Measurement

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The past two weeks my kiddos learned all about measurement. We practiced length, height, weight, time and temperature. Today we had the chance to rotate through four engaging centers to practice these skills.

The first station was How Many Hearts Tall Am I?:Measure1

Here is a student who’s partner laid out all the hearts next to him to see how many hearts tall.

 

HeartspaperAfter they counted how many hearts tall they were, they used this paper to fill out. They wrote the number for how many hearts tall they were and drew the hearts against the line to show how many hearts tall they were. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this completed.)

If you’d like to use this in your classroom, you can find this as a freebie in my TPT store. Just click the link at the bottom of the post.

 

 

The second station was the clock mat station. Students used the floor clock mat to tell time to the hour. Each student took a turn making a time on the Time1clock as the other students wrote the digital time.

This was simple and fun! They like taking turns being the teacher and changing the time. All students were engaged and enjoyed doing this. I highly recommend teaching with a clock floor mat.

I’m sad that our new Virginia SOL’s for 2018 have taken away time to the hour because this is one of my favorite skills to teach in math.

You can find the clock here if you’d like it for your own classroom: https://goo.gl/t2Rd2u (I am in no way being endorsed by Learning Resources) It’s quite pricey but students will thoroughly enjoy your time lessons using it.

The third station was How Many Cubes do you Weigh?:

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This station had two balance scales. Students were to find objects to place in the bucket and see how many cubes it weighed. This was very easy to set up because I let them choose things around the room and their was no prep for me. It was a win-win for the both of us.

These balance scaled were purchased from the school through Learning Resources as well. You can find these here: https://goo.gl/GV613v (Again, I am in now way being endorsed to write about these products from this company)

 

 

The fourth station was the Frog Jump station:

Frog2Frog1 Students really enjoyed this station! These frogs were purchased from Target several years ago. Students started on the tape line, set their frog, then estimated how many cubes it was long.

Students used the Frog Jump Measurement worksheet  that you see in the picture to the left.

This worksheet can be found in my TPT store for free as well. If you’d like either worksheet from this post, you can click the links below to download them.

Heart Tall Worksheet

Frog Jump Worksheet

I hope you can use some of these ideas in your classroom. Thanks for stopping by!

ALi

100th Day

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It’s been awhile since I have blogged but we FINALLY had our 100th day in January this year, even it was the 31st! Here’s a look at our morning 100th day snack! It’s nothing fancy but was quick and they loved it! I have one student say, “this was the best morning snack EVER” and “this was such a yummy snack”. And it was only 1 cracker and two peanut butter sandwich crackers!

Here are a few of the activities we did on our 100th Day! Students brought in their 100 Collections. We had gummy bears, sea animals, legos and bags of random stuff! It was fun watching students count all of their items with their partners.

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numb100Students also had the chance to rotate through 6 stations through out the day! They had checklists that we used and hole punched when they went to each station just incase we couldn’t remember which rotation they didn’t get to. You can see the checklist (yellow paper) in the right picture.

Students practiced writing their numbers to 100. This was great practice for students counting and writing their numbers.

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Here were a couple students using the number 100 to create their own 100th day pictures. They came out SUPER cute this year and I forgot to take a picture here and add it. They were so creative with this, we had lions, faces, helicopters, sharks, and much more!

 

 

foodStudents also made a 100th Day snack mix. This was their favorite as food is always a winner in Kids HEARTS (and mine too). They had to count 10 different foods and place them on ten, ten frames.

We had a fun day but we were all exhausted by the end! I hope you enjoyed some of the fun excitement in our room.

Thanks for stopping by!

ALi

 

 

Gingerbread Week

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Gingerbread week is such a fun week of teaching! My students enjoyed all of the books and our Gingerbread Oven craft we made this week. I read a Gingerbread story each day this week and they responded in their Gingerbread Book by drawing the setting, characters and ending of the story. Here are the books I read this week:

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You can find some through Scholastic and all on Amazon. After I read a story each day students filled out the setting, characters, and ending of each story.

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There are several choices for Gingerbread stories available in the pack.

At the end of the week, we created a Gingerbread Oven Craft to go along with our Gingerbread week. The students use scrap paper to recreate the events of the original Gingerbread Man story and place in on the story paper inside their oven.

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OvenIf you are interested in this craft, it is in my TPT store. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Gingerbread-Man-Oven-Book-Craft-2255195

My kiddos loved this craft and were super excited to take it home!

To finish our Gingerbread unit, students made gingerbread houses. We used the school milk cartons and students brought in frosting, graham crackers and candy for their house. Here are some of the houses my students made:

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There was frosting in hair, all over clothes and and chairs and tables, that’s how you know they had GREAT time!

And lastly, I sent home a family project to disguise their Gingerbread Man from the fox and they came up with some cute creations, check them out:

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We had some cute gingerbreads that were saved from the fox. I hope you enjoyed all of these fun ideas!

ALi

DIY Desk for Office

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Hello! I have been experimenting with my own DIY projects here at home. It's taken a few months but I've finally completed my office desk.
IMG_2443I got the desk and four chairs from a Restore for Habitat for Humanity store. This place is great for cheap things to refinish you just have to keep your eye out. The bigger stores carry a lot of items if you're lucky enough to live near one in a bigger city.

Here is the table and four chairs I bought. It cost me $50 for all of it! I thought it was a great deal!

Here is the process of sanding, I had it halfway done. Make sure you follow the grain of the wood when sanding. This makes it look better as you go to stain it.IMG_2714

The first thing I did was sand the table down. I used a DeWalt Palm Sander which I loved!

