Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kindergarten Science!

This last week in Kindergarten  we did an experiment with water evaporation. We put water in two clear plastic cups and filled it up to a red line. We covered one cup and left the other cup open. After two days of studying evaporation, we decided that our experiment needed heat or the sun to make the water evaporate faster. So, we added a heat lamp to our experiment. 

Each day, we recorded our findings on our observation sheet: 

Finally, we did a writing assignment, to summarize what we learned about evaporation. 

Another resource used this week, was an awesome video on youtube called: 

My kiddos loved watching this clip, and it really helped to sum up what we were studying about evaporation! 

My observation worksheets can be downloaded as a FREEBIE from my TeachersPayTeachers store! 

Click on the picture below! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Big Pumpkin! Children's book & Halloween activities!

This week in Kindergarten we read one of my favorite children's books: Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman. I love using this book with my kids, as there are so many literary elements that can be taught while using this book! The text of the repeats and rhymes, and the kids get so excited to say parts of it outloud with me while I read it. 
One of the best parts (I think!) about the book is that there is an awesome song that goes with the book! It's literally someone reading the text, but in song form. Now, I remember having the song on a cassette tape when I was a kid, but I can't find it anywhere now other than Youtube... so.. ta da!! That's what we used in class. I read the book to them on Monday, and then on Tuesday they got to listen to the song version, and it was quite a hit! 

Here's a link to the song on YouTube! 

As we studied the book this week, I decided to focus on a different literary element with my kiddos each day. I also created a worksheet for the kids to do to help them respond to the book! 

The first day, I simply let the kids choose their favorite part of the story and draw a picture. 
The next day, we discussed the different characters in the story. I taught the kids the difference between  a main character and a regular character by talking about the witch in the story and the other characters that help her! 

The next day, we talked about sequencing! The kids recalled the order that the characters came to help the witch pull the pumpkin off the vine. They completed a fun cut and paste worksheet together: 

Tomorrow we will finish our study of Big Pumpkin by talking about who the "hero" of the story is! One of the characters at the end, figures out that by working together, they can all pull the pumpkin off the vine! Which is yet another great quality of the book! It ends on such a positive note. :) 

The worksheets shown here and others are available as part of my 
Big Pumpkin Pack! on Teachers Pay Teachers!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Official Blog Post- Halloween Graph Activity!!

Welcome to my blog!! I am excited to get started in the wonderful world of teaching blogs! While I still have a lot to learn, I wanted to be able to start sharing some of my ideas & resources that I use in my own classroom! :) 
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Yesterday I did my first class graphing activity with my Kindergarten class. I was nervous to try this lesson with my kiddos, as I usually save this graphing activity for later in the school year, but I decided to give it a try! 
I try to do a graphing activity with my kids once a month to give my kids a chance to share their opinion about a topic and also practice their graphing and number skills!

I proposed this question to my kids for our Halloween graph:
"What is your favorite part of Halloween?"
Kids were allowed to choose from the following choices: 
Eating Candy, Reading Spooky Stories, Trick-or-Treating, or Carving Jack-o-lanterns. Kids voted for their favorite part of Halloween by putting their picture under the correct column on a pocket chart! 
When everyone has voted, together we fill out the class data sheet to summarize everyone's opinion! Kids have to make a bar graph, count how many kids are in each column, and make tally marks to represent the data. 

The kids had so much fun with this project, and are already talking about next month's graph! I leave the monthly graph up at all times for the kids to see. The kids love any chance to see pictures of themselves! :)
This project is available as part of my Halloween Spooky Fun Pack on TPT
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