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Brown Bear Game

This Spin a Brown Bear activity came from Donna Glynn (KinderGlynn).

My kiddos loved this game and I promised that we can play again next week!

I made a class set of the spinners so that everyone could play initially, but I think I will put some of them out in a Math Work Station. 🙂

Kristen 🙂


We are fortunate enough to have another one of our grants funded through!  This grant was mainly to get a new copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear for our classroom because we had one OLD copy that we were sharing among four classrooms!  Here are some pictures of the other things we received within that grant:

We also got these cool color tubes.  Each tube has two colors in it and when you shake them, the colors mix to make another color.

I saw this can in the Lakeshore catalog and decided it went along with Brown Bear because of the color activities inside.  This can stays in our Science Work Station and the children can mix colors using color paddles, use the flashlight and shine it in the mirrors or thru the color paddles, or they can try one of the simple experiments included on the task cards.

This is a sight word game that we have been using during Work with the Teacher time (within Literacy Work Station time).  The children can repeat the simple sentence structures in Brown Bear and manipulate the words and animals on the tiles that are included.  I’ll eventually put this out at Work/ABC Work Station so that the children can complete it independently.

Kristen 🙂

New Pictures

Here are some more new pictures from my classroom:

Our Meal worms…

Meal worms are really easy to keep and you get to watch the life cycle happen over and over again.  I just put corn meal in the bottom and some apple slices and carrots.  You also will need to add some water in a dish that the meal worms cannot get in to keep the humidity up.

I got the 2 tanks, lids, a gram scale (for weighing the meal worms), 2 microscopes, and a hand held microscope from a Donors Choose grant in May.

Here are some new pictures of my Literacy Work Stations.

This is the ABC/Word Work Station.

Right now, we have letter cards on a ring in the bag with Wikki Stix.  The children make the letters with the Wikki Stix.

The children also have the opportunity to put Wikki Stix on each others names at the ABC/Word Work Station.  These are laminated.

Here is our Listening Station.  The black and white bags hold the books and CD.  The headphones are stored in a cleaning tote.  I am using the head headphones from my non-working leap pads.

I also have several books and their CD’s available on the ledge just above the books.  I try to put the newest titles on the ledge and the older ones in the bags.

The is our Pocket Chart Station.  Last year, I used a full size chart, but this year, I decided to make it more kid-sized and used these pocket charts from the Dollar Spot at Target.

I took all of my kids pictures and glued them on sentence strips next to their names and then laminated them.  The children sort the names by “Boy/Girl” or Alphabetical order.  I’ve also added a poem about Pets (you can find it in the Interactive Charts Book that goes along with Building Blocks).

This is my Drama Work Station with the Chicka Chicka Tree in the top bag.  Two other bags also now hold the drama props for Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Mouse Paint (I got them all through a Donors Choose grant).

A look inside the Chicka Chicka Bag.  There is the large tree, the velcro letters, and an copy of the book.

The Brown Bear, Brown Bear bag.  The book is missing…! 😉

Overhead Work Station

These are the overhead transparencies I made to go along with Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka.  The children use the pictures of them I printed on transparency sheets (see two posts ago) and put them in the blanks.  They then read the words and then put a new child’s picture in.

I also made some to go along with Cookie’s Week and I’ll post those soon.

Big Book Work Station

I found these cute pointers in the Dollar Spot at Target and we use them for pointing to words in Big Books and for reading the names and words at Pocket Chart Station.

Now for a few random things! 🙂

I got these puzzles at Wal-Mart for $3.00 each.  They show the life cycle of  a frog and a butterfly.  We’ll be using the butterfly puzzle next week, when we learn about Monarchs.  I’ll have it in my Science Work Station.

I also found these cute signs in the Target Dollar Spot.  They are great for using signals rather than trying to talk over all the children! 🙂  I use them as reminders when we are sitting on the floor.  They work really well!

I had a few questions about the kind of hooks I use to hang all the bags up around my room in my Work Stations.  Here is a picture of them.

Here’s a close up of them.

I’ll be updating with more pictures in a little while!  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! 😉

Kristen 🙂

2010-2011 LWS Progress

Hello Everyone!

I’ve had the craziest two weeks I can remember at the beginning of the school year!  You’re all probably experiencing or about to experience the same thing.  I can’t put my finger on what it was, but all of it together had tired me out! 🙂

I’m slowly introducing Literacy Work Stations in my classroom.  We haven’t officially used any of them yet (except for the library work station), but I hope to get them going later this week.  I still have 3-4 more to introduce and then we’ll be ready to go.

I did add/change a few things this year and some I can show you and some I cannot not (I want to not post the names of my students on my blog), but I can take pictures of things without names and explain them in detail.


