Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This week, we are reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  I did some searching this weekend and found some resources to help in teaching this book (in addition to everything I already have!!)

These are printables for you to print and use for sequencing and other activities:

Sparkle Box

DLTK Teach

Here are some YouTube videos (I’ve watched them all the way through for safety!)

Hungry Caterpillar 1

Hungry Caterpillar 2

I’m going to work on adding a tab for just videos (I did not create these!) so that there is a place to keep all of them! 🙂

Let me know if these links stop working or if you have others for me to link to!

Kristen 🙂

Literacy Work Stations in action!

Here are some photos of what our Literacy Work Stations look like during the 1st week of rotating through them.  The kids are doing a GREAT job and although I haven’t gotten to my assessments yet, I would rather the work stations run really well and me get to assessing later.  (I’ve done this job long enough now to know who knows what!!)  I’ve explained most of the activities in a previous post, so this will be a slide show.  If you have a question, just leave me a comment and I’ll answer your question.

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Kristen 🙂

Scholastic Deal

I just got an e-mail from Scholastic about their Dollar Deals sale (until 9/20/2011).  Normally, I trash the e-mails like this, but this one was for $1.00 teacher books!  These books are all downloadable PDF books, they will not send you the actual book.  You are allowed to download each book 3 times.  (Home, School, Back up disk?)

I purchased 8 titles:

Teaching Reading With Bill Martin Books

Early Themes: All About Me: Inside and Out

Sing Along and Learn: Around the Year (with Audio CD) ***edited to add:  This title comes with a downloadable CD (as long as you have a music player {iTunes, etc}) you can download the songs and music that come with this book!!***

Early Themes: Neighborhood and Community

Neighborhood & Community Write & Read Books

Great Glyphs: Neighborhood & Community

Great Glyphs: All About Me

15 Easy-to-Read Neighborhood & Community Mini-Book Plays

I am not a fan of worksheets in my classroom, so most of these are idea books, with the exceptions being some glyph books and some mini books for plays and things.

You can visit their page here:

Scholastic Teacher Express

Kristen 🙂


I’ve decided to rethink my homework a little bit this year.  I wasn’t happy with the meaningfullness level!  I wanted to have homework be something meaningful and something we could use in the classroom when the children brought it back after several days.  I’m posting my first homework packet.  Please remember this is the beginning of the year!  I hope to post more of the packets for you, but it will depend upon if I used published copyrighted work from other authors if I can post all the pages. 🙂



This is the homework cover sheet.  I’m working on finding the “Ways to Practice your Name” sheet.  I’ll post that when I find it.  I think it’s on my computer at school.


These are the sheets that go with the cover sheet.  You will want to make sure they are in the same order as they are listed on the cover sheet.  You might need to change the fonts up a bit…I have a set of fonts on my school computer that I don’t have on my home computer so they don’t always “transfer” correctly.

I’ll begin sending packets home next Monday. 🙂


Kristen 🙂

Math Work Stations

I’m just in the beginning stages of getting our Math Work Stations set up.  Here are some pictures and descriptions of our first 9 stations.  I’m just introducing them at this point.  We will introduce the last 5 in the next week or so and then move on to using them as part of our daily math routine.  The most difficult thing for me with MWS is that they won’t have names like my Literacy Work Stations do.  They will have numbers because they focus on many of the same ideas.

Here are the labels on the first 5 tubs.  All of my tubs are labeled this way and I have corresponding numbers in a pocket chart across the room so that each pair of children know which tub to get that day.


Tub #1

The children make different shapes with geo-boards and geo-bands at this station.

This game is called “Grab Bag” from Developing Number Concepts (Kathy Richardson).  One partner puts all the shapes in the bag and then picks one.  They keep it hidden from their partner and describe it to them until their partner is able to guess what it is.  There are also some shapes books included for them to read when they are done.  This station will eventually have 3D shapes in it when we start working on that standard later in the year.

This is Shape Dice Toss.  The children roll the die and draw which shape their die landed on.  The graph was given to me by a friend (but it doesn’t look to difficult to make) and the cubes are 1 inch pieces of wood that I drew shapes on with a permanent marker.

This activity comes from a Lakeshore Instant Learning Center box about Shapes.  The children each take a mat and the bag that matches and spin the spinner.  They pick a shape out of their bag that corresponds to the shape that they spun.  They play until all their shapes have been covered, then because there are two partners they can pick a different card and play again.

This activity comes from a Discovery Toys box called “Playful Patterns”.  The children create pictures using the foam shapes that were included in the box.

The rest of these activities come from Developing Number Concepts by Kathy Richardson.  In this game, “Dump and Check”, the children choose a number card and put that many cubes in the tub.  They then dump them out and check to make sure they have the right number of cubes by counting them.  They put all the cubes back and pick another card.  We will be adding numbers past 10 later, but right now we are working on 1-10.

This game is similar, but there is no tub.  The children pick a card and build a tower with that many cubes.

The children are building different shapes out of cubes in this activity.  They are practicing copying designs from a paper into 3D objects.

For this last activity, the children roll the die and then put that many tiles on their paper.  I printed dots on them using my computer, but you could use 5×7 index cards and sticky dots and get the same effect.  I was just using up some old printer paper that had a tie-dye design on it.  I thought it would make them look exciting! 🙂


To help my students remember what to do at each station, I took the pictures that I have placed above for you to see and printed them out in color on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  I then taped a sheet protector inside the lid of each station and slipped in the corresponding picture.  I wanted my students to see how the activity should look on their math mats (non-skid shelf liner) as well as how to work their way through the activity.  I’ll be introducing the last 4 of these stations this week and then will just have 5 left.


Here is a new photo of our calendar area this year.

On the left you see our straw count and our base ten blocks count.  For the base ten blocks, I put little bits of magnets on the back and we stick them on a flat metal sheet I had.  Next to that is the weather circle that I got at Target in the dollar spot.  We have three children tell what our recess weather was like and then we place the arrows on the corresponding weather.  We then record the weather that was mentioned most often on the weather graph above it.  At the top are our Days of the Week and Months of the Year and you can also see our calendar.  Off to the left on our large white board, we also have ten frames that we add a sticker dot to everyday.  When we fill one ten frame, we tape up a new one and start adding to that one.

Kristen 🙂

Name Chart

Here is our name chart that we have created!  It hangs on our front board right next to our name word wall.  A few weeks ago, I asked if it was redundant to have both and after having both, I’m beginning to think it’s not at all redundant.  We are quickly able to sort ourselves into groups based upon the first letters in our name and it’s a helpful tool for those children at Pocket Chart station working to put all the children’s names in alphabetical order.

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