Tuesday, September 9, 2014

When We Grow Up...

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share what my class did to learn all about community helpers. We always start the year learning about rules and authority figures. We start talking about rules and leaders in our classroom, our school and the community.

One of my favorite books to read during this unit is When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic. It is a super fun read and I love the message of it being OK to want to be lots of different things when you grow up. I love to encourage my kids to dream big!

We read lots of other books about different careers including fire fighters and police officers (always a  kindergarten class favorite!). I also invited some of our school leaders to come in and talk to the kids about their jobs. We were visited by our principal, vice-principal, librarian, reading interventionist, counselor and maintenance man! Our executive director (basically our charter school's superintendent) even came and spoke to the kids! Ever since whenever we see one of them around school, the kids love to wave and say hi! 

A couple other activities we did was matching community helpers to their vehicles and drawing community helpers we learned about:


Of course I had the kids draw what they want to be when they grow up:


During Reading the kids colored and read an emergent reader on community helpers:


My absolute favorite activity to do is a community helper craft where I have the kids decorate a cartoon picture of a job and I glue a picture of their head over the face. It looks adorable! I wish I could show you the kids' pictures, but trust me, it's too cute! (I got the cartoon pictures from edhelper.com)

To end our unit, we went to a local fire station and the kids learned all about firefighters! They had a blast!

Before we went on the field trip, I had the kids predict what they would see:


When we returned, we filled out a scavenger hunt list marking what we saw and drawing what we would look like as firefighters:


Some of these activities are in my community helpers unit! If you want to check it out, click the picture below! 

Coming Soon: Weather and 5 Senses

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm baaaaack!!

Well, I know it's been awhile, but I am BACK and my blog got a beautiful makeover! A HUGE HUGE thanks to Designs by Tenille for creating my beautiful new blog design! I absolutely love it!!

So sorry for my absence the past few months, but I just needed a little break. Life got a little crazy! Since I last posted in April, I finished my sixth year of teaching, graduated from UT with my Master's in Education and got a new puppy!! Check out the About Me section in my blog to read more about it!

I know many of you started back to school this past week, but believe it or not, I have been back at work since July 23rd! I'm back teaching kindergarten (I loop with my students so I teach my kids for two years: kindergarten and first) with a new group and they are definitely keeping me on my toes! I have tons to share with you guys and I will do that soon, but first I wanted to share what back to school stuff I have in case you need ideas!

I have two back to school units with plenty of fun literacy and math activities for Kinder and 1st grade students! The second one is specifically for Kindergarten:

I also have two classroom theme products (pirate and ocean): 

I also have classroom labels and classroom schedule/center signs. If you are interested in the labels and my first back to school unit, check out my bundle for all three

Finally, I have a rules/laws unit which is a great resource for introducing and reviewing rules with your classroom at the beginning of the year.

As a thank you for being a loyal blog reader, the first THREE people to comment with their email address will win a free copy of one of my products above (not including the bundle). Please let me know which product you want in your copy too! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

K/1 Procedural Writing Unit: Recipes

WAAAAY back in December, my kiddos did a three week writing unit on procedural writing. I had the kids choose a recipe to write and illustrate.

To start we talked about what procedural writing is and came up with some examples:

Next the kids brainstormed ideas of possible recipes they could write by writing their ideas on a web:

The next day, everyone chose a recipe they wanted to write and listed the ingredients and tools they would need: 

My example

I also had the kids illustrate the steps in their recipe:

The next day we began writing our recipes. I reminded my students to use their ingredient and tool list to make sure they included everything in their steps:

My example

The next few days were spent on writing the recipes. I did a different mini-lesson each day that focused on a different skill such as adding transition words, adding labels, using periods, etc. Here are examples of my kids' writing:

After they finished writing their recipes, the last few days of our unit was spent publishing! I typed up each student's ingredient and tool list along with their recipe. Then they were able to illustrate it. Here are some examples of their finished recipes:

If you liked this unit, please click HERE to check it out in my TpT store! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jan Brett Author Study

Slowly and surely I'm getting caught up on sharing what my class has been learning! Tonight I wanted to share my kids' journals on our Jan Brett author study from January.

Here are some of the books we read:

I would read a book every other day and after reading the book, the kids would write about it in their journals or complete a graphic organizer:

Sadly, we didn't get to do extra activities because January was a crazy busy month AND we had a "snow day" and some delayed starts so it went by super fast! To wrap up our study, we illustrated our favorite Jan Brett books:

If you liked these activities, check out my author study unit on TpT which you can use with any author of your choice!