Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gingerbread Man-Run, Fun, Run

December is always a busy month in my room, I think I have enough gingerbread books to read one a day.  I like to read and compare several different versions of the stories.  Often my students begin to make the comparisons all on their own.
Gingerbread Man books, Activities and more: classroom idea to start your Gingerbread unit.

Here are just a few of the stories we will be reading.  You can purchase through Amazon.
This year I think the Ninja gingerbread man might be a class favorite- but that could be because I will be bringing in the cookies to go with it.

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So many Gingerbread books so little time.
So what else do we do besides read Gingerbread stories.
We build bridges for our Gingerbread man to cross.
Gingerbread Manbridge  STEM project for kindergaerten
I divide the students into groups of 3 and then provide them with a variety of building materials.  I get creative an use a lot of odds and ends that I have an abundance of in the classroom;  egg cartons, popsicle sticks, skewers, clothespins, pipe cleaners, and tape.   Their goal is to build a bridge over the container.  

Other festivities involve our Elf delivering a large baked Gingerbread Man cookie. I use a prepackaged cookie mix and then press it into this pan.  Easy-peasy...
Gingerbread Man Cookie Made with Wilton Cookie Pan
Of course He magically jumps off the pan while we are at recess and leaves a note behind.
We then chase him around the school finding more notes, that eventually lead us back to our classroom.  The notes can be found in this packet that comes with pre-designed notes and then blank ones that your can write yourself.
If you need more Gingerbread activities, here are some more from my TpT store that we will be doing this month as well.
Pocket chart and Emergent Reader
Math Centers
Literacy Centers
Well, time to get working on Saturday errands- enjoy the weekend

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Solution for the Pencil Problems

Do your students consistently argue about pencils in your classroom. Do they magically disappear from one table and reappear on another? I have finally found the solution to the pencil problem for my classroom.  
You may have already seen this image on instagram when I took over the Target Teacher account last week. It created quite a bit of feedback and lots of comments. By the way if you don't already follow me on Instagram you can do so here or by clicking my IG logo up top in the right.
Use colored tape to solve the pencil problems in the classroom
Before you say I don't have time to be sticking tape on pencils- Ask yourself how many times a day do you stop teaching to take care of an argument over pencils.  Also, I will tell you that I have a parent do this for me.  When I don't, I also can sit and watch TV and do this.   It is actually kind of relaxing- don't laugh.  Four boxes took about 30 minutes.

I know some people write names or student numbers, but that wears off, I've done that and it is time consuming too. Kids are still grabbing pencils from each other to check to see if they have the wrong pencil. This is much easier to see.  You can spot the wrong pencil at a table immediately.

You can also get wild and crazy, use fun duct tape or washi tape instead of basic colors. Give this a try.  You will be amazed at how this simple trick will solve the pencil problems.

Now when they need that pencil sharpened just have them drop it into the Dull pencil bucket and grab an already Sharp pencil that matches their specific color.  Here are some labels for you to help get you started.  I have these set to print out on  Avery 8164 shipping labels, but you could just print on regular paper. and tape them onto your container  Enjoy!
pencil cup dull and sharp labels FREE

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Best Books to Read in Novemebr

Do you need some book suggestions to read for the month of November.  These are all of my favorites to read.  Turkey Pox is my all-time favorite book to read.  in fact mine has been read so much that it is falling apart. If you haven't read this book- it is a must read.
The Best Thanksgiving and November books to read for the primary grades

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If I've missed any- please share your favorites below.  I am always on the hunt for new books to read. A teacher can never have too many books.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Thanksgiving Round-Up of Resources

Can you believe that it is already November and in a few short weeks it will be Thanksgiving.  If you are like me, you are probably knee deep in assessments and will be completing report cards during Thanksgiving break. This month I'm pulling out my favorite centers, activities and books to keep my kindergarteners occupied while I assess. I only have 9 days to fit it all in until Thanksgiving break.  We are fortunate enough to get the entire week off. Next week is a 4 day work week due to Veterans day.
Thankful Quote
Thanksgiving Resource Round-up- reading, writing, math and art.  Everything you need to to keep your centers fun and engaging.

We will be talking about what it means to be thankful and creating this writing craftivity. This is such a fun project, there are so many different skills involved to put it all together.  It takes a lot of listening and following directions and folding those turkey legs is great fine motor practice.  The kids love doing this once they learn how.
Thanksgiving writing craft- What I am thankful for
This is a first sound center I'll be using with a few of my kindergartners who are still working on beginning sounds.  I have about 4 who still need it.  I also like to leave these out for early finishers. Just becasue they know their sounds doesn't mean they can't still use the practice.
Thanksgiving centers for kindergarten phonemic awareness centers for November
I love making this turkey headband.  It is by far one of my favorite projects to make in November.  It takes the kids a while to cut everything out and assemble all the pieces, and the results can sometimes be comical.  We often will make our headbands then parade around the school to perform our poem for the other classes.
Turkey craft headband
Turkey Feast Poem for the pocket Chart and Emergent Reader
My students also love playing Where's the Pilgrim.  They can't get enough of it. It is such a fun way to practice our sight words.
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Have a great week- 
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