Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Goundhog Day!


Never understood why they made the fact that if the groundhog saw his shadow there would be 6 more weeks of winter.  That means it was sunny that day so to me spring should be coming! But according to the tale this is not true. 

Based on the weather today since it was cloudy spring is coming... ha! according to me it sure doesn't feel like spring is coming when freezing rain is coming down and we are out of school for sever weather conditions today and tomorrow.  

So to celebrate the winter weather here is TWO freebies on my TpT store:

Teacher resource:

Student resource:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014



I love teacher work days! I feel like I can get so much done and so much planned for my students! We are finishing up our Polar/Arctic Research Projects and this inspired me on a new project: BEARS!

After a few technical difficulties:
~internet down for about two hours
~loss of work in ppt that I worked on for an hour!
~I should also add: driving back from my parents house with my dad yesterday (6 hour drive)...Told my dad to put the seat back because he has a really bad hip, well not thinking my computer was on the floor behind him (IN MY COMPUTER BAG!).  He did what I told him to do and pushed the seat back so far it hid my computer and the pixels broke in the screen.  So now after manipulating my documents on my computer and internet/ computer issues.  I still feel good about how much work I completed.

Here is a little preview for you to enjoy :)

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Arctic/Polar Animal Research Project & The Polar Bear and the Husky Pup... Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Where are you?

Arctic/Polar Animal Research ProjectAligned with Common Core

I have been so excited to share this project with everyone. We have had so many things going on in Kindergarten this week. Its been packed full of activities from Daily 5... Work on Writing to our Arctic Research Project! This integrates Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Science, and Math! 

Arctic/Polar Animals Emergent Story with Research Project

Check out our great work! 

We began the week with reading the little book about arctic animals.  I have students actively engaged by coloring along with the story while we read.  We talk about specific details of each animal.  This helps students pay attention to detail: 

Then we deciding which animal we would like to research.  We created a graph and discuss greater than, less than, most, least, and equal to using the label cards. 

Check out the free cards, it is a part of my Arctic/Polar Animal Research Project. 
 Weekly Freebie!

We continued to week with researching our arctic/polar animal on pebble go and using nonfiction books.

I love how all the students were so engaged and willing to work together to complete their work.  Their communication skills and work skills are really growing as little learners! They worked so well together to complete their projects! 

Here are some of the books we also used:

 Arctic Fox

Arctic Books

Here are some of our finished products:





I am combining all of their project papers into a book.  Then they will be sharing their work to the class.  The cover of their book have their picture like this:

Another add on to our project that I was not planning for but its so nice when things just come together!!! Below you will see our wonderful art teacher in our classroom doing a cross-curriculum activity with the students.  She had the students create a clay creation of their animal! We are going to enter into the Art Showcase at the end of the year with all of our clay creations in an arctic scene! We are excited and can't wait to see the final Arctic habitat scene! (We are still working on painting these... I will post pictures when we are finished!)

A few were able to paint their clay creations this week:

The Little Polar Bear and The Husky PupAligned with Common Core

We finished up the week with a fiction story The Little Polar Bear and the Husky Pup.  This is such a great visual for students to see how the arctic is but in a fiction story. We discuss fiction vs. nonfiction and create our favorite part of the story using construction paper.  They had to decide what part of the story their favorite part was in then label:  Beginning, Middle, End.  I like students to really create their own work so I just gave them 1/4 sheet of white and 1/4 sheet of black.  I gave them the option to have a blank blue sheet of paper or a sheet where it had snow on the bottom. 

 Lars and Flo

Polar Bear, Polar Bear Where are you?

During a math/science lesson we closed up our project by using: 
Polar Bear Interactive/Emergent Reader Positional Words

The students love these interactive readers when they are able to move the polar bear around the story! 

Hope you can use some of these resources!! :) 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowmen and Marshmallows

Brrrrr, it's cold outside! We finished our snowman creation with writing in detail about our snowman.  These came out so cute and it looks great hanging on our window like we are looking out and seeing our snowman in the winter :)! Love them +Pam DAlessandro 

Check out my great friends wonderful winter packet where you can find this snowman, bubble map, and writing paper... PLUS SO MUCH MORE! 

We also had some fun with marshmallows! We drew two houses (one square and one triangle on top of the square, then an bumpy oval to make it look like a frozen lake- a quick assessment to check students knowledge of shapes and positional words).  Then we placed marshmallows between the two houses.  Students listened for directions and they put the correct amount of marshmallows in each house.  Then we discuss which house had the greatest amount, and which had the least.  We also touched on equal to.  Once we determined the greatest amount and the least amount we put them together on the ice skate rink.  The marshmallows went "ice skating" together.  The students did a few problems whole class and once they got the hang of it they worked with a friend to create their own verbal addition sentences.  I cant remember how many "Can I eat a marshmallow?!" So this got me thinking about doing this with marshmallows again but instead of adding we will subtract and eat the marshmallows.

Hope you like these activities! Happy HUMP day :)!