Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! What's Going on in my Room?

Whew! It has been a while since I've had time to get on here and blog!  I just come home every day absolutely exhausted!  But, I will try to do better and here are some things we have done in my class up to this point.  We spend a little time each day talking about how we should act in school and sometimes we even come up with charts to hang up as reminders!

My class and I did this one the other day when we were talking about listening.  We read the story "Interrupting Chicken" first and if you have not read this with your kiddos, you definitely should.  The kids got really annoyed at how the Chicken in the story kept interrupting the bedtime stories Papa Chicken was trying to tell him.  Hopefully this really drove the point home about not interrupting the speaker!  Anyway, I wrote "I can listen" at the top and they came up with how to act when we are doing good listening:


Another day we come up with this chart after reading "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and discussing what all he did with his crayon and what we should do with our crayons and other supplies.  I showed them some broken pencils and broken crayons I had found and then we talked about how to treat our supplies.  Again, I wrote down the rules the students came up with.  Please ignore the illustrations - I am so not an artist!

Now on to some of the more fun activities we have done!  We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and watched the video to it as well on Discovery Education (the song they turned it into is so catchy!).  Then we made coconut trees with the letters to our names climbing up the trees.  The text at the bottom of each tree says:  
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Will there be enough room?
____________ has _______ letters in 
his/her name.

We have also been talking about colors and had a little book with blank monsters that the students had to color different colors.  There was not a page to make a black monster in the book, so when we talked about the color black, we made a black Angry Bird!  The students LOVED this!  They got so excited when I said that we were making an Angry Bird.  Below the Angry Birds is a name practice activity we did where I wrote each student's name really big on a strip of white construction paper and they tore paper and glued it down on each letter.  It turned out so cute and was such a great fine motor activity!

We did this on the first day of school.  Love this keepsake idea from another teacher -  I got each student's handprint, then backed it and laminated it, hot glued a clothespin to the back and stuck a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.  Then I clipped this little saying to the clothespin:
I made this little clothespin magnet
On my first day of school.
Isn't it pretty and very cool? 
You can put it on the fridge
 Or where ever it will stick.
Then on it you can hang 
The artwork that you pick.

So cute!  The last thing I want to share (I know its a long post....like I said I'll try to do better about posting more!) just really made my day when I saw it!  When we were lining up for lunch on Friday, I was checking out my line, making sure everyone had a "bubble and a ducktail" and I noticed this.  One of my little kinders had one of the old timey plastic Beauty and the Beast lunch box.  Oh my word - I totally had the EXACT SAME lunch box when I was in Kindergarten!!!!  She didn't have the thermos, but it was so weird to see this lunch box with another kid 20 years after I had used it!

That's all for now, but I am working on an Apple unit to add to TPT!  Be on the look out and hopefully it won't be as long before I post again!!












Whew! It has been a while since I've had time to get on here and blog!  I just come home every day absolutely exhausted!  But, I will try to do better and here are some things we have done in my class up to this point.  We spend a little time each day talking about how we should act in school and sometimes we even come up with charts to hang up as reminders!

My class and I did this one the other day when we were talking about listening.  We read the story "Interrupting Chicken" first and if you have not read this with your kiddos, you definitely should.  The kids got really annoyed at how the Chicken in the story kept interrupting the bedtime stories Papa Chicken was trying to tell him.  Hopefully this really drove the point home about not interrupting the speaker!  Anyway, I wrote "I can listen" at the top and they came up with how to act when we are doing good listening:


Another day we come up with this chart after reading "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and discussing what all he did with his crayon and what we should do with our crayons and other supplies.  I showed them some broken pencils and broken crayons I had found and then we talked about how to treat our supplies.  Again, I wrote down the rules the students came up with.  Please ignore the illustrations - I am so not an artist!

Now on to some of the more fun activities we have done!  We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and watched the video to it as well on Discovery Education (the song they turned it into is so catchy!).  Then we made coconut trees with the letters to our names climbing up the trees.  The text at the bottom of each tree says:  
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Will there be enough room?
____________ has _______ letters in 
his/her name.

