October 29, 2014

Nocturnal Animals

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071I keep promising myself  I will catch up soon...
I will...
I will...
well, I WILL try.

Does that count?
Here are some activities we worked on last week from my Nocturnal Animals pack.
And I know we all need a few activities to help us out on the Halloween homestretch. 

We sorted the Nocturnal Animals 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071 

and Diurnal Animals on our pocket chart.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071
Once we sorted these animals, 
we talked about what MAKES nocturnal animals great at staying awake at night.

Then we played a game...
One student collected just the nocturnal animal cards and held them.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071
 Another student wore the headband...
{You can also use a sentence strip with a paperclip...}

So... here I am with the headband on and my eyes closed.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071
They place a card in the headband.
But I don't know what it is.

The class knows... but I do not.
So, I have to ask the class YES OR NO questions 
to figure out what nocturnal animal I have.

HOW MUCH FUN WAS THIS??
No WORDS... 
and we might STILL be playing it.

Completing this sort activity was so easy after we played this game.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071

This is a syllable sorting activity we completed.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071
 There is also a printable version {that is included in this pack}
we used in Daily 5 to review these activities.

Another activity we we did was identify the nocturnal and diurnal animals in the pictures... 
looking for the sun or the moon in each picture.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071

Sooo...
I hope this helps you make the next few days meaningful and FUN!
I know my class 
love
 love 
loved it. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-and-Diurnal-Animals-Print-Play-Pack-1498071

October 27, 2014

Teaching Trick or Treat with Freebielious

Fall is in the air...
And those little wonderfuls you love so much are excited to Trick or Treat for candy...
But what about YOU?
How do you feel about some "Tip" or Treating with Freebielious?
{Meaning we will give you some tips to use in your classroom and a freebie.}


That's right - I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some 
teaching tricks and special free treats for you!  

I am going to share with you some Halloween classroom party ideas...
just in case you are permitted to have them, of course.

I invite any and all parents who want to come to join us.
I open up all our centers like we normally would do, 
but each center is a FUN Halloween themed activity... just for that day.

Each parents mans a center and we have fun!
I have all the centers ready to go for that parent so it is as easy for them as possible. 
I hope you can grab an idea or two!
One center we have each year is cookie decorating. 
You can see the plates and the ghosts cookies
We frost them with white and decorate them any way we want 
with sprinkles and orange and black frosting. 
Then we break open the juice boxes and snack away.

Another center uses those cheapo spider rings and straws.
My student design a race track...
then BLOW their spiders across the track to see who wins.
Ummm... yes, they love this game.
No, we don't share straws.
{Can I count this as a STEM activity??}

 We also do the M&M graph...
I mean...
I LOVE it and so do they.
Who am I to say no to it???

 And we also have TP ghost bowling...
I take the cheapo school rolls and add construction paper faces. 
We take a small round pumpkin and bowl away.
{I make a start line with masking tape and 
I put masking tape X's under the TP rolls' places to help my kinders reset the "pins."

Does the pumpkin end up getting smash?
YES
But how much fun is this???


And my treat for all of you involves a book I absolutely LOVE...
http://www.amazon.com/Too-Many-Pumpkins-Linda-White/dp/0823413209/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=sharinkinder-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=STOU42Q3AIQK3LIK&creativeASIN=0823413209
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.

After reading this book, 
we play this reading comprehension game together.
You can click on this picture
http://bit.ly/SKtoomanypumpkins
or {here} to grab this file FOR FREE!

You are getting tons of freebies today,
but what about for the rest of November?

I hope you choose to look at these FUN filled learning activities to help 
you plan and prepare for November...
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrate-Veterans-Day-393402

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Fun-Activities-398177

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/I-Know-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Pie-Literacy-360320

Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is!
You guys need to head over to Little Miss Kindergarten.

http://littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com/2014/10/trick-or-treat-freebie.html

October 25, 2014

Center Saturday

Hi guys!
How is your fall going?
I am LOVING the GA fall weather ALMOST
as much as the kids are.

