Friday, March 09, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up...nutrition games and a STEM tower challenge

This week was Healthy Eating week at our school.
We were asked to each submit a mixed media piece done with the students about healthy eating.  Last week we learned about eating a "rainbow" and sorted our favourite foods.
You can read all about that here.
To extend our learning about healthy versus unhealthy foods we played the Going Shopping game.

Here's how to play:
1)  Each student gets a shopping cart and a grocery list.
2)  One at a time, students choose a card from the middle.  They have to match the card to the picture on their list.  If it's a match they put it in their cart.
3)  First person to fill their shopping cart wins!
*This game generated lots of discussion around foods that are healthy and unhealthy and what students like to eat.  It even prompted some students to create their own shopping lists for their parents!*
You can find this game here if you are interested.

I absolutely love these felt board storytelling sets from Wintergreen Learning.  They are so durable!  We read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and students were invited to use the felt board to retell the story.

Students also worked at the Pocket Chart centre to read and build the predictable text about rainbow colours.

Students read the sentence and then match the coloured rainbow to the word at the end.  On the worksheet, they can circle the sight word "this" and write in the colour word.
You can find this activity in my All Year Long Pocket Chart Fun pack.

Still with the idea of rainbows, since our students are so interested in them still, we set out Rainbow Pentominoes and challenged them to fill the mirror without leaving any spaces.

Another provocation we left at a table asked the students to create a tall tower.  
We love challenging STEM activities and so do our students!
They quickly turned this into a competition and documented their towers, measuring and modifying their designs.
Here are some of their designs!

They worked so hard this week on this challenge that we wanted to share our documentation with visitors so we placed our learning story in the hallway for all to read about!

It's finally March Break and I'm off next week.  I don't have too much planned as of yet (which I don't mind actually!) but I am sure my own children will keep me busy.

Check back on Instagram tomorrow when I can't wait to share what I will be doing!!!!

Happy March Break!

Friday, March 02, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up ... healthy eating, rainbows and science experiments!

This week we started discussing healthy eating, as next week the entire school will participate in "Healthy Schools" week.
We spoke about the Food Guide and what it meant to "eat a rainbow".  Our poem this week focused on choosing a variety of colourful foods.

To practice our fine motor skills, we set out this provocation, inviting the students to sort the plastic food by colour.  They choose foods that they liked to eat and we took a picture.

Lately, our students have had an interest in rainbows, as we have seen so many children drawing them daily.  How perfect that this tied in so nicely with healthy eating!
We invited the students to draw and paint a collaborative rainbow.

Then we added the photos of all the students to our display - ready for the Healthy Schools challenge next week!

This provocation invited students to create a story all about rainbows!

Fine motor activities are a staple in our classroom.  This week we set up this fun activity, inviting the students to pick up beads using tweezers and place them on suction cups.

Our students love science experiments!
The ECE I work with, Mrs. Petrone, has some amazing science experiments she has done in the past and wanted to try them with our students this year.

How many pencils can you poke through the bag?

Making a rainbow with a flashlight and a CD
The students were eager to try them and document their findings! 
Coke and penny experiment

Baking soda and vinegar colour explosion!

Blowing up a balloon

There are many different documentation sheets like the one above floating online.  I created this one years ago when I first started with Full Day Kindergarten as I find the pictures of eyes, a thinking bubble and a speech bubble to represent "I see, I think, I wonder" the easiest for this age group.
Click on the pictures below for the large of small version.

Also be sure to follow me on Instagram where I have a giveaway on NOW!
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up...YAY I'm back at work (and I have a FREEBIE!!!)

I'm so glad to be back at school this week!  I had to take a few weeks off after I fell down the stairs and injured my back but I am feeling so much better!
Many thanks to the ECE I work with (Mrs. Petrone) and the fabulous supply teacher Ms. P. for filling in.
Look at this amazing and beautiful door the students decorated to welcome me back!
They all drew pictures of me!
It was a busy week back...take a look at all that we did!

We left out the geoboards for students to explore creating shapes and numbers.

This math game that we introduced and played in small groups this week, Don't Get the Red Dot!, can be played in many ways.
Here the students each get a 10-frame mat.  They choose a card (with either numerals or dots of numbers 1-10).  They have to represent that number on their 10-frame using the counters.  They choose another card and either add on to that number or take away to show the new number.  If they get the red dot they clear their card and start again!
The students couldn't get enough of this game!
At the Light Table, we put out "Roll-a-Snake" game where you roll the dot die and build a snake.  The person with the longest snake wins!
You can find this activity (and lots more!) in my Fun with Dice pack on TpT.
We have also been working with students on letter and sound identification.  I came up with this "Roll-a-Letter" game years ago but have now made it editable and a FREE download for you!  I love that it's also a great activity for students to practice writing letters.  The wooden cubes are from Michaels and I just wrote the letters in different colours to match the die for easy storing.
I put them in plastic sheet protectors so it's easy to wipe them clean and reuse them.
Also, here's another tip:  there are two versions of this activity - one where the students write the letter on their own and the other where they trace the letter.  Place them back-to-back in the sheet protector and choose which one is appropriate for that student.

You can download this freebie by clicking here or on any of the pictures below.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!