Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Whole Bunch of Random

Lately, in Kindergarten world we have been learning a whole bunch of new things like the LOVE story of Q & U.  Have you ever said the word, "LOVE" around 5 & 6 year olds? Take it from me it's one of those words that triggers the "eewww," "ahhhh" and "awww" reaction, which lets be honest is pretty darn funny! I told my class the timeless story of how Q met U and fell in LOVE and eventually got married. What you see below are the story props that I used to tell my story.  Nothing fancy... just Q & U.  

                           
Besides the wedding of Q & U we started our Valentines Day centers! My class...dare I say loved the center below.  They practiced putting the sentence together and then choosing a picture of a classmate to put at the end of the sentence.  
Last week we started to learn about the different parts of a sentence primarily focusing on nouns.  
During center time my class created their very own version of "Noun Town." I gave them a bunch of paper and let them draw whatever nouns they could think of to make our town complete.  I got this idea from the blog First Grader... at Last!.  I love how it turned it out!

Miss H.



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! My class has been having a ball with all of the holiday festivities! Check out what we  have been up to...

  We found this box sitting outside our classroom door.  When I told them it was a special delivery from Santa the kids lost it! There was a lot of screaming and jumping for joy.  When they FINALLY calmed down I opened the box and found a letter inside.  The letter informed the class that Santa sent a special visitor to watch them and report back to him if they were nice or naughty.  The label that you see above  was from Kindergarten Craze and the letter and worksheet that you see below is a freebie from The First Grade Parade.



Once we read the letter the kids searched around the room and found our elf that they lovingly called "Santa Girl" on the flag pole.  She was there the entire morning and none of the kids saw her ha!
Each day Santa Girl moved around the classroom  to watch the class.  The picture above shows a few of the spots we found her in.  

On the last day of school before Winter break began Santa Girl wrote the class a goodbye letter.  The kids were sad to see her go but I assured them she would be around next year!  Santa Girl was kind enough to leave them a very special gift... a bell from Santa's sleigh! 

Another fun activity that I enjoy doing with my class every year is making gingerbread houses.  We started out with a ton of candy.  Take a look how the gingerbread houses turned out...

Do you think they could have put anymore candy? Ha!
We went on our first field trip of the year... a sleigh ride! Many of the kids thought it was going to take off and fly but I told them only Santa's sleigh would do that. 

Check out the festive Christmas trees that my class made. 

This was one of the go to centers of the week!  It's so simple... the kids decorated the tree by coloring ornaments.  When they were finished we graphed how many of each kind of ornament was on the tree!  

Merry Christmas!

Miss. H









Saturday, November 2, 2013

Oviparous Animals

Hi there! I'm excited to blog about one of my favorite units of study... OVIPAROUS animals! "What are they," and "What does this word mean,"... were the questions that we set out to find the answers to!  Rest assured it all worked out in the end and now my lovely kindergartners (which are now first graders!!) became mini experts about oviparous animals.  

I wanted to find an attention grabber to introduce what an oviparous animal is, so I searched a few blogs and low and behold found this great idea from Sprinkles to Kindergarten.  First, I found a large egg and filled it with animals that lay eggs.  My kinders made a few guesses about which animals lay eggs, then we opened it up and found out if their predictions were correct.

We sorted animal pictures into two categories, oviparous and non- oviparous. 

 I also put oviparous and non oviparous animals in eggs and the class sorted them.  This was a great center activity to practice what they had learned.

In the picture above the class picked one oviparous animal and drew a picture of it inside their egg.  Next, they wrote a sentence about what they had learned.



                  We learned about the life cycle of a chicken by reading these non fiction books.  
                            The picture below shows the life cycle of a chicken anchor chart .
Our oviparous animals unit culminated with a trip to the Farm where the kids got to hold a real chicken! This blew their minds!  Thanks for stopping! Have a great weekend!

Miss H.




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Plants

  
Hello! I can now say that my kindergarten class are experts on plants! Here are a few highlights of our plant unit.

My class had a ball planting grass and vegetables. They also enjoyed watching the roots sprout on the plants above. 

My kinders learned about the different parts of a plants, as well as, what a plant needs to survive.

They drew their own plant and labeled the parts.

After learning about plants we filled about this chart.  I got the labels for this chart from the blog  Golden Gang Kindergarten


My kinders filled out this worksheet using the chart from above. I found this worksheet at Golden Gang Kindergarten.  


