Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So when I planned teaching about March weather I didn't plan March would not only come in like a lion, but go out like one as well. It's still below 30 degrees people!!!!

But Spring is still arriving tomorrow and we need to finish up our lion/lamb unit. 

 Here's our messy (no time for neatness!) lamb brainstorm...
 ....and our lambs with lamb ideas on them....this one says "lambs are good for making sweaters" haha!!
 And this one says, "They are not great house pets." LOVE IT!
And then theres this little lamb with a lamb beard :o)

There you have it folks...lions and lambs galore.  Now if only Spring would actually come! :o)
Did anyone else use the lion/lamb unit on TPT? Get it here. How did you use it?
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Pat's

We found the gold, we found the gold!!

After a week of fun-filled Leprechaun math and literacy centers, Lucky Charms Graphing, rainbow experiments, and more, we capped it off with a visit from a leprechaun!

Look at what that tricky lil guy did...he painted his shoes and left green and gold footprints all over our room! And he didn't even leave us REAL gold  -  only the chocolate stuff.
It was definitely a fun filled week! Now only one more until Spring Break! :o)

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Friday, March 15, 2013

We all know that at the end of a rainbow is where the leprechauns keep their pot of gold.  But...what is a rainbow? On Wednesday, we brainstormed what we knew about rainbows and then created our own!

Funny thing is....although the experiment wasn't a total fail, I used gel food coloring instead of water-based and it didn't to ally turn out as expected....but oh well!

 Here are some of our responses and illustrations  - I love how each child had something unique to say about 3 colors and water.:o)

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Last week, we celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading his numerous books, working on our own rhyming skills, and crafting projects that linked our knowledge of Dr. Seuss's work with our learning.

After reading Green Eggs and Ham, we talked about persuasion and how Sam-I-Am was being persuasive. Then I broke out the green eggs to taste-test and the real persuasion began! Just kidding, the kids who wanted to try to green eggs did, and those who didn't were pretty disgusted by the whole thing. It was cute!

Next, we looked back at the prediction chart and compared it to who really like green eggs. Then we graphed who liked and didn't like the green eggs and draw a picture of our own green eggs! 

A few days later, we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and did some goldfish graphing.  I know it seems like all we do is eat - but I swear it's not! :o)

 We sorted out our colored goldfish and graphed them then wrote which had the most or the least.

Dr. Seuss has created some wonderful resources for teachers, parents, and kids.  He makes reading exciting, interactive, and helps young readers develop rhyming and patterning skills. We love Dr. Seuss!  Visit Seussville for more!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Super Vowels!

I am soo excited about this! Two weeks ago we started talking about the silent e and I thought I was totally cool for making it into a super hero - as in, the silent "e" gives all its powers to the other vowel so the other vowel can say its name.

Well, it turns out I wasn't the only one to think of that!! Yes!! Here's a video from Mark D. Pencil (I Can Count to 100) about Super E!

Can you tell I am thrilled?

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lions and Lambs and March Weather

And here we are already in March...What? I can't believe it!

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb ... but making that connection is difficult for many kindergarteners, so starting Friday and into next week, we are going to deconstruct that saying, learn about lions and lambs and then apply it back to why March is like a lion and a lamb... WHOA!

Sounds like a lot, I know, but you would be amazed what my little sweeties can come up with when they have help making connections.'

We started with a whole group brainstorm - we had to teach our Title 1 teacher what a lion was, because she had NEVER see one before ;o) ...and I was going to post the brainstorm, but my board eraser did her job too quickly! 

So, after the brainstorm, we used made lions and added some of their traits the lion mane so that other people could learn too...

The kids could pick whether to just color in a lion face or make his/her own and if he/she wanted to use lined papers to write or write right on the mane.

How cute! I thought they did a FABULOUS job and I am always SO excited when each child really takes ownership of the project, which they all did!

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