Monday, October 24, 2011

Favorite Read Aloud Linky Party!!!

Story time may be my favorite part of the day with my kindergartners!  They make the greatest and and craziest connections to stories that we read in class.  My all time favorite story to read is Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley.   It is a different take on the story of the three little pigs, only the illustrator starts to run out of paint.  It is a playful retelling of the story and it gets the class giggling!  It would also aid in teaching about writing a story from the illustrators perspective.

Join in on the fun!!!  Courtney from Swimming into Second is having a favorite read aloud linky party!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Math Centers Linky Party

Check out some awesome math centers at my most loved site for early childhood educators!  Chalk Talk is having a Math Center Linky Party! 
I wanted to share a math center that my students love and it engages them in predicting and measuring.  In this center, the students create a nonstandard measurement booklet.  I create four-page booklets and place them in my Math Zone with Inch Worms (3 mini green pom-poms glued together with some small google eyes), and crayons.  The students write their name on the cover page and then make drawings of objects they will measure on the remaining pages.  On the top of the page they estimate how many inch worms that object will be.  Then they measure the object and below the picture, they write the actual amount of words.  The students love this activity along with being able to use a clipboard to record their measurements if they would like.  This activity could also be used with various tools for measuring like Unifix cubes, paper clips, etc.
Go check out the other math center ideas at Chalk Talk!

Pet CVC Words

During my pet theme, I include this game in the Writing Zone and the kids love it!!  I call it Doggy Bones and I have glued lowercase letters on medium sized dog bones.  I also made dog word mats to help build CVC words.  They record these words on the Doggy Bones worksheet.  The students have the choice to build words or play a game to be the first to create a real word by picking dog bones one at a time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

3...2...1... BLASTOFF!!

 We blasted off learning about space!!  We began our lessons by becoming astronauts and wearing our gallon milk jug space hats.  We created outer space in the classroom including a space ship with many control panels.  The unit was started with a KWL chart.  We wrote many class books and kept track of what we learned in our Space Journals.

Many of our math and literacy centers revolved around space.  We used alphabet moon rocks to create words and the overhead projector was used to create moon words.  Launch Pad and Count the Stars were games to practice number recognition and one-to-one correspondence. 

We concluded with an astronaut snack (instant pudding and milk in a baggie)!