Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Owl Research - Fact Books

My kindergarten friends are doing GREAT with their owl research. We have already learned so many new things...

We've been getting a lot of our information from Gail Gibbons' book: Owls.
SO many great facts and text features. 

(we are still adding to this...)

We are recording our new information in our
 Owl Fact Books:

We did a guided drawing for the owl... 
then labeled the body parts together.

Each day we have picked one important fact to write together... then we discuss the different ways that non-fiction writers/illustrators might choose to connect the picture with the text. 
Love all of their creative ideas!

We all {love} these owl books and will continue working on them after Spring Break. 

Mariana: Mrs. Rider, would you fall over if you met Gail Gibbons?? 
Ryan: Yes, but she'd REALLY fall over flat if she met an owl!!!

ha ha ha!!

The owl fact book idea came from Mrs. Jump's blog.
Check out her owl post below:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Whoooo loves these owls?? I do!!

Our Watercolor Owls:


We made these by doing a guided pencil drawing on 18x24 Watercolor paper, adding realistic details with crayons, and finished with liquid watercolor. 

Click here to find the steps we used when drawing our owls. 

I love the way they turned out!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Crayon Resist Owls

I am having SO MUCH FUN with my owl theme!

Yesterday we read this:

and then made these:


So much more owl stuff to come!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Classroom Library Linky Party

I love children's literature and passing along the "literacy love" to my kindergarten friends...
 and to my own children.

I buy a ridiculous amount of books each month... many of which I need to drop directly at school after shopping so that I avoid the "do you REALLY need MORE books" conversation with my husband! ; )

I need some INSPIRATION for my classroom library... making it more organized and purposeful for the students... 

One of my favorite treasures of my reading corner is this gorgeous bookcase that my husband built for me:

I just LOVE that the books really get to shine! : )
The books on this shelf are always changing with the theme. 

This idea came from Ann Marie Corgill. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at Lakota Literacy View... and reading her book, of Primary Importance. 

PEEK at her classroom HERE!

Here is the rest of my library/reading corner:
(where I need HELP!!)

Do you keep you library set up all year or change baskets as the year goes on?
Do you use the library area for "shopping" for books... and another space for the reading corner. 

favorites are housed in the baskets and on the white shelf

leveled readers (students select take home books from these baskets)

I would *LOVE* to have you all join me in sharing pictures of your reading corner. 

Share your favorite parts, explain how you organize, show ways you've made it special or "cozy" or.... use your post to ask others for advice.

I CAN'T WAIT to see YOUR reading corners/classroom libraries!!!! 

Let's Link Up!