Sunday, January 22, 2017

100th Day of School, Hooray!!!

It's that time of year when schools are preparing to celebrate the 100th day of school- sorry f you've already had yours.  Our 100th day is January 31st.  It seems to come earlier every year.  I guess that is becasue we seem to start school earlier each year.
Celebrate the hundredth day of school with fun and engaging activities that are sure to keep your students busy all day long while learning and having fun.

This year our 100th day falls on a Tuesday which is our half day.  This means
we will be cutting our festivities short.  I'm not sure how we will be cramming a full day of fun into a half day of school.  I think we will have to skip our computer time that day just to fit something else in.  

On Monday at the end of the day I'll have my kids make their 100th day hats so they can wear them first thing in the morning.
100th day of school hats from Hooray for the 100th Day of School pack by Time4Kindergarten
After our school wide morning assembly we will get the party started! The students will rotate through centers creating and completing the following...  
100th day Necklace
100th day of school necklace  from Time4kindergarten
Writing Numbers to 100
Write numbers to 100 by Time4Kindergarten
When I'm 100
This is always a favorite of mine, their answers are hysterical.  I use the aging app and take their picture a few days before and have them printed so they can have their picture when they do their writing. Some say they will be bald, or have canes or wrinkles. 
100th day writing activity with Aging Booth App
Making a 100 Day Snack
100th day of school snack by Time4kindergarten Download the free snack sign up sheet
Want labels to go on your students bags so they don't mix up their bags, becasue you know they will.  Plus labels are just fun and festive. I use the Avery 8153 labels to print on.  All you do is highlight where it says name.
100th Day Snack label from Time4kindergarten
Snack Sign-Up List 

All of the above activities can be found in my Hooray for the 100th day of school pack in my TpT store
Click to see pages from the pack

At the end of the day we will have a school-wide classroom caravan to view all the 100 days classroom projects.  Here are some projects from last year.
100th day projects
100th Day of School Books
100th day of school books
I will also be placing out a book browsing box this week for the kids to look at.  I have a large collection of 100th day books that I have collected over the years. Many can be purchased through my affiliate link from Amazon. Should you should to click through, any money I make through affiliate links goes directly back into my classroom to purchase teaching supplies.


I hope you have a FABULOUS!!!! 100th day of school.  I know we will my class is getting so excited about it. Every day during our calendar math time they keep telling me how many more days we have until our big celebration.  I
m just glad it isn't on a Monday again.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

All About Penguins

January brings cold weather and time to learn about penguins, polar bears and other arctic animals.  as we return on Monday we will kick off the new year with learning about all about penguins.  Growing up, penguins were one of my favorite animals, I'm not sure why, but I have a small collection of penguin stuffed animals and figurines.
Penguin Books for kindergarten and first grade fiction and non-fiction close reads and mentor texts

We will be reading lots of books about penguins.  Some will be fiction and the rest nonfiction.  We will will then be comparing what we have learned about penguins from the non fiction books to the fiction books to see how the author has added to the characters abilities in the stories.  Here are a few of my favorites which can be purchased through my Amazon affiliate linkx.  The money I earn through my affiliate links I use to purchase items such as books, cardstock and lamination for my classroom.

We are delving into writing this month and my students are going to be writing what they know about penguins.  I'll start out with a big anchor chart. As we read books we will be adding what we learn about penguins to the chart.
All About Penguins Anchor Chart: FREE Download
I also like to show my students clips from informational videos I have found on YouTube.  
The Best Penguin Videos on YouTube for kindergarten, first and second grade students
All Things Animal TV Ed and Eppa 
This one is a favorite of mine.
Emperor Penguin Chicks

All about Penguins for Kids: Penguins of the World
Mr. Harry's I'm a Penguin

My kids love to get up and do the penguin song.  It is great for a quick movement activity and get th wiggles out.
Mr. Rogers has a great one,  Talk about a blast from the past. This one is actually on PBS

Now for a little Freebie for you Here is the chart we are using this week.

All About Penguins Anchor Chart: FREE Download
Well, I have only 1 day left before I return to work, so I am going to squeeze every bit of relaxation I possibly can out of it.  By that I mean Netflix, my heating blanket and the couch.  It is pouring rain here and we are expecting even more torrential rain that could possibly turn to flooding.

Wherever you are stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.

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