March 14, 2016

3D Shapes are Fat not Flat!

We are starting to introduce 3D shapes in our class.  It's so funny to see how much Kindergarten kiddos love to learned about 3D shapes and when they realize they live in a 3D world!  We use many different resources to learn about 3D Shapes.  Here are a few below!

Find my 3D Shapes pack at the link below:

We begin by introducing one 3D shape a week.  I have actual 3D shape blocks, but I also hang up these posters on the wall below our 2D shapes just for reference and comparison.  The speech bubbles are a part of a poem we say every day to remember the 3D shapes.  The poem is on an anchor chart for FREE at the bottom of the post. :)

Each week as we learn a 3D shape, we also do a worksheet that focuses on each shape individually to practice and reiterate what each 3D shape looks like in our lives.

After we complete all five 3D shapes for Kindergarten, we sort the 3D shapes and "acknowledge the attributes" to really recognize the differences between all five.

We also complete a 3D shapes emergent reader that has students stretch out unknown words and also apply their knowledge of 3D shapes in the real world! 

Then, things get really fun! We play 3D shapes Pictionary with friends and make 3D shape necklaces. 
 For Pictionary, students play the game in pairs and one at a time spin the paperclip on the game board.  They then  need to draw a 3D shape that looks like one of the five given shapes.  The partner tries to guess what they are drawing.  
When you make 3D shape necklaces, all of the 3D shape templates for the necklaces are included. Students can make whichever 3D shape they want to attach to yarn for a necklace.  For example: with the cone template they can make an ice cream cone, a party hat, etc.


Finally, here is a FREE 3D Shapes poem anchor chart!

Enjoy and Have Fun!

March 11, 2016

Springing into Learning!

Hi all!! It seems as though Spring is here with the warmer weather and I am SO okay with that!! (Hopefully I'm not jinxing it).  Last year I remember wanting to cry because it was still snowing at the end of March!  To celebrate the beautiful Spring weather, I am participating into a "Springing into Learning" blog hop hosted by Elementary Antics!  Below are a few fun materials for you to use to celebrate Spring and incorporate it into your classroom!

First, I have a Springtime Math and Literacy Pack full of centers, activities and story extensions that you can use within your primary class to celebrate the season!  Some of the activities are also sold separately and are listed below, however if you purchase the bundle pack you will get more for your money!

First, I have created a Spring Measurement Center that is perfect for Kindergarten.   The center includes 8 flowers of different sizes.  Students will measure the flowers using Unifex (connecting) cubes and record it on the given sheet.  The recording sheet comes with a color or a black and white option.  

The Math and Literacy Pack also includes a rhyming center!  There are 12 spring-themed words and 12 words that rhyme with them!  The spring words are bold and colored green.  If a student finishes the center early, they can complete the cut and glue rhyming worksheet that aligns with the center.
Following the centers is a SUPER FUN cross curricular Science and Literacy activity for students to "sense Spring."  Teachers will take students on a Spring Walk and together the class will discuss how each of their five senses recognize that Spring is here!  After the walk, the class will come back inside to discuss and share the things that recognized outside.  Together the teacher and students will record their answers.  The pack offers materials for teachers to use on a white board or anchor chart and there differentiated versions for the students to complete (only one is pictured below).  Finally, students can read the emergent reader "I Can Sense that Spring is Here" and complete the text-to-self connection page and writing prompt!
This is also sold separately here:  Spring with The Five Senses

The pack includes extension activities for a Spring book: "Wake up, It's Spring!"

Finally, a Spring craft is offered within the Springtime Math and Literacy Pack!  It includes the pot where a student will glue his/her picture and the flowers where students will write all the things that have learned so far throughout the year.  The pack also provides a bulletin board heading: "Spring has Sprung" if you are interested in hanging them up in the hallway!

Included in this activity are various comprehension strategy graphic organizers and a craftivity (not pictured).  The craftivity has all the clip art necessary for students to recreate the old lady in the garden at the end of the story!

March makes many people think of the Easter Bunny! I have two different Easter activities:

The Night Before Easter Extension Activities includes comprehension graphic organizers for the story and a fun 3D Easter basket craftivity!

Finally, a REALLY FUN Easter Center for students.  Easter Egg Hunt: Hunt, Tally, Graph!
Students will use magnifying glasses to search for the eggs in the picture.  As they find the eggs they will circle and tally on the chart.  Finally, they can create the Easter Egg Hunt graph!

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a beautiful Spring with your students!

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