Sunday, April 10, 2016

All About Ladybugs!

I have not been shy to talk about how much I enjoy teaching about insects and life cycles. So as I am preparing for Insects week next week, I thought I would share what we do in our classroom! So I will start out with ladybugs, my favorite!

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We always start our thematic units with learning about the life cycle. We first read a couple of books about ladybugs. Here are a couple of my favorites. The last book is actually on BookFlix! I need to find a hard copy.

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After I have introduced them to the ladybugs, together we create an Anchor Chart on the life cycle of a ladybug. When I start to teach an insect a day, I skip over the KWL charts. We have a general KWL chart on Insects. (if you have bought my insect life cycle unit before, I apologize, I made a mistake! I fixed it though!)


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We do a whole group anchor chart. then we do one of our own!

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This is such a nice way to see if the kids are getting the life cycle. I also use this to asses their vocabulary.

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We also look at the parts of a ladybug. We label them on the SmartBoard.
I also found this video on youtube, we will be watching this on Monday as well.


Well, I am off to fold the mountain of laundry that is on my bed! Have a great Sunday!










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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Frog Street Splash Ambassador

I have some VERY exciting news to share with you today! Have you ever heard of Frog Street SPLASH? If not, let me tell you how AmAzInG it is! It is an Early Childhood conference in Dallas. I went last year and there were some amazing presenters!

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Don from The Learning Station was there! So was Travis and Presley! I went to some amazing sessions! My favorite session was on Conscious Discipline! I sat through the entire session and CRIED! I am the best teacher that I can be, but sitting in that session made me realize, I can be an even better teacher!

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Not only were there big names presenting, but there were some pretty fabulous bloggers that were there as well! I got to sit with Debbie Clement, Jennifer Kadar and Crystal Radke! And I could see Vanessa Levin! Here are Jennifer and Vanessa doing a periscope! So fun!!

 

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And did I mention the beautiful location?! This hotel is amazing! I can’t wait to go back this year!

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Now for the best part, they have asked ME to be an Ambassador for them this year!

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I CAN NOT WAIT!! Some of my Bloggy Besties will be back! Some Freebielicous girls will be there too! And did I mention, some AmAzInG  Presenters! I would LOVE it if you went and read about it! It is a conference you DO NOT want to miss!!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Chicken Life Cycles

How I love spring!! I swear there is nothing better than spring in Kindergarten! They are reading, they are independent and we do a TON of Science!
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When we come back from Spring Break we start life cycles, and start with frogs. But that week, we get our incubator out and get chicken eggs.
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I let them keep an eye on them for about a week, continuing to teach about the frog life cycle, and feed their curiosity. They want to know what is in that box. What is it doing? What is going to come out of those eggs?! Why are you turning the eggs every day? They are just bouncing on their little bottoms on Monday when we start our Chicken Life Cycle unit.
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We start off all of our life cycles with a KWL chart. By this time of the year the kids are champs at making these charts! On Tuesday I bring in the flashlight and some new books.
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My kids LOVE the Gail Gibbons and Let’s Find out Books. We read them whenever there is a book for whatever theme we are on. However; these books do talk about fertilization and how the egg forms inside the hen. I just skip those pages. So Teacher Beware!
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It is time to candle the eggs. (Excuse the fuzz it was a humid day!!) We look at every egg to see how many are on track to hatch. They think it is so cool to see the shadows inside the egg!
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Then we get to the fun part. I crack two nonfertilized eggs. It is gah-ross! We talk about the shell, skin, yolk and albumen. Then I hang them up in the hallway.
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They love learning about life cycles. I love hearing their little voices use big vocabulary. When they talk about embryos and oviparous animals, my teacher heart grows!
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After we learn about the life cycle, we do an activity to reinforce them. Last year we made these cute little life cycles from Kindergarten Rocks:
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Did I mention they were free?! So Cute!

Then we do some more waiting. Twenty-One days is a long time for Kindergarten.
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Then it finally happens. They start hatching.
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The kids beg me to hook up the iPad to the SmartBoard so they can watch the eggs hatch.
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Not only do I have happy kids, but there is also a happy teacher!

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This is truly a fun unit to teach! We love life cycles in kindergarten! We do almost a month of life cycles, a week of frog, chicken, butterflies, plants. Then we do two weeks of Insects, a bug a day, and talk about all those life cycles too!

Can’t wait to share those with you too!!









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