We have also been talking about colors and had a little book with blank monsters that the students had to color different colors.  There was not a page to make a black monster in the book, so when we talked about the color black, we made a black Angry Bird!  The students LOVED this!  They got so excited when I said that we were making an Angry Bird.  Below the Angry Birds is a name practice activity we did where I wrote each student's name really big on a strip of white construction paper and they tore paper and glued it down on each letter.  It turned out so cute and was such a great fine motor activity!

We did this on the first day of school.  Love this keepsake idea from another teacher -  I got each student's handprint, then backed it and laminated it, hot glued a clothespin to the back and stuck a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.  Then I clipped this little saying to the clothespin:
I made this little clothespin magnet
On my first day of school.
Isn't it pretty and very cool? 
You can put it on the fridge
 Or where ever it will stick.
Then on it you can hang 
The artwork that you pick.

So cute!  The last thing I want to share (I know its a long post....like I said I'll try to do better about posting more!) just really made my day when I saw it!  When we were lining up for lunch on Friday, I was checking out my line, making sure everyone had a "bubble and a ducktail" and I noticed this.  One of my little kinders had one of the old timey plastic Beauty and the Beast lunch box.  Oh my word - I totally had the EXACT SAME lunch box when I was in Kindergarten!!!!  She didn't have the thermos, but it was so weird to see this lunch box with another kid 20 years after I had used it!

That's all for now, but I am working on an Apple unit to add to TPT!  Be on the look out and hopefully it won't be as long before I post again!!












Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! What's Going on in my Room?

Posted by Jennifer Winters at 9:57 AM 0 comments
Whew! It has been a while since I've had time to get on here and blog!  I just come home every day absolutely exhausted!  But, I will try to do better and here are some things we have done in my class up to this point.  We spend a little time each day talking about how we should act in school and sometimes we even come up with charts to hang up as reminders!

My class and I did this one the other day when we were talking about listening.  We read the story "Interrupting Chicken" first and if you have not read this with your kiddos, you definitely should.  The kids got really annoyed at how the Chicken in the story kept interrupting the bedtime stories Papa Chicken was trying to tell him.  Hopefully this really drove the point home about not interrupting the speaker!  Anyway, I wrote "I can listen" at the top and they came up with how to act when we are doing good listening:


Another day we come up with this chart after reading "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and discussing what all he did with his crayon and what we should do with our crayons and other supplies.  I showed them some broken pencils and broken crayons I had found and then we talked about how to treat our supplies.  Again, I wrote down the rules the students came up with.  Please ignore the illustrations - I am so not an artist!

Now on to some of the more fun activities we have done!  We read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and watched the video to it as well on Discovery Education (the song they turned it into is so catchy!).  Then we made coconut trees with the letters to our names climbing up the trees.  The text at the bottom of each tree says:  
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Will there be enough room?
____________ has _______ letters in 
his/her name.

We have also been talking about colors and had a little book with blank monsters that the students had to color different colors.  There was not a page to make a black monster in the book, so when we talked about the color black, we made a black Angry Bird!  The students LOVED this!  They got so excited when I said that we were making an Angry Bird.  Below the Angry Birds is a name practice activity we did where I wrote each student's name really big on a strip of white construction paper and they tore paper and glued it down on each letter.  It turned out so cute and was such a great fine motor activity!

We did this on the first day of school.  Love this keepsake idea from another teacher -  I got each student's handprint, then backed it and laminated it, hot glued a clothespin to the back and stuck a sticky magnet on the back of the clothespin.  Then I clipped this little saying to the clothespin:
I made this little clothespin magnet
On my first day of school.
Isn't it pretty and very cool? 
You can put it on the fridge
 Or where ever it will stick.
Then on it you can hang 
The artwork that you pick.

So cute!  The last thing I want to share (I know its a long post....like I said I'll try to do better about posting more!) just really made my day when I saw it!  When we were lining up for lunch on Friday, I was checking out my line, making sure everyone had a "bubble and a ducktail" and I noticed this.  One of my little kinders had one of the old timey plastic Beauty and the Beast lunch box.  Oh my word - I totally had the EXACT SAME lunch box when I was in Kindergarten!!!!  She didn't have the thermos, but it was so weird to see this lunch box with another kid 20 years after I had used it!

That's all for now, but I am working on an Apple unit to add to TPT!  Be on the look out and hopefully it won't be as long before I post again!!












 
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