Monday, October 29, 2012

Some Fall and Halloween

Our Halloween party was Friday due to our Early Dismissal being our Friday.  I wanted to get this posted in case you were still looking looking for ideas as I was last week.

Thanks to Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business for this fall freebie!  Students roll the dice and color the acorn with the 10 frame represented on the dice.

Sight words fun: Inside each cup was a label with a sight word typed on it.  Students bounced a ping-pong ball (with an eyeball on it...thanks Dollar Tree!) into a cup and read the word to their partner. The kids loved it!

Martha Stewart cup clings (window clings for cups found at JoAnns) and TruMoo orange milk (vanilla flavored) for our Halloween Party snack.  Yum!

Packing down the sprinkles to see how many we can get to stay on the cookie :)  We had pumpkin shaped cookies with vanilla frosting and sprinkles to decorate.

He was warm in his costume (hence the costume down to his waist!)  Rely races...trying to carry an eyeball ping-pong ball on a spoon up the little ramp and back down.

Decorating foam pumpkins from Oriental Trading.  Decorating pieces on clearance from Michaels.

Where is the ball?  A ping-pong ball was hidden under 1 of 3 cups.  The cups were moved around and the child had to track/guess which cup had the ball.  This little guy and his dad had a great time playing!

Pumpkin bowling: 6 rolls of toilet paper "bowled over" using a small pumpkin or orange ball. 

Pin the Eye on the Monster:  Blindfolded students had a large wiggly eye with masking tape to "pin" on the moster.

Worm hunt: 5 gummy worms were hidden in a pile of canned Reddi Whip (pudding made with almond milk for student with milk allergy).  Students had to find worms and put them in the muffin cup using only their mouths.  They LOVED it!  I had hair ties available for the girls who wanted their hair tied back.

What do you do to celebrate fall and/or Halloween?  I'd love to hear!  Please consider leaving a comment!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Body

We finished up our study of our bodies, which students were very interested in.  See the photos below and the captions to get updated on our last couples weeks!

The Skeletal System puzzle from the Wal-Mart dollar bin!  I love a good deal, and my students loved putting this guy together!

When we learned about our circulatory system, we made "blood".  I thought it might be a little over their heads, but my students really enjoyed it and did remember the parts of their blood when we finished.  I found this idea at Chasing Cheerios.  There is a link on the post to download the whole lesson.

At the art center, students made thumbprint animals.  I found a few examples in Google images to give them ideas and put out paper, markers, pencils and a multicolored stamp pad.  It was a hit!

Students had the opportunity to view animal and human x-rays. I love these x-rays because you can see a picture of the object, but when you put it on a light box, you can see the bones thru the picture.  I purchased these x-rays here.

Our "x-rays" created with white and black BioColor paint.  This idea came from Sharron Krull's  "Picasso Meets Einstein" workshop at I Teach K! this summer.  My students thought it was so cool! I had to explain that they couldn't really see their bones in this picture, but it is like an x-ray.

When learning about our sense of sight, we made these eyes.  The black is a circle cut from the Ellison.  The blue (choices of blue, green or brown) was a mixture of tempra paint, Elmer's Glue and shaving cream to give it a spongy texture.  

We made these tongues when we studied our sense of taste.  It was painted with pink paint that had salt mixed in to create "taste buds".  Students then tasted something sweet (fruit roll up), salty (pretzels), sour (lemons) and bitter (lettuce) prior to gluing the pieces on the tongue to show where we taste these different things.

One of my little health care providers :).

We had a very busy yet productive couple weeks learning about our bodies.  We are now learning about fall and the changing seasons.  Check back soon for an update on this unit.

Can anyone offer some suggestions for center activities based on food?  We start that unit next week.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Things Kids Say...

It has been a while since I've had one of those great lines from a student that make you continue to laugh throughout the day.  Well, today was the day.  Here is the scene at the block center:

Student 1: I'm making a person.

Student 2: Me too.  I'm God because God makes people, and I just made a person, so I'm God.

Me: What did you just say?

Student 2: I said I'm God because he makes people and so do I.

Me: Oh, ok

Student 2: Welllll, he does (very matter-of-fact).

I love kindergarten kids!  What have your students said to you lately?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall Sight Words Freebie

My students need some additional practice on sight words over the next couple weeks before it is report card time.  I whipped up this Sight Word I Spy page.  This will be our first one of the year, so I'm looking forward to introducing it to my students on Monday.  I hope you can use it too!  Click here to go to my TpT page and download it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

TpT Sale

My TpT store is on sale through Monday in celebration of Columbus Day!  I'm going shopping today at the outlets to take advantage of some great sales, so I thought I'd offer you one too!  Everything in my store is 20% off until Monday.  I'm working hard on a colorful tree packet and hope to have it up this weekend.

You can visit my store by clicking here.