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Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Math Mini-Book!

I love, love, love teaching with pumpkins!  It's the perfect way to motivate the kids and have fun without breaching any holiday taboos.  For the past 7 years, I've been piecing together different resources and ancient blacklines to have students measure pumpkins all throughout Halloweek.  Every year I feel stressed because some of the activities are too easy, most are too hard, and nothing matches or flows together.  I decided to make mini-books for the students this year and I am LOVING them so far!
Everything is Kinder-appropriate, with challenging (but not unrealistic) student activities.
And I love having everything together in one little cute book.  We used teddy bear counters in the past for the balance scales, but some of those teeny pumpkins required LOTS of bears.  Dominoes are a better option since they are much heavier.
Anyone else have your students try to measure circumference with yarn and cut it themselves in the right place!?  Talk about a stress headache trying to assist 5 and 6 year olds with that!  In this mini-book, you provide the strings, and students measure and circle the correct response.  This is do-able!
And what's Halloweek without some pumpkin goop!?  Scoop out the seeds and count them in groups of 10s! We do this in table groups.
First 3 followers to leave me some lovin' will get this book for free!  It's available HERE on my TPT store!  Happy Halloweek!  =)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Noun Sort (Free for Followers!)

I love Fall in Kindergarten!  The routines have finally become well, routine, and the kids are working independently.  Plus, there are pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves, plus all of the holiday excitement, and we can finally enjoy recess without sweating to death while getting a sunburn!

In the SuperKid class, we are focusing on nouns in grammar, and I made the cutest little noun sort that the kids just loved. 

After "bubble cutting" and gluing, they added labels next to all of the pictures.  My advanced writers chose two of the nouns and wrote sentences about them on the back of the paper.  It's $1 here in my TPT Store, but it's FREE for followers!  :)  Just leave me a comment with your email address (and make sure you follow my blog), and I'll email it over to ya!