Sunday, November 29, 2015

Resource Round Up (7 New Freebies!)

We can do this... 15 days... we can do this!! To make it a little bit easier, here are some great freebies that I have found for this month:

My printer is getting a work out and my students are going to love every last item from this list!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Favorite Anchors (right now...)

Yesterday I looked around my room and though, "Man, I love these anchor charts I have going on!" Sometimes my anchor charts could be actual charts and sometimes they might be mentor papers or 'charts' from activities that we did and have been left up.

The first was our first word family 'chart' from an activity earlier this week. We had magnetic letters that we used to fill in the blank next to at. We talked about if it was an -at word, not a word, or a word that wasn't an -at word (i.e. oat).

This is the most useful chart in our room! Once we really mastered sounding out, writing, and using the word wall for sight words, we needed to have a chart of ideas. Each day we focused on a different topic and generated a list. My students honestly use this chart daily in their writing.

This week in reading lessons has been all about retelling. We started the week off with just B/M/E. This was our chart for 'The Three Little Pigs' (in pink) and 'Owl Moon' (in purple).

Our bat finally got filled in last week with our learning from books. Plus we added ears to the bat so he looked more like a bat. The kids love looking at him and talking about our learning :)

Retelling! I found this image and printed it poster size. On the opposite side is the Non-Fiction retelling hand. The kids love that I have this suspended from the light right over my head.

Modeled writing is the best! Our topic of the week is lost items. Lots of Corduroy books being read this week. I modeled to the class and then we went back and underlined ALL the sight words that could come from our wall. Light bulbs went off all over the classroom after this modeled piece! 3 sentence writing was everywhere in my room this week!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

5 for Friday: Halloween Week!!

Halloween week. Red ribbons week. Full Moon..... Someone up there is mad at teachers. BUT we made it through! Woot! Here are just a few great things from this week that I am excited to share!

This is definitely my favorite thing from this week. Yuck soup! A brand new tradition for my students. It was a blast!!! 

Arts and crafts galore! My students made the most adorable pumpkins today. I love it when my kiddos faces are focused and concentrating. They loved every second!

I won't lie. We totally made it through this week by 'practicing our motor skills'. We made bats and frankensteins. Love how these bats turned out!!

Torn paper pumpkins, Frankensteins, and bats... OH MY! What a great line up in our hallway to celebrate the Halloween Season.

I decided to tackle the 'elephant' head on by talking Monday morning about what we were going to be for Halloween during math. It was perfect!!

Don't forget to check out all the others linking up with Doddle Bugs!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Yuck Soup... YUM!

Last week I found this great idea from Simply Kinder about making Yuck Soup. It is definitely going to be a Halloween tradition from now on in my classroom!

I used her letter and had the best time making it today!

My students brought in a ton of great things: cereals, M&Ms, candy corn, tootsie rolls, crackers, and more!

I think the best thing for them was when I started pouring everything in. Before we knew it, this was our bowl:

The after math was a bit shocking to look at :)

By the time I scooped out for the entire class (plus all other K teachers, paras, front office staff, and administrators) this is all we had left!

This is definitely a must for next year too!!!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Going Batty: Wordless Wednesday

We are going batty over here!!! (literally and figuratively!!)

Plus my package from an amazing giveaway that Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah had came today... still can't believe I won!

Oh I can't wait to see my kiddos eyes on Friday!!!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Week and WHAT?

I'll be honest.. this week is probably going to kick my tush. Here's the line-up:

-Halloween week
-Full Moon week
-Red Ribbon week
-3 of 5 school days raining

If I'm alive come Friday... it'll be a miracle, just saying! But with that in mind, I decided to do a theme week of all Halloween activities. I'm not a big theme kind of girl (Despite being in Kindergarten). Each week is not themed. But a lot of my activities can have a theme but with curriculum focus... clear as mud right?

Here are just a couple of snap shots from our week so far:

Loved this great graphing activity. The kids LOVED talking about their costumes :)

Working on making our very own Frankensteins... they had to cut all of their own pieces. Yay for being independent and REALLY AWESOME listeners!!

We are pretty much REALLY enjoying Deanna's Halloween unit!

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

STEM: How do I do that in Kindergarten?

I love incorporating STEM into my classroom. One of my most popular ideas EVER was the building of an Oreo Tower last year (totally a TPT product but the images are mine :) )

I am in LOVE with Carson-Dellosa's newest product STEM Workbook. 

The name workbook made me a bit leary to begin with. But it really isn't a workbook in the traditional sense! 

My students have loved the different activities that we have tried so far! I will be sharing more about them in the next week or so! Each one is well planned out, thought out, has recording sheets, and incredibly engaging! 

Remember: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

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