Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Freebies for you!

Just a quick little post about two freebies in my store for you to use as you prepare for teaching about Thanksgiving...
I love making these little Mayflower hats each year with my cuties!  They look adorable in them as we learn about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims.  

I also have this little freebie to go with the book Turkey Trouble.


This freebie let's your cuties disguise a turkey and write a persuasive piece about the turkey NOT being a turkey.  

I hope you enjoy your freebies!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Playful little pumpkins!

Last week our kindergarten room was filled with fresh picked pumpkin fun!  We started the week with a Cara inspired schema chart.


After activating our schema, we read my book from my Playful Pumpkins unit on TPT.


We then added more to our chart and explored our pumpkins at our tables to create our properties wall.  Students had to draw, color, and label their pumpkins.  All of our pumpkins were so unique thanks to a local pumpkin patch.  My cuties were AMAZED that we had a star-shaped, yellow pumpkin!

The next day we learned the pumpkin; life cycle with this much-loved book.

Then we created the life cycle with paper necklaces of a seed, vine, yellow flower, green pumpkin, and orange pumpkin.

Once these cuties understood the cycle of a pumpkin's life, we created this little craftivity.

No pumpkin week could e complete without a sink or float prediction.

These little cuties also explored the inside of a pumpkin to learn the pumpkin parts.  We added the parts to baggies with labels to hang in our dramatic play pumpkin patch.

Here is our little craftivity to understand the pumpkin parts.

 Friday ended our week of pumpkin fun with a Venn diagram comparing apples to pumpkins, which led to writing sentences and making a little paper craft pumpkin.  (This might have been when my principal strolled through for a walk-through - I love when she sees us writing so well!)

For our small 20 minutes of free choice centers, we transformed our dramatic play center into a pumpkin patch.  I love hearing the conversations about "buying pumpkins" and using the names of coins that were learned at calendar.  My cuties also used scales in this center to weigh the pumpkins and had garden tools to grow pumpkins.  Their conversations about the life cycle were priceless and made this little teacher's heart sooooooo happy!

We added a pumpkin to blocks center for hamming golf tees into and a pumpkin for art center to add play-do faces to.

In math, we were learning about 3D shapes and made a different shape each day.  On Monday we made pumpkin spheres from this little freebie.

On Tuesday our cubes were created with toothpicks and spice drops.

...and, of course, we enjoyed the Teacher Tipster 3D chants.  (He is awesome!)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Apple-licious Fun!

Well, I am slightly behind on blogging, but finally have a minute to sit down and share our apple-licious week!

We started off the week by exploring apples with our five senses by traveling around the room in rotations.

Then we recorded words that described apples on this chart.

The next day we discussed further the physical properties of apples and created this learning wall.

We also learned about the parts of the apple with the help of this chart, then created a craftivity about apple parts.

To add in some math to our learning, we compared which apple we liked best and practiced number printing with Ten Apples Up On Top.

I also added some materials to make these cutie apples in our art center for Social Centers time.  We enjoy social centers for the last 25 minutes of the day.

Another to change in social centers was our dramatic play area was transformed into an apple orchard.

Just growing apples like Johnny Appleseed...

I also added money since we have been practicing coins with our calendar time.  My cuties have loved "buying" apples with the coins and have even been naming the coins!

Here is another pic of the center later in the week.  Do you see the apple tree has grown more apples?  I added paint to our art center as well for the cuties to paint apples and add them to the tree.