Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Can't you tell it's spring?

What a wonderfully, wet spring it has been here in Austin, TX!  We have gotten so much rain that I have considered building an ark.

Well, spring time has been blossoming in my little kindergarten classroom.  We learned about insects a few weeks ago.  We learned about pollination by rubbing our fingers on Cheetos and spreading the pollen (Cheetos powder) onto flowers that were around the classroom.

We also wrote poems about bugs and insects all week in writer's workshop, illustrated them and  practiced reading them to our friends.

We shared our learning of the insect's body parts by creating salt-dough insects and labeling them.

It wouldn't be spring without hatching chicks!

During the incubation period, we added a picture from my Chicks unit to our calendar of what the inside of the egg looked like and "hatched" the egg from the Learning Resources Chick Life Cycle Exploration Kit.

"Chick" out these little spring time units in my store:




By the way, I had a little surprise this month...

I was honored as the winner for Elementary Leadership for the state of Texas.  Here I am with my award.  Click on the picture to see the news story about it.  I was able to earn my school $10,000 because of this honor


Monday, April 6, 2015

Hoppin good week...

"Hoppy" Easter!  I hope you all were able to celebrate our risen Savior with family and loved ones. 

My week with my 21 favorite little people celebrated the "bunny part" of Easter.  We enjoyed having this little guy spend the week with us.  He belongs to one of my church peeps and were able to have him as a borrowed class pet.

During Writer's Workshop, we wrote rabbit pop-up books.  I guided their writing with my rabbit tree map.

Even the bunny helped us write!

I also added a few bunny-themed items to our Daily 5 activities.  Nothing quite like a pair of rabbit glasses added to a simple Working on Words activity or a stuffed bunny to Listen to Reading with - it's so easy to spice things up with a holiday theme!

Have a "hoppy" week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

QR Codes

My cuties love using QR codes in the classroom for learning!  I introduce them as "robot sight words" with these little cutie robots to help me out.

I then let my students know that the robots turned our sight words into robot sight words, but that we have a way to "read" the sight words with our iPods.  The littles were so perplexed and excited to read robot sight words and I was so excited to find these robot cut-outs at Dollar Tree to glue the sight words onto.

We love our iPods!  We received them in an Innovative Teaching Grant last year.

If you're interested in learning more about QR codes, I have several resources for you for FREE!  Here is a video of my class from two years ago with the iPads.

I also created this document to help you learn how to create QR codes.

On my class website, I have a whole page devoted to QR code creating for you to use for FREE!

Happy creating!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Groundhog's Day Fun!

I don't know why, but I love, love, love Groundhog's Day!  Any holiday that is going to celebrate cute, furry animals makes me happy!  

We started the week with creating this graph, inspired by Welcome to Room 36.

I just have to tell you that one of my littles absolutely refused to hang up her groundhog above "yes" or "no" until she could go and see if it was sunny or not.  So stinkin' smart!

Here is a freebie of the title if you want it for next year.

We also used my sweet friend Katie's Shadow Detectives unit to do some shadow investigating.  We did this activity by creating shadows of our groundhogs with flashlights.  We did this with the lights off.  They had sosososososo much fun with lights out!

We also made a little treat out of bananas, almonds, and chocolate chips.

Such a fun day of shadows a furry critters!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day and Night Fun!

This whole month at school has been all about day and night and seasons.  Take a look at some of our fun!

This is our sequence of day and night activity we did after reading my book Little Owl's Journey from Day to Night.


We also made moon paintings after a discussion about objects in the sky.  We recorded our learning about objects in the sky in our Day and Night Journals in my What a Sky! unit.

With this new science topic taking over our classroom, I transformed our dramatic play center into a space station.

We also made our mini-lessons at Daily 5 space themed.  We went on a sight word hunt with telescopes from Oriental Trading.  The sight words were written on stars, so we called it Star Search.

Here is the freebie recording sheet for you!


For our understanding of seasons, we learned this chat:

Winter, spring, summer, fall
Winter, spring, summer, fall
There are 4 seasons in all
Winter, spring, summer, fall

Then we made this diorama throughout the week, with completing one season a day about how a tree changes in each season.

Here is another season tree activity.

A lot of these ideas are in my What a Sky! unit.  Check it out by clicking below.