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.