Thursday, December 22, 2011

Calendar Project for 2012

The kids loved making these calendars for their parents for the New Year!! We did an art project for each month. If you look below I have each month and a few samples of kids work. At the bottom of this blog I have an example of the calendar and picture size.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lunch Box Letters

I love this idea! I saw it on a website and unfortunately I don't remember where.

I call it Lunch Box Letters because I like the way it sounds. It is a station where the kids go and create word families. I love the idea of just putting the letters they need to create words.

This makes this station more manageable for K's. I created a sheet for recording.
Lunch Box Letter Sheet Download 
Lunch box letter book 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thumpity Thump Thump

We learned an easy song that starts with the TH, SH, CH and WH sounds. This quick chant goes to the tune of Frosty the Snow. I had each child draw a picture of themselves on a hill.

whumpity whump whump Thumpity Thump Thump shumpity shump shump Chumpity Chump Chump

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Word Family Posters

After learning a few different word families, we then made illustrations to go with the words.

This was an easy activity to do. The kids did a great job with the illustrations.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Making Words

I saw this oil drip pan on Pinterest and created a center for making words. I LOVE it!! The pan was only nine dollars at Walmart it is much bigger then it looks. I have had four kids at a time working at this center. It was so light that I stuck it to the wall with velcro.

Holiday Alphabet

Deck the halls with letters and sounds fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. I will post the whole alphabet this weekend!

It Snowed a Heap

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Writing Workshop

This is my anchor chart for the Five Finger Planner. 
We used school for the topic.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Five-Finger Planner

This lesson came from the book Marvelous Minilessons by Lori Jamison Rog. I loved the idea of using your hand to plan out a story. The palm is the topic. Each finger is one detail and the thumb tells how you feel about your topic.

For some of the K's it was tricky to fit the writing on one finger so they could use pictures instead.

The main point of the lesson was to think of different details about the main topic. I modeled this lesson many times before I sent them off to do it do their own.

Five Finger Planner

Grace Lin

The kites are inspired by Grace Lin's book Kite Flying

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wow Words

Sharon Taberski's suggestion of WOW words. 

I often read the book many times, introduce the wow words and have the children talk about what the word means and we often put a movement to the word.
Using the CAFE board from the daily 5 I created sentence strips with WOW words. 
These words get listed under Expanded Vocabulary.

Grace Lin Kite Flying

We made our kites inspired by Grace Lin's book Kite Flying. We noticed in her stories that she makes patterns in her illustrations. If you look closely, you will see some of the patterns we added to our kites. We have many more kites that we will share with you on Monday!
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