Sunday, February 19, 2012

Heart Paintings

Trust in the Lord with all your heart!
I need to remember this more often!!

Thank You God for Winter!

I saw these ideas on Pinterest and knew I had to do them with my kindergartners.  I teach at a Catholic school and I changed the projects to tie in with the religion curriculum. 

Polar Animal Extravaganza!

During our polar animal unit, we created an igloo with sight word ice blocks (silver paper taped onto a cardboard base).  During math, I had the students bring in a stuffed polar animal.  I loved that so many of my students had creative polar animals.  The penguin was a hit and it scared me everytime I walked into my classroom!  We  measured, weighed, sorted, and compared the animals.  The recording sheet will be avaliable soon! 

Sight Word Gingerbread House

This is our class gingerbread house.  On the outside, are sight word gum drops (sight words on paper plates covered in glitter glue).  We created gingerbread people and during centers the students could create their own puppet shows and flannel board stories using gingerbread story characters.

Christmas is the season of giving!

Every year my students create a little gift for our school staff and classroom volunteers.  This year we created cinnamon applesauce ornaments.
Recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
1 cup ground cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup glue
Mix all ingredients together and roll into round balls.  The recipe makes about 8 medium sized round balls.  Flatten on wax paper and make cookie cutter shapes.  Use a straw to poke a hole at the top to add a string.  Let dry for 48 hours.  When completed you can hang them or set them on the stove.

We wrapped up the ornaments and added a sweet thank you and holiday greetings card that the students created.  Then we wore these cute elf hats and caroled as we distributed our gifts!  Christmas is about giving after all!

We may be obesessed with the Pigeon!!

We have loved studying Mo Willems and the character Pigeon!  Along with listening to our pigeon blabbers over and over again, we have been playing this game.  I created this game to help practice sight words and use them in context.  Each Pigeon card has a sight word on it and the student's say the word and a sentence containing the word.  When they finish they look at the back of the Pigeon card.  On the back of one of the cards is the hot dog taped on.  The name of the game is Help the Pigeon Find the Hot Dog.  I also taped on the sight words to the cards, so I could differentiate the words with various reading levels!