Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eric Carle at Kohl's

As soon as I found out that Kohl's had Eric Carle stuffed animals and books, I journeyed 45 miles to get them for my class and grand-daughter.  They have four stuffed animals and books. I already have multiple copies of The Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I bought The Mixed-Up Chameleon and stuffed animal, but passed on the tortoise. I'll probably get it later.  I have used the other books for lessons in the past. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Twas the Week Before Christmas Break

I had so many plans for our last full week of school before the Winter Break.  One day I had to go to a workshop, and we missed two days because of snow and ice.  That means we had to eliminate some of our projects.
We were working on graphing last week.  I introduced another way for collecting data with a Gingerbread Glyph.  The students had so much fun with this, we will do a snowman glyph when we go back to school.
 Although we didn't get to finish our reindeer study, we still enjoyed reading and watching Prancer.  The students received a "parting gift" of Magic Reindeer Food.
A Basket of Magic Reindeer Food and Pattern Block Reindeer (It does have a face and antlers-LOL!)
Recipes by parents and students were published to make Christmas gifts.  Pictures of the students were featured on the cover of each cookbook.  I hope the recipients will enjoy this funny and useful cookbook.
Look Out Paula Deen

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Math

As part of our reindeer unit, we filled in a reindeer picture with pattern blocks.  After filling in the picture, the students completed a graph. 
The students had fun playing Gingerbread House: Race to 50.  The activity came from a creative teacher at ProTeacher.
Students used Christmas stockings to show they could skip-count by 5. First, the students colored the stockings. Then they cut them out, and glued them to strips of green construction paper. Students were able to work together to make a banner, which showed skip-counting.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Projects

We had fun creating movies, slide shows, and display boards as part of our Thanksgiving project.  The students randomly picked Pilgrims, Indians, and Children.  Their job was to learn as much about these first Thanksgiving participants as possible.  Then they randomly picked a presentation method.  Students used xtranormal to present information about Pilgrims.  Another group of students made a slide show about Native Americans.    The final group made a display board about the chores that Pilgrim and Indian Children did.  They presented the information to the class on the last day before Thanksgiving break.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who Took The Cookies?

After reading Who Took the Cookies?, we made our own version of the book. My goal was integrate writing and math. The students drew 12 cookies in the cookie jar. They picked a card with a number from 1-12 and crossed out that many cookies. To act it out, the students took the same amount of construction paper cookies from a "cookie jar", and counted what was left. Then they were able to write a number sentence and story problem. Some students used the number words in their story problems.

 Crumb Snatcher

I assembled the book in order from 1-12. A picture of each child taking the cookies from the jar was placed on their page. I had to have it for evidence ;) The class picture was on the last page. Of course we had cookies and milk for snack.

So Tempting!

Trying to Wipe Away the Evidence

My first project was funded. I'm so excited. We can't wait to use our new 4-position listening center.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Smile Box Cricut

I started a group on ProTeacher for Cricut in the Classroom. The only way to share photos is to create a link. I wanted to share here also.

At the time that the pictures were taken, I didn't have the zippered plastic bags or the goals on the bulletin board. I hope you can get the idea.