Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving FREEBIE

Can you believe it's almost THANKSGIVING?!? This month has just FLOWN by! 

Last week was full of assessments (groan) so I don't have many fun things to share : ( BUUUTTT, I do have a Thanksgiving Freebie! This week we are starting double digit numbers, so last week I threw in lots of of review activities for numbers to 10. My little friends love any activity that gets them up and moving around the classroom. So I am always trying to make everything very interactive, especially math!

This FREEBIE includes everything you need to review ten frames! 
Just print and play! : )

Each students will need a recording page and a clip board. Tape the ten frames around the classroom and students will count each set and write the number next to the correct picture. 

Super easy and fun! Click HERE to download it for FREE in My Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

This week we also celebrated Veteran's Day! We had a lot of fun making these cute little veterans! 

The second graders made this AMAZING flag to hang in the hallway! On the inside of each loop they could write the name of a veteran. We took some really cute class pictures in front of it. It was a beautiful reminder of the importance of Veteran's Day. Thank you to everyone who has served!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Listen to Reading Book Organization and Halloween Fun

Who in their right mind starts organization projects in the middle of the school year?  Crazy old me, that's who!

My students this year have absolutely LOVED my Listen to Reading Center. Like more so than ever before. I think it's because I have finally built up a huge collection of books on CD and I change the books out weekly. I have always stored my books and CDs like this...

The book and CD together in a bag.

Then shoved in a filing cabinet by month : / 

At least everything is together in a bag, right? It was a big mess! Every time I tried to put books away and get new books. All of the bags would fall over and I couldn't find the bag I needed or the books I was looking for. Meet my new system...

I bought the hanging folders from Sam's Club. It was $10 for the box of 50, plus the tabs were included! : ) I wrote the title of each book on the tab and then put the books and CD inside the hanging folder. I placed the tabs according to month or holiday so I could easily open a drawer and pull from a section.

It has really helped me stay organized and keep track of what books I have and if they have been in the center or not. I was also lucky enough to receive a grant from my local chapter Delta Kappa Gamma that helped me buy even more books with CDs.

Here is my Listen to Reading Center (prior to the school year starting)...

Only 2 friends can go to the center at one time. The friend on the left is the captain and the friend on the right in the assistant. The captain touches the CD player. The assistant choose the books and puts them away. I have a three drawer organizer that hold the books. In each drawer there are two books and the CD. They only have those 3 book choices. I also use zip ties to keep the headphone cords from being tangled. The headphones go on the chairs when it's tine to clean up. Stickers on the CD are also helpful so they know what buttons to push! : )

Looking for more listening center ideas? Check out this post from Katie and Mrs. Decatur's Little Gators to see how she organizes her Listen to Reading Center. 

We had lots of fun celebrating Halloween last week! So much fun in fact that I didn't get to post ; ) Here are a few pictures...

It was so exciting that our pumpkin plants started to grow!

We made observations in our science journal...

We also tied in Halloween to math!

We have been working on comparing numbers, so I made these little mats so we could compare how many M&Ms the ghost had and how many the pumpkin had. 

We also read some of my favorite books! : ) My ALL-TIME FAVORITE Halloween book is The Halloweiner. It makes me laugh every time. We also read Where is My Mummy and talked about the characters in each story. Thanks Deanna Jump for the idea!

And of course no Halloween is complete without Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

This precious craft came from First Grade Blue Skies

On Halloween day we took our first field trip of the year to the farm! We went through a corn maize, rode the cow train and learned about farm animals.

Most of my little friends were out on the way home..

It was too cute!

On Halloween night, I always love inviting my kids to come trick or treat at my house. Lexi enjoyed it too! : )

My little pumpkin!


Tomorrow is FRIDAY! Hang in there! : )

Monday, October 27, 2014

Decomposing Spider FREEBIE

I love when things just naturally tie together! Last week we were learning about spiders and I was inspired to create this little spider to review decomposing the number 8. Here is what I came up with...

I bought a spider web at Dollar Tree and BOOM! A easy math hallway display!

I chose to use red and yellow as the leg colors because we have been using the red and yellow two-sided counters. If you would like to download this FREE activity in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store click the picture below!

Enjoy your LAST week of October! Can you believe it? 


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Community Helpers

We had so much fun learning about community helpers and fire safety this week! 

We read lots of non-fiction texts about firefighters and wrote about firefighters together. 

We also made firefighters! These are from my Firefighter Craft on TPT. 

I even made a big fire truck for the hallway. I was pretty excited about how it turned out! 

The local firefighters even came to visit! 

I was so glad that my kids were able to see a firefighter in full gear. They can look scary in all the stuff! He was even nice enough to take a picture with every kindergarten student!!!

 This little friend was a huge fan!

We also checked out the inside on an ambulance and peeked into the fire truck.

It was such a fun experience for the kids!

On Friday, we talked about a special community helper we have in our school...The chefs in our cafeteria! Our kitchen manager was sweet enough to come visit our classroom AND bring cooking gear for everyone!

We learned about the importance of wearing hairnets, aprons and gloves when preparing food for others.

They looked SO PRECIOUS in their cooking gear. They kept asking, "Do we get to take this outfit home?" 

We even learned how chefs use science tools like thermometers for cooking! Here we are checking out a thermometer and watching the red line in cold water.

We even enjoyed a healthy snack!

Have a GREAT Saturday! 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gearing Up for Fire Safety Week?

Happy Saturday! 
It is finally feeling like Fall! Some of my favorite units to teach are in the Fall. We just wrapped up our apple week and next week is fire safety! I am stopping in real quick to share my newest creation on Teachers Pay Teachers! It is the perfect addition to your fire safety week!

It includes a few different writing prompts for you to choose from that fit right inside the jacket! I will be introducing the sight word "are" next week, so I chose to use this prompt. 

Other prompts include:

Firefighters can ___.Firefighters have ____.Firefighters (with lines intended for younger writers)Firefighters (with lines intended for older writers) 

I can't wait to make this with my Kinders next week! Click the image below to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Apple Week

Apple Week is one of my favorites all year! This year, the stomach virus decided to ATTACK! It was horrible! It made it's way through most of the Kindergarten team, so this week was crazy! I feel like I didn't get to fit in everything I had planned, oh well! Here are some of the highlights of the week! : )

This week in math we were working on the numbers 4 and 5. I made these little apple mats and we practiced number building and writing to 5. We also practiced recognizing numbers in different arrangements.

I used  M&Ms as the "apple seeds." These counting mats were just added to my Apple Unit Basics on TPT.

We also practiced lots of labeling this week!

We labeled our friends...

We labeled the parts of an apple...

And we labeled Johnny Appleseed...

 My idea for the Johnny Appleseed labeling came from the amazing Cara Carroll.

We also wrote about apples.

On Friday, we tasted and graphed the apples. 

 I couldn't believe the yellow apple won! Green is usually the winner!

And of course we made APPLESAUCE! 

First we washed the apples.

Next we peeled and cored them apples. I invested in this apple peeler I found on Amazon and OH MY GOSH, it is LIFE CHANGING! The kids freaked out! I loved that they could help! 

 Then we put all of the ingredients in the crock pot and mashed it every once in a while. This year I sort of made up my own recipe. Basically throw apples, sugar (white or brown), cinnamon and water together and it will be great.

Then finally it was time to eat up! It was DELICIOUS over Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream, mmm mmmm mmmmm.

I took each child's picture eating the applesauce and added the recipe to send home for a special keepsake. I don't cook EVER, so this is about the only recipe I have to share haha

We have so many apples left over, we may be having apples for snack all week! : )