Monday, April 25, 2011

Measure capacity

We were introduced to measuring capacity today during math. The children put cubes in containers to see how many cubes each container would hold. We then compared the containers. We also measures the area of a square using Big Cheez-Its. Come back tomorrow for more measuring fun!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

All About Bees

The children learned a lot of facts about bees. We read several fiction stories about bees and then read some nonfiction books to teach us about bees. We watched a Reading Rainbow story and got to see a beekeeper at work. We then wrote about bees here are a few of the great reasearch projects.

We will add some ant projects tomorrow so I hope you return!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

There Was An Old Who That Swallowed a What???

Enjoy our slideshow! The children painted a box for the body of the Old Lady and then created a creature that they would swallow. The children then stood behind the box and I took a picture of them. We add the words and hung out story in the hallway for all to enjoy! We hope you enjoy it here!
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More Fun Easter Games and Centers

I found a bunny note pad and wrote an additon equation on one and the answer on another or I put a number on one and a number word on the other and the children had to answer. Below is a picture of the addition game.

A couple of years ago I found bunny and chick tic-tac-toe games. The children have to read a color word,  number word or sight word and then they put a piece on the board. The first with tic-tac-toe wins! Then they get to play again.

We have 2 number word games with plastic eggs. One  is a game where the children have to match the top of the egg which has the number on it to the bottom of the egg which has the number word on it. Then the children have to put the correct number of bunny erasers in the egg. Then another  game is made of Easter plastic egg necklaces cut apart. The children pick a number word card and count that number of beads to put on the card.

This time of year we are working on ending sounds so I have made a couple games using notepads that I found a couple years ago at Meijer. The children look at pictures and match correct ending sound to the picture.

Easter Language Arts Centers

The children have been making words, matching number words to numbers,finding ending sounds and having Easter fun

This activity is housed in an Plastic Easter Egg! There are little baskets with a rime (ending of a word family) for example ot, ug, it, an and so on. Initial sounds are written on Easter themed erasers. The children had to put the beginning sounds in the correct basket to make words. Then they wrote the list of words made from each basket.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

             There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
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The children have had a lot of fun reading the stories of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
We each made an Old Lady along with a book to bring home to our families to share.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly! Why?

We have had so much fun listening to this story. We have read many different versions and versions with different characters. We are using this literature unit to begin our study of measurement. As the lady swallows things they gradually get bigger. We talk about size and order things from smallest to largest. Below is a slide show of the Old Lady's the class made today.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Easter Theme Math activities

Math can be fun during any season. A few plastic eggs and a bunny egg holder, a sharpie marker and we have a fun addition game to reinforce addition facts. The children did a good job completing this activity.
 We did the same thing with a chick egg holder and subtraction. The children caught onto the concept quickly.
We are at the point in the year where we have learned many skills in math. So at math centers now we have numbers, addition, subtraction, patterns, money, time and measurement. Today I introduced some bunny and egg addition and subtraction activities. Come back tomorrow to check out the measurement acivities!