And we have been BUSY.

If you follow me on Instagram
you might have seen some of these pictures...
Here we are at the local pumpkin patch, 
 
Hubs and my 5 year old like to run. 
So Spring and Fall are busy weekends for running.
Daddy took the baby out using a jogging stroller
so I had to go out for a run with S.
And I HATE running.
But man do I love her.
So I do it...
and I smile.

 We also baked some holiday treats.
This is a great way to practice our reading and math skills in the real world.
And they are good to eat.

 Okay... okay... okay...
onto actual center stuff...
right?

LAST week, we covered the Letter Ii
and we are working to make teen numbers using tens and ones.
 
Our yellow table was all about using these Bat themed ten frames to make teen numbers.
 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337
One ten frame was full and the other is empty...
so

 had to start at ten and count on to fill the next ten frame to make the teen number.
See?
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337
And remember my management trick?
I have 4 identical card sets copied onto different colors of copy paper.
Each student at that center chooses a color and gets to work.

Easy Peesy.

Orange table was this fun bat graph from a mailbox book...
We sorted the Mommy Bat pieces from the Baby Bat pieces and made a graph,
then we answered questions about that the graph. 
Check out my hard workers!!!
 
Red table was a FUN INSECT matching game.
We matched the number to the number word.

But our blue table was a hit.
We started with this...
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337
And I asked my 
to WRITE in their numbers to fill the ten frame...
like this:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337

 http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337
 Yep... we still flip numbers.
Practice makes progress.

 Our green table was a fun activity...
It is a secret code word set I made that uses QR codes to self check work!

My little ones use the code breaker sheet to write the names of the nocturnal anaimals, 
identifying numbers was the skill.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-Animals-Secret-Code-Words-938347
When they are done, they scan the code and check their work.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-Animals-Secret-Code-Words-938347

 I also included strips, which are exactly the same, 
but larger, for those who wanted to use them.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-Animals-Secret-Code-Words-938347
 Worksheet or strips...
open choice...
which all students LOVE.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-Animals-Secret-Code-Words-938347

As you can see... we had a TONof fun learning.
Here are the packs I used this week.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Nocturnal-Animals-Secret-Code-Words-938347http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Math-Unit-261337http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-Ii-Print-Play-Pack-377125

 {and ready to go with 23 minutes to spare!
THANK the LORD...
I am EXHAUSTED!
haha}

October 23, 2014

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat {Times Two}

 There Was an Old Lady Who...
http://www.amazon.com/There-Was-Old-Lady-Swallowed/dp/0439737664/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=sharinkinder-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=ZUDBYJEJ2TIBWNDY&creativeASIN=0439737664
you got it...
Swallowed a BAT!

All our students LOVE the old lady books.
 And us teachers LOVE using a great book to teach content.
Here are the sequencing cards.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772

 After we use the sequencing cards to review the book,
we use this sequencing sheet.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772
Our word wall helps student write about the book.
There are a few writing prompts to choose from.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772

We all adore the reading comprehension games!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772
 This is seriously the BEST way to review and 
reading comprehension standards.
My students RUN to this station during daily 5 time. 

In fact, the sequencing sheet is FREE by clicking
the preview button and 
downloading it from my TpT store. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772

 Here is some student examples from this pack.

Here is an example of the Listening and Following Directions activity.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772
 And here is writing in progress.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772
 And look at that writing!
I mean, I know it isn't perfect... by it is awesome effort.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bat-Literacy-264772

Primary Graffiti and I are teaming up to give away BOTH our 
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat Units.

Her unit is AWESOME...
Check it out.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-An-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-A-Bat-Sub-Tub-873734

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-An-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-A-Bat-Sub-Tub-873734

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/There-Was-An-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-A-Bat-Sub-Tub-873734

How awesome would it be to store this lesson plan away for a sick day?
 Ummm... as a mommy of two... YES PLEASE.
 How do you WIN both units?

Check out the rafflecopter below!