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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hey, Little Ant Craft

Today we read "Hey, Little Ant". 


This is one of my favorite books to read during Spring.  If you have not read it before it is a really cute story in which a boy is going to step on an ant, but then the ant begins talking to the boy.  The ant tries to make the boy see things from his perspective.  The story ends with the boys shoe raised above the ant and the author asks the reader the question of what would you do?

After reading this story, I had my students write about whether they would step on the ant or let him go.  They completed an ant craft also.  The students chose whether they wanted to make a red or black ant.

Here is a look at how some of them turned out:

I only had one student that said yes, he would step on the ant.  He wrote, "Yes, I will squish the ant because the ant is mean".

I loved this one because she drew a shoe raised above the ant just like how the book ended.  She wrote, "I will not squish the ant because that will kill the ant".

This child wrote, "I am not killing ants because it will bite me back and the other ants will bite me too".

"I would not squish the ant because he might bight me".

This is all of them together:

If you would like to grab this craft from my store, just click on the picture below.

This product has a few options of how you can use it.
*You can have students respond to "Hey, Little Ant".
*Your students can complete the craft and then record a fact they have learned about ants.
*Your students can write about why they are "ant"sy for summer.  You can see where my students did this one year by clicking here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stop, Swap & Roll + Giveaway


I am so excited to be a part of this product swap.  I collaborated with Beth Ann Kempf from Taming My Flock of Firsties.


Beth Ann sent me her Short Vowel Sorting Game.
I love this product because my students were able to practice short vowels hands-on.  I used this activity during my small group time.  I began the activity by laying the vowels out.


Then I let the children work on sorting the pictures.




The kids did really well sorting the pictures.  We had to review "e" and "i" on a few of the pictures.

After sorting in small groups, I waited until the next day and we did the activity again as a whole group.

This packet also comes with recording sheets which I love.  The students can sort all the cards and then record the words onto their sheets.  There are sheets for each of the vowels.


Since my class tended to struggle the most with letters "e" and "i", I had them practice recording for those two letters.  

This packet also contains more challenging sheets if you would like to have your students record other short vowel words.


After my class sorted these cards in a small and then whole group setting, I placed the activity in centers for them to sort independently.  They really enjoyed this activity.

Enter the giveaway at the end of this post to try this activity for yourself.  I know you will love it as much as I do!  

If you do not win, Beth Ann will have this product on sale Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28th-29th.  My entire store is 20% off until Monday!


Make sure to check out Taming My Firsties.  While you are there look for my Spring Centers in action and enter for a chance to win!

Check out Jungle Learners blog to see some more swaps.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Teacher Target Giveaway!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Plants

This week we are learning about Plants.

Our class's bulletin board was in need of an update, so I created this "Label the Parts of a Flower" craft.  This activity can be found in my Spring Stations and Printables pack.  To see this item in my store, click on the pictures below.




Friday, April 3, 2015

Community Helpers~ Five for Friday

This week I have been on Spring Break and it has flown by!  Usually if we get a day off from school I spend it catching up on school work.  However, this is the first break that I haven't done any school work.  My mom had to have surgery this week so I have been busy checking in with her.

Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 highlights from our week before Spring Break.



This is two stations we did to practice adding ten to a number and subtracting ten from a number.  This was a little difficult for my Kinders but it was good practice for them.  The students grabbed a card, looked at the number, and then recorded the number that is ten more for the bus driver station.  The students recorded the number that is ten less for the librarian.



For this station, students practiced analyzing and comparing the crossing guards signs (shapes).  The students looked at each sign and recorded how many sides and corners of each shape.


Students counted tens and ones and then recorded the answer.


The students practiced numbers before and after.



We ended our week of Community Helpers by having Career Day at school.  Our Kindergarten classes got to see 5 rotations: fire fighters, policemen, a Blue Ridge electric worker, a garbage man and a bee keeper.

One of the best parts of our Career Day was getting to play with the officer's handcuffs.  He let the kids handcuff each other and he even handcuffed a few of them.  :)


The kids also went through the fire truck and then we took our picture as a group.


If you would like to see more of the activities from my Community Helpers Pack just click on the picture below.