Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weather

All year, every month, each day I ask my class, "What's the weather like today?".  This year I noticed that I have a few students who didn't know what weather is or how it relates to them.  With that thought in mind I sat out to find out what my class truly knew about weather I recorded their weather knowledge on the chart below.
Note: this is the finished product. I record their new learning as we go along. 

Here are a few of my favorite non fiction books about weather.  

The first book that I read to the class is called Weather! It does a great job of introducing the different types of weather. 
Next, I have my class brainstorm about the different types of weather, and I record their answers on the anchor chart above. It's not beautiful, but it does the trick.

My class made this foldable book to demonstrate their knowledge about weather words. We also talked about the Tricky Y as we wrote them down.   

We read a few different non fiction books about clouds.  My inspiration for these cute anchor charts came from the  Inspired Apple.  I used them to teach about the different types of clouds, and where in the sky they are located. 

After doing some cloud watching I had my class describe the different types of clouds.  I recorded their adjectives on the chart above.

Then, I had them perform this science experiment showing what happens when water droplets become to heavy for the cloud to hold.  My class LOVED this experiment!

We used a picture graph to graph our favorite kind of weather.

My class wrote about their favorite type of weather.


I had a lot of requests from my kinders to teach them about tornadoes.  I started out by reading them the book pictured above.

Then, I recorded what they learned on this anchor chart.  I got the idea for this adorable chart from here.

Another science experiment that I had my class perform was making a tornado in a cup.  I must say this was a hit!

We have been practicing "How- to" writing. This was the perfect opportunity to have them write about how to make a tornado.

Here are a few of my favorite weather videos both by Harry Kindergarten...




Thanks for stopping by!

















Saturday, April 25, 2015

Earth Day

  Hello there! Welcome back! Last week in kindergarten world we learned about Earth, and what we can do to take care of it.  

Here are the highlights...
I started out the week by reading a lot of non fiction books about taking care of our Earth.  The books pictured above have good information, and the kids really enjoy them!

After we read many books about Earth we filled out this chart.  

My class used the chart above to write about what they learned about Earth.



My kinders learned about how the Earth is made of land, air, and water.  I purchased this mini unit from Kristen Smith.  It's a perfect edition to my Earth Day unit.  

My class sorted pictures that are in the air, water, and land (this sort is included in mini unit).  

Each child in my class brought in one item that can be recycled.  The recyclable items are then sorted into the appropriate bag.  The reason why you don't see a glass bag is because I am the one in charge of bringing in glass that way their are no accidents!

To tie it all together I made this board using the recyclable items that they brought in.  I sorted each item under cardboard, glass, metal, paper, and plastic and then typed up things that can be made out of that material.
One of the best field trips I take my class on is to our local dump and recycling center.  My kinders see first hand how much garbage from our community goes into a landfill.   Also, they learn about how the items we recycle are separated and turned into something new.   

We made this recycling book to show different things that can be recycled.  This book was a freebie from A Teachable Teacher it can be found here

After learning about recycling we turned our focus on composting.  The wonderful school I work for has the kids make compost out of the food that is thrown away.  This compost then makes its way into our Growing Domes to grow vegetables and fruits.  
 
I had my class watch this cute Peppa Pig cartoon all about composting.  Afterwards, I used the recycling and composting anchor charts above to have my class sort pictures of things that can be recycled or composted. 


My class loves making hats! We make them for everything!  I was so excited to find this adorable Earth Day hat.  Find it here.

Looking for some Earth Day videos to show your class? 
Look no further...


Harry Kindergarten - Going Green


Harry Kindergarten - If You're a kid(Earth Day Remix) 
My class LOVES these!


Jack Johnson- Recycling Song 3R's 

Happy Earth Day! 























Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Fun

Hi there, I wanted to pop in and share some fun ideas for celebrating Easter and Spring in your classroom.  

Every year I have my kinders and their families make a hat for them to wear in our spring hat parade. The cool thing about this project is that there are no rules. Well, maybe one rule... be creative and most of all have fun! 

