Thursday, September 8, 2016

Crockpot Applesauce In The Classroom (Perfect for Johnny Appleseed Day)

Each year I get to share my birthday with Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26th. My kindergarten class completes a large amount of apple activities in the classroom on September 26th, and by the end of the day I am literally too exhausted to have a birthday celebration of my own. One of my favorite Johnny Appleseed activities is cooking crockpot applesauce. The kids help me with this recipe in the morning, and then we eat it in the afternoon. (It takes a few hours to cook in the crockpot). I am sharing this simple recipe with you. Enjoy!
Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

I hope you have time to give this recipe a try this September. I also hope that you enjoy the apple themed freebie that I am sharing with you.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Day of Kindergarten

The first day of school is almost here, and it is very important to have everything ready to go (ESPECIALLY IN KINDERGARTEN) so that your day goes smoothly. For some reason, I always seem to over plan my first day and NEVER get to everything that I had anticipated. Here are a few first day of school activity ideas that I incorporate into my classroom. Enjoy!



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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring Animals (Frogs, Chickens, and Rabbits)

Spring is here! My kindergarten class has been learning about Spring animals. So far we have studied rabbits, chickens, ducks, and frogs. If you are looking for some Spring animal activity ideas for your classroom, check these out! Most of the time I try to tie science into my reading and writing block, so you will find multiple ways that I do this in the pictures below.

While reading nonfiction stories, we created a class can-have-are chart as shown above. My kids had a chart of their own to create, as we created the class chart together.

My sight word of the week this week was the word "does." I wrote this quick song to use as a shared reading that incorporates both my sight word and frogs. I also typed a copy for my kids to use on their clipboards as we read it. We highlighted the word does, sang the song a few times, and then placed these in our book boxes.

 I found a low level nonfiction book that shows the life cycle of a frog. I copied the pages of the book and gave them to the students. They created a flow chart of the life cycle of a frog with the pages. They had to read the pages and put them in order. I modeled this first.

My kids read this life cycle of a frog book with me in small groups. It was written to read like "brown bear, brown bear." You can get if FREE by clicking this link. Click here to get it!

We wrote a nonfiction piece about frogs. I used a directed drawing to guide them.

 I used these frogs on a log to practice subtraction. I modeled the frogs hopping off of the log and we wrote subtraction number sentences to match.

We created this frog craft. When it is complete it has the life cycle of a frog on the front. Click this link to get my frog craft.

 We looked at real tadpoles.

We created life cycle of a frog hats. Click here to get the hat.

We read a frog reading passage and drew a picture to check comprehension.
We learned about the life cycle of a chicken We created this flow chart diagram.

We created a chicken anchor chart.

We wrote about the life cycle of a chick. We added sound words to our writing.

We created these cute little chicks. Get the chick pattern here!

We read about chickens and filled in words that would make sense.

We took a "do you like to eat chicken?" survey.
We wrote about bunnies. Get the FREE pattern here.

We created these cute "duck bunnies." One side is a duck, and the other side is a bunny.

We cut up a weekly reader that gave us information about ducks. We wrote our own captions to match the pictures.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ocean Animal Fun!

We spent the last few weeks learning about ocean animals. I focused on one animal every two days. I love to incorporate science into my reading and writing lessons. Here are some of the activities that my kindergarten student completed.


Before we began each animal, we created a sticky note "what we already know" chart.

After we read a few nonfiction texts about our animal of the day, the kids helped me create can/have/are charts. These charts helped us organize our information.

We then took information from our can/have/are charts and applied the information in our writing. My students wrote one fact from the can column, one fact from the have column, and one fact from the are column.

We practiced making connections as we looked at slides from the animal slideshows that I created.

We love music in my kindergarten classroom! I wrote these animal fact songs to teach us about our animal of the day. After singing the song a few times, we practiced finding our sight words in the song.

We read reading passages about each animal. After reading the passages, the students wrote a fact of their own. I love to share the pen with my kids. This student is modeling her fact for the rest of the class.

 We graphed goldfish!

We sang this ocean themed song. After singing the song, my kids helped me fill in the missing words. We then changed some of the words with sticky notes to other words that make sense.

Our big writing project during the unit was this ocean animals book. We wrote about each animal as we learned about it.

We graphed our favorite ocean animal!

We created this animal investigation. We learned about nonfiction text features such as captions, flow charts, and maps.

We made these ocean animal crafts as we learned about each animal. I placed them in my daily 5 rotations and the kids completed them while I completed my guided reading lessons.

I created slides to use as an introduction to each animal.

We labeled each ocean animal.

 We created ocean animal flip books.

The last animal we learned about was the jellyfish. We created these jellyfish fact books. The students attached streamers and yarn to them for the tentacles and stingers.