Take your students into the garden, explore and learn with seeds! Today my son and I went on a walk through the neighborhood, looking for native seeds to harvest. We’ve had so much rain lately, flowers are blooming everywhere. Next, … Continue reading
First, 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?
Most of the class thought it would. After our predictions were recorded, we did our test!
The kids drew our results for their notebooks. It was a fun little experiment!
Click on the image to see it at TpT!
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.
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!
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.
We’ve started in our Nursery Rhyme Books!
We sang the poem, found sight words and rhyming words as we read it together.
Then we wrote the sight words from the poem, as we chanted and spelled the sight words.
Next they had the chance to cut and past the letters to make the words.
Next week, I want to do a couple of the egg experiments from this pack with the kids.
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We’ve started our science note booking!
We started with the idea that scientists make observations and ask questions.
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.
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.
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.
The next day we focused in on one question.
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few sample pages from the pack. Click on the images to learn more!