Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lucky Number 13

May flew by so fast, I barely had time to post anything!   This was my 13th year teaching and this whole year seemed to go faster than the ones before.  I can't believe it's already over, but this year was definitely lucky number 13 for me!  I can't remember ever having a class so full of big/funny/adorable personalities.  This group made everything we did fun, and the awesome parents were absolutely the cherry on top!  I'm going to miss these cuties so much over the summer, but hopefully I'll get to see a few of them around town.

Each year, my end of the year gift is a DVD slideshow set to music of all the fun things we did that year.  I love sitting down with the kids watching this together as a class.  Their squeals of delight when they see themselves makes it all worth it!

Have great summer!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Insect Fun

Our last Science unit of the year was insects!

No insect unit is complete without reading some Eric Carle books.  Of course we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quite CricketThe Very Busy Spider, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Grouchy Ladybug. After we watched the video, "Eric Carle: Picture Writer", the kiddos wanted to make their own caterpillar pictures. (In this video, Eric Carle shows how he creates his tissue papers and then uses them to make the pictures for his books.) We didn't use paint like Eric Carle, but the students did color on their papers to add different texture, and then they cut out the shapes they would use to create their caterpillar.
Caterpillars, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Caterpillars, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

We also learned about camouflage and read the book, How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects.
I gave each student a butterfly cut from different colored construction and they had to go around the room and find somewhere their butterfly would be camouflaged.

Camouflage, www.justteachy.blogspot.comCamouflage, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

Camouflage, www.justteachy.blogspot.comCamouflage, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

 During our interactive writing time, we wrote about what we learned about insects.  Then the students chose what insect they wanted to make and created it out of construction paper.
Insects Interactive Writng, www.justteachy.blogspot.com

And the favorite insect activity of all is of course watching our caterpillars turn into butterflies!  During our butterfly release, this little guy did not want to leave his flower!
Butterfly, www.justteachy.blogspot.com