You can search for LWS on my blog and see how I managed them in the past.  I’m sticking with something similar, however this year, in the interest of KISS (keeping it simple silly!), I printed all the names on pre-purchased business cards.  I don’t have to write all the names out and when a new student comes in, I just print out one new card at a time.  I also copied the work station labels and chart labels right from the back of Debbie Diller’s book (Literacy Work Stations).  This made everything for uniform and the labels all have the names of the stations in English and Spanish! 🙂


I would stop what you’re doing right now and go hit up your Target Dollar Spot for the fabulous re-usable bags they have for sale for a dollar each (I got lucky one day and got ten of them for .50 each!!).  I am using them for everything this year!  I’ve purchased all I can find.  They have had them out since the holiday season last year (I used them for stockings for my extended family and Easter baskets).  There are always new designs.  The ones now are black and white and are near the gift giving items.  Anyway, buy lots of those (haven’t ripped one yet) and use them in place of baskets and buckets to stow all your goodies in!  I have them in my Word Work station, Listening Station, Pocket Chart Station, Drama Station, and somewhere else I can’t think of right now! 🙂  I hang them on the wall with those 3M hooks that can be removed later and not take the paint off, but they stick almost anywhere (I haven’t ever had any fall off).  You just buy refill packs of the sticky tabs when you need more. I thought I took pictures of them but I can’t find them on my camera, so I’ll take some tomorrow at school.

Overhead Work Station:

I’m introducing this one tomorrow and have been busy typing up parts of books that we have read (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) and printing them on transparency sheets.



I will use these on the overhead along with pictures of all my kids that I printed on transparency sheets.  I printed them in black and white using iPhoto on my Mac.  I will cut the pictures apart and the kids can put pictures of each other in the blank spots and read the words.  I printed them using the “contact sheet” option, so there are 12 kids on a sheet.

Pocket Chart Station:

I wrote everyone’s name on a sentence strip and attached a color photo of them to the end of the strip (again using the “contact sheet” layout in iPhoto), and laminated them all.  I showed the kids how to sort them by boy/girl (I wrote the boys on blue strips and the girls on pink strips) and how to sort them alphabetically.

Drama Station:

I’ve added the props for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear (you can purchase them from Lakeshore) to the dollar spot bags I got at Target and hung them on the wall using those 3M hooks.  You can see pictures a few posts down of my Drama area.

Listening Station:

Also using the dollar spot bags (I promise to take pictures of them!!), I placed a copy of Brown Bear and Chicka Chicka 123 along with their CD read-alongs in the bags.  My old tape player quit working last year and all our media specialist had was a CD player (which I’m excited about!!), so I’m switching everything over to CD!! 🙂  This week, we will be reading Mouse Paint and I don’t have a CD for that, so I just made my own!! 😉  I opened Garage Band (on the Mac) and read the book slowly into the mic.  I left spaces for the “turn the page sound” and added those in later.  I also added subtle background music in so it would help hide the fact that it sounds like I was reading inside of a tin can! 🙂  I burned it to a CD and now we have Mouse Paint on CD for our listening station! 🙂  I might be open to adding them to my Kristen’s Kindergarten store if there is enough interest (I’ll be doing this with lots of other stories!).  It was easy to do and took me about 20 minutes from the time I read to burning the CD.

I’ll get some pictures taken this week of those things and get them posted.  Hope this was enough to tide you over! 😉  Today is my grandmas 91st birthday, so I’m off to bring her some birthday cheer! 🙂  Grad school starts tomorrow (8/23)…nervous!!! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

The First Week 2009-2010

Our first week of Kindergarten went very quickly.  We are getting into our “normal” routines as well.

Our Big Book this week was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.


Monday we took a picture walk through the story and then I read the story aloud.  Tuesday, we re-read the story and then choral read it together.  I also was able to find a copy of the book on CD at Kids Ink (a local bookstore).


Wednesday, I printed out copies of the characters in the story and had the children help me sequence them in the order they appeared in the story.

Thursday, we then added the color words along side each of the animals.

Friday, I showed the children the drama props that go with this story and modeled how they are used at Drama Work Station. I got them at Lakeshore.  The children use a copy of the book and the props to retell the story on a flannel board.


We also created a Predictable Chart titled, “I like….”.  The children had to finish the sentence with their favorite color.  We then tallied how many of each color and created a chart.  Thursday, we created a graph with the same information.  I also asked the children to draw a picture using only their favorite color.  I hung all of these in the hallway for our Back To School bulletin board.

We also played Roll A Shape (I’ll post it later) and completed a I See Shapes Book that is similar to the pattern of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I’ll post that one later over on my Kristen’s Kindergarten Store.  It will be e-mailed to you after your purchase.

Kristen 🙂

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