Saturday, September 22, 2018

11 FREE Pumpkin Activities for Kids


Hello!  I've teamed up with some of my good friends to share with you 11 FREE Pumpkin Activities for kids! Click to the links to download them all!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
How to Make a Pumpkin Pie // Literacy With the Littles
Pumpkin Addition Mats // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Pumpkin Alphabet Cards // Stay at Home Educator
Pumpkin Number Sequencing // The STEM Laboratory
Pumpkin Shape Match Up // Playdough to Plato
Pumpkin Patch Roll Cover // Teach Me Mommy
Pumpkin Observation Page // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Pumpkin Sight Word Game // The Primary Post
Pumpkin Skip Counting // Happy Days in First Grade
Parts of a Pumpkin Density Experiment // Schooling a Monkey (not pictured)
Pumpkin Counting Clip Cards // Sara J. Creations (not pictured)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pumpkin Skip Counting FREEBIE

Are you teaching or reviewing skip counting and need a fun and quick activity for practice?!

Scroll below to read all about it and download a copy for FREE!



What better way to learn skip counting in the fall than to do so with pumpkins?!!!

To get started, print the desired set on cardstock paper.  Review together as a class how to count by 2s, 5s, or 10s and place the correct cards into a pocket chart.  

Encourage students to scramble the numbers then put them back in order together.

Lastly, select the recording sheet that best fits your students' ability levels and place it at a center with the correct pumpkin set for students to put in order and record!

If you need additional pumpkin and autumn resources, click to the images below!






To download the Pumpkin Skip Counting FREEBIE, click on the image below.






Saturday, September 8, 2018

How to Teach Rhyming Using Llama Llama Books


Teaching rhyming to beginning readers can be challenging.   But trust me, with these Llama, Llama books, rhyming is NO PROB-LLAMA!

For students to understand rhyming, they have to hear words that sound similar over and over and over again.  They have to understand that while many rhyming words are similar in spelling, rhyming is ALL about the sounds.

Therefore, the Llama Llama series is just perfect to teach rhyming!  No made up silly words and no long and confusing plot lines. These books are just long enough, have relatable plot lines, and have real rhyming words!  Scroll down to see how I use this series to teach rhyming with an adorable anchor chart and a writing activity to wrap up the lessons!

First, I created this simple Llama, Llama Wanna Rhym-a? anchor chart.  Second, I shared with my students that for the next two weeks we would learn about rhyming with our new friend Llama, Llama!  As we read about Llama, his mama, and all of his drama, we will be listening, recording all his rhyming words on sticky notes, and sticking them onto our anchor chart!


And since, I couldn't have the Llama be cooler than the teacher, I had to throw on shades too!  And when I did, the kids squealed with EXCITEMENT!  



After recording the rhyming words from each book, we stood up and rapped the rhyming words together with hands and body movements as if we were the coolest rapping and rhyming llamas around!  Look at our complete anchor chart below!


Here are the books that I selected for our lessons!  Click to the images to purchase your own copy!

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1. Llama Llama Red Pajama- This is the classic book that started the series.  It is sweet, adorable, and so relatable to our sweet little ones who still need and love their mamas so much!




2. Llama Llama Mad at Mama-  Yes, who hasn't been impatient and got mad at their mama?!  Even llamas get this feeling from time to time and have to learn to cope.


3. Llama, Llama and the Bully Goat- What will Llama do when he is confronted with a bully?! This book speaks directly to the kids with rhyming words on every page!  The kids loved this so much as we also tied init to our beginning of the year lessons on how to be kind and be a good friend.


4. Llama, Llama Home with Mama- When Llama is sick, he stays home with Mama but quickly finds out that she also needs some TLC herself!


5. Llama, Llama Gram and Grandpa- In this story, we get to meet Llama's gram and grandpa and the love that they share for each other!  The kids made such good connections to their own grandparents, and I know for sure that I will definitely read this again for our Grandparents' Day.


6. Llama, Llama Time to Share- Llama is used to be the only kid and not having to share his toys.  But when some neighbors come to visit, what will happen?  This book is also a great tie-in to learning to be a friend at the beginning of the year.


7. Llama, Llama Misses Mama- Everyone misses his/her mama, especially when they start school- everyone including Llama!  Will Llama be able to love his new school or will he miss his mama too much to make new friends?



8. Llama Llama Yum, Yum, Yum- This is a very short and easy read aloud as it discusses different meals that Llama eats.  There is also a scratch and sniff version that the kids will definitely LOVE!!!


9. Llama Llama Holiday Drama- So it's not the holidays yet, but how could I pass up this adorable and festive book?! The kids hung on every rhyming word that was read and are already ready for the holidays after reading this together! :)


You can also grab this set of 7 books from Scholastic!



To wrap up our all of our Llama Drama, we reviewed the rhyming words and I asked the kids to choose their favorite Llama book to complete the Llama Llama, What's the Drama? Writing Activity! The kids had such a great time and our Writing Display Wall is now filled with so many sweet llamas!!!!



If you would like to download the FREE Llama, Llama What's the Drama Writing Activity, click to the image below!




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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Science Tools for K-2


One of the first and most important Science lessons at the beginning of the year for me is What is a Scientist and What are Science Tools!  As my junior scientists prepare to explore all the new things that they will be learning this year, we first take a dive into what it means to be a scientist, who they are, and what tools they use to study, learn, and discover about life!

When discussing science tools, I love to sit in a circle with my junior scientists and investigate closely at each tool that we will be using this year.  This is a great opportunity for my students to share their background knowledge and ask questions.  This is also a great chance for me to go over rules for using each tool before our exploration time.

After our whole-group discussion, I explain to my students that they will be rotating through five centers to explore each tool.  I then introduce the centers and go over the procedure on how we would rotate after every five minutes.  Once five minutes is up, I will say clean up and students will gently clean up their area and place the tools on the table.  Then when I say go, students will tippy-toe to the next center clockwise. Below are the centers.  To purchase the materials, click to the images.

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Center 1: Testing Thermometers
Fill three three bins with luke warm water, room temperature water, and water with ice.  Students will take turns placing a thermometer in each bin to see how the liquid in the thermometer changes due to the varying water temperatures.
Center 2: Picking Up Playdoh Balls with Tweezers
In this centers, students will create small balls using Playdoh.  Next, students will use the tweezers to pick up each ball and place them in a bowl/cup.





Center 3: Seeing Objects Up-Close
Place sand, samples of  bird feathers, rocks, seashells, or anything that students can look closely at on a tray.  Using hand lens and a microscope, students will take turns making observations and sharing what they see.



Center 4: Weighing Weights
Place two balances in a center with different weights.  Students will explore weighing weights and comparing each bucket on the balance.




Center 5: Transferring Liquids
In this center, students will wear goggles as scientists do, and transfer water from a beaker using a droppers into a test tube.






If you need additional resources, click to view my What is a Scientist and Science Tools Packet and more below!









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