When it comes to students managing their space, I am NOT a hand-holder and I refuse to dig papers out of my students backpacks, desks or folders. For that reason, I teach my students how to become independent, responsible and organized using B. Bring Everything Everyday Folders.
Buggin' Out on Insects! Spring weather is finally here and we have been taking advantage of it for sure! With warmer weather comes the perfect time for all things buggy.
We have had a blast observing insects and learning about several different types. This year we focused mainly on bees, ants, ladybugs, praying mantises, and butterflies. I wish there was time to cover them all! Here are a few pictures to sum up our fun.
A photo posted by Mary Lirette marylirette on Apr 13, at 3: We used wax paper for the wings and orange paint daubers to dress up the hives. This anchor chart was modeled off of Cara Carroll's here.
Though hers is much better than my quick attempt, this chart definitely had my kids excited about recording ant facts. I snapped a picture of each kid holding the book and we added it to our opinion writing using the question posed at the end of the book. My kiddos wanted to add their Fab 5 rubric to it as well since we are working so hard on becoming fabulous writers!
Last Friday we released our butterflies and our ladybugs. It's amazing how attached we become to our little insects as we watch them go through their life cycles. We are still waiting on our praying mantis egg case to "hatch" so we can observe the tiny insects before letting them go.
A video posted by Mary Lirette marylirette on Apr 29, at 5: I have had these Word Ladder Caterpillar Cards in one of my morning work drawers and they have been a big hit! Students use the pictures to change either the beginning, middle or ending sound to make the new word.
There are 40 cards that are color coded by short vowel. There are mixed vowel cards too that make for great review. I let my kids put the cards inside of the small dry-erase sleeves but there is a reproducible included for those that need them.
My class really enjoyed learning all about insects from our non-fiction and fiction texts, Let's Find Out Scholastic News magazines, Magic School Bus videos and more. We wrapped up our unit by making these adorable entomologists from Caitlin at Kindergarten Smiles.
I think they turned out super cute!I am so excited about a new set of math station activities I have begun working on! I uploaded the first of 14 sets tonight!:) My goal in creating these is to have a set of stations to use throughout the year that align with those difficult math concepts that students need to become fluent in.
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