100 Days

  Saw this adorable idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

  
We used butcher paper for the capes (instead of the plastic table clothes),  cut construction paper for the zeros, used bingo markers to make the dots, and a co-teacher had the glasses template. We are going to be Super Heros in honor of Zero the Hero!  I’m going to try pinning the capes on instead of using string to tie them on. 

The kids are so excited! After working on these today, they can’t wait for the 100th day!

For more ideas check out this pack on teachers pay teachers!
 

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Celebrate 100 Days of School!

100 days is so important to our little ones.  We count and count each day, adding ones and grouping tens, anticipating important events as the days pass, one by one.  They are developing their understanding of numbers and what they mean along the way.  100 is an exciting milestone for our students.

Over the years, I’ve collected ideas and activities to help me make this day special, but also focused on learning.  In this packet, I’ve collected a number of ideas, learning stations, math activities, and literacy activities to help me (and you) celebrate the 100th day with our class.

They are easy to use, cute and packed with learning.  Just what the teacher ordered!

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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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Click here to get the 4 square for free!

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! 

Hey Diddle Diddle!

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Working on new units for nursery rhymes!

hey diddle diddle previewHere are a few sample pages from the unit! 

It will last about 1 to 2 weeks, but incorporates science, literacy, graphing, and writing activities for your kids.  

Click on the images to see more!

 

First Graph!

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The first 2 days of school have been a whirlwind of activity!

The kids have been so great!  I love the beginning of school.  I’m exhausted, but so happy.

Making sure we get our kids home safely each day is always such a worry at first.

Things  that had to be prepared to make sure this happened:

1. edit welcome letters and personal information forms

2. mail forms to parents before the first day

3. collect information, create name tags for each class with dismissal information, and pin tags to students on the first day

Wow, I am surprised actually that it only came to 3 things on the list… it was a good week of preparation!

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We also have a crazy half day schedule these first 3 days of school, with 1/3 of our class staying for diagnostic testing and the rest going home at 1:00.

Organizing that schedule, notifying parents, labeling kids with proper dismissal information, preparing testing materials… Wasn’t sure it was humanly possible to get it all done.  Fortunately,  I work with a wonderful team of teachers.  We all took a deep breath, rolled up our sleeves, and made it happen!

Now we have Back-2-School night on Monday!  Yikes!

Make 10 with Ten Frames {Free}

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Just made this up for our math center next week.

Students will use math chips to find the different combinations of ten and record their answers.

During Daily math we’ll be using this package:
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These pages include ways of making ten with ten frames, our fingers, chips, drawings, and more.  It will hopefully give my kids the extra  and repeated practice they need to master the concept!