Sunday, December 30, 2012

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

This idea was given to me by the incomparable Mrs. Meredith. I changed it up to suit my class and here are the basics for a SNOWY fun-filled educationally enriched writing activity.





Sample of some of the collage materials I collected.  I made this labeling page for extra work if needed.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Penguin Puppets

I am getting excited about my Penguin theme coming up in January.  Last year I really got organized so this year I can add more fun and learning. Today I made some samples of penguin puppets. I have made these in the past but this time I made sure to use authentic feet, eye and beak colors for the different types of penguins. I was having so much fun doing research I added 5 Fun Facts for the back of each penguin too. Here's some photos.  I'll post photos when the kids make them - because they will undoubtedly be much cuter. Templates available on TPT Penguin Puppets



I wonder what the kids will have them saying to each other?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Best Part of Me - writing activity





I can jump and run. I can play soccer and baseball. I like my legs.
Not only did I pin this idea - I used it! I know I will use it again too.  Try it. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Speech Bubbles of Fun!




Hmm, wonder what the kids will have this girl say?
Speech bubbles are a fun way to get kids to think about "voice." Funny photos and classroom photos motivate even the most reluctant writer. Who doesn't want to make a puppy talk?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sight Word Book for Kids to Make

We made a cute, quick booklet that reinforces the sight word FROM and fits the season at the same time.






Get the book for free here: Gift Booklet

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gingerbread Man to the Max!




Give Directed Drawing a Try.  Draw the picture step by step with the students.  We just did the basic shape of the house and door.  The kids added details later.  I did have a model for them to look at.  But as you can see, each child made their gingerbread house distinctive - and CUTE!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Totem Pole and Tipi in the Classroom



Students also made their own smaller version of the Totem Pole. They had their own pictures to use to recreate the story of Raven a Trickster Tale by Gerald McDermott.

Native American Writing and Coloring Pages I have some writing, coloring, and math pages on Teacher Pay Teacher. My students have especially liked coloring a Native American boy and girl from each region we studied and then writing something they learned,

More ideas for Native American Unit




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Study of Native Americans in Kindergarten

I have been studying Native Americans with young students for many many years. Each year I try to do a little research so I can learn more about Native Americans and about how to teach appropriate lessons to kindergarteners. I have a TON of stuff. I thought I could make a great packet to share but I need a lot of time that I don't have to prepare the materials so another teacher could make sense and use it. But I can share some ideas for teachers to adapt for themselves SO: