Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Seuss Week

Since I never posted about Dr. Seuss week, here are some pictures of the fun we had!

On Monday, we read "Cat in the Hat," and created our own cats in hats to help us practice the -at word family!

On Monday, we also did math with gold fish and made equations after reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."

On Tuesday, we had a special guest reader (my mom) come in to read "Green Eggs and Ham."

Then, we actually got to taste green eggs!

13 children liked it and only 1 did not.


On Wednesday we dressed up pretty wacky for "Wacky Wednesday" and drew ourselves. We also had a picnic snack on our rug:

It was definitely a wacky day.

On Thursday, we read "Fox and Socks" and made fox puppets that ate words that rhymed with fox!

On Friday, we read "Hop on Pop" and ate popcorn to watch the "Cat in the Hat" movie.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

The children celebrated St. Patrick's Day by planning and building leprechaun traps on Thursday afternoon. Here are some of their traps:

We used hollow blocks

Ms. Crystal found gold for us to bait the leprechauns with.

Watch out...there are some Lucky Charms under those cones...

Elaborate.

This activity served as a great writing prompt for them the next day:



In math, we even sorted Lucky Charms and made a graph of the different marshmallows!




And yes...the kids got to eat them after :)



Friday, March 17, 2017

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!

To end our opinion writing unit, we did a Mo Willems pigeon project. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mo Willems, he is a wonderful children's book author who writes a series about a pigeon who wants to do a lot of different things but is never allowed to. We read, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." And the children wrote their opinions on whether or not he should be allowed to drive. Here were some of their responses:

 
Yes I think he should drive. The pigeon should drive the bus because it will be fun.

 
No, he will crash into the school and he will hurt everyone.

 
No, he should not drive because he could go off the road.

 
No, because he can't see over the steering wheel.

We also integrated some math by doing a guided drawing of the Pigeon which allowed the children to practice drawing different shapes. We also made buses out of construction paper which gave us even more practice on drawing and cutting out shapes. 

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

100th Day!

We had SO MUCH FUN on the 100th day of school! It is a wonderful celebration that keeps us practicing our counting skills. Many children brought in 100s collections. This year we saw 100 pennies, 100 fish tank rocks, 100 markers, 100 popsicle sticks, 100 pieces of rice, and 100 stickers.


IS counting her 100 fish rocks on ten frames.

In the morning we met up with first grade to read a book about the 100th day. Then we did some movement videos that helped us practice counting. After, we made 100th Day Crowns which you have probably seen come home. 

Some of the stations we did with first grade included counting 100 collections, building with 100 legos, pattern blocks, and dominos, counting out 100 stickers, stacking 100 cups, making necklaces with 100 Froot Loops, and more! Here are some pictures:

Painting 100 gumballs

Counting 100 pennies

Coloring 100 shapes

Building with 100 dominos

Building with 100 pattern blocks

Writing 100 words

Stacking 100 cups

Making 100 Froot Loops necklaces


In the afternoon, we had even more 100 fun. Our gnome, Fizzlewicks left us a mysterious note on the whiteboard:

This resulted in great excitement and a number hunt around the room to find all the numbers 1-100. Children worked in pairs to sequence the numbers in groups of ten and put them in a number line across the floor.




They did a fantastic job! Fizzlewicks was very impressed.



Monday, January 30, 2017

Exploring Shapes with Pattern Blocks

We are re-exploring shapes in math in the form of pattern blocks. We are talking about the different attributes of these shapes and seeing how they go together to create larger shapes. Here are some pictures of their creations:





An upside down Owl!

A Person!