Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Little Red Hen Did What?!



Well, it wasn't actually the little red hen but I did get crazy enough to conquer a H-U-G-E project in my classroom last week. Along with having our chicks, we went all out with reading The Little Red Hen:



^ This is the best version I have found because it has the best repeating phrases and the kids pick it up very quickly. They loved retelling, rereading, comparing, and most of all our BIG project. Check it out:

 They helped me read the ingredients on the recipe and then knead the bread. It was perfect to mix it all up in the zip loc bags. They passed them around the tables to mix everything up.



Then I did the actual knead of the bread and putting it in the pans.


Our cafeteria manager and I had worked our the best day to do it so that they could bake it. Plus she gave us some butter to enjoy with it. The kids L-O-V-E-D the bread!


This was definitely one of the most hands-on things I have ever made in my classroom before!


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's the Chick Life..



This past week has been hands-down the VERY best week in my classroom that I might *possibly* ever have had. And it was all because of 1 little box...


This very magical box made my classroom one of the most engaging places (not just for our class either)! Throughout this week my students have watched the entire life cycle of a chicken and I know that they will NEVER forget the experience.

Since we are so near UGA, I had a friend's husband who works with the poultry division. He brought the incubator and the eggs for us. We had 7 eggs total for our experience. When they came to our room they were already on day 19. They normally start hatching on day 20/21.








They look all wet when they first hatch and have to learn how to walk. They were exhausted once they hatched and would nap, then try to walk, then nap some more. 

After they had fully dried off (around 24 hours later) we put them out into another box and let the kids look, touch, and hold them.




I *think* they thought I was their mama. They would come over and peep at me while I was teaching. 

So, besides life cycles and science, how did I include this in my curriculum? Here are a few ways:

-writing about the life cycle (informational writing)
-writing stories about the chicks (narrative writing)
-compare and contrast to books we had read (reading and connections)
-weighing and measuring the chicks (math)


It was an amazing experience for them but now.. how to top that?

I have an idea....


You know you want to check this out!! 






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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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