Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Tree Named HAPPY! :)

We will be studying trees throughout the year in Science. 

We have read many great fiction and non-fiction tree books, including this one...

We decided we needed a tree like Steve...

We walked around the school grounds until we found "our tree". The students all agreed that this tree would be a great one to observe throughout the year, learn about, read under, and make special memories with ... just like Steve.

The students decided to name our tree Happy! :):):)

 We will draw our tree throughout the year in our science notebooks.

We also did bark rubbings ...

and drew the tree again, learned about the different parts and labeled them. 

Looking forward to learning more about happy! :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FUN GAMES for Alphabet Practice

I created this ALPHABET GLOG for my students.
It is a collection of MANY great online games for students to practice letter names and letter sounds. 

You can find many great links to fun websites across the curriculum by clicking HERE or by visiting the Kindergarten Corner tab near the top of the blog.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Celebrating Growing Readers and Writers

It is so important to take a little time to celebrate the hard work that students put in everyday. 
Last Friday we had 2 (!!!!!) celebrations to celebrate our growth in reading and writing!!

My book lovers club members have been hard at work during reader's workshop. 

We've learned:
how to take of books
parts of a book
the 3 ways to read a book
why practicing reading is so important
finding good fit books
and what being a book lover is all about.

We decided to have a Book Lovers Bash to celebrate all of this growth.
Students brought in their favorite books to share with other members. They had discussions at their tables about WHY the book they chose is so great and why it is so special to them. 

We also had a special guest reader join us
Mr. Weber read If You Take a Mouse to School and Knuffle Bunny!

He also shared that WE INSPIRED his daughter to start a book lovers club in her neighborhood!!

Way to go book lovers!

We spent the rest of our bash relaxing and reading. 

In the afternoon parents joined us for a Writing Celebration. We celebrated pigeon style with a Hot Dog Party. :)

Here are some fun pics from our celebration:

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Check out THIS POST to see all of the things we have been doing in writer's workshop leading up to this celebration! 

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Here are the 2 resources I created for these first units in Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Ten Timid Ghosts {halloween/ghost literacy and math activities}

I can't wait to introduce my class to my Ten Timid Ghosts this week! 
My students LOVED this book/activity pack last year...

Grab this super fun Ten Timid Ghosts pack at my TpT store for fun ghost math and literacy activities.

The activities are based on this book:

and are tied to the Math and ELA Common Core Standards. 

Included in the pack:

small and large retelling cards with characters
character name & picture cards for matching
ghostly ten frames
number and quantity matching cards
subtraction sentence cards to act out story

Super fun for October centers.

 Click HERE to see how we used it last year and HERE to check it out on TpT.