I taught full-day kindergarten for 14 years and have spent the last 2 years as a kindergarten and first grade strategist working all over my district. I am excited to say that this school year I will be back in my own kindergarten classroom!! While I loved working with kinder and first grade teachers and their students, I missed having a class of my own.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a masters in curriculum and instruction. I am currently working on my doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Texas. I hope to one day teach at the university level. I love what I do and want to pass on all that I have learned over the years to fellow teachers and students!
In science we have been learning about rocks and water. We made anchor charts to show the properties of rocks and water. We will be further exploring the properties of water, looking at sources of water, and comparing salty and fresh water as the week goes on. You can go to Google Docs and download the words and pictures for the water properties anchor chart and Venn Diagram here. The sources of water graphic organizer pictures are here on TPT.
This is a great book for a study of water.
We are a little behind on works, but slowly working it all in. You can find the properties of rocks anchor chart here, the how we use rocks circle map here, and more posts about rock activities here.
I recently found this book on Scholastic's book order website. I could only find it as an E-Book from Scholastic though so I ended up ordering it from Amazon. It is a Christmas version of The Little Red Hen.
We acted out the story using character bibs and props. We used a large pine cone, a small Christmas tree, lights and ornaments, a watering can, a mixing bowl and spoon, and a wrapped box for a present. We also used bubbles. Whoever played the penguin each time got to blow bubbles. Of course everyone wanted to be the penguin!
Then students worked with elbow partners to retell the story using picture cards.
Since we are working on nouns and verbs again, we did a noun/verb sort. We sorted persons, things, and actions from the story into "nouns" and "verbs."
We wrote about what we would do if we were the Little Red Elf. Would we let the animals open the presents or would we keep them all to ourselves?
Tomorrow, we are going to look more closely at the Little Red Elf to analyze what kind of character she is. We are going to make a bubble map to show the Little Red Elf's character traits. You can get the unit here.
We are spending a lot of time focusing on characters and character traits. Today we compared Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and Olive the other reindeer. I used a version of Rudolph that I purchased from Barnes and Nobel. It was published my Hallmark and I really liked it because it is a shortened version of the story. You can get the pictures, words, and writing paper here.
First, we focused on Rudolph's character traits. I found this cute Rudolph hat at Hobby Lobby. One of my boys wore the hat and dressed as Rudolph. Then we brainstormed character traits and labeled Rudolph with them.
We made a double bubble map to compare Rudolph and Olive.
My teammate, Nicole, came up with these super easy and cute reindeer faces. They are made from paper sacks. First, we cut the middle out of the top part of the sack. To make the eyes and nose we cut corners and rounded squares to make them into circles.
Not sure what model this child was looking at. LOL.
We wrapped up by writing about how we would help Santa if we were his helper.
This week we started orally working out and solving word problems. We started with the book Ten on the Sled. First we retold the story by acting it out on a large sled. Then we made up our own story problems to act out and solve. After lots of whole group practice we made our own sleds out of construction paper. Then I made up oral story problems while they acted them out independently. You can get the animal pictures here.
I just found this book from Scholastic online and had to order it. We had a day of gingerbread fun with it.
We read The Gingerbread Bear and The Gingerbread Man. Then we compared them. Then we made these cute gingerbread bears to go with out venn. I let my kids use the "fancy" scissors again to cut the "icing." They think those scissors are the best!
We created a story map to retell the story.
Then we wrote about what we would do if we caught a gingerbread bear.
In math, we read Ten Gingerbread Men.
We used large five-frames to make sets of numbers from 10-15. We looked at how many groups of 5 went into each number. We also worked on conservation of number, counting in different directions, and cardinality. We also acted out the story using the large gingerbread cards.
We also worked in partners to make sets and match the numbers to the sets. We rolled three dice to generate numbers. You can get the unit with the picture cards and numbers here.
Today we read Turkey Claus! I love this book. It is so funny. I like it even more than Turkey Trouble. The elves that keep shooing turkey away say the funniest things.
This story is great for looking at cause and effect and problem and solution. We created a multi-flow map to show cause and effect. We also used it to talk about what Turkey's problem was and how he solved it. I got the paper plate turkey Santa idea from my teammate Nicole. We used "fancy" scissors to cut the turkey waddles and the hat fur. My kids thought this was the greatest! I am not sure about some of these hats though. Lol. Click here for a Turkey Claus Freebie.
We reread 10 Trim-the-Tree'ers today. Then we retold the story using picture cards, numbers, and five frames. You can get the 10 Trim-the-Tree picture cards and numbers here.
Congratulations Sharon! You are the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway! I will be emailing you shortly with all of the links and details! Thanks again to all of you who entered and to Shabby Apple for sponsoring the giveaway.