Thursday, December 30, 2010

Penguin Unit!

I just posted my penguin unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. 
Get it while you can still use the 15% off promo code.   Use promo code C2N5Y now through January 2nd.
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Have fun learning all about Penguins while teaching a variety of literacy and math skills. This unit includes an original story, a full color hands-on literacy center with recording sheet, Directions and page templates for creating a nonfiction book about Penguins, full color pictures of chart ideas, a bubble map, double bubble map, tree map and brace map. Directions and data analysis sheets for creating a penguin glyph. A fun hands on math activity that teaches about fair shares. A blubber glove science experiment and recording sheet. Fiction and nonfiction recording sheets and more!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Snowman Math and Literacy Fun!



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This unit is PACKED full of 16 fun reading, math and writing activities! 
Some of the activities included in this unit are:

An original story written by me.

Picture and sentence phrase cards for your students to rebuild the story in a pocket chart or on the floor.
This is a great center activity.

The sounds of /ow/ word sort.  The students will sort the words on the sorting mats and then record them on the recording sheet.  This is a great activity to help your little ones learn to use cross checking by reading all the way through a word and flipping the sound if it doesn't sound right. 

A step by step How to Build a Snowman book.  Your students will love building their own snowman as they make this adorable book. 

                                    If I Lived in a Snowglobe Creative writing activity and art project.
                               Includes patterns, wrtiting template, and a header for your
                                                           bulletin board display.

There are many other activities included in this unit!  A snowman math game, a measuring with snowflakes activity, snowman math manipulatives and journal prompts,  and more!
You can purchase the unit by clicking on the link below.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gingerbread Play, Nutcrackers, Elfs and Ornaments!

My class performed, The Gingerbread Man which is an awesome play written by Heidi Butkus.  It is the perfect play for young kids.  The songs are easy to learn and the play is so stinking cute! I LOVE it!
Heidi also has other plays that are awesome.  She has The Mitten and The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog. 
We are going to perform The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog in the spring.  I have never been able to find plays that are more appropriate for young kids.  I can't say enough about them! http://www.heidisongs.com/
I can't show pictures of my little sweeties but I thought I'd share pictures of our props and costumes.

This is the stage.  Our props include an oven, a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to stand on and a Gingerbread House.  On each side of the Gingerbread House you can see the Christmas Tree costumes.  These costumes have to be put on once everyone is on stage and in place because they are too cumbersome to walk in.


This is our oven.  I love the "Dr. Seussical" Look

This is what it looks like when you open the oven doors.  The inside is painted black and the back of the oven is a black curtain.  The inside is large enough for our gingerbread girl to hide inside.
The little boy and girl put this "cookie" inside the oven and close the doors.  Once the doors close the Gingerbread girl who is hiding behind the oven lifts up the curtain, removes the cookie and sneaks inside.  Imagine the audiences surprise when the little boy and little girl open the oven and the Gingerbread Girl jumps out!

This is the costume that the Gingerbread Girl wears.

                                                                This is the fox costume.
This is the costume for the little pigs.  (we added this character to the play)

This is the costume for the bears.

This is the costume for the little girl.

This is the costume for the Christmas Tree.

The characters also include a little boy, old woman, old man and farmers. 
I didn't take pictures of their costumes for some reason.  :(

                                          Our lolipop and peppermint Christmas tree for the stage.


A close up of one of the lollipops.  The kids made these by painting chinette plates and adding glitter.
We then added a paint stick, cellophane and ribbon.



A close up of the letters.  These were made using styrofoam board, paint and glitter.


That's it for the play!

Here are some things we did in our classroom.  We made elves and wrote Elf To-Do lists.



Cute Santas made from shapes.  The face is a small paper plate.


We did a directed drawing of a nutcracker and then measured them with pattern blocks.



                                          We made all of these ornaments in small group rotations.

                                                 Santa ornaments made with our handprints.




Reindeer ornaments using our thumbprints.


Monogrammed ornaments.  The kids painted polka dots using a paint pen and then I added a sticker for their name.


Snowman ornaments.  We added little styrofoam balls to the inside of the balls and then the kids used a paint pen to add the snowman face.  They chose the color for their earmuffs and then we hot glued them on.  These turned out so cute!




These balls turn out beautiful.  The picture does not to do them justice.  To make these balls you need several different colors of glitter, tacky glue (that isn't water proof), a medicine cup and a microwave.
Add some glue to the medicine cup and heat it for 7 seconds.  Add a little bit of water to thin the glue and pour it into the glass ornaments (this should be enough for two ornaments).  Have the kids swirl the glue around to coat the inside of the ornament.  Then, have them choose 2 or 3 colors of glitter.  Add the glitter and then have them swirl it around until the entire inside of the ornament is covered.  Add the top and voila!



I'm working on my Snowman unit and my Penguin unit and I hope to have them posted to Teachers Pay Teachers by Tuesday!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread Man!

We read different versions of the Gingerbread Man and discussed the similarities and differences in the stories.  This is one of the anchor charts we made.


After reading the first story I asked them what the Gingerbread Man could have done differently.  They came up with some really good answers.  Some examples were, "He could have ran around the river,"  "He could have ran back the way he came and went under their legs."  and "He should have just swam across the river by himself!"   The last answer is the one I always hope one of the Kindies will say because it leads right into our Science Experiement.  The kids make a hypothesis about what they think would have happened to the Gingerbread Man if he had swam across by himself.  Then, we put a gman cookie in a little tub of water to observe and record what happens.   (I forgot to take a picture).

Gingerbread Man Pie Chart


 We took a bite of our gingerbread man cookie and made a pie graph to show which part we bit first.
The directions, recording sheets and colorful words are included in my Gingerbread Man packet which can be found here.


Gingerbread Man Literature and Math Journal


In our response journals we drew pictures and wrote about the ending of the stories.




This is one of our Math Word problems.  I read the problem to the kids and then they have a go at it.  Afterwards, we work the problem together and discuss all of the different strategies that they used to solve the problem. 
It says,  I made six cookies.  I want to share them with two of my friends.  How can we share them equally? 

This shows one of the charts.  Some of the kids counted by 1's, some counted by 3's and some of them counted on from 3 to solve the problem.

 This is one of our Literacy centers.  We sorted gingerbread man cookies into the cookie jars based on the number of syllables.  Then, they made a syllable flip book to record their learning.

This is an emergent reader I wrote for our unit.  Our focus words are he, she.  The girls wrote the word she and the boys wrote the word he.  This isn't included in my Gingerbread Man unit because I used Djinkers clipart.  But I've included here as a free download.




We have been working on the Chunky Monkey strategy to help us when we are reading unknown words.  We circled all of the popcorn words that we found in the Gingerbread book and we underlined all of the chunks that we know.



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