Monday, December 12, 2011

Native American Day

Native American Day is always such fun.  The kids learn a lot and it is a great culmination for our Thanksgiving Unit.  Although it is a fun day, this year was bittersweet because it was Ms. Whitmore's last day with us.  But, congratulations to her, as she will be teaching 5th grade math.  She was also recognized by JSU for fantastic job as she received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award.  Congrats, and we'll miss you.

Promethean Board Stations

So my student teacher I had this semester really inspired me to use my promethean board more.  I created this flip chart to use with a recording sheet and made it one of my literacy stations during Thanksgiving.  The kids clicked on a pilgrim hat to reveal a cvc picture.  They then sounded out and spelled the cvc word on their recording sheet.  They had a blast doing this station.  I got to noticing they were doing it over and over and not moving on to their free choice.  Thanks Ms. J. Chamblee for the recording sheet.

Scarecrow, Scarecrow

Okay, so I know I am really behind on posting, but graduate school was about to get the best of me.  However, I am now officially finished with graduation coming up this week.  But, enough of that let's see if I can catch up on some long over due posts
I love to paint with the kids.  It can get a little messy, but it all washes out.  We painted a scarecrow and added the caption:
Scarecrow, scarecrow
How scary can you be?
You scared a ______,
But you didn't scare me.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Fun

After visiting the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago, we used our class pumpkin to do some investigations. We measured, counted seeds, and checked to see if our pumpkin would sink or float.  The kids got so excited with all these fun activities.  Check out the cute pumpkins they painted.  They mixed red and yellow to get their own orange color and cut the face pieces themselves.  Each pumpkin has its own unique look.

Red Ribbon Week

We had a great week of Red Ribbon Activities.  Miss Whitmore came up with a great door decoration.  We didn't win, but I thought it was great.  Superhero dress-up day was also a lot of fun.  We got together with Mrs. Lee's class and did a cute song at the assembly.  Our song was to the tune of the Superman theme music.  The kids had a great time at the assembly.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Another great week of kindergarten fun.  This week we learned all kinds of cool facts about spiders.  We recorded our information on a KWL chart.  We also read fun spider books.  Two of our favorites were Miss Spider's Tea Party and The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  We made a spider glyph.  The spiders turned out so cute.  I'll have to post pictures of it later.  My batteries died before I got to that picture.  We ended the week with a tea party with Mrs. Lee's class.  Afterward, we graphed our favorite kind of tea (juice).

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Fun

What a great day at the Pumpkin Patch.  This is my favorite field trip.  The kids are always well behaved and there is lots to keep them busy.  It didn't hurt that the weather was perfect either. Boy, I sure am glad Miss Whitmore finally found her way out of the corn maze.

Apples, Apples, Apples

I am so loving the beautiful fall weather.  This is one of my favorite times of the year (of course I say that every time the seasons change).  We had baskets of apple activities going on all week. Two of my favorite apple books are "The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree" and "The Apple Pie Tree".  Check out our seasons of an apple tree. The apples on the tree are my students' favorite part of "The Apple Pie Tree".  Miss Whitmore used burlap to let the kids make apple prints and drawing for a place mat. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's Beginning to Look Like Fall

Miss Whitmore is doing such a great job.  She is going to make a fantastic teacher.  Here are some pictures of some of the great fall activities she did this week.  I think maybe favorite is the fall tree.  She used a brown paper bag and tissue paper.  They turned out so cute.  Check out the edible acorns they made together.  One is a Hershey's Kiss, nutella, and a vanilla wafer.  The other is a donut hole with nutella and chocolate sprinkles.  She used pretzel sticks for the stems.  The window decorations include a fall tree "leaf" globe.  Tiny die cut leaves are in a ziplock bag between two trees.  The kids turned them upside down and then back and watched the leaves fall.  They learned about how chlorophyll is the green pigment in leaves that hides the true color of the leaves.  The red, orange, and yellow we see in the fall are their true colors that we see for just a short time before the leaves die and fall off the tree.