Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Gingerbread Math Freebies!!

Here are two more gingerbread math ideas and printables! I have more but will upload when I have more time!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful Thanksgiving Eve Linky Party

 Natalie over at "What the Teacher Wants" challenged everyone to a "thankful linky party"....so here is my list;
1.  What are you thankful for in your classroom/school?
I am most thankful for the wonderful teachers I work with at MRSE.  We all work together so well and try to share the load for planning and sharing ideas and activities.  I love my K-Crew girls!!

2. What person are you most thankful for?
I am thankful for lots of people in my life, but I am most thankful for my children...Michael and Sierra and their spouses Jan and Joseph.  I am also profoundly thankful for my beautiful granddaughter Avarie.  They are my life.  Love you guys so much!

3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for?
This is very hard because I read and get ideas from so many blogs.  The first would have to be my friend Lisa's blog Mrs. Ring's K-Crew Kids Rock because she is my teaching partner as well as inspiration for blogging.


The second blog would have to be have to be Ashley over at The Polka Dot Patch.  I love her ideas and "borrow" lots of them.



The third would be Deanna Jump over at Mrs. Jump's Class.  Her blog was the first one I started following even before I knew how to officially follow.  She has great ideas.


4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for?
Definitely Starbuck's White Chocolate Mocha!!!  I love me some Starbucks although I have to drive 45 minutes to get it!

5. What are you most thankful for?
I am thankful for where I am in my life.  I had a rough 2009 when I got  divorced after being married for 30 years but I got through it because of the amazing people in my life who supported, encouraged, and inspired me....you all know who you are!  I am also thankful that I have come to appreciate each day and the little things in life!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is fast approaching and we will be doing lots of holiday activities in the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas......So I thought I would get a jump start and post some of the fun things we will be doing. I love all the gingerbread stories and we will be reading several and comparing them.






I will copy this onto chart paper or use on the Promethean Board.  Click here to get.


Flow map....The students will draw pictures to retell what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Click here to get.

Gingerbread Man sequencing.  This came from SparkleBox. Click here for the link.

(None of these songs are my original ideas....I have compiled them over the years and found them on many websites.)

Reindeer Poky
(sung to the tune of "The Hokey Poky")
You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Poky and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
You put your hooves in....
You put your red nose in....
You put your fluffy tail in...
You put your reindeer body in...


Let's All Do a Little Clapping
(Sing to: We Wish You A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!)
Let's all do a little clapping, let's all do a little clapping, let's all do a
little clapping, & spread Christmas cheer.
You can change the clapping to
other activities.
2.Jumping
3.Twirling
4.Stretching
5.Bending


Where is Santa?
(Sung to the tune: Are you sleeping?)
Where is Santa? Where is Santa? (hands behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (arms out in front making a belly shape!)
Merry, Merry Christmas! Merry, Merry, Christmas!
(keep arms up through the rest of the song!)
Ho! Ho! Ho!, Ho! Ho! Ho!


Must Be Santa
Who's got a beard that's long and white 
Santa's got a beard that's long and white 
Who comes around on a special night 
Santa comes around on a special night 
Special Night, beard that's white 
Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Santa Clause 
Who wears boots and a suit of red 
Santa wears boots and a suit of red 
Who wears a long cap on his head 
Santa wears a long cap on his head 
Cap on head, suit that's red 
Special night, beard that's white 
Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Santa Clause 
Who's got a big red cherry nose 
Santa's got a big red cherry nose 
Who laughs this way HO HO HO 
Santa laughs this way HO HO HO 
HO HO HO, cherry nose 
Cap on head, suit that's red 
Special night, beard that's white
Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Santa Clause 
Who very soon will come our way 
Santa very soon will come our way 
Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh 
Santa's little reindeer pull his sleigh 
Reindeer sleigh, come our way 
HO HO HO, cherry nose 
Cap on head, suit that's red 
Special night, beard that's white 
Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Santa Clause 
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen 
Reindeer sleigh, come our way 
HO HO HO, cherry nose 
Cap on head, suit that's red 
Special night, beard that's white 
Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Must be Santa, Santa Clause

S-A-N-T-A
Sung to: "BINGO"
I know a man with a long white bears
And Santa is his name-o
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
And Santa is his name-o
He slides down the chimney with a pack on his back
And Santa is his name-o
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
And Santa is his name-o
Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh
And Santa is his name-o
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
S-A-N-T-A
And Santa is his name-o 

Gingerbread Boy / Girl
I'm a little gingerbread boy. (Boys bow.)
I'm a little gingerbread girl. (Girls bow.)
I can jump, (All jump.)
And I can twirl. (All turn around.)
I have raisins (Point to eyes.)
For my eyes,
And bright red buttons (Point to buttons down chest.)
Just this size.
I have a mouth,
It looks like this. (Point to smiling mouth.)
I can even
Blow a kiss. (Blow a kiss.)
I'm warm and tasty,
But don't eat me. (Shake head.)
Hang me on
Your Christmas tree! (Put hands over head.)







Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanks for Thanksgiving!

Wow!  We had a whirlwind two weeks before Thanksgiving trying to get everything in...singing, graphing, measuring, cooking, retelling stories, and art....but we did it all!  Today we cooked cornbread, made butter, and ate pumpkin pie.  The kinder kids loved it!


Here is some of the artwork we made.

 
Here is the finished board in the hall.






           
We have been working on story elements and retelling stories.  Here are a couple of tree maps and flow maps we used with Too Many Pumpkins and The Great Turkey Race.




We did lots of Thankful graphing activities too!




We finished up measurement with some fun activities.





Tuesday, November 1, 2011

From Pumpkin to Jack-o-Lantern!

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love all the activities we get to do in the Fall.  Here are a few more of our pumpkin activities.

We read tons of pumpkin books.    I don't know how to put the Amazon icon on here so I will just list them.
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
From Seed to Pumpkin
It's Pumpkin Time
The Runaway Pumpkin
The Littlest Pumpkin
Pumpkin Soup
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
Too Many Pumpkins
A Day at the Pumpkin Patch



Of course we just had to carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.  So we voted on how we wanted the eyes, nose, and mouth to look and put our data onto a Pumpkin Graph.


I cut open the pumpkin and all the students helped me scrape out the "guts".  (Go to my school web page to see picture of the k-crew kids)  Then I carved its face according to the graph!
     

Here he is all lit up!



After we cut open the pumpkin we talked about how it looked inside and out, how it smelled, if we had tasted pumpkin before, and what words we could use to describe the pumpkin.