Monday, January 17, 2011

Rocks Rock!

Our district is so lucky to have the wonderful April Larremore as our K & 1st Strategist and she has a wealth of knowledge and is such a GREAT reasource. Her blog Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog. She has excellent ideas for both K and 1st grade for all subjects. Her Rock Unit was definitely used in our class this year. We did the activity below, and the students LOVED it!

The sheet was created by April, it works for K and 1st. After reading several rock poems and books, completing a Flow Map of the breakdown of a rock, the students completed this. It really helped them see and understand that sand is actually really tiny rocks. They thought that was so "cool"... and that is a direct quote! Ha!!!

Long Time No See

My only excuse for not posting anything since November is that I have just been so busy, and when I'm not doing school stuff I was soaking up all the time I was spending with my family over the holidays. My plan is to post a couple Christmas things, and some things we have been doing lately.

At the beginning of December we made "Countdowns for Christmas" by connecting red and green strips of paper as links, with one gold at the top when you reach the bell. The bell had a poem about the countdown. The kiddos really LOVED making these, and were also able to practice their skip counting once they had the links put together.

Using these reindeer heads, I had the children trace their hand and we added them to each reindeer and skip counted by 2's, 5's, and 10's. They loved it, and had so much fun!!!

We read "Auntie Clause" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and we discussed gifts we could give without spending any money. In the computer lab the students created a gift box, and wrote 4 different gifts we could give for free from the heart.

I know some of my teammates have already posted pictures of this activity we do, but I really love this and wanted to share. My mentor teacher for 2 years, Beth Randall, gave us this idea for the students to make for their gift to their parents and families. I spray paint small puzzle pieces a dark green, and cut green circles from poster board, 1 for each student. Each student will need 10-15 puzzle pieces to cover the edge of the poster board circle. The students glue the pieces around the edge of the circle, and let dry. The picture can be added before the puzzle pieces or after, and as they dry I add red dots for the berries, and hot glue ribbon to the back so they can hang their ornament on their family tree at home. Love it!