Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter: Resurrection Eggs

Every Easter I use "resurrection eggs" as a visual when telling the Easter story.


They are dollar store plastic eggs, which I've pre-filled with items relating to the Easter story.

I tell the Bible story, then ask my students what could be in the Easter egg that relates to today's Bible story. {I do one each lesson.}The resurrection eggs make for a lesson where all students are engaged, because they l-o-v-e to try and guess what's inside!


HOSANNA
The triumphal entry of Jesus on the donkey & the people waving palm branches in praise:
'branches'


JUDAS' PLOT
Judas agrees to help Jesus' enemies in exchange for thirty pieces of silver:
silver coins


JESUS IS CAPTURED
Jesus is captured in front of His disciples, is bound and taken away:
rope


JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
Pontius Pilate turns Jesus over to the crowd, who choose to crucify Him and hang Him on the cross:
nail


THE RESURRECTION
Jesus was buried in a tomb. On the third day, HE AROSE:
empty egg=empty tomb


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dr. Seuss Wrap-up Party


Each year, to wrap up our Dr. Seuss unit, I invite parents to come to our classroom to participate in various Dr. Seuss activities with their Kindergarten child.


I set up several stations around the classroom that they could choose from. The event lasts for an hour, and they rotate through as many centres as they like.



My students made some Cats in Hats to decorate our classroom door; the printable was from Hubbard's Cupboard.

BOOK NOOK

One station featured our collection of Dr. Seuss books that parents could read to their children.

 I have several characters from the stories that students could hold as they were being read to.


GREEN EGGS & HAM INITIAL SOUNDS

At this activity, the students and their parents matched the green letters (yolks) with the pictures that start with that letter (eggs). This activity is from Making Learning Fun.


GREEN EGGS & HAM ALPHABET BINGO


Students played alphabet Bingo against their parents.

ONE FISH, TWO FISH ESTIMATION

Students had to estimate how many fish would fit into the fishbowl without overlapping. They then tried it out to see how close their estimate was to the actual number of fish that fit inside.


ONE FISH, TWO FISH PATTERNS


Students copied and extended the patterns of red fish, blue fish.


FISHING FOR LETTERS


Using magnetic fishing poles, students caught fish with letters on them, then matched them to the corresponding letters in the 'sea'.


CAT IN THE HAT SCENE-MAKER

I found this magnetic set at Zellers several years ago when the Cat in the Hat movie came out in theatres. Students use the magnets to recreate scenes from the book.


CAT IN THE HAT TOYS


Burger King featured Cat in the Hat toys back when the movie came out. I snagged these on Ebay.


'THING' PAPER BAG PUPPETS

This template is from  obSEUSSed. I shrunk down the overall size so that the template would fit on a small paper bag.

I thought it would be cute to use my students' pictures for this craft, so I cut & glued their faces onto the sheets.

DR. SEUSS'S ABC BOARD GAME


THE CAT IN THE HAT FLOOR PUZZLES


NAME SYLLABLE SORT


CAT IN THE HAT UPPERCASE/LOWERCASE LETTER MATCH



CAT'S HAT COUNT


Students and their parents each got a sheet of paper full of cat's hats. They took turns rolling a die, and colouring in that many hats. The first one to colour in all of their hats was the winner.

CAT'S HAT SNACKS

A parent brought in these cute Cat's Hats, made from strawberries and apple slices...yum!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rhyming Bridge {Is Falling Down}

RHYMING BRIDGE


This month we are reading lots of Dr. Seuss books. These books are used as a springboard to reinforce rhyme, word families, and so much more.

After reading Hop On Pop and noting the rhyming in the book, my students had fun playing 
rhyming bridge.

It's played like London Bridge is Falling Down, and is sung to the same tune.

Two students were the 'bridge', the rest made a line-up and took turns passing under the bridge as we sang:

Rhyming bridge is falling down,
falling down,
falling down,
Rhyming bridge is falling down
My fair lady-o.



Whoever was caught in the bridge had to come up with a pair of words that rhymed before they were released.
eg. bear, chair


We continued playing until everyone had a turn getting caught & making their rhyme.

To aid those who are not yet confident in their rhyming abilities, I gave a prompt such as:
Can you think of a word that rhymes with ....

This activity was so much fun, and is a great way to reinforce phonemic awareness skills while getting up and moving around the room!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gumball Words & Other Literacy Work Stations

We're back from March Break, and are back at learning!

Here are my latest Literacy Work Stations:

GUMBALL SIGHT WORDS


Using a label-maker, I printed ten sight words and stuck them onto decorative gems. I added several gems that had no words on them as well.



Students took turns turning the dial until a 'gumball' came out. If it had a sight word on it, all students in the group printed the word onto their gumball page.

You can find the gumball page at Mrs. I's blog.



If the 'gumball' was blank, no action was taken...they were added simply to heighten anticipation :)


WRITE THE ROOM


I 'hid' several Dr. Seuss book titles around the classroom.




Students searched the classroom for the book titles. When a title was found, students matched the title with the picture on their paper, then copied the book title onto their sheet.




SIGHT WORD BOOK


I looked all over for a sight word book introducing the word am, & found this great one at http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/2011/08/sight-word-readers.html



You can find details of my sight word lessons here.




LISTENING CENTRE


Students enjoyed listening to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.



They then filled in a reader's response form, found at Mrs. Jump's blog.



WORD SEARCHES


I created several puzzles for students to practice their word-finding skills. 



One puzzle included all of our Sight Words to date, one was a list of the girls in our class, and one was made up of the boys in our class.

The FREE puzzle-making website I used to create these word searches is: Lakeshore Learning.
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