Sunday, July 29, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
You will need:
- Iodized salt
- Vinegar (regular or apple cider)
- Old dull pennies (More than enough with one for each student)
I begin the lesson by gathering the class together on the carpet. I explain that I was looking to give them each a "lucky" penny as a small token for their first week of school.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The best part is that "Liebster" is a German word, meaning many things, including
sweetest, nicest, cutest, and dearest.
My dearest friend, Isabella will love this! Ya?
First, you should check out Kindergarten Kidlets. It is bright and cheerful with fun ideas.
Next, is Crystal at Strive to Sparkle You have love the name!
Third, is a blog with lots of creative ideas Mrs. Thigpens Kindergarten
And lastly, there is Nicole at Lanier Lions so fun!
It was fun selecting these blogs for you!
Spread the sunshine!
Sara, Auf Wiedersehen! (just couldn't resist)
Monday, July 16, 2012
There is great illustration and my favorite page includes pancakes with wings!
Can be a good book on tape done by your class.
Then put it in your listening library!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
One of the activities I look forward to doing again involves "swapping stickers." Each student shares their name sticker with each other. Don't all 5 year olds, love stickers?
Here is what you need:
- Laminated cardstock -one for each student
- Mailing label "stickers" for each student with only their name on it. Have an amount equal to the number of students in the class.
Create a paper on "Word" that reads:
Friends I made in my class today!
Have that up at the top of the paper and copy it onto cardstock. Laminate the papers. Write the number of the students in the bottom corner. That way the students can count the names... to make sure they have one from everyone.
Next, make stickers for each student with only their names on each sticker. I usually did their first names only and the first initial of the last names for the repeats. (One year I had 3 Jacks!) You can get as creative with the font... as you like. You can do each student a different color, different font... lots of possibilities here.
Then let the fun begin! Have them share their stickers.
And now you will have a great paper for the students to take home that they can share with their family... They have a lot of new names to remember, and it is great to have them like that. '
Such a simple activity, but so fun and meaningful!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
- Adding pictures of the author and illustrator in each book (that does have that included.)
- I will talk about the decisions writers and illustrators make in the books. It sounds so simple but I just never thought about how that could help get the minds of the students to see themselves as making decisions just like the writers and illustrators we "study" in class.
- Get my students illustrating right away at the beginning of the year in empty page books. (Honestly can't wait.)
- Looking at all of my picture books in new ways!
- Encourage my class to look at illustrations and see things like, perspective, background, close-ups, emotions, inside/outside, above/under, in new ways.
More about this book.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Anyway, here are some tips I heard a while back.
Use a dry erase marker to "erase" permanent marker on laminated materials.
I have these great ice cream cones that I use for my birthdays... There are 12 of them and I write the names of each student and their date on it... I have used them for 3 years now. A fellow teacher saw me struggling with the nail polish remover... and said, "Don't you know about the dry erase marker?" and showed me how it works. Simply, write over your printed permanent marker (any color works) and then erase with a dry paper towel, dry erase marker... And there you have it. Done. So simple. I am happy every time I do it!
And my all time favorite!
Use a yellow (only yellow not green or pink) highlighter to save your final copies in centers.
Guess what! If you use a yellow highlighter and write "Last copy" or draw a big happy face, or write "See me" whatever you want on your final copy of a document in a center... you will never run out or lose your original copy. I have tried using "post its" or paper clipping a note... but that never works. Trust me and I am sure you know it, too. A student will not use the final copy that has yellow highlighter on it. They will always let you know it is time for more copies! And, the best part is that the yellow highlighter does not show up on the copies when you xerox it. Smarter not harder! Yeah!
So that's it for my tips for today! Happy 4th of July!
Monday, July 2, 2012
A fellow collegue introduced it to me. It is a simple yet powerful book. My favorite page is the one about the sky. "The important thing about the sky is that is always there. It is blue.... but the most important thing about the sky is that it is always there."
The pattern in the book is readily identified by the class. So we get to talking about what exactly is the most important thing about each other. I model my own writing for the class.
"The important thing about Mrs. B is that she LOVES teaching 2nd grade! She has 2 children, Audrey and Alex and an amazing husband. Mrs. B's favorite subjects are reading, math, writing, and science. Some of her hobbies include walking, reading, sewing, spending time at the beach, being with her family, spending time with friends, and she just loves chocolate! Oh, she loves to collect hearts and giraffes. But the most important thing about Mrs. B is that she LOVES teaching 2nd grade!"
I give each of the children a graphic organizer. A simple chart with four columns: My family,
My favorite subjects, My hobbies, Other important things. On the back, they have to write a complete sentence about "The most important thing about me is...."
Here is a link to one you can use from "Read, Write, and Think." Check it out. I have them add anything else they want, such as collections, places their families visits often...
The students need not work in complete sentences on the graph. Bullet style is fine. I just need to be able to read what they write. We conference. I may add a detail or two that I have come to know about them... and then I type them up.
We are lucky enough to have a color copier. So I color copy the final pages for each student and assemble them as books. The cover reads:
"A Very Important Class"
"Insert a class picture"
This book belongs to:_________________
I add a photo collage with special photos from the year, and a summary of our final homework "A - Z Memories of 2nd Grade," and an "Autograph" page at the end of each book.
Each student gets their own copy on the second to last day. They love the entire process and really apply themselves.
Should you be interested in a full copy, or have any questions, just email me at Kinderaffe@gmail.com.
I will get you a copy directly.