Sunday, January 31, 2016

Measurement (Length, Height, and Weight)

This past week we completed our unit on measurement. The kids had so much fun learning about all the different types of measurement, and there were a few who would even keep their supplies on their table organized by length afterwards!

We started out learning about length.  I gathered 20 different items from around our room so each student would have an item.  We talked about putting the items in order by length, and how to know if one item was shorter or longer than another.  I laid these three items out and we decided that it was hard to tell since they weren't lined up next to each other, or starting at the same point.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

So we found a nice line in our room to line the items up against.  The kids then each took a turn bringing up their item and deciding where it needed to go.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


Here's all of our items lined up in order from shortest to longest.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

We also traced our feet and cut them out, then measured them with uni-fix cubes.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Then the cut-out feet and strip of paper that says, "My foot is ___ cubes long" were added to their Math journals.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

(This is one of the students who keeps lining up all of her things by length!)
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

The next day we read Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni and completed some "wormy" measurements!
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Each student measured their own gummy worm with cubes, stretched it and measured it again, then took two bites and measured it again! (And then of course ate the whole thing! YUM!)
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

They then each created their own "Wiggly Worms" and we lined them up by length on our big poster.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Next, we learned about height, which I introduced by reading Big Dog...Little Dog, by P.D. Eastman.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

All the kids then walked around room finding things they were taller than and then shorter than.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

This cutie noticed that he was shorter than me!
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

After finding things around the room they were taller and shorter than, they filled out this paper.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Download your free copy here!
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


We then learned about weight and used a balance scale to compare the weights of different items in the classroom.  The students looked through magazines to choose two pictures to cut, and decide which would be the heaviest and which would be the lightest.
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Then they glued the pictures onto this paper of a balance scale from Tiffany at KTeacher Tiff.  Thanks for sharing!
Measurement, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

 And thanks to Kindergarten Kindergarten for a few of the other measurement ideas!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Five for Friday Linky Party

Hi!  I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

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We had a chilly start to our day on Monday, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to reward my Kinder cuties with some hot chocolate.  (Even if it did get close to 70 degrees by the afternoon!)

hot chocolate, www.justteachy.blogspot.com



~2~
This weekend’s weather is looking very inviting!  I guess no one told Texas that it’s winter! No hot chocolate for us!




~3~ 
Friday Dance Party!  (Well, actually we have a dance party almost everyday, but Fridays always feel a little more special!) Right now we are loving “A Kidz Bop Valentine”.




~4~ 
This week we learned all about rocks.  I always read Roxaboxen, by Alice McLerran, as just a fun read-aloud.  It is one of my favorite books because it just reminds me so much of when I was little and how much fun you can have when you use your imagination.  These children build their own little town out in the desert with rocks and boxes, and anything else they can find.  Such a cute story!
Roxaboxen, great book for imagination, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


 I’ve had this book for a few years(bought from Half Priced Books), but I actually just read the inscription on the inside of the book.  I always just figured it was written from a grandma or mom to a child, but I never really looked at the name.  Oh. My. Goodness. Y’all!  It is signed by the author herself and reads, “Long live imagination!”  I feel like I just won the lottery!
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~5~ 
Want to really amaze your students?!  Read this book! (Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor)  Make sure you have a rock that fits in your hand hidden right beside you as you read it. Throughout the book it lists rules for finding a rock. On the last page it says, “I happen to have a rock right here in my hand…”  As I read the last page I secretly grab the rock, and when I read that last line, I hold out the rock.  You would think I had just performed the most amazing magic trick!  The kids are so surprised and can’t believe I actually have a rock in my hand like the book says! 
Rock Hunt, www.justteachy.blogspot.com



After the book, we go outside and search for our own rocks using the rules from the book.  When we bring the rocks back inside we fill out observations about our rocks in our Science Journals.
Rock Hunt, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Rock Hunt, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hibernation (and Hibernating Teddy Bears)

I think hibernation is just about the cutest Science unit to teach!  
I always start out by reading Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson.  (If you haven't read all of her "bear" books, you are definitely missing out!  My class can't enough of them!)

