Sunday, March 29, 2015

Five for Frunday!

 I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 random (but fun!) things about my week! Yes, I am a few days behind but better late then never!!
We have been working on our 5 senses this week and I found a great unit from Teacher to the Core! We started off the week eating worms! Gummy worms that is! We explored our gummy worms with our 5 scenes and then wrote about it :)

Our class  made some adorable pigs in a tub to wrap up or -ig family. I found the craft at From the Pond!

In science we just started our frog unit. We made a trip to a local aquarium (we are lucky enough to have one minutes away from our school!) and the kids were obsessed with the frogs they had. I found some great non-fiction books and we started building our schema about frogs.

Outside of the classroom. I made a shopping trip to Trader Joes and discovered they most delicious stuff found in a jar, COOKIE BUTTER. I am not sure how they did it but I would highly recommend getting some. I have already started looking around Pintrest for some cookie butter recipes.

Last but not least I have officially begun my countdown to Spring Break. Thursday afternoon can notcome soon enough! Then I get to spend a whole week with these guys!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Let's Visualize

We just wrapped up a fun filled week on visualizing in Kindergarten! I was a bit worried my kids would have trouble with this literacy skill but I found some great poems by Jeff Foxworthy that they really connected to. I know what you are thinking, Jeff Foxworthy?!? Children's Poems?!? But, Yes!! I found two great books full of poems that had my kids begging for more!

Both Hide!! and Dirt on My Shirt books have a variety of poems that kids can really connect to and it helps students easily make mental images while they are reading the poem.

I chose the poem Dirt On My Shirt for the first day of visualizing and read the poem to my students without showing them the illustration.

I asked them to draw a picture and write about what they visualized. I LOVED seeing the variety of images my Kinders came up with. Some of their drawings had more details than the illustrator had!

To go along with our unit I created a pack of differentiated graphic organizers that your students can use while learning how to visualize. If you click HERE it will bring you to the pack in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

I hope you have as much fun visualizing as we did!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Bad Case of Stripes

I am coming off of a 4 day weekend (double snow days) and feel charged and ready to take on the week! We are going to start the reading skill of visualizing tomorrow so I am going to begin with a lesson on found on Deanna Jump's blog that you can find HERE! I can't wait to see the images my kiddos come up with! What poetry do you like to use for visualizing? I'm sure I'll post later about the fun we have BUT let me share what I did last week.

We have been working hard on problem and solution within stories and it took us a bit but, they finally got it! I used a wonderful book by David Shannon called "A Bad Case of Stripes"
This book is awesome! You could here a pin drop while I read the story. As an added bonus you can find the story read aloud on STORY ONLINE. This will come in handy because your students will want to hear it over and over!

After we read the book. Students shared what they thought the problem and solution in small groups. They then filled in this graphic organizer:
Grab your copy HERE!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sight Words!

Happy first week of March! I'm not sure about you but I am counting down the days until Spring! I have been taking down all the snowmen and penguins in my room and started to prepare for the rainbows and flowers!

 I have been changing up some of my word work centers and my newest creation is all the buzz! My Rainbow Sight Words center helps my Kinders practice their sight words while making a colorful rainbow!

I created two versions for you, one in color and one you can print in black and white on colored paper. 
Best of all this is FREE! You can find it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!