Saturday, January 24, 2015

All about Blubber

It is one of my FAVORITE weeks in Kindergarten. All about Polar Animals!! I have been sick this week, was told I have strep for the FOURTH time since August on Sunday. Anywho I was only in my classroom 3 days this week. I missed getting pictures of my kiddos doing fun Arctic Animals, but I did snag a could from Friday!




This is an activity that I remember doing back when I was in kindergarten!! When I got to school I realized I had forgotten the Crisco. So I called Officer Hofficer during my planning to bring some to me. This is the text I got. How little he thinks of my teaching abilities!


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Once I got the Crisco in the bag and it all duck taped up, I sat it in the bag of water, then we had to wait for the kids to come back from Specials. When they came in, my teaching partner and I started to have the students tell us what we were doing. I got a good chuckle out of some of their answers! We asked “What is Blubber”


One of my kids said “A whale’s buggers” Um not quite. Then once we learned that blubber is the fat in Polar Animals I asked why they needed the fat. “So Vampires can’t suck their blood” was my favorite answer!


Needless to say, we got them straightened out! Then they got to feel the difference between blubber vs non-blubber.

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When they all got to feel the blubber, I looked over at the blubber/Crisco and it was hard as a rock! I thought that was interesting. So note to self, don’t let it chill in the ice before you do the experiment.


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Well I am off to finish my February One Stop Centers!
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Update on my Word Wall

At the beginning of the year, I shared with you guys how I was using my word wall at the beginning of the year.

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This was a picture at the beginning of the year. I didn’t want such a big area of my classroom to stay blank, so I came up with the idea of having beginning sounds on there til we started adding sight words.

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Here is what it looked like in the beginning, I would put the words up there as we reviewed each letter.

 

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And here we are my friends. The word wall in all its glory! I love it, my kids love it!!

 

Now the hard decision, do I take it down, or just add words to it? I think I am going to talk about half of the pictures off so there are still some examples of beginning sounds.

 

Have a great weekend!!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

One Stop Centers: Jan Edition

Hi, I swear every time I write a blog post, it starts out the same. I am sorry I have not been around because …. Well I say the same thing again!! It has been TWO MONTHS. Wow. I will graduate in May, so YAY for that, I.Can.Not.Wait. I miss blogging, I miss my friends and I miss creating.

So over Christmas break (when I wasn’t worried about lesson plans, or my classes) I made a set of centers. perfect for the month of January.
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It has 8 centers. I have 4 up and running into my classroom. So I have pictures for those!!

“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.
“Want to Build a Snowman” is a big hit with my Kinderroos! They draw a card, and count the ten rods, write on the response sheet.


“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!
“Snowy CVC Words” My kids are really beginning to click with understanding CVC words. They are loving this center!


Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.
Getting ready to do penguins next week and I can’t wait to get these bad boys out for my kiddos. We introduced r blends last week, so we are practicing them during center time.


Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!
Polar Bear centers are ready too! Addition is what we have been focusing on for the last few weeks. So this is perfect for review!



There is also two more snow centers, a MLK center, The Mitten center and a New Years center!
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I also have a great freebie for ya! My kids are rocking this game!
his is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!
This is a splash game! The kids draw a card, read or identify the number. If they identify right, they get to keep it. If it is wrong, they have to put it back in the pile. If they draw a splash card, they have to turn all their cards back in!


Alright friends! I am off to play BINGO! So I will see ya in a month or two Winking smile