Friday, July 27, 2012

Numbers in My World

I recently read a book that gave the wonderful suggestion of making a math book with your students  called Numbers in My World. After the books are created, the author suggests having the students read and share them. Specifically, have students compare the data in their books with their friend books. I love this idea! I think this is also a wonderful assessment tool. You will see below some of the pages will be easy for some students but some may be difficult too. I plan on having students do these books at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year for their portfolios. I plan to do a follow up book called  Numbers in My School!
Make a birthday cake with candles.
Draw the people living in your house.
Make your house.
Make a phone/cell phone with the numbers.
Trace your hand and make the amount.
Make your favorite number and decorate it!
The book I got this idea from is called Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math by Ann Carlyle and Brenda Mercado.
Numbers in My World

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Book Labels by themes

Here are some book labels for  fiction/theme books I use in my kindergarten classroom. You can download at the end of this post.
In some parts of my classroom I use bigger buckets and combine book themes. I try to start them in ABC order.
I have some big buckets I get from IKEA for popular book themes.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nonfiction Book Labels


I am on a labeling making mission! Here are my nonfiction labels for my classroom library. You will see below that I have the same labels in two sizes. I put the categories in alphabetical order and added random labels at the end. The random labels are math categories and some nonfiction chapter book/ themes. I will be sharing theme labels and author labels soon! If there's a category I missed email please and I will add it to my list!  Attached is an excel sheet with the list of books too.

This download has the same labels in two sizes. The smaller label I use for tubes that are for ice cube buckets. I made two sizes because sometimes I need smaller sizes depending on the size of the books and how many I have. Below shows the different categories.







Different types of nonfiction books


math labels 
click here for labels




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Science Journals and Science Ideas


Last summer I took a Science Class and left feeling really excited about teaching Science. I worked on these Science journals and when I went to use them in the fall, they were a flop! The journal was too confusing for kindergarten especially for the fall.  So this summer I worked on a simpler version. I made boxes that students could write or draw in.

 In my school district we teach kindergartens about water and habits. These are set units taught in a chunk of time during the year. I would love to use these journals to incorporate science on a daily basic.
I loved reading about how Jonelle uses her Science Notebooks!

  If you have any suggestion on how you use Science journals I would love to hear from you!


The other thing that I really want to do is have a 
Wonder of The Week
This comes from the amazing book
This kindergarten teacher designated a center in her classroom where the children could think about and respond to a posted question during center time or free time during the day. During the week children wrote their explanations on a chart below the question. At the end of the week the teacher set aside "pondering time" where the class participated in "shared research" and could discuss, research, and write about their ideas on a particular question. An example in the book from a child was: "How is money made?"

Incoporate Thinking Maps Into the Classroom Routines

Last month I took a Thinking Maps class and the instructor shared this great idea, the Bubble Bag!!
The outside of the bags has adjectives describing the mystery object inside! This would be a great way to introduce describing words to kindergartners! You can see above the clues, the mystery item was a paper clip. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

In Pictures and Words Chapter 8

Below are some books and lesson ideas to go with illustration techniques suggested in chapter 8. You can click on the picture to make it bigger!

Details of expression and Gesture

I know this book is out of print but you can find it on Amazon by sellers.