Sunday, August 12

Meet the teacher treat

Meet the teacher night is fast approaching! I love meeting all of my students and their families! I especially love it when my past students come back to say hi. It is always such a fun and exciting night for everyone. Here is what I will be sending home this year. You can grab your own copy here.

Friday, August 10

Back to School!

Kindergartners grow and develop so much from August to May! Seeing this growth is so rewarding as their teacher. Here is a free activity to do at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of kindergarten. This makes a sweet end of the year keepsake! Kindergarten is such a big year!
Grab a copy here!

Monday, July 2

How things move

We started exploring how objects moved in science. At the beginning of the unit I asked everyone to bring in an object that moves. Then we took turns sharing out how each object moves. Everyone loved showing the toy they brought and how it moved. Then we sorted the objects by how they move. The kids used this venn diagram to record their findings and as a class we used two hula hoops to sort the real life objects.
Then we talked about the ways objects move. We learned that they can move quickly or slowly, in a straight or jagged line, backward or forward, upward or downward, or in circles. We made these anchor charts for all the ways objects can move.

We also discussed how objects can move fast and slow. We sorted the pictures and made this anchor chart. Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow is a great book to add to your unit. We read it before sorting the objects.

For shared reading we read this book using our interactive board.
 You can find everything in my How Objects Move unit available on TPT. You can check it out here.

Tuesday, February 6

Time for the Olympics

I'm so excited to watch the Olympics! I plan to bring all the fun to my classroom as we learn all about the Winter Games. Figure skating is my absolute favorite sport to watch during the Olympics. I thought it would be fun to learn about some of the athletes competing and write about them. I saved all the pages to make an Olympic athlete biography book.

We learned all about Olympic athlete qualities and used the traits we brainstormed to fill in this cute list poem. These poems in our poetry journals turned out so cute!

We discussed the summer games and the winter games and talked about how they are the same and how they are different. We brainstormed on post it notes and then added the post it notes to the venn diagram.

 We went to the library and checked out all kinds of Olympic books to help us with our Olympic study. We have been having so much fun learning about the Olympics.
All of the activities above are in my winter games unit on TPT. Click the picture below to check out the unit. Have fun learning all about the Olympics!

Sunday, February 4

Hug Machine

I love finding new books to add to my collection! Hug Machine by Scott Campbell is a cute read aloud for the month of February. My class loved reading it. After reading the story we followed up with this cute and simple craft. You can download it for free by clicking the pictures below! Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, June 22

all about plants!

We had so much fun learning all about plants! I just love this spring time unit. Here are some of the things we did in our plant unit.
We read all about roots and seeds with these books from Pebble Books. Then we recorded all of our new learning and added it to our anchor chart.
We read the funny book Tops and Bottoms about a hare who tricks lazy bear to help his family. We followed up with this craft. We first painted the sky and soil and then added the veggies!
We learned about what plants need to survive and followed up with this activity in our interactive notebook. They used words and pictures to tell what plants need.
After learning what plans need to survive we planted our own seeds! The kids loved painting the pots and drawing the labels.
We made a pollination flip book with puppets. While reading the story we used the puppets to act out pollinating the flowers.
Before our plant unit I presented our big science question to the kids. They were researching why do we need bees. We read lots of non fiction books and watched a few videos from Brain pop Jr. and then recorded what we learned. Sometimes I leave the I wonder section blank and let the kids come up with their own question to research.
We learned all about Dirt! This is a great book to read to get the scoop on soil.
We explored soil with our hand lens and recorded what we found.

After reading lots of non fiction books we discovered how important dirt is. We brainstormed what it would be like without dirt. We added this to our interactive notebook.
We recorded all of the things you can find in dirt and what dirt is made of in our science notebooks.
 We made this cute craft to go along with the book we read.
We learned all about plant parts. I just happened to have a lot of flowers from teacher appreciation week so we sorted the parts into petals, leaves, and stems.
For this researcher's workshop our topic was roots and why do plants need roots?
We soaked bean seeds in water overnight. Then we peeled off the seed coat and used a hand lens to discover the baby plant and food.
 You can find everything we did in the unit below.  Check it out here.
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