Friday, November 30, 2012

Capacity Activity!

First, the students predicted which containers would hold the 
least ------> most using a Flow Map. 

Then, they measured the capacity of each container using  a 1 cup standard measuring cup. 

After they measured the capacity of each container, they ordered the containers from least ---> most and compared the data to their predictions.

Then, I asked them to take a silly picture, because we are "Crazy for Kinder"! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
~ Hayley 

Energy: Blocking the Light

We discussed various forms of energy such as light, heat and sound this week. The students experimented with making shadows. It was a fun way to see how the light reflects and does not reflect. 

Area Robots

We have been learning about how to measure using length, area and capacity. The students created "AREA ROBOTS" this week. We began with a brace map for the 6 parts of a robot. Then, I modeled how to make the robot and the students created their own. This activity was a wonderful way for students to be creative while measuring area. Each child's robot was unique...these Kinder kiddos continue to amaze me! :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012


The students created these "Pumpkin Pie" circle maps to express everything that they were thankful for. 
Using the sentence starter "I am thankful for..." they rotated their pie cut out and drew/labeled things that they were thankful for. Students later took their ideas "off the map" by writing sentences about what they were thankful for. A big thanks to Sarah Haynes (my colleague) for sharing this wonderful November writing idea! 

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the student's "pies" before they left for Thanksgiving Break, so here is the example that I used to model my writing:

"Chalkboard" Writing

During this activity, I created a "chalkboard" on the student's tables using large pieces of black butcher paper. Then the students practiced handwriting letters and sight words. After the writing and spelling practice, we had 10 minutes of "creative draw time". Each child drew creative pictures and told me what they represented. This is a great way to have students experience chalk, practice ELA concepts, and most importantly express creativity. It also provides the teacher an opportunity to informally assess mastery of letter formation, spelling and their ability to create. 

Thanksgiving Story Bracelets

During this lesson, I read the story of Thanksgiving to my students while they created a Flow Map of the 8 main events within the story.  
After sequencing the story, the students created a story bracelet following the sequence of events. 

Native American Homes

During our Social Studies Unit about how the Pilgrims came to America, we discussed why many Pilgrims did not make it on the journey and through the cold winter. Throughout these discussions, shelter and clothing were identified as a basic human need. Here is one activity that the students completed within this unit of study. 

Lesson Objective: 
Compare and Contrast PRESENT DAY home with a Native American home from the PAST. 
Create a model to represent a Native American home that would provide adequate shelter for people. 

Two Outstanding iPad Apps!

Using iPads in the classroom provide many opportunities to integrate technology into instruction and assessment. My Kindergarten students have been using my personal first generation iPad to complete various activities and practice various concepts with educational Apps. Recently, Comal ISD purchased iPad 2's for all classroom teachers to utilize in the classroom. Now that I have 2 iPads, I am able to make iPads a station during math and reading small groups. 

Two specific Apps that I am currently utilizing are: 
Bugsy K Reading
Bugsy K Math

With these 2 Apps, I have created a profile for each student and set their curriculum based upon their current ability level. Each week, I get an e-mail update with each child's progress report that shows % of mastery and any concepts that they need to review. 

Bugsy K is engaging and authentic. The students LOVE to play Bugsy, because as they master concepts they are able to get "toys" for their Bugsy character to play with. 

Here are a few photos of my kinder kiddos in action:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

UPDATED: Marshmallow Measurement

UPDATE: 11-25-12

The students LOVED the marshmallow measurement activity! Thanks to my wonderful classroom parents, we had enough marshmallows to measure everything!

We began by "setting the table" and discussing how to go about having a sit down dinner. We reviewed how and why the Pilgrims and Native Americans had the first harvest feast. We talked about various traditions within each of our families and then began the marshmallow measurement. 

Throughout the measuring activity, I introduced students to vocabulary such as: perimeter, diameter and circumference. They also discussed why it took MORE mini-marshmallows to measure the length versus the large marshmallows.Overall, this cross-curricular lesson was a success! 

In two weeks, my Kindergarteners will be learning how to measure using non-standard units. We will wrap up this math unit by measuring various Thanksgiving themed items with mini-marshmallows and jumbo marshmallows while recording our data on the Tree Map below. 

After they have mastered non-standard units, I will introduce standard for enrichment. I will post student samples after we have completed this activity. 

Thanks for stopping by! 
~ Mrs. Wolff