hallway. This is hers:


You can find it here for free.


I also grabbed Deanna Jump's unit for St. Patrick's Day... and pretty much printed everything! These adorable rainbows are from her unit. The perfect writing activity with a craft combined. I even conquered the 'g' word...... GLITTER!!!! 


They look excellent hanging outside my classroom door!




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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meeting Kindergarten Readers on a 3rd Grade Level


I have a SUPER-DUPER high group of readers this year. Right now 87% of my students have already exceeded the end of the year reading level... Trust me I hear the angels singing :)

I have 2 girls especially who are reading fiction books on a level M... that would be 3rd grade level. Guided reading isn't really what they need anymore so I am meeting their reading needs by using-- chapter books!

I started with this perfect book:


Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Junie B. Jones, No. 15)



I love Junie B. books! She is funny and the kids really 'get' her humor. It makes it so that they actually want to read the whole story and work on their reading stamina. I had my girls read 2 chapters at a time over a 1 week period.

Then we'd come together to talk about it. What happened? What part did you like? Was there anything you didn't understand? What do you think will happen next?

I also gave each one a notebook that they used to answer questions based on their 2 chapters. I made sure to target lots of skills: predicting, visualizing, vocabulary, etc.

They have loved this book! One of the little girls even dressed up as Junie B. for our Dr. Seuss Book Character Dress Up Day!

These are some shots of their notebooks:

Before...


After:




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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

C.R.A.Z.Y.N.E.S.S

C.R.A.Z.Y.N.E.S.S

That's what our life is during the spring right?

Seriously, let me see a show of hands for those who have been assessing non-stop these past few weeks! I know I'm not alone!

But on a lighter side, I wanted to show you guys some of the great things that have been going on in my room lately. Check it out!

Dr. Seuss Day was definitely celebrated!

There were green eggs and ham for all to enjoy!


We even had wockets in our pockets! Or at least I did! (Simply printed, cut, laminated, and placed sticking out the back of my pocket!)


We have Fox in Socks day... the kids loved the fact that I had double socks on more than the fact that they were both just silly!


These are just a few of my daughters adorable little creations!


And speaking of adorable creations... Here are my sweethearts dressed for Book Character Dress-Up Day: Please meet Clark Kent and Grace Thomas!


I also dressed the part.... of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons!


How did you celebrate your Dr. Seuss week?



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Friday, February 19, 2016

5 on Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!! It's been an awesome week but man it was crazy!!




We all had a rough time having to end our awesome Winter Break..... but it was a great break and my husband spoiled me and our daughter with the most beautiful flowers!!




We spent this week learning about the Presidents. Since our week was a 3 day week, it was a little bit of a crunch but we had the best time with our activities! We loved reading and drawing about the presidents. This was my favorite activity by far!




They did such a great job!



On the home front, baseball season is about to be in full swing. We have been spending time 1:1 with a coach. This is how I spent Sunday afternoon.... in the warm car with an ice cold Coke while my son learned!




I finally got the Pioneer Woman's newest cookbook... and I have been dying to eat at home more! Football made our schedule crazy and gave us really bad habits of eating out a LOT! Thankfully this week we have done better about eating at home and eating healthier. Loved both of the recipes!





For parent teacher conferences last week, I had assessed all of my students' reading levels. I am so excited to have 70% of my class already ON or ABOVE end of the year reading level already.  #smartbabies #greatreaders #superproud


I even have 2 girls who are reading on a level M... 3rd grade level in Kindergarten!! They started their first chapter book and even have comprehension questions to go with it!







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Thursday, February 4, 2016

100th Day Schenanigans!

We had an awesome day celebrating the 100th day! Check out the fun that we had!


One idea that I've been dying to try for YEARS now are these amazing hats! I prepped them all the day before (big help!) and used leftover border (cleaned out a bit- yay!)

I loved making them with my students and they LOVED wearing them!


I swear, in Kindergarten, 95% of what we do is eat :)


But it's always fun!


We also made fruit loop necklaces, snack mix, counted a TON, and had a fabulous time doing ALL of it!

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Celebrate today: National Programmers' Day

Have you tried out STEM in your classroom? What about Hour of Code? These are both great ways to be able to celebrate today! Below are some great ideas and resources to make today extra fun and engaging for your students!

Flashback to last year! Remember my post about the Oreo Towers? Yes, I did this with 5th grader. But Kindergarteners could still have fun with it. That's the great thing about differentiation and rigor... you challenge them where they are at!


This is one of my newest and most favorite picture books! There is a whole series coming out focusing on STEM important people- men AND women!


Rosie Revere, Engineer

The Hour of Code website is fantastic for students to practice and learn how to code... even when they don't realize that they are doing it! I love that they have some that strike the interest of boys and for girls. Of course my little girl might just pick Minecraft over Frozen.

So, the question is, how do you STEM? I'd love to hear about your ideas or activities-- especially to celebrate today!!


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