Thursday, September 25, 2014

FUN class-size 120 number line and kid-made 120 charts

We've been super busy this week!  On Monday we put together a class-size number line, 20 numbers at a time.  I saw that my friend Kelly had used these pre-made, FREE numbers to cut out on different colored paper and I headed to grab them.  They are from Jennifer on Tpt. She also had the great idea for the number line and has it all laid out for you if you go snag her product (and don't forget - it's FREE).  We did the first 20 together, then each table came up and glued on the next color, 20 at a time, and then we did the last 20 (101-120) together.  I took them around the school to show off their HUGE number line and then we glued it to the wall in the classroom so they could use it all year long - SCORE!
The next day we got to work on putting together the whole 120 chart in groups at tables.  I used the same number pages and did each set of 20 on a different colored paper.  They cut them out themselves and then got to work putting it together.  They worked so cooperatively!!  I was super proud!  And what I thought would take forever for them to do didn't take them that long at all!  AND they've asked to redo it a couple of times this week and have gotten even faster!
 On Wednesday we worked in groups putting numbers in order (5 at a time) and today we worked on missing numbers as well as before, between, and after numbers. Well, that's it for me for today.  Just wanted to share these cool 120 activities.  Plus, I promised the kids to put their pictures online so we could go look at them! :)  Hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Creative Landforms

Short blog today but really wanted to share some great pics with you of the work my kids did today!  We ended our week of learning about landforms today with some hands-on fun!  
I asked that parents send in some Play-doh and they did!  
TONS of it!!  

So after we did our little mini-labeling quiz this morning we broke out the Play-doh and went to work.  Here are some of the things that they came up with.  I was really proud and they tried so hard!  We are doing landforms for one more week so I promised if they did really well all week we would do it again next Friday.  
 an island with a fish swimming in the water
 a volcano
 a valley
 working on another volcano
 the coast and some seashells
 a desert with a plateau and some cactus plants
 a mountain with a snow covered peak
 another snowy mountain
 a simple little pond
 another really large mountain
 a plain with an orange tree
 a lake with the forest all around it and the beginnings of a river
one last desert with the cactus

And MY favorite was when the colors got mixed up and this little boy came up and told me he made the world.  It was so cute and just perfect!!  Can't wait to do something like this again.  They were really concerned with characteristics and talked about them as they worked TOGETHER to create these gorgeous landforms (and I didn't even tell them they had to work cooperatively - so BONUS)!!!  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Around the World

This week I taught about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans.  We used Google Earth and traveled all over the world looking at the different places and trying to understand how large our world really is.  We talked about different characteristics of each place and read a little book called Continents and Oceans by Carrie Hanson that I found on Tpt.  We explored the World Atlas books too and they thought those were too cool!
 After all the exploration each group was given copies of each continent and labels for the continents and the oceans.  They were also given a blue poster board.  Each team worked to try to put together the world.  They diligently used the atlas and worked in such great cooperative groups!  I was very proud of them!!  After a day of practicing several times, we then took Friday as a competition game.  The team that could do it the fastest would earn a point for their table.  They had so much fun!

Next week is landforms so I'm off to find some real-life places to show them to go with each kind.  Want to find something awesome from each continent.  Hopefully we can explore some more with Google Earth and find some cool pictures of places around the world.  Until next time...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mini Red Solo Cups & Folk Heroes

This week I went to the local Dollar Store to see what kinds of goodies were waiting for me to snag up and I found MINI red solo cups (seriously fit in the palm of your hand!)  They were just about the cutest thing I had ever seen.  However, I thought and thought and couldn't come up with something to do with them, so I reluctantly passed them up.  I went to school and told Mario (my creative student teacher) about them and he IMMEDIATELY had an idea.  He calls it Power Towers.  He ran out to the Dollar Tree and snagged up 100 of these little babies and put 100 sight words on the bottoms.  Then during groups on Friday he went around the group with the cups.  If they could read the word, they kept the cup.  If not, it passed to the next person.  After they started collecting cups they were allowed to create towers with them (any way they wanted).  The results were TOO cute and the kids have never had so much fun practicing sight words!!!!

Something else we worked hard on for the last two weeks are American Folk Heros.  We traced the pictures out really large, colored them, laminated them, and put on chart paper with a little tape (to be saved for next year).  Each day we learned about a new hero and we made a chart with the things that we learned.  The kids used them for writing activities that we did throughout the week and their final test came from ideas on the charts as well.  We were really proud of the final outcome.  They look great hanging in the classroom.
Gearing up for Continents and Oceans next week.  For the past few years I have had students color and cut out the continents after they learn about them.  I give them a blue poster board or bulletin board paper and let them try to put them all where they go.  Then they get labels and have to put them on correctly, including the oceans.  They love doing this activity and I can't wait to do it again this week.  On Friday I make it a competition and we see who can do it the fastest!  Will post pics to show you how it goes.  Do you have a unique way that you teach continents and oceans?  I'd love to hear about it if you do!