Friday, October 31, 2014

Five for Friday

     I created this ADORABLE turkey beginning sound activity and got an early start on Thanksgiving. My K5ers are already loving it! Just watch the video. The best part is the Turkey dance at the end! I am already working on the number Catch a Turkey game and I have a Catch a Turkey Sight Word FREEBIE coming soon! 

Click here to watch the video! 

      We took a field trip to the Woman's Exchange and made it out without breaking anything!!!! Success! 

We took another field trip for story hour at the library! We got to read, sing, dance, and craft! All of our favorite things in one FREE field trip!!!
(Gotta love that face! Monster Stew wasn't sounding too good to this little one!) 

We dressed up as a class for Halloween! We were Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! 

We had a blast at our Fall Party with our WONDERFUL prayer partners! We made it through Halloween Friday without any major setbacks! One K5er did manage to get icing in his shoe during the party though. Gotta love it!  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Skeleton Book, Snack, and Freebie!

     I'm linking up once again for Book Talk Tuesday! And yes, I have been doing a lot of class snacks lately. I don't know what got into me?!?! But this one was so easy I couldn't resist! Yesterday, my students read both Dem Bones, an excellent sing along, and Skeleton Hiccups. These are great books to incorporate when teaching your students about the skeletal system. 

      The Skeleton Inside You  is another favorite of mine for teaching about the skeletal system, but we haven't had time to fit this one into our busy schedule yet. 

     We DID take the time to learn the Dr. Jean song Macarena Bones. I have a feeling my kids are going to be saying "Kiss Your Cranium" for a while! They were crazy about that part! Such a fun song to get kids moving and learning at the same time. I also found an idea for teaching the importance of the skeletal system from acuppaformomma and decided to try it with my class! I used a rubber glove to illustrate what our hands would be like with no bones - floppy, impossible to raise, and not very useful!

     Next, we inserted a flexi straw into each finger of the glove! We observed how we could now raise the hand and discussed how the straws gave it "structure." We bent the straws and talked about how our joints allow us to bend and move in different ways! 

We finished with a simple snack - Cheetos Bag of Bones! The K5ers loved putting together the skeleton! 

Here is a freebie you can tie in as well - just click on the pic to find it in my TPT shop! Thanks for stopping by!

Skeleton Puzzles FREEBIE

Don't forget to check out my Trick or Treat CCSS Math and Literacy Centers... on sale for just $2!!! Happy Halloween! 

Red Ribbon Week Freebie!

      This week our school is participating in Red Ribbon Week by educating students about the dangers of drugs and encouraging them to JUST SAY NO! Every day this week a different grade level is performing a short anti-drug song or poem in front of the school. Today it was kindergarten's turn! We performed this color poem written by the K4 teacher. It was too cute! Each student was assigned one line to say and held up a sign to go with it. You can download the poem and matching signs by clicking the picture below! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spider Sandwiches

     I just had to stop and share this NASTY book that kept my kiddos rolling last week! Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman (author of Dinosaurs Love Underpants)  is a book about a monster named Max who eats the grossest things you have heard of. SERIOUSLY. Cock roach chowder. Toe nail soup. It doesn't get grosser than that! 

    This book contains lots of rhyming words and is perfect for the Halloween season, especially if you teach a monster unit! After reading with my kiddos we had a simple snack to go along with it! Worms in mud. I nixed the typical Oreo crumbles and kept it simple to save me time and money. Nothing wrong with doing things the easy way y'all. My kiddos LOVED it! Some of them were a little bit skeptical... they couldn't decide if I was actually feeding them real mud or not!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five for Friday!

This week has been FULL of excitement for myself and my kiddos! SO hard to find just five things to post! 

    BIG NEWS! I received a new student in my classroom who has NEVER been to school before. This is a MAJOR change. Eleven of my now 13 students went to K4 and started school this year already reading! My new student has not yet learned his colors. We do not have any pull out programs at my school, we do not have any specials, and I do not have an aide. I am solely responsible for my kiddos from 7 to 3. I could really use some tips for differentiation and management here y'all!!

I am absolutely LOVING my teacher table activities this week. My students have been working on phoneme segmentation with these adorable treat baskets! 

     We have also been working on counting words in sentences and recognizing that words are separated by spaces in print. I created this spider activity to help out with this! 

     Originally, I created this for independent use during literacy center time, but I pulled it into my small group instruction as a part of intervention. This student was echo reading the sentences and practicing tracking text at the same time! This was a huge help for her because she is struggling with tracking from left to right, a common problem in my classroom since many of my students come from Arabic speaking families! 

     We finished working in our AMAZING spider centers for literacy and math! These were a hit and so helpful with some of the skills my students really needed extra hep with! 

     Every year I throw a surprise "Spider Day" for my students that is ALWAYS a hit! Everything we do on this day is 100% spider themed. We study spiders, create spider crafts, and wrap the day up at Miss Spider's Tea Party.  I will be posting more about this shortly, but here is a sneak peek at what our day was like this year! 

     We have already started gearing up with Halloween centers. These centers will be wrapped up at the end of next week! 

Check them out!