Thursday, October 20, 2016

Community Helpers and the Election

As teachers, many of us would like to tie in the election to teach current events to our students. However you feel politically, this election is different than most and makes it a tad bit harder to show debates and what not to our students. Especially in Kindergarten, we just keep it simple.

-We elect a President every 4 years.
-Their job is to help keep our country safe and pass laws.
-They are part of the United States community.... therefore a community helper.

This week we have focused on community helpers. I used this book to talk to the students about what the President actually does and be able to show them some great visuals of presidents and the White House!

Afterwards, I gave the students a writing prompt to see what they would do if they were President of the United States. At this point of Kindergarten (barely at the end of the 1st 9 weeks), I wanted to see a couple of things:
-what their writing would be like on their own
-if they understood about this particular community helper

They writing turned out great! Whether my students are in the writing phase or in the drawing-to-tell-a-story phase, they were great pieces!

(If I was President, I would make laws.)

I love this one /\ ! I would talk!

If I would be a president. I will give flags to people. So many flags.

I even had a hard time deciphering this one /\ but I love that little picture! Look at how they are shaking hands and walking towards each other. 

The best part about this activity is that it was self scaffold - they wrote on their level. Plus it wasn't complicated to put together or plan. We are using several of my other activities this week as well. Check it out:

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall Craft-ivities!

We've been having a blast creating with our units these past few weeks. Because fall is my favorite season, I can kind of get wrapped in it and all the arts and crafts! We've made everything from leaves to pumpkins! Aren't these precious?

During our week about bats, we created these lovely creatures:

Because we had talked about nocturnal animals, we had to make some sweet owls too!

And what would fall be without pumpkins? This was a great activity after we had gone on our field trip to the pumpkin patch!

And what better way to showcase them..... than to create an entire scene in the hallway for all to enjoy!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

5 for Friday

What have we been up to lately? Check out all the latest happenings!

Pumpkin investigations! What a ton of fun! We measured their circumference, found out if they could float or sink, talked about their height and size. What a ton of fun!

I had an exciting delivery from Carson Dellosa! I can't wait to show you all of these great goodies that they sent my way. Yes I get to try them out for free and tell you about them. Fun, right?!

I've been busy using my Silhouette Cameo and heat press to make some amazing things! I loved making these for my team so we could match on our pumpkin patch field trip!

It will be our anniversary on Tuesday so we went out this weekend (grad school, work, kids, etc.. whoosh there's a lot going on!) and we had a blast! My husband surprised me and made reservations at The Melting Pot.... oh my gosh it was amazing!!!!

Yep.. grad school... This is what it looks like while I'm in class. I do an online classroom via webcam so I stay logged in and can participate. I might just work on some other work... like conference notes... while I was listening this past week!

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