You have to sand the wood down until the stain is completely gone. This may take awhile to sand down to that point.

SandDeskOnce the table was completely sanded, I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain and used a stain brush to apply it. I let it sit for about 2 minutes and use a paper towel to wipe off the excess stain. I did 3 coats of stain.

Here is the final coat of stain drying. You'll notice in the other picture below it looks much darker. This was after 2 coats of poly.IMG_3174

After I did the 2nd coat of poly, I began priming the legs. These were awful to paint. It took 2 coats of Zinsser Primer and then it took 2 or 3 coats of white paint. I can't remember how many coats exactly I did.

Here's what the two coats of primer looked like. That dark green on the legs was quite tough to cover, but after 2 or 3 coats of primer and paint it covered well.
IMG_3186And finally after 3 coats of stain, 3 coats of poly, and 5 or so coats of primer/paint to the legs. The table was finally finished!

Here is final look at the table/desk for our new office! I am so excited how it turned out.

DeskFinsihedHopefully I have inspired you to be a DIYer and create your very own project! Check back soon for our living room transformation!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've enjoying seeing my table transform into a beautiful desk for our office!

ALi

Daily 3 Math Kindergarten Style

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Hi ya’ll! I thought I’d share my newest baby; DAILY 3 MATH GAMES! I enrolled in a class with my school a few months ago and this began my adventure for games that my students can play during Daily 3 Math Stations. I currently have October and November completed for Math by Myself and Math with Someone.

One person even left this feedback “I loved the October set, I had to buy the November set :)” This is exciting to see a teacher and their students enjoying these games.

Here are ways I organize my stations:

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The clear envelopes are from the Dollar Tree. They were a $1 each and I bought 4 green, blue, pink and purple. I color code each game (Math by Myself are green envelopes and Math with Someone are purple).

I bought clear adhesive document pockets and stuck them to the front of the envelopes. Here is a link on Amazon, I think I bought mine through Target. https://www.amazon.com/Avery-Top-Load-Display-Protectors-74404/dp/B00006IC83

The direction sheet is put in the adhesive display pocket for easy access. This also tells students the materials they will need for the game. Above you will see the directions for More War.

If you are interested in my Monthly Themed games, please visit my TeachersPayTeachers store at Little Kinder Love. Here is the link for the November Daily 3 Math Games:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-Daily-3-Math-by-Myself-2851874

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-Daily-3-Math-with-Someone-2851889

It’s important to review and play games with students prior to placing them into a math bin. This way they will be successful and you won’t be interrupted when you are in a small group:)

Check back later this week to see my kiddos using our November Daily 3 Math Stations!

Thanks for stopping by!

ALi

 

Morning Arrival Tubs

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Over the past couple years I have been thinking about what I could do to engage my kiddos in the morning when they arrive. I’ve done worksheets one year and hated it, I had attendance, folders to check and lunch count to do and checking papers and not being able to support those who needed help didn’t make sense.

Last year I skipped morning work and gave them a chance to be social with their peers on the carpet but this became more of a behavior issue..thats when I decided to do Morning Arrival Tubs. They aren’t worksheet based but engaging activities where students can practice different skills with numbers, print concepts, rhyming, etc. I started them this past week and I LOVE them! My kiddos are engaged and everyone has been sharing the materials and its been wonders. Check out pictures below of how I organize and use my Morning Arrival Tubs.

I use a 9×12 manila envelope and laminate my Morning Arrival Tub cover on the outside. I take all of the game covers, print them 2 per page and laminate them on a 6×9 manila envelope cover (see below). I forgot to take a picture of the big manila envelope with all the small ones. I’ll try to add that next week.

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The Craft Cart I use is by Sterilite that I bought years ago and I couldn’t find it anywhere to link it but any tub will work. I like them because they aren’t a drawer but an actual container they have to open. I place all materials needed inside the drawers. There are two activities per drawer except one. Each day I move the activities down to the next drawer and rotate so each day they get a new activity. I will do this each week. I also have Kindergarten Morning Tub Rule Posters above the tubs for a reminder.

Here are some of the activities in action from this week.

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Students were working on counting 1:1 to 15, print concepts from left to right and fine motor skills. Students stayed engaged the whole time. I only have them working on the these at most 15 minutes.

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Here is two of the fine motor activities in the September Morning Arrival Tubs. You can check out the other packs on my TPT page: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Little-Kinder-Love. I have September, October and November done thus far. I hope to have a whole year’s worth done by June 2017.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and maybe even give my Morning Arrival Tubs a try this year! Feel free to email me any questions you may have at littlekinderlove@gmail.com.

ALi

Technology Tip

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Many of you have been purchasing the HP Instant Ink printers, but if your anything like me you had a different printer prior to buying a new one.  I was sad to find out that my old printer and me new MacBook Pro didn’t work together ( there was no Mac software for it.) This is why I purchased the HP Envy 5540 and was overly EXCITED when I found out there was a way to still use my old printer with my MacBook. Yes, I did keep my old printer because I own a the HP CP1215 Laser Jet too and it has the best printing quality and can’t give it up..yet!

Even if you got rid of your old printer, here is an awesome trick even if you want to print from your personal computer to your school printer…Ready?

Introducing: Google Cloud Print

It’s so simple to link all the printers you want right to Google Cloud Print and you can print to any printer that you link..Here’s your how-to:

STEP 1: Go to https://www.google.com/cloudprint/#printers

STEP 2: Click either Classic Printer or Cloud ready Printer (whichever one works for you).

STEP 3: Follow their Step-by-Step directions..it’s very simple;)

I hope you enjoyed this tip! I sure wish I knew this before so I could connect at school!

ALi