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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 🙂

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 🙂

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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