Tuesday, August 9

Summer Olympics

With the Summer Olympics going on my school is doing a "Go for the Gold" theme this school year. I plan to have this out for morning work on the first day of school. Click the picture to grab your free copy.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gold-Medal-Year-Coloring-Sheet-2721156
In May we learned all about famous Olympic athletes and started writing biographies.

We compared the Summer Olympics to the Winter Olympics using a Venn diagram.

We brainstormed words that describe Olympians and made list poems. They illustrated with their favorite Olympic sport.



My Olympic unit has been updated for the Rio Summer Olympics. Check it out on TPT.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Olympic-Unit-247978

Sunday, May 15

Aliens directed drawing

We just wrapped up our space unit. We learned all about the moon, stars, planets, and astronauts. On the last day we had some alien fun. After reading Aliens Love Underpants and Aliens in Underpants Save the World, we brainstormed a list of words that describe aliens.
Here is our bubble map of alien adjectives. The alien clip art came from Deanna Jump's alien unit.
We used our anchor chart to help us write alien list poems.

I am in love with how cute this alien directed drawing turned out. After drawing the alien they used a black crayon to outline and painted with water colors.




We also made a class book patterned after the book, Aliens Love Underpants.

For more ideas check out my space unit on TPT.


Thursday, July 16

The teaching interview

I recently accepted a job in Dallas teaching kindergarten! To get ready for my interview I made a teaching portfolio. Even if the interviewer doesn't ask to see the portfolio, you can use it as a resource when asked various questions. I filled the pages of my portfolio with all of the things that I have accomplished as a teacher. You can add student work samples, worksheets, parent notes, assessments, etc.
(just a few of the pages I put in my portfolio)
Your portfolio should give the principal a clear picture of what you can bring to the school. They should be able to imagine you and your classroom in their school.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-get-your-first-teaching-job-1956903
(click the picture to view product)
If you happen to be getting ready for an interview and need a little help I put together a unit with lots of tips to get you prepared. Like what to wear to you teaching interview! Most importantly it includes 87 of the most common questions asked during a teaching interview.

Saturday, May 23

plants and bugs

Late April we began our study on plants and soil. I like to start a unit of study by charting what we wonder about. I had the kids write what they wonder about on a vegetable. I took all the vegetables and made a veggie garden.
Here is our wonder wall!
We read Dirt: The Scoop on Soil and then explored soil with cute gardening tools from the Target dollar spot and hand lenses.

Then it was onto insects. I ordered live caterpillar larva from Amazon so we could observe the life cycle of a butterfly. We watched the caterpillars grow and change into butterflies.
http://www.amazon.com/Insect-Lore-Live-Butterfly-Garden/dp/B00000ISC5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432177072&sr=8-1&keywords=butterfly+kits+with+live+caterpillars
 We recorded our observations here. I just added this to my insect unit. You can get it here.
I also got this from Insect Lore on Amazon. They are figures that show how butterflies grow and change. I also made a mini unit to go along with this. You can find it here.
I added this to one of my morning tubs. The kids get to read a book on the butterfly life cycle. Then they get to build the life cycle using a mini anchor chart and the life cycle stages pieces. Then they get to make a mini butterfly life cycle book.
 I made one for ladybugs as well. You can find it here.
Building the ladybug life cycle
Ladybug life cycle mini book

Tuesday, May 5

weather

I just made my countdown to summer. We have 16 days left until summer fun! I am amazed every year how fast it goes. In April I taught my weather unit.  We made a tornado in a bottle! All you need is a tornado tube like this one from Amazon. I also added a couple of drops of food coloring and glitter. The kids got to create a vortex by twirling and swirling the bottle.
 
When we start a new unit of inquiry we ask questions and find the answers in non fiction books. Here is our wonder wall for our weather unit.
I made these cloud people a while ago from Babbling Abby. I use them every year. After reading and finding out cool facts the kids jotted down their new learning on sticky notes and added it to the different clouds.



We had to brainstorm what Earth would be like if there were no clouds.

Sunday, April 26

Rhyming

We have been having a lot of fun rhyming lately! Here of some of the things I do to help kids learn how to rhyme.

 I found these adorable white boards in the Target dollar spot. I made a bunch of these rhyming cards to be used in our word work station. The kids pick a card and then rhyme words that end in -an. Adding the white boards make it extra fun!
Here are some fun rhyming songs on YouTube.
 
 
You can find all of the activities in my new rhyming unit on TPT.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Rhyme-1830541

Wednesday, March 4

dental health

We made it to March! We are so close to spring break! We wrapped up February with some dental health fun. I used this unit to teach my kids about dental health. I added a few more extras. So if you already have this unit be sure and go download the unit again.
 
In our science journals we recorded four ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy. We talked about brushing, flossing, rinsing, and going to the dentist.
 
Then we spent some time learning all about the dentist. We read this book and then made a circle map to help us organize all of our new learning.
We did a fun science experiment to help us learn that gas has mass and takes up space.  To help the kids visualize gas taking up space I gave each child a balloon and told them to blow into the balloon three times.
Here is what we learned. You can grab this simple science experiment from my all about heat unit.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Heat-Energy-1624082

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/All-About-Heat-Energy-1624082

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