Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Then we had our first "Think-Pair-Share". The students were paired up with the person sitting next to them, and they were instructed to tell their neighbor what they know about 9/11. This gives everyone a chance to talk (which is what they love!), and promotes social skills.
This activity led us into our week of safety lessons.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Then they had to match the uppercase magnetic letter in their hand to its lowercase letter on the easel.
Next, we investigated a REAL coconut! We passed it around the circle so we could each use our eyes, hands, and noses to check out this beauty.
I cracked open the coconut (I had never done this before!), and we all got to taste the milk. We were surprised that it wasn't white - it was clear. Some of us predicted it would taste like water - of course we were a little surprised when we found out it is very sweet! Since I was doing the cracking, pouring, and passing out the milk, I didn't get a picture of this activity. :-(
Then we used our magnifying glasses to investigate shredded coconut. This lesson was really just an introduction to using our tools properly and safely. But we had fun!
Then we sorted bandaids. My only problem with this activity was that I didn't have enough different bandaids. I only had three colors, so it was too easy. So now I know that I need to start stocking up on different shapes, sizes, and styles of bandaids for next year. :-)
Finally, we made Chicka Tree Glyphs using the letters of our names. Girls have pink paper, boys have orange paper, and the number of coconuts = the number of siblings the student has. Enjoy!
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Saturday, September 3, 2011
In between all of this fun, there were MANY bathroom breaks, recesses, and drinking fountain breaks ... oh, and Daily 5 Read to Self - we're up to 5 minutes already! But I'm getting a new student on Tuesday, so we'll have to drop back to 3 minutes for a couple of days and work our way back up.
Next week is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - another of my favorites!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Today we started a week of activities surrounding the favorite book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I love reviewing colors and introducing the kids to characteristics of print. Of course we talked about the cover, title, author, and illustrator, and today we read the book for enjoyment. The rest of the week we will read for a purpose - looking for "popcorn" words, comparing different versions of the story, and acting out the story. We will also tie in math and science wherever possible. We did a math sorting and graphing activity today using gummy bears.
First we sorted them by color:
Then we graphed our gummy bears:
After we talked about our graphs, we got to eat our gummy bears! Mmmmmm...
I created the sorting and graphing sheets the kids used. If you would like them, here they are:
Gummy Bear Sort Sheet
Gummy Bear Graph Sheet
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Oversized Coloring Pads (to use for tracing animals, since I can't draw!), dinosaur skeletons, frog glowstick (to use as a pointer), palm tree bulletin board accents, crayola color books for independent reading
Shark, flamingo, and monkey hats for acting out stories, a bubble wand pointer, simple board books for independent reading, several packages of sight word cards, palm tree drink stirrers for pointers, star-shaped ice cube trays to use as ten-frames, rubber placemats to cut down on dice noise
A basket and glass beads to hold large pointers, popcorn bags to decorate our popcorn word board
Several books for independent and theme reading
Divided trays for sorting and community supplies, magnetic art for a fine motor activity, flashcards for math and literacy stations, police and firefighter guys for manipulatives, ice cream bowls for a fine motor activity (spooning pompoms)
Tiki ice cube trays for ten-frames, ice cream cone dishes for "sharp" and "needs to be sharpened" pencils, popcorn bowls for a literacy game, dinosaur hats for acting out stories