Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fairy tales

We have been working on Fairy tales all month. We have read a wide variety of fairy tale and folk tales and the kids are having a blast. The first activity we did was after we read the books The Three Little Pigs and The Three Little Fish. The students had to identify what each house was made out of for the different stories and we wrote the name of each material and glued a sample over the house. The kids loved this activity and the parents loved looking at this during our Open House this week. What do you think?

After that we read Cinderella, and did some independent writing. The kids were asked to think about what they would do if they had a magic wand. Their answers were really touching. We worked together to inventively spell different words. I think they came out great for some of their first independent writing for the year.

I will make everyone happy.
I will do magic.
For our art we worked on "collage"-ing and mosaics (kind of) with our stained glass castles! The kids had to glue tissue paper over the picture of the castle and then they needed to carefully spread a layer of glue over the top of their art work. The kids loved, loved, LOVED this activity and I cannot wait to do it again for our butterfly unit. 

The next fairy tale we read was Jack and the Bean Stalk. The kids had to sequence the story and they learned about what Jack's magic bean needs to grow! 

Our sequencing board

Hello Science! This really leads into our next unit and the kids really enjoyed figuring out what Jack's magic bean needed to grow! 
Teacher poster!

I have a couple other activities we did that I will add once I get my pictures loaded onto my computer! I hope you enjoyed and maybe find some ideas you can use in your own classroom!

Always remember: every moment can be a learning moment!

Sincerely from TK,

Arctic Animals

Phew! I cannot believe it has been over a month since I've posted anything on this blog!! Well, I'm here to fix that with not one, not TWO but THREE blog posts today so stay tuned for the next two installments. This first post is all about our arctic animal unit I did through out January. 

The kids had so much fun learning about penguins and polar bears. I got to introduce some science readers and some informational texts to the kids so we really got to explore new forms of writing! The kids LOVED it!

We did our traditional guided art lesson that the kids really, REALLY enjoyed! I wanted to introduce expository writing (writing about facts) so we spent over a week practicing our 'can, have, are' charts and finally I taught them how to transfer the facts from their chart to our writing paper. The kiddos were so proud of their writing they couldn't wait to show their parents.

I had them hung up above their desks so that parents could look at their student's work when they brought them in for the beginning of the day. I was surprised at how many of the parents were surprised and moved at seeing their student's work. I guess, being in the classroom with them every day, I forget that this is all new for the parents to see. These are their babies and they're growing up and doing things they've never done before. It was exciting to see the kids and their parents so proud of everything they've been doing. 

It makes my job so enjoyable.

Well I'm off to prepare for tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed!

Always remember: Every moment can be a learning moment!

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