These picture frames were a hit! The kids got a kick out of the flower. We bought the acrylic frames for 25 cents at SCKC conference in February. Could not beat that deal (this was the booth with all the cool "junk teaching materials"). The magnet strip makes this gift versatile and the sweet kindergarten label makes it extra special. Happy Mother's Day!
Another "Amazing Creature" that our students have been studying is the Land Snail. For the past 2 week students they have learned about the snail body parts, diet, behavior, and even checked out some cool videos on Utube! Here, I opened up the lesson with this whole group labeling activity. Students then verified the answers by passing around snails in clear cups and observing the actual snail up close. Finally, I asked the students to transfer their learning onto a blank labeling sheet (see document below).
The next activity was to get ready for the SNAIL RACES by making posters for our snail teams,...of course. The criteria for the poster was that students had to draw all of the body parts along with some words of encouragement. The students loved this part. I loved this part,...it was so sweet.
Then (you're going to get a kick out of step), the students decided that they wanted to give their snails a "pep talk!" Yes, they each wanted to spend a few seconds with their team's snail and explain to it what they wanted it to do. Of course, I rolled with it and allowed them to do the pep talk. It was SO hard not to laugh out loud while this was going on. Again, it was so sweet.
We had six teams, one for each table group. As you can see I simply put a colored sticker with the table number on each snail's shell. I projected the track onto the big screen so that everyone could see the action. We continued the race until every snail made it across the finish line, so that each team had something to feel proud about.
(Lesson is based on FOSS Animals Two By Two)
We are always looking for hands-on activities that reinforce the new CCSS of (K.NBT.1) composing and decomposing numbers 11 to 19, that are engaging and rigorous. We found it: NUMBER BONDS! We used them during our Math RTI rotation last month and it was a hit!
Students use the small container to "shake and dump" the 20 double-sided counters. The students then slide the counters onto the ten frames. Here you see 11 yellow counters and 9 red counters. The final step is to record the counter compositions onto the Number Bonds sheet. Our students did a great job!
You asked for it and we are doing it! Yes, we are currently working on MATH extensions & activities and hope to have them ready just in time for you to begin planning next school year's lessons. They are CCSS based and teacher/student tested! Look for more information on TPT or this blog!
Here We Come to Save the Day!
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