Welcome to my teaching blog! My sole purpose of this teacher blog is to share things that work in my classroom and to connect with other teachers in positive ways. I think of myself as a lifelong learner. Everyday of teaching brings me on a new adventure. I always want to find ways to bring BEST PRACTICE to my primary classroom. As a teacher, I have a deep interest and passion for literacy and technology. I feel great when I share something that I know someone else may use, especially if it helps a child.
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.
I love this idea! I saw it on a web site 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.
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. We then used a 2 liter bottle to make the snowflakes. I got the painting idea from Pinterest.You can click below to download the 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.
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.
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!