Thursday, December 29, 2011

A little help from my blogger friends please :)

I promise I haven't completely abandoned my blog.  I have just been super duper busy!  

For Christmas my family gave me an iPad 2.  I am very excited for myself and my students as I plan on sharing it with them.  Here is where I need some help.  I need to know the must have iPad educational apps.  I want to get everything set before going back to school but I am not sure where to start....OK, I started but there is just so much out there and I don't have time to go through every one of them.

Please comment with your list of must have iPad apps :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Is it Friday yet?

Yes it is true....I have school through the end of the week. I have been super busy and feel bad I haven't had anything to share lately. Hopefully I can catch up over winter break!

I found out today that Kerri from Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten awarded me the Liebester Award.  This award is for newbies, and it's goal is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.
Here are the rules for the award:
  1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
  3. Reveal YOUR top five picks and leave a comment letting them know.
  4. Hope your followers will share the love with them.
 Here are my top 5 picks in random order....

Friday, December 9, 2011

Math Stamping Center

Here are two things I created and used in my math stamping center this week.

Stamping Teen Sets

Missing Number Stamping

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Numbers in the Teens

My little friends have had a really difficulty time with teen numbers.  Recently we have been watching this video and it has really helped a lot of my friends.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Double Ten-Frame Stamping

I whipped this up for my math stamping center.   Students identify the number of dots on the double ten-frame and then stamp the correct answer.  If you have the dotted number stamps they will also need to trace the number.

Double Ten Frame Sets Stamping

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I made it...

Thank goodness for Thankgiving!  I am very thankful for the 4 day weekend!  Wooohooo!

I hope everyone had a very Happy Thankgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Week....

We only have 2 1/2 days of school this week.  Two days down and a half a day tomorrow to go.  My class was surprisingly well behaved and on task today.  It is so difficulty for Kinders this time of the year.  Tomorrow I plan on doing something fun with them to help the day go faster.

Here is a picture of the turkey toss, count and dot center I posted previously.  I let them color the turkey when they are done.  Notice we are using the tiny plastic containers to help contain our dice when we toss them.  I just picked them up from Dollar Tree over the weekend. It has made activities that require dice much more manageable.  No one loses a die (or dice) and it is a lot quieter.

Here is another activity I posted that we are also doing this week.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunshine Award

I was very excited to find out that Kerri from Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten had given me the Sunshine Award!  

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the questions below.
3. Pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

My answers to the questions:

  • Favorite color?      Purple
  • Favorite animal?    Frog
  • Favorite number?   3.14
  • Favorite drink?      Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook
  • Your passion?    Teaching Kindergarten
  • Giving or getting presents?    Giving
  • Favorite day?     Every other Friday when I get paid :)
Here are the blogs I am giving the Sunshine Award to...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Showing Sets on a Double Ten-Frame

This is the next step in showing numbers. We are using double ten-frames. I hope you can use this too.

Double Ten Frame Set Hunt

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Showing Number on a Ten-Frame Center

On the first two pages you will find cards for you to print, laminate and post around the room.  The second two pages you will need to copy back to back.  Students look for the appropriate picture cards and read the number on the card.  Then they record the number on the tens frames by drawing dots.

Tens Frame Set Hunt

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Counting Sets Around the Room

I will be using this during math centers this week.  Students look for each picture, count the set they find under each picture and record it on the recording sheet.

I hope you find this useful.
Counting Sets Hunt

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tally Marks Hunt

Next week we are going to learn to make tally marks and count tally marks. I created a 2 in 1 activity. Print, laminate and hang up the tally mark cards (page 1) around your classroom. I'm going to use this with 2 different centers. In the first (page 2) the students hunt for the matching picture and copy the tally marks next to the picture. In the second (page 3) the students find the matching picture and count the number of tally marks and record in on the paper.

I hope this makes sense. Take a look below....the directions are on the page.

Tally Marks Hunt

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Harvest and Halloween

I mentioned in a previous post that we can't have Halloween parties but we can have a Fall Harvest celebration.  I created a Fall Harvest Bingo game to play with the kids in my class.  I modeled it off of a Halloween Bingo I created a few years ago.  Feel free to use either or both!  I use my ELMO to show the cards I am pulling.
Halloween BINGO 1

Halloween Pics

Fall Harvest Bingo

Fall Harvest Bingo Pics

Friday, October 21, 2011

Nothing Better.....

There is nothing better than a 3 day weekend! We have off of school today. I swore I wasn't going to go in and work however I forgot my coat at school so I am about to run in and grab it. I hope I can turn around and go out the door without feeling like I should stop and do a few things. Wish me luck!

Here is a roll, count and color I made for one of my math centers next week.

Fall Dice Roll

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Is this a pattern?

All of my students can make simple and complex patterns as well as tell me what kind of pattern they made.  That being said many of my second langauage learners are having difficulty identifying patterns.  What do I mean?  I show them a pattern and ask, "Is this a pattern?"  What do they do?  Guess!  I am having to show them how to stop, think, say the pattern in their head or out loud to see if it has more then one part and repeats.  My new favorite question, and they are so sick of hearing it, is "How do you know this is a pattern?" 

