Friday, April 29, 2016

Mothers Day prep 2016

I'm sure most of you have SOME idea of what your class is doing next week. But if not, here's some inspiration!

Last year my class made Hugs and we shared a video of the class singing a song for their moms too a local Facebook group. It was SO cute. And SO easy. My class had very little attention span, so it was perfect for them.

I don't seem to have managed to take a picture of the teapots my class made the year before. But they were SO cute! Folded card stock and a teabag tucked inside.

This MAY be the template I used, but I'm not sure. There are many samples of this online. Click on the image to find it in her store.
Mother's Day Teapot & Cup Craftivity

Done these two ideas and looking for more options? 'll share with you my favourite Mothers Day Pins.

And I can't let this opportunity pass by without plugging a Freebie I posted. It's a Mothers Day Pinboard inspired by Pinterest! It would be easy to use them template for so many writing and reading response activities. Enjoy!
Mother's Day Pin Board

Friday, April 15, 2016

Parts of a plant

After learning about seasons we turned to plants and animals.
I started with plants because it's easier.
I like to do a lesson about the parts of a plant, and I matched the parts to a worksheet we also did, otherwise I wouldn't have labelled soil.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Weird Family

Who do you teach the double letter sounds?
I made this wall of the WEIRD family.

Obviously, a few of the sounds are actually the same as single letters.
CK WH and PH can all be directly connected to C K W and F, and as such if you're using Jolly Phonics like me, the actions you use for these are the same, but I still separate them since students need to know how to READ the sounds.

I love seeing kids do the actions for sounds when they are trying to read!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Home Reading Bags

My kids were excited now that we finally had enough books to be able to bring one home nightly. Some of them foregt to bring it back to school a lot, but there are a few kiddos who remember every single day.
They are going to be such awesome readers!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Unexpected book connections

Do you know what these two books have in common?

I didn't even think of the connection until after one of my kiddos pointed something out while we were reading the giving tree.
The tree is like the Mom in Love you Forever!

I need to come up with an actual lesson plan to take advange of this.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Classroom Library

When I inherited this classroom in early December, I discovered the library collection wasn't very large. It was actually pretty sad.
So I began haunting Kijiji and Local buy and sell Facebook groups in search of good deals on kids books.
One day I found this guy who was selling almost 100 books for $30. SOLD!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Respect with Body parts

We were having some respect issues in class, so we had this visual lesson about what it looks like when we care for each other.

I drew first drew each body part, then asked the class what we do to show respect and caring with that part. For the hands we had a quick review of what ecatly "Magic Hands" are.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Number Sequencing

Have you ever had a group of students who could SAY the numbers, and idenify some, but couldn't actually look at all of the first 20 numbers and put them in order?

One of the activities I planned to fix this used these number cards. First we shuffled the numbers on our desk and I called out each number in order to find. Then we shuffled again and I called them out of order. Then, I handed out the construction paper and we glued them in order.

It helped some!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Yearly Interview

I started doing this activity with my daughter this year, and I'm wondering how in future years I could do it in my class. Could be a cute thing to do in grade primary/kindergarten and then have the school hold onto until they graduate and compare to that years answers.

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