Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ready For March

I have been home almost an entire week because of the snow. I absolutely love the snow, and the very thought of a "snow day." As I have been spending my days in sweatpants and a pony tail, and I have been able to get a lot accomplished for my classroom. My focus has been on the month of March, because March is only a couple of weeks away. Here is what I have been working on.
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I have created monthly writing journals. These are a perfect way to assess
student's writing progress throughout the year.
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I created this set of monthly printables to use throughout the month of March. I will use these for morning work, centers, and during Communication Arts and Math time.
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I created this set to use both as morning work and homework. I begin by using it as morning work in the classroom. Once my kids get pretty good at it, I begin sending it home as homework.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Living & Non Living Unit

I just finished my mini unit on living and non living objects. My kinders will complete this over a span of a few days. I usually teach science in the afternoon when my little kinders are "tired and wiggly." Here is what I came up with. Thanks for looking!

We will make a list of things that we already know about living things. BRAINSTORMING!

We will read this book together. It talks about the characteristics of living things including the need to eat, drink, and breath. It also talks about all living things being able to move, grow, and reproduce. Students will draw pictures to match the text.

We will sort living and non living things in our pocket chart. We will complete this as a whole group activity.

This sort will let my students practice independently.

We will look at certain objects and decide if they breathe, need food and water, if they change and grow, and if they reproduce.

We will go on a scavenger hunt. I created these labels to place on brown paper bags. We will go outside and collect things that "were once living" and things "that were never living".

My kids will draw an object that is living and an object that is non-living.

We will cut out a picture of a living object out of a magazine. We will then write about the object and how we know that it is alive.