Here is a little chart I made for them to help them think through the process.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Thank goodness!

Thank goodness for a 4 day work week! We, teachers and students, are off of school this Friday.  The Maryland State Teacher's Conference is in Ocean City, MD this weekend.  I'm not going so I get a wonderful 3 day weekend to relax and forget about the stresses of work.  I've actually been dreaming about data, monitoring tools, and writing plans lately.  Am I the only one who does this?  

I wish I had something exciting to share but I don't.  Here is a little activity to made for one of my math centers.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Roll and Color

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Anchor Charts

I created this anchor chart to help my students remember the 3 things I want them to help their friend revise in their writing.  I pair my students up and they check for a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, spaces between words and a punctuation mark at the end
Revising With a Friend

I was searching other blogs for anchor charts to use in reading workshop and writing workshop.  I came across one of each on Mrs. Jump's Class.  You can find the post here.  I don't know about anyone else but I am a perfectionist so I know there was no way I was going to make these charts by hand.  I made a set for my class using a Word document. You will need to print these on a legal size paper.

Super Readers

Amazing Writers

Finally, I came across a capitalization chart that I loved.  Again, between the pictures and writing I knew I would drive myself nuts trying to recreated the chart so I went ahead and typed it up.  Here is the problem....I can't recall where I saw it.  I downloaded the picture so I could remember to make it but forgot to write down where I found it.  If you know where I found this idea please let me know so I can give proper credit to the creator.  I found the wonderful creator of this chart---well she found me!  Yeah!  It came from Ms. Simoneaux's blog First Grade Fresh.  Be sure to pop over and see some of her other anchor charts!
Capitalization Anchor Chart

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Measuring the Wind

Yesterday afternoon we made anemometers.  I wasn't even sure what one was until last year when we made them in science.  The kid really enjoyed  making them.
I am fairly sure you can tell from the picture what supplies you will need and how to put it together but if you can't let me know and I will provide step by step directions.  I think the trickiest part was making sure the cups all faced the same direction.

Since we have been working patterns I had the student make a pattern on their card stock strips prior to gluing the cups on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Did you .....

Today is International Walk to School Day!  You can find out more information here.  Although it is too late for you to join this year you can book mark the page and join in the fun next year.

Our school is hosting a big event today to promote walking to school safely.  We were chosen to represent our county.  What does that mean?  Although other schools might be doing this they won't be doing it on such a scale.  Everyone is meeting at a local park and walking to school.  Our Superintendent, County Executive as well as BOE members, representatives from the fire and police department will be there....not to mention the media!  When we arrive at school we will have an assembly outside where all of the "important people" will make remarks.  I don't mind this however I am dreading the fact that all of the kids will still have their backpacks and lunch boxes with them.  Once we are done we go inside to start our day(enough time to unpack, eat breakfast and have calendar time).  About 30 minutes later there is an assembly for K-2 students about safety.  Then I will have 30 minutes to fit in my reading, writing, guided reading and literacy centers.  Obviously that won't be happening today...well at least not all of it.  I think we will have writing.  Then my students go to specials (40 minutes), lunch and recess (60 minutes).  That leaves me 65 minutes for math and 30 minutes for social studies or science.

Here is to hoping my friends make good choices during both assemblies :)  and that I actually have the opportunity to teach today!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Statue of Liberty Torch

We have been learning about American symbols the last few weeks.  Last week we each made a torch like the Statue of Liberty holds.

It isn't fancy but the kids really enjoyed making them.  All you need is a styrofoam cut, piece of aluminum foil, a piece of paper and some yellow and orange tissue paper.  Punch out the bottom of the cup.  Take a square of aluminum foil and place the cup in the center.  I pre-cut the foil to be the correct size.  Wrap the cup with the foil and punch out the foil bottom.  Roll a piece of paper and insert it in the hole to be the handle.  Finally add tissue paper for the flames.

Friday, September 30, 2011

American Symbols

We have been learning about different American symbols.  Here is a summative assessment I created.

American Symbols

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feel the LOVE

Jody at Camp Kindergarten awarded me the 'I Heart Your Blog' award!  We have the day off of school today so I was already in a great mood but finding out about this award has made my day even better. 

This award also comes with conditions!  

When you are awarded the I Heart Your Blog Award you are asked to do the following things:

1. Give the "I Heart Your Blog "Award to your favorite Top 10 Blogs that have touched your heart and inspired your teaching by listing them on your blog.
2. Contact that person and let them know of their heartfelt award.
3. When you receive the award, copy and paste the graphic on you blog and give a shout out to the person who nominated you.
4. Spread the LOVE by passing the "Heart Your Blog" Award on to your Top 10.

It is very hard for me to pick only 10 blogs but here I go.  In no particular order....

Kreative in Kinder


The Polka Dot Patch