Monday, June 1, 2015

A New Classroom, A New Grade...I'm Moving to Kindergarten!

After 9 years in the same room teaching 1st grade, I am switching rooms and grades! I will be teaching Kindergarten!  I thought it would be fun to blog about the process through pictures!  

Pictures of my current classroom...

Some of the packing process...

Pictures of the new room...
A blank slate!

I would LOVE ideas on what to do 
above that long wall of cubbies!

Giant TV has to come down...

Getting the closet organized...

The giant TV is down...

My loft came with me thanks to my
husband and daughter's boyfriend!

A few of my projects and finds for the new room...

Sanded and ready to paint...

Fresh coat of spray paint...

A spare room in my basement has become
Kindergarten Headquarters...

While the decision to move to Kindergarten was a fairly easy one, the decision to change my theme from safari to something else is not! I love the chalkboard and neon/bright look though...a lot! I "think" I have decided to go with that and keep some zebra striped elements.

Just can't part with the zebra striped safari jeep...

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Check back soon to see more progress!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Flyin' Butterflies

Here are some more activities we did during our butterfly studies.  Click here to check out another blog post I did earlier about frogs and butterflies!

This was a picture from last year. I forgot to take one this year before they began.  I put all the things they will need to build their life cycle on a paper plate and let them build it without help from me.

In their chrysalis. I hope they wait until Monday to hatch so we can see it happen!

Click here or on the picture to check this activity out!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Novelty Keeps Them Learning!

The end of the year is fast approaching and we teachers have to stay on our toes to keep the kiddos engaged and learning.  We are studying insects this week and I came up with this idea and the students loved it! They each had their own "yard" and played with a partner.  Between the partners, they had a baggie of 10 outdoor creatures and a dirt pile (black plastic container).  The first student grabbed a handful of creatures from the dirt pile and put them in their yard.  The second student emptied the rest of the creatures into their yard.  They each recorded the number sentence that showed their creatures.
This student wrote 6 + __ = 10. Their partner recorded 4 + __ = 10.  They played this for 20 minutes and I tell you, it wasn't long enough for them! However, I did give them 5 minutes when we were finished to just play. The "yards" are pieces of indoor/outdoor carpet.  Lowes had pieces already cut so I bought a roll for $20.  It took me less than a half hour to cut 32 yards.  I bought insects at the Dollar Tree.  They only had 5 bags so I had to add snakes, frogs and spiders to the baggies to have enough.

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This is how I am storing them.

On to flies!
I am sporting my fly glasses while reading my
favorite fly book, Old Black Fly.

Fry Fly Fun!

I copied my Fry Fly words onto regular paper and cut  them out.  I placed them all over the classroom while the students were at recess.  When they came back in, I told them we had a fly infestation!
They each got a fly swatter and had to read and then swat as many flies as they could.  There were 100 flies in our room.  The winner had 11.  They got to keep the flies they read and swatted.

The students had them swatted so fast I barely had time for pictures.

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Fry Fly Fun
We read a nonfiction book on flies and the students recorded 4 facts they learned.  Then they wrote an informational piece on flies.  They colored "Fly Guy", cut out 2 hands for wings and added him to their writing.

The Fly Guy came from
Frog Spot a blog from The Pond.

The graphic organizer and writing pages are available here if you are interested.

Informational Writing Spring Pages
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