Nov 16, 2013

Sorting Contiunes and Poem Booklets

I am kind of sad that our sorting unit is coming to an end this coming week.  We have had so much fun sorting.  Yes, I did say we.  My job is to find things for them to sort each day.  The "game" we are playing is that they try to sort their objects in a way that Mrs. Drerup has never seen or thought of before in all of her years of teaching.  I will have to say they have definitely challenged their little brains to try to add their name to the "you met the challenge" list!! 
Pom pom sorting one day

Lego sorting another day

Block sorting

More block sorting

Vehicle sorting

The kids just love learning poems each month.  At the end of the day, this is a great "time filler" when we have a couple of minutes before the bell rings.  They love requesting poems from previous months.  They love when we get out our poem booklets and do some word work in our poems.  We have our poems on our SMARTBoard morning meeting slides to practice each morning, but they love chanting these throughout the day.  If you are needing some great poems that are kindergarten friendly check out our Poem Booklets on TPT called Poem and Song Collection For An Entire Year.  They are ready for you to just pop into the copier and make booklets or you can use them other ways in your classroom. 

This past week was my birthday.  Does my family know me or what?!?!  I had a Diet Coke cake waiting for me when I got home after school.  Then a bag of Target popcorn and Target gift card from my kids was also beside my Diet Coke cake.  Guess my own children know their momma's addictions and how to keep her happy!!

Fun activities this week planned for wrapping up our Thanksgiving Present and Past Unit.  Watch for some freebies this week, too on our TPT store.

Nov 12, 2013

3D Shape Unit and Sorting

Last week I wrapped up our 3D shape unit.  This week we have been working hard on sorting.  I wanted to make sure that the students still worked hard on their 3D Shape names, so I threw many 3D Shape items into centers this week.  The students are having a blast with these fun activities and at the same time, they are reviewing standards that we worked hard on during our big 3D unit.
Here are some pictures of just a few of our 3D shape activities:

 Sorting is our main focus this week.  We have pulled out TONS of math manipulatives.  The students started out sorting things by color.  Many did blue and not blue, yellow and not yellow, or blue/red/green/yellow/orange/etc.  Today we expanded our sorting beyond colors.  I challenge the students to think of other ways that you could sort the items at their table.  One table had different types of vehicles that we used for sorting.  A student at that table put all of the fire trucks/buses/cars in one pile and said these all travel on the ground.  Then in another pile they put airplanes and said these travel up in the sky.  For the last pile, they put boats and said they travel in the water!!  I told her that in all my years of teaching with these counters, I never had a student who sorted the vehicles that way!! 

Nov 3, 2013

Carson-Dellosa Giveaway Winner

When we chose comment #3 for the giveaway it seemed right that it was 'Stellaluna' who won - considering that the contest closed on October 31st!