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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Fun: Physical Properties, Write-the-Room, Adjectives, & Bingo [+ 2 are FREEBIES!]

Not sick of pumpkin fun yet!?  Nope, neither am I!  ;)  More importantly, my students are still loving learning with pumpkins.

This year, my team and I are really digging deeper into our standards and are evaluating our lesson plans critically.  Instead of focusing on the activity, we are shifting our focus on what really matters - the objectives and the learning!  For the past 8 years, I have used pumpkins for measurement activities in my classroom.  I blogged about it here.

While fun and cute, these learning activities did not actually address many of our standards in Kindergarten!  Most of the measurement tasks were too challenging and not developmentally appropriate for my students.  They did not internalize the learning because they were not ready for these experiences yet. 

We wanted to use pumpkins for learning, so we adjusted the student journal and activities to match our standards in science!  Our students observed and investigated the physical properties of their pumpkins and recorded their learning in their mini-journals.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-Measurement-Physical-Properties-Student-Mini-Journal-392494
Both versions (math-focused and science-focused) of the book are included in this product.

In literacy, my students practiced spelling their color words with this Pumpkin Write-the-Room...
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-Color-Words-Write-the-Room-1510380

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-Color-Words-Write-the-Room-1510380


And we described our creative pumpkins using adjectives on THIS FREEBIE:

We will be playing pumpkin sight word bingo this week.  You can download this FREEBIE here!

 I hope you and your students can use pumpkins for rich learning experiences in your classroom!  :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, What Do You See? Mini-Book FREEBIE!

I love, love, love this time of year in the SuperKid classroom.  The students are so excited for the upcoming holidays, the cooler weather is invigorating, and themed activities are just downright FUN!  I created this pumpkin mini-book to use in my "Making Books" station next week, and I added it to my TPT Store for free because I think your students might love it, too!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Pumpkin-Pumpkin-What-Do-You-See-Emergent-Reader-Mini-Book-1497959
The book comes with two versions - one with faceless pumpkins for a more fall-themed book and the other with jack-o-lanterns for Halloween-themed fun.
The students get to write-in their own pumpkin color of choice on the last page!
I hope you're having fun in your classrooms this month.  Enjoy this mini-book and don't forget to follow my store!  =)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Numbers 1-10 Student Book

Well hi there, happy Fall to ya!  Anyone else in utter disbelief that October is already well under way!?  It's been a fast and furious first 6 weeks of school, and we have been having a blast in math!

This year, we are implementing the new math TEKS, which are similar to the Common Core Standards.  We have been devoting all of our math time so far this year to developing number sense for the numbers 1-10.  We have been counting, comparing, and composing like crazy!  I created this student book that we used as an informal assessment.  It could also be used for guided or independent practice, or even for homework!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Student-Book-Numbers-1-10-1482783

Representing Numbers:


Counting & Recording:

Subitizing:

Comparing Quantities:


Comparing Numbers:

Generating a Number 1 More and 1 Less: 

Composing Numbers:

The book is available in my TPT Shop, and it's on sale right now!  :)  I hope you are having a great year with your own SuperKids!