First, I just finished my President's Day Unit. I realize it's a bit late, I've been using parts of it over the last week and will finish it up with my kids next week. If you would like it you can find it here at Teachers Notebook and here at Tpt.
Ok, here's a math idea that I used with my kinders the other day to focus on addition. We're going to be starting addition folders soon (where they are timed) and we've been spending a lot of time on just learning the skills. I actually have a really great lesson/idea for it as well that I'll be posting later: Cookie Math. The kids love it! Until I have it finished though, this is another way to teach addition.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I am so proud of this lesson plan--I have been working on it consistently for the last two months, adding things, changing things, and making it just perfect for my classroom. I have already started teaching blending in my classroom (I usually start the third month of school), however, I still have quite a few students who are struggling. They just don't seem to get it and I started to realize it was because I wasn't making it "fun" for them, so that's when I started coming up with this lesson plan. I absolutely love the clipart and the activities. My kids love them as well (I started using it just this last week). My kids love that there's a boy blender and a girl blender--it's their favorite part. If you don't need the lesson plan you can purchase the clipart separately by clicking here. If you are interested in the lesson plan please click here from Tpt, or here from TeachersNotebook.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ok, I am finally posting a few things I've been thinking about and storing for the last month! I do apologize that it has taken me so long--it's been a bit crazy, but here it is!
First, I want to tell you about the best idea I've ever had: hot gluing paper clips to the wall. Yep, you heard me right, I hot glued 50 CLOTHES PINS to the wall outside my room. It really didn't take that long (about 30 minutes) and you have to make sure you have a long enough extension chord to reach, but otherwise it was pretty easy! My reasoning behind this? I am tired or putting tape on ever paper I want to hang in the hall (especially since I have 45 kids) and I'm also tired of wasting the tape. It takes forever to put it on and then you spend forever taking it off and then it just goes in the garbage. You wouldn't believe how many rolls of tape I have gone through this year. It was finally time for a change. And it's so EASY! I love how convenient it is, you just slip the paper it and you slip it out! I really recommend it! Also, the hot glue doesn't leave marks on the wall like the tape does.
|Best Idea Ever!!!!|
The next thing we've been working on is Winter activities and ideas. The groundhog saw his shadow which means we have six more weeks of winter so it's still OK to talk about it. I got this idea from The Teacher Wife and it was a pretty fast and easy activity. You just have them draw triangles on a piece of white paper, glue the colored paper on top (you need to cut the colored paper into squares first), then they cut out their triangles, glue them on, add a trunk, use a white crayon for the snow and snowflakes and you are done! So cute!
|We had a flock of geese in our classroom! Some were going South and some were going North.|
|We watched Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to inspire our writing.|
|They had to choose their magic pebble. I then hot glued it onto a piece of cardboard.|
|Living vs. Non-living|
|A great gift from one of my room moms!|
|Aren't they adorable???|
|Birthday presents I got from my kids! I love the plate:)|
|These are the things my afternoon kids think I should get for my birthday!|
|This one says: "Yoor my love bug."|
|This one says, "I like how Fern raises her hand."|
|This one says, "I like you."|
|This is what they looked like when we hung them up--we're going to give them out on Valentine' s day!|
Now, these next pictures are some of my favorite!! Yesterday, we were talking about maps and specifically globes, and the kids had to make their own "globe" and label it with land and water. Didn't they turn out so great?!?! I love not having worksheets but doing our writing in a writing notebook, it really makes them stretch and they do an amazing job!!!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
here to get letters A-M.
I have some new clipart up--Valentine Candy Hearts! It's one of my favorite parts of Valentines Day and as a class we do a lot of our addition math with these candies. Let me know what you think about them. Just click here to go to my teachersnotebook account.