            
Here are the plant books that I read to my class. I love the beautiful photographs in these books!


My kinders learned all about vegetables and fruits!  They came up with many great fruits and vegetables to add to our chart.  
My class learned how they eat the flowers, stems, and roots of plants! We made a chart to show the vegetables that fall into each category.  

To wrap up our plant unit I came up with a fun activity to test their knowledge on fruits and vegetables.   I gave each child a book that I called, "My Fruit and Vegetable Passport." Partners walked around the classroom looking for pictures that answered the questions in their passport.  

Once they found the picture they recored the name of the fruit or vegetable, and gave themselves a stamp.  Many of the class referred to our Fruit and Vegetable anchor chart to check their answers. 

My kinders gave this activity a two thumbs up!!

Miss H.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

States of Matter


Welcome back! Today I'm going to share a few highlights from my states of matter unit. 


 I used an activity from the blog Learning Ideas- Grades K-8 to introduce the 3 states of matter.  As you can see from the photograph below I put an example of a solid, liquid, and gas inside Ziplock bags.  
I started out the lesson by passing around the baggies that had a solid inside.  As the class  passed around the baggies we talked about what is a solid.  I asked them if  a solid takes up space, keeps its size, keeps its shape, have weight? Next, I asked if they could tell me an example of a solid.  I repeated the same process with liquids and gases.  
  
Day 2  We reviewed what a solid, liquid and gas is by filling out this anchor chart.  I found pictures of the examples of solids, liquids, and gases that they came up with the day before.  I put the class into small groups and gave each group a picture.  They had to decide if it was a solid, liquid, or gas.  Each group shared what state of matter their picture was, and glued it onto the chart.  

Day 3  I asked my class if they could help me solve a problem.  I told them I wanted to turn a liquid into a solid, but I wasn't sure how to do it.  In partners they came up with different ways to solve my problem.   I was amazed at the ideas they came up with- one set of partners thought that I could take orange juice and freeze it to make it solid!!  We decided that the easiest way would be to put water into a container and put it into the freezer.  



After the liquid turned into a solid I had them discuss with their partner about how could we turn the solid back into a liquid.  The class decided that they should take the containers out of the freezer and sit their containers on their desks so that the temperature of the room would melt the ice.  My class loved this simple experiment!



My class also learned about how water takes the shape of its container.  I got the idea for this experiment from the blog Under the Alphabet Tree.  I showed my class a bunch of different sized containers that I filled with colored water.  Each container had the same amount of water in it but the size fooled the eye.  I asked them which container they thought held the most water.  Most of the class thought that it was the tall vase that had the red water in it.  To find out if they were correct I used a container that I drew a line on to measure the water.  When we finished all the containers had the exact same amount of water! 


Miss H.









Monday, July 1, 2013

Weather

Hi Everybody!! It's summer break and I have absolutely no excuse to not post.  My little blog is going to be neglected no longer!! I have a lot to share with you all, so sit down, grab a snack, and enjoy the highlights of our weather unit.  

                               
If you have read my blog you know that I am always on the search for interesting non fiction books.  The books pictured above were a great introduction to weather.


My kinders brainstormed about the different types of weather and I recorded it on the chart above.




                          My class made mini books about the different types of weather.  

          Good nonfiction books about clouds for this age level are hard to come by!!! So you can imagine my elation when I found these... I seriously feel like I hit the jackpot LOL!


My kindergartners learned about the different types of clouds.  The picture above shows my large science notebook that came with the science curriculum.  


My class came up with so many great adjectives to describe clouds! I recored their amazing adjectives on the chart pictured above.  Abby at The Inspired Apple came up with all of these adorable cloud anchor charts.
My kinders learned the names of each cloud and how to identify them.  We looked up real pictures of what the clouds looked like so we could spot them.  

I used this FUN cloud experiment (courtesy of the blog Learning Ideas grades K-8) to wrap up our weather unit.  I paired up my class and together they observed what happens when a cloud fills up with water.  My kinders LOVED this experiment, and I loved hearing their conversations about why it rains!

Lastly, we learned about the water cycle.  We used this simple experiment to demonstrate how it works.

                                        Don't forget to check out BrainPOP jr.'s video on the water cycle! 

Miss H.