Christmas Ornament Part, Part, Whole

Saturday, December 22, 2012 No comments
We did this little part, part, whole and fact family activity before the break.  I purchased a package of large multi colored sequins at Hobby Lobby and gave each child two colors (making sure to give each child different amounts.)  They glued them on their Christmas tree and then filled in their recording sheet.


You can grab yourself a copy of the worksheet and tree pattern by clicking on the picture above.

Santa Apple & Parent Gift

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 No comments
Today we made our Santa apples and the kids loved it!  One little girl told me it was "the best day ever!"  It is amazing to me how sometimes the smallest things we do make the biggest impact.
The students took their parent gifts home today.  I hope none were broken on the way home.
To the teachers, students, and first responders in CT - You are all HEROS!  Many prayers for you and your families!

4 Seasons {Poetry}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 No comments
Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall
Which is best?
We like them all!
  I had my students pick a season and write a cinquain poem about the season they chose.  All my students chose winter except for two and those two chose summer.  Go figure.
freezing, bright, white
sledding, playing, snowing
It is freezing outside.

hot, blazing, fun
swimming, playing, fishing
It is hot outside.

snow, cold, freezing
throwing, playing, skating
It is freezing outside.
hot, pink, fun
swimming, cooking, playing
It is hot outside.

Countdown to Santa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 No comments
Here is a picture of our Countdown Santa.  I have my students put a cotton ball on whatever day in December it is and when we get to 25 -  SANTA!  (When we leave for break, I send enough cotton balls home in a baggie with each of my sweeties so they can finish it at home.)
Here is a picture of our art center this week:

The kids loved using the hole punch!  You would have thought I was passing out $100 bills!

Zebras, Leopards and Gingerbread Graph

Monday, December 10, 2012 2 comments
We've been busy learning about zebras and leopards this past week.  It goes along with our story for the week - "How Leopard Got His Spots." 

We wrote about zebras:

We did a Venn diagram comparing leopards and zebras and then the students had to use their Venn diagram to write a sentence telling how zebras and leopards are the same and how they are different:

Here is one of my kiddos doing the "Spin a Character" center that you can grab for yourself for free by clicking on the picture below:
We did get in one or two Christmas activities as well.  I read several versions of "The Gingerbread Man" and we did several activites with that.  One of the favorite activities was the gingerbread/snowman marshmallow graph:
If you are interested in doing this with your kids, then you need these two packages of marshmallows:

 and then you need to grab yourself a copy of the graph by clicking on the picture below.