Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cute Penguin Craft

Hi Friends!

I am hoping for a snow day tomorrow. :-) My kids were too sweet today. They prayed for snow and a "two hour delay" so they could see Ms. H tomorrow. Little do they know, but their teacher is praying for a whole snow day!

 I know! I know! Many of you live where you never get snow days, especially for 1-2 inches of snow. :-) Well, let me cheer you up with some cute penguin activities.

Our theme last week was penguins. I began by introducing our unit before our special. Quickly I gave my kinders 3 things to think about while they were gone.

1. Can penguins fly?
2. Do penguins have feathers?
3. Do penguins live in the North Pole?

When they returned, I asked the questions again. Each of them had a turn to come to the chart paper and write their answer. We talked about taking an educated guess about what we think will happen. I also told them that scientist, never just listen to their friends, but they use the information they know.

As you can see, each child wrote his or her answers. I then read this book. I love this book for many reasons. One reason is because it has good information in it with kid friendly terms.
After we read the book, we went back and posted the truth over our educated guesses.
The next day, we used the book to see all the different species of penguins.
My kids gathered around our map, and I showed the kids where each of the penguins live. We had a discussion about the difference between the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere.
We used our growth chart to see if we were taller than the largest penguin. (45 inches). I could kick myself for accidentally deleting them off of my phone.

We also used the book to read about the animals that like to eat penguins and how they use their bodies as a disguise.

The next day we used the information we know to make this chart.

I modeled how to build a sentence from this chart. My kinders were then set free to go write about what they learned about penguins.

The next day, we made a penguin craft to hold our penguin essays. Below I have provided a few pictures for examples.

Here is a glimpse at my patterns in case you need them.

Normal size black construction paper as the body.


The head uses about a third of regular construction paper.

His earmuffs are made out of corrugated scrapbook paper. I did not give my kids directions on which way to place their eyes. It turned out really cute with all the eyes looking in different directions.

Then it is complete with little penguin feet!

What Arctic animals do you teach?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monsters in the Classroom!

My kids love monsters. I use monsters to explain that words are not real. I tell them that monsters really don't know how to talk, so they mess up real words. Monsters say things like "ack" and "arg". Here is how I use Monsters in my classroom.
Monster glasses help you read sight words and real words  in books and they also help you figure out which words are monster words. They are special glasses that give us "an extra set of eyes".

I told my kids that the monsters messed up all of my worksheets and flash cards. I needed their help to sort real words from monster words. The kids throw the monster words into the monster trash can and record the real words.

These monsters sure are pesky! They like to mess up our morning work worksheets too!

I use this rhyme to teach word families.

You can find all of these activities and more in this "Monster Word Family Bundle". Click the picture to view the product.


How do you teach word families? Do your kids like monsters? Comment below and let me know.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Monster Literacy Sneak Peak

In my classroom, we talk about real words and "monster" words. My kids LOVE a good monster. I have been working on a monster unit for them. It will be in my store soon.

I made these for my classroom tonight. I was too excited and just had to share.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Special Announcement

Hello Friends!

The other day I posted on my Facebook page that I had a special announcement.I whispered the news in Jack's ear. He is such a cutie.

I am excited to tell you that I have joined the new blog from Hilary Lewis "Who's Who and Who's New". I am thrilled about this new blogging adventure. This blog is made up of a variety of new and not so new super awesome TpT sellers. I am not a bit biased. :-) We will all be posting about adventures in our classrooms and great resources we have found. The blog launched today. It already has lots of buzz and excitement from our new readers.

My first post will debut January 15. Go ahead and mark this page as a favorite! I am sure you will want to keep coming back for creative ideas to implement in your classroom.

Sadie Belle is excited too! She is celebrating with a bone.

Okay enough of the animal pictures. Can you tell I am enjoying my time at home on the farm? Georgia girl at heart!

Without further ado, click away and save it to your favorites!


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