Category Archives: September

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 🙂

Apples!

I just wanted to do a quick update and share some ideas that you could use in your classroom to teach about Apples:  

These are all ideas previously posted, but hey, everything old is new again sometime right?? 🙂

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/apple-day-activities-day-1/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/apple-day-day-2/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/apple-day-day-3/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/apple-day-day-4/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/apple-day-day-5/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/inquiry-science/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/pattern-block-shapes/

https://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/patten-block-graph/

 

Hope this helps you with some ideas! 🙂  I’ll start posting again regularly in about one to two weeks! 🙂  Can’t wait–it’s like waiting for Christmas or something! 🙂

 

Kristen 🙂

September’s Limbo!

Okay, so we really haven’t been doing the limbo in my class room in September, but it sure feels like it to me!  I was able to teach my kids for the first 2 1/2 weeks of school, and ever since then, my student teacher has been teaching full time, so I feel like I’m in limbo!!  She’s all done teaching next week and then I’ll ease my way back in, although, one could get used to just observing…you hear the most interesting things that way!

I thought I’d better get my blog updated and after some urging from a few friends of mine (Hi Ellen and Vicky!!), I knew that I REALLY needed to!!  So here’s what we’ve been up to so far during September (what I can remember anyway! 🙂  )

Last week was all about Apples.  My student teacher read the Big Book called Apples (it’s from Scholastic and has a book about pumpkins on the back side of it, so it’s really 2 books in one!).  The children learned a song all about the life cycle of the apple tree (she got the song from the September Scholastic News) and then they cut out some pictures to help sequence it on paper. She also used another Big Book called “The Apple Pie Tree” and the children learned about what the apple tree looks like in various seasons.  The children brought in apples and participated in several activities with them.  On Wednesday, they each were given an apple and asked to observe it.  They then put them back into a large group and tried to pick out their apple from that group.  Friday, they had a tasting party, and had to decide which apple food was their favorite:  apple juice, apple, cider, applesauce, apples.  They then graphed their results.

This week, they are doing something with The 5 senses.

It’s so different updating for you when I am not the one teaching it! 🙂  I am aware of what is going on, being taught, and all that, but it’s different describing someone else’s teaching to you…especially since it’s not mine! 🙂  It’s very interesting watching a different style than I am used to…not as much Inquiry as I am accustomed to, and math in a different order, and no writer’s workshop yet.  I need to teach something to someone before I go crazy!! I finally am teaching some in small groups during our Decodable book time and during math, but I’m also getting caught up on some things, and ahead on others.  I’m going to try to post my October lesson plans for you soon…my to-do list is dwindling down to nothing, so that will give me something to do.

If anyone has any questions, requests, etc. now is the time to get them in…before I get busy again!

Not much of an update for you…but I promise to get going again here soon!

P.S. We’re on Magic Tree House Book #3 for those of you keeping track at home! 🙂  Oh, and we also started Name Work Station and Word Work Station today as well.

Kristen 🙂

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