I wonder: Apples

IMG_1947 IMG_1946 IMG_1945 IMG_1944 IMG_1943 IMG_1942 IMG_1941 IMG_1940 IMG_1939 IMG_1937First, I put  up a few images of apples from Discovery Education.  There was a picture of an apple tree, a few different kinds of apples, and two apples that had been cut open.  We brainstormed all the things we saw in the images and then asked questions.  What did we wonder?

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Center Time

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Math!  Make the numbers 1 to 10 with snap blocks.IMG_1931Art!  Free draw a mouse.
For our Hickory, Dickory clocks. Paint, glue, sharpies, scissors… there’s no better way to do an art project!

IMG_1928Playdough numbers: 1 – 10IMG_1923Phonics: 4 Square!

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Science: Will it float?

IMG_1920It’s a new month!  We filled out our September calendars and added them to our science notebooks.  Then we made predictions about our egg… would it float?

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Most of the class thought it would.  After our predictions were recorded, we did our test!

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The kids drew our results for their notebooks.  It was a fun little experiment!

These pages can be found in this Humpty Dumpty unit.  
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Click on the image to see it at TpT!

 

I’m Done! Now What?

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These bins were in the dollar section at target.  I used them to set-up early finisher stations.  Once their work is done, the kids can come and choose a bin and do the activity inside.  Most of the puzzles are ones that I found at the dollar store or Ross.  

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There are alphabet puzzles, number matching to 10, and a matching game for rhyme. The hundreds chart is from Lakeshore.  It is super hard, but the kids love it!

 

 

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I’ll change them up as we go along, but for now, these are working great.  The kids pair up in twos as they work.  They love it, it’s super easy to manage, and a great activity for the kids that finish early.  

 

Humpty Dumpty

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We’ve started in our Nursery Rhyme Books!

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We sang the poem, found sight words and rhyming words as we read it together.

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Then we wrote the sight words from the poem, as we chanted and spelled the sight words.

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Next they had the chance to cut and past the letters to make the words.  

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Next week, I want to do a couple of the egg experiments from this pack with the kids.  

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Science Notebooks

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We’ve started our science note booking!

We started with the idea that scientists make observations and ask questions.

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I used their questions page to make a class book.

Some questions where, “Why do rainbows have so many colors?  Why is the sky so close?  Why are pancakes flat?”

Our first page in our notebooks is our calendar.

We use these to practice writing numbers, but also to help organize our units.

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We will add a self portrait each month.  It documents our growth over time.  The kids are always amazed to compare their first self portrait to their final one.  We usually add details related to our themes, so each child added our kindergarten garden beds into their portrait.  We talked about our beds and all that we would be growing this year.

IMG_1884Then there is their hand, just because it is nice for families to have, but it also documents growth.

IMG_1883We introduced our 5 senses with a song (I had to modify this one after I had already printed it.. couldn’t get the tune.)

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 Then we started our coconut unit making observations and asking questions.  After we passed around our coconuts, every student came up with a different question.  I wrote each child’s question and they illustrated their page for their notebook.

 

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The next day we focused in on one question. 

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As you can see, most of the class suspects that coconuts do have seeds inside.

We haven’t tested yet, to see if they do, but that is coming later.

Today, we used our sense of touch to describe how coconuts feel.

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The coconut pages can be found in my chicka, chicka unit, if you are interested. Click on the image below to view it.  I haven’t gotten my other science stuff organized yet, I am making it up as we go right now.  

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Updated Pack: Apples

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I’m getting ready for a new year, going through old materials, updating and adding to them.  Our units keep changing in kindergarten, but this was a fun one.  I love finding ways to integrate science into our themes, that always seems to be the spark that engages all the kids in learning.

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Here are a few sample pages from the pack.  Click on the images to learn more!

 

Dd is for Daisy

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I have this amazing and super creative co-teacher in kindergarten.  She get’s all the credit for this idea.  I saw it hanging outside her door and had to copy.  

Cutting and pasting requires a lot of front loading in kindergarten, especially this early in the school year.  I demonstrated on the document camera how to cut 10 petals, glue and paste them on the black square.  We discussed how each one would turn out different and that is what would make them all beautiful.  

I warned them that I wouldn’t help them cut it, they had to do it themselves.  

They did a really good job!