Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Animal Research Projects!

This week our class began group research projects to accompany our animal unit in science! Each group is composed of three to four students who are working together to research one wild animal. I have groups studying monkeys, lions, elephants, and giraffes. So far they have started K,W,L charts to access prior learning:

And have researched their animals different body parts, habitats, and diet.

For our research we have mainly used Pebble Plus Books, (seen in the pictures) which are excellent non-fiction books written for primary students. If the information they are looking for is not available in the book, we look it up on the computer or Ipad.

We will continue researching together for one more week, then the students will be mounting their research onto poster board and presenting their group projects to the class. I can't wait to show you the finished projects!

This fabulous resource is from Creekside Teacher Tales. She is a second grade teacher, but the pack is easily adapted for younger students as well!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Five for Friday {11/2/13}


It's Saturday. I feel like you should expect that from me by now. It's also November. How did that happen? The flu/cold/allergy ugliness has hit our house, which explains my blogging absence. The last time I posted we were wrapping up our five senses unit, and learning about apples. I'm still hoping to blog about apples, but who knows when? Since then we've studied matter, setting, spiders, pumpkins, and next week we're starting Veteran's Day. The rest of November will be full of bats, Thanksgiving and Hannukah! (It's super early this year!)

We survived our first field trip.... to the pumpkin patch! It was a very fun, relaxing, and HOT trip!

This is one of my favorite writing prompts we've done. The kinder-pups wrote about how Christopher Columbus was brave, and then made a connection to a time they were brave. 

This week was Say no to drugs week and my class one first prize for our door decorations! 

This was such a fun Matter experiment! We popped each balloon to see what was inside. It's from Hope King's Matter Unit!

Here's an entry from our reading notebooks from when we were studying spiders! This cute foldable is from Deanna Jump's Packet. 

I hope to get another post in this week!!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Our Fabulous Five Senses!

We've finished our first science unit on senses! We had such a blast learning about each one and what they can tell us about the world around us. We used lots of fun activities from Kindergarten Smiles 5 senses pack, which she just re-did to make even cuter. (It was already adorable!)

Up first we learned all about our ears and how they take in sound waves to the brain to tell us what we're hearing! We played this fun sound bingo game where I played sounds off the computer and they had to listen and cover up what made that sound if they had it.

Next we learned all about our noses and how their are teeny tiny hairs in there (not your nose hairs!) that carry smells to the brain to tell you what you're smelling. We played a fun guessing game where I soaked cotton balls in four different extracts - lemon, orange, mint & maple) and we guessed what they were! 

Next up was touch! I filled four different bags with a frozen popsicle, a conch shell, cotton balls, and a metal bracelet and the kids got to feel without looking. 

For sight we played a fun fame of I-spy and then the kids recorded down what their object had been. We learned how the pupil shrinks and grows to accommodate more/less light, and also about different color irises. I'm the only one in my class who has blue eyes and not brown so whenever I knelt down to work with kids that day I found them staring at my eyes :)

Last we learned about taste! We talked about different tastes - sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter. And then we did a taste test! Their little faces when they tried baker's chocolate (bitter) were so funny! But I did have one kid say that was their favorite! I forgot to take a picture :(

We wrapped up the unit with a fun popcorn experiment where we listened for how it sounded cooking, how it smelled, then once it was cooked we observed how it looked, felt and tasted! 

And that's a wrap! Onward ho to Matter!!

We had so much fun with this pack, make sure you check it out! As much as I love making my own things the beginning of the year is so crazy and I was feeling so stressed and it was so nice to be able to print and go!
Our Five Senses

Our Popcorn experiment, is mine. You can find it here:
Popcorn 5 Senses

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Five for Friday! {9/27}

Can you believe it?? I'm actually blogging! We've been SOOO busy, I haven't had a spare second in a while! We've been up to lots of fun things, some of which I'll discuss in further depth in future posts, but here's just a quick look!
Apples! We've had so much fun with apples the past two weeks! We've been doing apple themed math tubs as well as learning about apples during science and Johnny Appleseed during Social Studies. I'll be doing a whole post about our apple fun soon! 

Characters! We've been having a blast with characters too! We've learned about what they are, how to describe their appearance, what their actions, thoughts and feelings tell us about them on the inside, and how they can change. Expect a post on all this soon too! 
He was not sharing, he was being nice

We had a special visitor on Friday! This sunfire bearded dragon came with a special guest to help us learn all about how animals use their five senses. The kinder-pups LOVED her!!

We're ALMOST at ten minutes of read to self, and have just started read to someone! 

We just wrapped up our five senses unit! Again, there'll be a post coming soon :)  Here's a fun popcorn activity we did as a wrap up! 

Don't forget to link up your five with Doodlebugs teaching! 
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Five for Friday {August 30th}

Woo hoo! It's a 3 day weekend! Followed by a 3 day work week! (thank you Rosh Hashana)
Here's a quick peek at our week!

1. We had so much fun reading and sequencing Pete the Cat stories this week!

2. We had so much fun with Deanna Jump's Colorful Cats unit as we reviewed our colors!

3. The math games in this pack are top notch!

4. We worked on the -at word family this week! This cute craft is from Abby Mullins at The Inspired Apple!

5. We've been abundantly blessed by donors choose this week, and I'm super proud I was able to put that cart together myself!

Don't forget to link up with Doodlebugs Teaching!