Thursday, June 26, 2014

Caterpillars and Butterflies!

In our classroom I ordered caterpillars for my class to watch them grow and transform into butterflies! It was an awesome experience and the class loved every second of it!  Everyday they wrote in their caterpillar journals and drew what they saw! 

Of course we had to read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle! We even made our own very Hungry caterpillars! 

Hungry for Learning 3D bulletin board

 I had the students write about what they would do if they were a very hungry caterpillar. 


Side view. 

Next, we used a version of Eric Carle's painting to make beautiful butterflies!

I gave students a large sheet of oak tag with the outline of a butterfly on the back. Students experimented with mixing colors, making new colors, and using different textures to paint the paper.

When the paintings were dry, the kids turned over their paintings and cut out their beautiful butterflies! I even gave them foam stickers to decorate! 

What a fun activity! 

To make it even better we had a butterfly release party and invited the parents to watch us release our live butterflies! 

This was an experience no one will forget!! :)


Are you ready for a Behavior plan that actually works?

I have used this plan in my general ed kindergarten classroom with 22 students.  Yes, I said kindergarten!  Print one sheet per student/ per day!

This plan works for students of all ages, and visually helps students work to the best of their ability.  Each hour/period I would tell the students to color in one row of badges.  If I didn’t feel that a student was earning a badge to the best of their ability, I told them how many badges they did not earn for that time frame.  They love keeping track of their behavior!

At the end of the day, students calculated how many badges they earned, and which color badge they earned for the day.  (Yes, my kindergarteners were counting their own badges and adding them.  So, Yay for improving their math skills!!)

Students then knew what their reward would be at the end of the day based on the color badge earned.  Here are the choices I gave, but you can adapt them to your needs and classroom.

If they earned GREEN for the day: They could choose from the Treasure Box, and then bring a puzzle or book to their table OR they could choose to play with the Special Toys that I kept in the closet.

If they earned YELLOW for the day: They could choose a book or a puzzle.

If they earned RED for the day: They did not earn play time.

This plan was so motivating to my class, that they even told me when they felt that they did not earn their badges!  How’s that for HONESTY!?  PERFECT FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT!

Friday, February 28, 2014

What Does the Fox Say?

So I came up with the idea to create the best bulletin board ever!  I had to get rid of my winter bulletin boards because I'm sick of it and very ready for spring.  Since  tomorrow starts March I was inspired by Dr. Seuss. Therefore, I created a fox in socks meets what does the fox say bulletin board! 

First, I drew Fox in Socks! 

Then I had my class create foxes and thought of two rhyming words to put on the fox socks!

I also created a clothesline that is hanging pairs of rhyming socks! 

Result = the best bulletin board ever!

My kids love this craft year after year! This year I created a different bulletin board! 

Get your Fox in Socks Craftivity template HERE! Also come with rhyming worksheets for extra practice!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

100 Days of School = 100 Days of Fun!!

We just celebrated our 100th day and boy was it fun!  My kindergarten class was so excited to have been in school for 100 days!  

( writing our name as many times as we can in 100 seconds)

Prior to the 100th day, each student and their families created their own 100 day posters at home.  Students creatively pasted 100 objects on posters to create their 100th day display.  Our displays ranged from 100 pom-poms to create a minion, 100 Swedish fish to create the Superman symbol, and a completed 100 piece puzzle. 

On the 100th day, our class completed many different activities to celebrate including: taking 100 steps around the school, counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's to 100, writing their name as many times as they could in 100 seconds, and transforming their faces to 100 year old faces.  

The class also enjoyed 100th day cupcakes, sang 100th day songs, and read 100th day books.   Overall, students practiced counting to 100 many times throughout the day and enjoyed celebrating their first 100 days in kindergarten! 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Mailboxes

As an assignment, I asked my kindergarteners to create a mailbox to house their cards and goodies they would receive on valentines day! They did a fabulous job! 

Here are just 2 that were made :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I love you to pieces

Check out this Super simple Valentine activity FREEBIE!!!

Just print sheet and have students rip paper to fill the heart. That's it!

Sight Word Spinner Game

Today I introduced my class to my new TPT product and it was a HUGE success! 

Students practiced their sight words by play the sight word spinner game. Each student recieved a spinner sheet, a paper clip, and a graph sheet.  Students placed the paper clip around the tip of a pencil to create a spinner. The kids spun the paper clip and landed on one of the 6 sight words.  Students then read the word they spun and colored a block on the bar graph sheet for that word. The game continued until one column was filled. 

We played this game during center time and my kindergarteners did a FABULOUS job playing independently!

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This set includes ALL 50 dolce primer and pre-primer words!!

O is for Olympics!

This week in our kindergarten class we are learning about the letter O. What better timing than to learn about the letter O during the Olympics?! 

As part of our craft, I had students rip paper to make the rings (the o's) that represent the Olympics. The students had a blast making this craft!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hershey kiss Valentine Project

Need a cute gift for Valentine's day? Here's a super simple craft I did with my class.  

First, I had my students cut out Hershey Kiss shaped card stock. 

Next, the students glued the card stock to a piece of tin foil and folded the extra tinfoil over the back. 

Then, we added googly eyes, a mouth, arms, legs, and a heart with the students name. 

Lastly, I bought heart bags from the dollar store and 2 bags of Hershey kisses. I stapled the bag on to the back of each craft on the two bottom corners and one staple at the top.  I added about 11 Hershey kisses to each bag since I have 22 students. 

That's it! A simple, cute, and inexpensive craft for Valentine's Day!  Please follow my blog and my TPT account for other cute ideas.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Waddle into the New Year

This is my January bulletin board. I forgot to post it!

The middle penguin is made from black and white handprints cut out. It gives a cool 3D effect. Around are penguins we made. Each student named and described their penguin. 

Getting Ready For Valentine's Day?

Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day? So am I!  I created some cute Valentine's Day items to make your classroom fun and exciting!

I love you to pieces free activity
I Love You To PIECES.  Cut and rip activity 

February Calendar Numbers 
February Calendar Numbers

Will You Be My Valentine Emergent Reader
Will You Be My Valentine? Emergent Reader 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Caddy using Duct Tape

This is a great way to repurpose a can or bottle holder that you would normally throw away! 

I started with a Stewarts root beer caddy!   All I did was get creative and cover it with pretty duct tape! So simple! The duct tape makes it stronger and it is perfect for holding all sorts of things. 

I have used it in my classroom and I even made one to use on my dresser. It holds my contact solution, hairspray, hair brush, and perfume! Super cute way to stay organized!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Shutterfly and teaching

I have recently started uploading the pictures I take of my class to shutterfly!  I found out that this is one of the parents favorite things, and mine as well. 

With shutterfly I am able to display to the parents what their child is doing in class each day!  I created a share site to share all of the class photos with any parent that wants to view it.  I am also able to keep it locked, so only the e-mail addresses I invite are able to have access to the share site. 

Parents love it because they get to see their child I'm action.  Parents have even told me that they order some of the pictures off the site, as well as have created first year of kindergarten books for their child!

What an exciting thing I have found!  If you are a teacher you should definitely try it out!