Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tops and Bottoms

We are reading one of my favorite books this week - Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  We just love how Hare tricked the lazy Bear!

After reading the book, we charted out the different vegetables that Hare got - the bottoms (beets, carrots, and radishes), the tops (broccoli, lettuce, and celery), and the middles (corn).
We recalled the events of the story and my students helped to glue the pictures on the chart.

Then everyone got to complete their own cut and glue worksheet.

Give this book a read.  I'm sure that everyone will love it!
You can find this in my TpT store.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fun with Coconuts!

We have been busy learning about all kinds of seeds.  Large seeds, small seeds, fruit seeds, vegetable seeds, and flower seeds.

Today we spent the last part of the day exploring coconut seeds.  I brought in a coconut, some bottled coconut water, and lots of tools to crack the coconut open and to cut up the coconut meat.

We began by passing the coconut around.  We touched it and shook it. Then we drew a picture of what the outside of the coconut looked like.

Then we predicted what the coconut would do when put in a container of water.  Would it sink or float?  Next we headed outside to see what would happen.

Yes, it floated!!!  We recorded the results.

Then I poked a hole in the coconut and drained out the coconut water. Since the water that I drained out of the coconut was full of bits of the coconut shell, we tasted the bottle coconut water instead.

Then I hit and hit and hit the coconut with a hammer.  Finally it cracked open.  Then we drew a picture of what the inside of the coconut looked like.

Last we tasted a small piece of the coconut meat!  Everyone really enjoyed exploring coconuts!

I just added the Coconut Science sheet to my freebies.  Click below to grab it.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's A TpT Cyber Sale Gift Card Giveaway!

It's that time again!  That's right - it is time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale!  The sale begins tomorrow, and runs for 2 days, Monday 11/28 and Tuesday 11/29!  And I am giving away a $10 TpT gift card to one lucky winner!!!

But I'm not the only one!  If you continue through the blog hop, you have a chance to win over $250 in TpT gift cards!!!

Simply enter the Rafflecopter entry below and then continue through the blog hop to enter each of the giveaways!

My giveaway ends on Monday 11/28 at midnight and the winner will be announced on Tuesday morning 11/29.

Here are a few of my top Holiday / Winter resources that get lots of use in my classroom!  And they are all on SALE during the TPT Cyber Sale!

CVC Words Match (Snowflake)

 Students match the cvc word with the correct picture and then write the word on the recording sheet.

I like to put this in a sensory bin, but you can also just use in your regular center container.

Kindergarten Math Centers (Christmas themed)

This product includes tons of math center activities for December.  I have included counting numbers 1-10 and 11-20 (scattered configuration and ten frames), skip counting (2's, 5's, and 10's), comparing numbers, addition (make 5, make 10, and a cover up dice game).  Includes color and b/w options for most centers.
Count the Ice Cubes (numbers 1-10)

Count the Presents (numbers 11-20)

  Seashell Ten Frames (numbers 1-10 and 11-20)

Skip Counting by 5's

I would love for you to visit my store to see all of my products - and remember they are all on SALE!

**The giveaway has ended.  Thanks to everyone who entered!**

Good luck!

For your next chance to win a gift card, click below to head to Theresa's Teaching Tidbits!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Zombie Tags

It's Halloween!!!  What did the zombies say to the teachers???

The zombies encouraged the teachers to "Keep Growing Brains!"   HAHAHA!

While shopping in the Halloween section at Target, I found a huge bag of Sour Patch Zombie Kids!  It got my creative juices flowing and I came up with these cute zombie tags to attach to the candy.

I made a version for my teaching colleagues and a version for my students.

For teaching colleagues

For my students

They are available in color and b/w and in 2 different sizes.

Click below to grab your FREE tags!

Here I am in my Little Red Riding Hood costume!

Happy Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Pasta Graphing

During my latest trip to Cost Plus World Market, I found this fun Halloween pasta and immediately knew that it would be perfect for a graphing activity!

I gave each student a small Dixie cup with some pasta.  The students sorted the pasta and then counted how many they had of each shape.

Then they colored in their graphing sheets to match the amounts they had.

The kids also figured out which shape they had the most of and which shape they had the least of and drew a picture of those shapes on their recording sheet.

Click on the picture below to pick up the recording sheet for FREE!

Happy Halloween!
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jack-o'-lantern Counting Mathtivity

The fall weather is slow to come to Southern California, but I am still having a great time completing fall projects with my kindergarten students!

Last week we made these fun jack-o'-lanterns and they look fantastic on my math bulletin board!

I copied the jack-o'-lantern onto orange construction paper.  Then the students colored the stem brown and the leaf green.

They decided how many teeth they wanted for their jack-o'-lantern.  I used dry white beans for the teeth!

They counted out the beans that they wanted to use and then glued them onto the mouth area.

Then they wrote the correct number to complete the sentence.

After drying overnight, I cut around the pumpkin and the sentence, and put them up on the bulletin board.  My room is really starting to look like fall!

You can find this activity in my TpT store.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thinking Map Roundup

We just finished up our 22nd day of school and for many of those 22 days I have used Thinking Maps to help the students share their thinking.

I was trained in Thinking Maps years ago and I truly enjoy creating them with my kindergarten students! 

I tend to start TM instruction in kindergarten with circle maps.  They are great to use with any topic.  Students are encouraged to tell me what they know about the topic.  Here are some of the maps we have made.

We brainstormed the things we do in Kindergarten.

Another brainstorming session, this one is about signs we see.

This circle map was about musical instruments.

We use circle map cut and paste printables when learning our letter sounds.  You can find this in my Letter Sound packet.

Bridge maps help students see relationships and analogies.  

We made this map when reading the book Whose Baby Am I?  (I had to photograph it in three sections since it was so long.)

I made this map interactive, enlisting my students to help with the initial sounds/letters.  The goal is that students will create these maps on their own as they get older.

Give Thinking Maps a try in your classroom.

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