Monthly Archives: January 2010
Here are a few pictures from our 100’s day celebration. I think they are self-explanatory, but if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). My entire team, teachers and assistants got these 100’s day t-shirts to wear to celebrate the day. I think we got them from Really Good Stuff.
I also made some cards this weekend for my up coming card class. You can check them out here
For the past two weeks, we’ve been experimenting with ice. This is the first unit this year that has been truly all inquiry. Usually, I have to provide some leading questions (ok, MANY leading questions!) to get us around to where we need to be, but this time, it took only three.
What do you know about ice?
What are your experiences with ice?
When do we usually see ice?
We only got the first one answered and went in a completely different direction than what I had planned (at least that’s what I wanted them to think!!). I was expecting to use the other two questions and after 2 weeks now, we still haven’t gotten around to answering them!! Did I mention I LOVE INQUIRY??
Below are some pictures of the things we have been doing. Most of the charts you can probably figure out, but we did two experiments and I wanted to explain them at bit.
Yesterday, after talking about ice and how to get rid of it, we determined that we wanted to test different types of salt. I happened to have (wink, wink) rock salt and table salt in the room along with some ice and cups. We had 5 different types of things to test to determine how best to get rid of ice; the sun (a flashlight), our hands, rock salt, table salt, and a base (the control group). We waited 5 minutes and then measured to see how much water was in each one.
Today, we used dirt, gravel, hot water, and sea salt to try the experiment again. This time we used an ice journal to record our findings. I am presenting at NSTA in Philadelphia in March and this is part of what I will be sharing.
Okay, now on the to the pictures:
Here are some pictures that show how we have been learning about snowflakes this week:
They should be pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, let me know!
More pictures of this week’s ideas coming on Friday!
Also, good news… I was able to get my Farmer’s Market Snowflakes paperwork rescued off my crashed computer so I can now offer the e-mail option in my Kristen’s Kindergarten store.
Have you ever done a lesson on snowflakes with your students? A hands-on, inquiry based lesson? At our last district Kindergarten meeting, I shared some ideas I read about in the December 2009 issue of Science & Children magazine and added some of my own!
My students will be learning about snowflakes for at least 2 weeks beginning when we return to school on Monday! I have lots of ideas planned and have typed them all up into a document that includes a LWS planning sheet, the 5E model grid, and a list of other ideas for using snowflakes in your classroom. I have it posted for sale on my Kristen’s Kindergarten Store blog. At this point I am only able to send paper copies (my desktop computer crashed…bummer) and the cost is $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. For more information, you can click the link above! 🙂
Here is a look at what we have been doing during December. I know this is a rather short post, but you will see below where you can get more ideas! BTW, if you like the idea of doing this with your own class room, I am putting a button on my Kristen’s Kindergarten Store blog for you to purchase the GBM Kit complete with the letters that the GBM left for the children, a book list, supply list, a GBM store “shopping list”, and a resource list where you can get more ideas. The cost will be $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping or just $15.00 if you would like them e-mailed to you as a PDF file.
I’ll also be adding some materials from the winter Farmer’s Market workshop I did and will be presenting in the weeks to come (that will be in my next post).
On with the GBM!! 🙂
You can also reference the GBM things I posted last year. I kept everything mostly the same, but changed the letters that the children received significantly. This post will be mostly just pictures with the new things I added:
This is our GBM Store. The children worked very hard for the week and a half before this store to earn lots of Bulldog Bucks (our Kindergarten currency). The children could then purchase their GBM felt cutout and items to glue on to their GBM. I had two wonderful parent helpers come in and hot glue all the items on so the children could take them home the same day.
You can click on the picture for a larger view.
These are pictures from our GBM spoon chase that helps us work on retelling. I copied the pictures from the Mailbox Magazine’s December Grades 1-3 book about 8 years ago and laminated them and taped them on to these spoons I purchased from the Dollar Tree. We retell the story and pass the spoons around the circle, adding characters as needed.
This is a sampling of the books that we read during our GBM theme. When you purchase the kit, you will get the list in its entirety as well as many others. I ordered all of them from Amazon.com and received most of them within a week. I think 10 books cost me $40, so if you don’t mind a gently used copy, it’s a good way to get them for your classroom library!
Again, search my blog for what we did last year…I like it at this point and will only be posting new things I add for this theme each year. One of my colleagues had children in her room who celebrated many different holidays and could not get to them all, so instead, she had the GBM visit other countries and the children learned about those countries from folk/and fairy tales tied to those regions! 🙂 What a great alternative! 🙂 I will have to try it some year! 🙂