Monthly Archives: November 2012

Punctuation Anchor Chart

A few weeks ago, we created a punctuation anchor chart to use during Writer’s Workshop:

I got this idea from Debbie Diller last year when she came to work with our school district.  I created it exactly the same way as last years’ except, one of my kiddos asked where the question mark fit in…ummm, good question…stalling for time…then next thing I knew, the most amazing words were coming out of my mouth–and they made sense!

I asked them to tell me what happened if you did not pay attention to the stop light (you get pulled over by the police).  I then asked them what the police did when they pulled you over (they ASK if you know what you were doing wrong while driving!!).  BINGO!!  We drew in the red and blue police lights at the bottom of our chart to remind us that the police will ask us questions and those questions require a QUESTION mark!  I couldn’t believe it–divine intervention teaching!  I love it when that happens!

Kristen 🙂

Pumpkin Investigation

The last week of October, we had some pumpkin investigating going on and here are a few of the activities we did:

First, we asked the children to tell us if they thought the mini pumpkins would sink or float.  They made their predictions by placing a sticker either above or below the water line.  Then we tried it and talked about why it floated. 

After that, some one asked if a carved pumpkin would sink or float, so I hollowed out a tiny pumpkin (tough to do!!) and then we predicted again–it floated.  We talked about density and the air in the walls of the pumpkin and then we tried floating an apple–it floated!

Kristen 🙂

Updated Old Lady

Just a quick note to let you know I’ve added some story retelling cards into my Little Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie pack.  Last week, I laid my book and my retelling cards on my desk and then I couldn’t find them…turns out, I think I knocked them in the trash can!  Along with all my other old lady books–I am now in the process of re-collecting them all–sigh…

So I had to remake my retelling cards and thought I’d better include them all for you too!

Click on the picture below to go there. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite times of year!  I love reading the stories about the old ladies who swallowed different things to my kiddos, but There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie has got to be my favorite!  I got my file out on Monday to plan for next week and by today, it’s disappeared!  I have no idea where it is, but I’m hoping that it returns tomorrow!  I’ve probably put it in a safe place (I have lots of those).  😦

In the file were all my props for retelling the story, so I had to make some new ones.  I have some older ones posted on my blog from the last few years, but I was feeling the need to create a new old lady and update her a little.  I found these great graphics from Scrappin Doodles and decided to make a new set of props.

You can check out this 3 page activity (complete with directions for use and suggestions for use in Literacy Work Stations) by clicking on the picture above.

Kristen 🙂

3D Shapes

We have moved on to learning about 3D Shapes!  I was planning out my activities and lessons for next week and was trying to find just the right thing to help me teach 3D shapes and I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted!  You know how you get a picture in your head of what you’re looking for and you won’t settle for anything but that picture–yeah that’s what kind of mood my brain appeared to be in today!

I created a quick and simple pack of 2 activities that can be used to help my kiddos (and yours!) learn the 3D shapes!


You can click the picture above to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more details and for a listing of the games included. 🙂

Kristen 🙂


P.S. Check out the previous post and don’t forget to enter the TT Kinderland giveaway that started today! 🙂

Top Teacher’s Kinderland giveaway!

My blogging friend and fellow Kindergarten teacher Shauna is hosting a giveaway at our Top Teacher’s Kinderland blog.  The fun starts Wednesday the 7th at 4ish pm and lasts until Saturday!  Be sure to click on the adorable button below to enter yourself into the drawing for some awesome units from our Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s sites!

All the awesome goodies that are being given away are tucked away inside the wagon and Shauna will list them for you on the TT Kinderland blog.  Enter for your chance to win! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Ice Cream Election

I’ve just finished my Ice Cream Election packet and posted it on my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s site. 🙂  I got this idea many years ago from my wonderful mentor during my student teaching (Hi Karen!!).  It’s evolved over time and I keep adding things to it (sometimes we make our own ice cream, but mostly, we just enjoy individual cups of ice cream the Friday after the election as the inauguration celebration!) I’m excited about the class tally pages and buttons that I’ve added this year.

This pack includes your ballots, class tally sheet, greater than/less than comparison sheets, word cards to help you “math talk” about your graph, paper ice cream scoops and cones to create a graph, and two different leveled writing sheets so students can tell why they like their favorite flavor of ice cream.  The pack also comes with hints to run your election and how to set up a voting booth. 🙂

You can click on the picture below to head to my Tpt store and check it out…I’d love some pins on Pinterest for it!  Don’t forget to follow me so that you’ll know when I post more items. 🙂


Kristen 🙂

The Little Red Hen reader

My kiddos will be reading The Little Red Hen next week so I needed a reader for them to use in our guided reading groups.  I created this one:

You can get one for yourself or your kiddos at my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store.  It is 10 pages long and would be great in a Literacy Work Station or as a guided reading book/activity.

Let me know what you think!  Please leave a comment if you buy one and don’t forget to follow my Tpt store so you know when I add new items. 🙂


Kristen 🙂

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