Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
After reading Chickens Aren't the Only Ones, we made books about oviparous animals. The pages are colored ovals that get smaller as the book progresses. We painted the cover with water colors (before they were stapled onto the book :)
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I think the kids' favorite part of our Fairy Tale unit is our castle.
This is the Bean Stalk that is in our classroom. I made it by twisting long pieces of bulletin board paper. I added a giant cardboard boot and used a "snow cover" that I got after Christmas to make the cloud. The kids made the giant leaves (using tracers).
Once again inspired by Fairy Dust Teaching we made a story map of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I took a large sheet of bulletin board paper and drew a path down the middle. At one end of the path I wrote "Once upon a time" and at the other end I wrote "The End". We then retold the story together and I added basic drawings along the sides of the path (such as 3 bears and then a little further down a girl and then 3 bowls, etc).
The class then got to work adding color and details. We then took turns walking down the path and retelling the story.
I put this out on several days and in addition to using the path for retelling, each day more details were added by my eager artists.
After reading several versions of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, the kids acted out the story using simple masks I made with poster board. I also overheard them "trip trapping" over the bridge that is part of our outside play structure.
This is our Shoe Museum that we created after reading The Elves and the Shoemaker. Like so many of the ideas in my Fairy Tale Unit, this was inspired by Fairy Dust Teaching. I asked the kids to bring in old shoes and then spray painted them silver and gold. The kids decorated the shoes using jewels, feathers and sequins. I then used Fairy Dust Teaching's Guided Drawing instructions to have the children make Elves. They have loved all of the guided drawing we have done.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The first story we read during our Fairy Tale Unit was The 3 Little Pigs. The kids helped me decorate simple cardboard cutouts that they used over and over to retell the story.
Fairy Dust Teaching's guided drawing to make pigs (so much fun!)
Fairy Dust Teaching's guided drawings to make the princesses and then let the kids choose how many mattresses their princess would sleep on. The last thing they did was add a real dried split pea at the bottom of their mattress pile.
Last year I told my kindergarteners that I had brought brownies for them. In fact, I reminded them about the special snack several times during the day. At snack time, I brought out the brownies... I mean "brown E's." The kids faces were priceless. For the kids, the real fun began when we took the "brownies" around the school to the principal and other teachers. The children took turns holding the brownie pan, and asking if the teacher (principal, secretaries, janitor, lunch ladies... :) "would like one of the brownies Mrs. Goff made." They then all said "April Fools" as one or two of them produced a "brown E" from behind their backs. They LOVED being the prankster and at the end of the year the class listed our April Fool's trick as one of their favorite memories.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
After our incredibly mild winter, we celebrated the last day of spring with an indoor snowball fight. I went into our scrap bin and got lots of white paper. On each piece of paper (actually 1/2 sheets or smaller) I put one oreo or sight word. I then crumpled each piece of paper into a ball. (In Kindergarten, I always had the kids write the words). I tossed all of the balls onto the floor and let the kids go wild throwing them at each other. Every minute or so, I rang a bell and everyone grabbed a snowball and froze. We then went around and they each read the word on their snowballs. The kids always love doing this and last year they would beg to "write their sight word snowballs":) What a fun way to practice sight words!