Hibernation, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Towards the end of our hibernation study, I send a note home to the parents asking for the kids to bring a stuffed bear to let hibernate in our classroom cave until spring. In the spring, we will wake our bears up and read the equally adorable book, Bear Wants More.  We'll also have a Teddy Bear picnic!  

Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


The kids give their bears a hug and a kiss..

Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

...and then tuck them into the cave.
Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


We also use interactive writing to make a sign for the cave so visitors know our bears are sleeping!
Hibernating Teddy Bears, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

After reading Bear Snores On a few times throughout the week, we completed this adorable little book from A Place Called Kindergarten.  The kids fill in the characters, setting and details.
Hibernation, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

 We also make these precious hibernating bears in a cave and the kids write, "Bears hibernate in the winter."  I love how different these each turn out and how the kid's personalities always shine through!
Hibernation, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Hibernation, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Two other hibernating books I make sure to read every year are, Time to Sleep, by Denise Fleming and All About Hibernation, by Tori Kosara.  These books are great for talking about fiction and nonfiction since the book covers are very similar.
Hibernation, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snowman Measurement (Non-Standard Measurement)

Throughout the year, our door is decorated with a non-standard measurement strip in a different theme for each month. This month, the students are seeing how many snowmen tall they are.

Snowman Measuring, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

The students choose a partner and take turns measuring each other and then recording their height on the sheet next to the measuring strip.  The sheet has enough spaces for everyone in the class, plus a few extras and says, "_________ is _____ snowmen tall."
Snowman Measuring, www.justteachy.blogspot.com
 Of course practicing measuring is the main focus of this activity, but I love seeing the students working together to measure their friends!  They are so adorable!

Snowman Measuring, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Family Snowman Project

Every year over Christmas break we send home a Family Snowman Project.  During class, we read the book, Snowballs, by Lois Elhert.  This book shows different snowmen, and snowgirls, made out of all types of "good stuff" that had been collected.  We then talk about different things they can find around their house to decorate their snowman.  This is a project the students work on with their families, and then return it to school after the Christmas break.  They always turn out so cute!  I love to see how creative everyone gets!

Family Snowman Project, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


Family Snowman Project, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


Family Snowman Project, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


Family Snowman Project, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Alphabet Christmas Lights-ABC Center

Yes, I do realize that most people have had their Christmas things put away for quite a while!  But my kids just love this center and begged me to keep it out a little longer, so what else could I do?!  (This is just one of the activities in our ABC Center, so yes, there are other non-Christmas themed activities to choose from!)  These Christmas lights are die-cut from laminated construction paper, but you could use a cute clipart of a light bulb.  I just put a strip of magnetic tape on the back of each "light", and taped pieces of yarn to our whiteboard for them to "hang" on.  

The students can put the lights in alphabetic order...
Alphabet Christmas Lights, Kindergarten, www.justteachy.blogspot.com


 ...or they can spell out simple words or sight words.
Alphabet Christmas Lights, Kindergarten, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Start Your Year Inspired Sale on TPT!

We're having a SALE!  From Jan. 20 - Jan. 21 you can save 28% off all my products on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Head on over and take a look!


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Guided Reading-Cut Apart Sentence

This is one of my Guided Reading groups working on a Cut Apart Sentence.
I love Cut Apart Sentences because so many reading and writing skills are addressed with this one lesson!  

First, I gave each student in the group a strip of paper with a sentence written on it.  We practiced reading the sentence being sure to point to each word as we said it, and we also counted the number of words in the sentence. 

I then cut apart the sentence so that each word was now on a small strip by itself and I mixed the words up for each student.  They then had to manipulate the words to put the sentence back together and read it to me to make sure it was in the correct order.


Next, they glued their sentence on a blank piece of paper...

...and copied in onto their paper, paying attention to correct letter formation and spacing.

Here are the finished products!
Guided Reading-Cut Apart Sentences