Monday, April 9, 2012

Plants Everywhere {and a little news}

Our district gave us today off since yesterday was Easter and it has been a lovely day.  I wanted to share some of our plant activities from last week.  You can find these activities and more in my new plant unit on TPT.  Click the pic to take a look at it.

We, of course, are growing plants.  We are recording our observations in our plant journals.

We are singing I'm a Little Seed and acting it out.
The song and motions are in my unit, too!

 Labeling the parts of a seed - the experiment and labels are in my unit as well.

We created a model of a plant and labeled the parts of a plant (also in the unit).

Now onto my news...
I have been holding this little bit of news inside of me for a while now until I was given the go to announce it...

I have been asked to help open our brand new campus in my district!  The school is still being built, but will be finished in July.  I am very excited about this opportunity, though I am sad to leave my current school.  I know it will be the best opportunity in the long run.  I am still going to be in Kindergarten {Yippee!!!!} and will get to be in a dual immersion school {how exciting!} 

Happy Monday, everyone!


  1. How exciting to get to work at a new school!!! I love how you used the TP rolls to make the flower! Really creative!!

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  2. Congrats!! It sounds like an exciting opportunity!!


  3. Your plant unit looks great! Congrats on being asked to work in the new school!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. I just found your blog and it is SO cute!! I love your plant unit...and the model of the plant! I'm going to have to add that to my plant unit next year :)

  5. I would love a new school!! Congrats~ I am just now thinking about my plant unit. Love your TP idea!

  6. Love the plant unit! Many congratulations to you about your awesome news! It's so much fun to open a new school! Good luck to you!

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  7. Congratulations! What is a dual immersion class?

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  8. Hey Angela! A dual immersion school is where students are mixed (English and Spanish), so that both populations can learn both languages. The dual immersion teachers speak both languages to help English students learn Spanish and the other way around. Students learn to speak, read, and write in both languages. It's a neat concept and my hubby and I want our kiddos to be in a dual immersion school one day (we don't have children yet) and we want our kiddos to go to work with me, so this is a perfect opportunity. :)

  9. Congratulations!! How exciting!

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  12. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. It made me day! I am student teaching in Wolfforth (Lubbock) but, I plan to teach try and find a job in Midland! Fingers crossed! Congratulations on your new and exicitng job!

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  15. Congrats on the awesome job opportunity! How exciting!

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  16. Just found your blog and I am your newest follower! Love your plant unit!


  17. I'm loving your plant ideas!! So cute! :)

  18. Congrats on the new school! I love Dual Immersion, my 3 older children also attended a Dual program and so will my lil' one in another year. Let me know if I can help you with anything :)
    Dual Kinder Teacher



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