Monday, April 17, 2017

Excavating Dinosaur Bones!?!?

Along with our study of rocks and reading the story "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter", we had fun "excavating" some dinosaur bones of our own.  I passed out 2 Chips Ahoy cookies and 2 toothpicks to the kiddos.  They had to gently "excavate" the bones (chips) from all the sand, rock and dirt (cookie).  They were precious to watch! I don't think they realized how hard this was going to be.  Just look at this concentration. :) 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Research and Writing Center - Rocks

Our story in our reader last week was "Mr. Bones, Dinosaur Hunter" by Jane Kurtz.  I usually to a study on rocks along with this story.  Here is a picture of our research and writing center:

I used to call this the "discovery center" but have recently changed it to the "Research and Writing Center".  We always talk about how Scientists are constantly researching and observing things and then they write down their findings and keep journals.  Last year I started adding recording sheets (sometimes cutesy and sometimes just lined paper) so they can record their observations.  My firsties seem to enjoy writing about what they see and this just adds to our writing during the day - it's a win-win! 

Later that week I asked for the students to bring a small rock to school.  I glued googly eyes on them and we wrote about their rocks.  We also "adopted" them as pet rocks.  I don't know about you, but these rocks seem to come to life when you add eyes - lol! My firsties always love this activity and they take their job as a "parent" very seriously!!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Spider Week!

Last week was All About Spiders.  Here are some activities we worked on:

 These super cute spiders came from:

This week is BATS!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bats, Spiders & Ghosts - Oh My!!!!

Such a fun unit for the month of October! This unit has Math, Literacy and Writing Activities.
Check it out!!!

What's included:

Be sure and click on any pic above to check it out.  The pages shown are for spiders but there are the same pages for bats and ghosts!

Happy October!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Leaves are Falling

This week was all about leaves.  We read many books about leaves and fall.  
We read 
talked about verbs and went back and looked for all the verbs.  Then we added it to our leaf chart.

Here's our Can Have Are chart:

Here's all our leaf books ready for the "Writing and Research" center next week. 

Torn paper leaves in the art center!

Can you guess what we're learning next week?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Apples? Yes, Please!!!

Last week was our study of ALL THINGS APPLES! Here are some pics of our week:

Here's our adjectives, Can Have Are chart, and Apple Writing that we worked on throughout the week.

This is the class book we made and put together:

Torn Paper art in the Art Center:  

 These were pics from today.  I always take everything we learned for our "theme of the week" (in this case - Apples), and put it in a "Writing and Research" center for the next week for my firsties to learn and discover the material and facts on their own.

Sooooo much fun!!!

This week we are working on Leaves.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Finishing Kinder review - Ready for 1st grade stories!

Well, we're finishing up our 4th week of school.  The time has already flown by!  I really do have a GREAT group of firsties this year and cannot complain.  We're finishing up our Kindergarten review and will jump in to our first grade stories and curriculum next week.  I'm so excited to dive in to our core curriculum.  

This last summer we had Reagan Tunstall come and do a workshop on her Guided Math.  Our first grade team absolutely fell in love with her program and we have been doing it since day one.  We're finishing unit 1 tomorrow and will begin unit 2 on Monday.  My firsties have really enjoyed all the hands on activities!  Here's a few pics of our centers in our room.  We just started to do some rotations to practice rules and procedures so we haven't really gotten into the whole swing of things yet. 

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