I love to collect books to read for the holidays, but I must admit sometimes it gets out of hand. I have absolutely no room to store anymore books, and yet, I still buy them.  The books pictured above are some of my favorite Easter books.

We estimated how many marshmallows are in the jar and recorded their guesses on the chart below.



I decided to use some of the MILLIONS of plastic eggs that I have acquired to make a game to practice sight words. First, I wrote out each sight word and cut it into a puzzle then placed it into an egg. One way to play this amazingly FUN game is to have the class sit in a circle on the floor with their interactive journals or some type of recording sheet.  I gave each child an egg and had them pass the eggs while I played the song Here Comes Peter Cottontail.  When the song stopped they opened their egg and put together their sight word and recorded in their journal.  The second way to play this game is to put an egg on each of their desks and have them walk around until you stop the music.  When the music stops they sit down and put the sight word together and record it.  My class had a ball playing this game!

I read this cute book to my class and had them design their own egg for the Easter Bunny. 
Once their egg was finished they wrote about what it looked like.  The picture above shows their first draft (I forgot to take a pic of the final draft). 

The Easter Bunny was a popular topic for journal entries.  

I inherited quite a few strawberry baskets, and I thought it might be fun for my kinders to turn them in to Easter baskets.  They turned out pretty darn cute!  They also dyed eggs to put into their baskets along with candy treats that the parents donated.

These are the baskets that I had my kinders weave last year.  These are my favorite!



I thought this bunny craft turned out adorable.  The bunny is made out of their handprint... so cute!

Look at the face on this bunny... so sweet!
We read many books about spring and used our new knowledge to make this chart.

With the help of the chart above they wrote two sentences about spring.  The first sentence we wrote together and the second they did independently.
Here is a close up picture of one of my kinders writing.

I had my class watercolor spring flowers and glue butterflies and ants on their picture. 

Then they filled out their math word problem based on their picture.

The Easter Bunny hopped thru our classroom and left his footprints.  My class got a kick out of this!


I'll leave you with a cute video.

Happy Easter!















Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Space


Hello! 

Welcome back to my blog!  

For the last few weeks my class has been going crazy over space! They absolutely LOVE anything that is space related, and are truly excited to learn as much as they can about the topic.  So, me, being the nice teacher that I am, gave them what they want... 

We started our journey into the world unknown by recording our schema on the chart above.

I read many books about space these are some of my favorites.

I used this book to introduce the planets.  

My class loved this chart! We added facts below each planet as we learned about them.  We also learned about the sun, and decided to add it to the chart (even though it's not a planet) to record the information that we learned.

Next, I recorded their new learning on the chart, and found a few misconceptions (things we thought were true, but turned out not to be).   An example of a misconception (this will make you laugh) was that penguins live on Pluto.  My little kinder truly believed this, but the rest of the class knew that this didn't sound right, especially because we just learned about penguins.  Ah, 5 year olds say the funniest things!



Next, we read the  book Life in Space and learned all about what astronauts do.   We filled out this anchor chart as we read.  This anchor chart came from here

My class used the chart above to write about astronauts.




To top it off, we made ourselves into astronauts! They turned out amazing, if I don't say so myself!



We read this book about the Moon.


I made this fun chart to put our Moon facts on.  The idea for this chart came from here.

Here are a couple of Space units that I added to our center rotations this week. I rolled up foil, and called them Moon rocks.  In the Moon rocks I put stars that have CVC and CVCE words written on them.  The object was to read the word on the star, and sort it under long or short vowels.  Then, write and read all the words in each category.  

This is one of my older centers that is in desperate need of an update! The object of this center is to fill in the blanks of the sentence, and write it on a white board.  I heard A LOT of giggles coming from this center!

I did a directed space drawing. I found my inspiration for this here.
We drew with a pencil first, and colored it in. Then, we took black watercolor and painted over it.

Here is the finished product.


One of my talented students made me a list of all the planets.  I love this!

Here are a few YouTube video that my class enjoyed.



Thanks for stopping by! Hope this post was out of this world!