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Friday, November 14, 2014

Therapy Dog

Luke, a therapy dog,visited our classroom and we practiced reading to him!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Guest Reader

Grace, a great first grader, chose to read to our class as her prize for being a STAR student.

Friday, November 7, 2014

50th Day of School

We  celebrated the 50th day of school on Nov. 7.  Check out the wikispace that tells about the 50's.  50's Day (click here)

We played with play dough, hula hooped, and sorted Alpha-bits.  We dressed up in 50's costumes and had a sock hop!  What a great time!  Check out our pictures!

Friday, October 31, 2014


On Oct.31 we celebrated a special day!  We wore our costumes, made gack, and played games.  We also had special reading visitors.  Check out our amazing pictures!
Our costumes!

Practicing Reading

Making Gack!

Our Costumes!

McDaniel Green Terrors

Reading us stories!

We promise to read!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Frogs, Frogs, Frogs

We finally finished our study about frogs.  We created  Know and Learned lily pads to guide our research and discussion.  With I Know...I recorded the students' ideas down on sticky notes as a group. 
 After our unit of study, we used interactive writing to write what we learned together.  We spelled to and can from our memory and sounded out the other words on chart paper.

We read many non fiction and fiction books about frogs.  Here are 2 of our favorites!

We used PebbleGo to learn about these amazing amphibians.  Some of the students studied other amphibians to extend their knowledge.

We used paper tearing to create the life cycle of the frog.  They make an amazing display!

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Some trees keep their leaves all winter.  Other trees loose their leaves in the fall.  The leaves often turn from green to yellow, red, or orange before falling to the ground.  How can you show that the other color is there when you only see green?

Try this experiment from The Everything Kids' Science Experiment.  

Where do leaves get their colors?

 3-5 leaves from the same tree

Clear container
Nail polish remover (acetone needed)
Coffee filter 


1. Tear leaves into small pieces.
2. Place pieces in the bottom of clear container and mash them together with a spoon.
3. Add several teaspoons of nail polish remover to the leaf mush.  Be sure the mush is totally covered.
4. Position coffee filter over the container.  It should rest in the liquid but not touch the leaves.
5. Let it sit for a few hours, observe!

What we observed?  We saw the nail polish turn green.  It worked its way up the coffee filter looking clear.  Near the bottom of the coffee filter we could see a green color.  After that, we could see a yellow color.

Our new question?  What color would we see with leaves from a red maple tree?

What's Happening?
The green you see comes from chlorophyll, the chemical that makes the leaf green.  The other colors are in the leaf but you can not see them because in the spring and summer, the plant produces so much chlorophyll.  In the fall, the plant is getting ready to rest for winter.  As the days become shorter and the weather turns colder, the plant stops making food.  The other colors can then shine through the leaf.

Go to Science Made Simple to find more information about the color of Autumn Leaves.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Center Time

At the end of each day, we work in centers to practice all the skills needed for kindergarten.

Students currently are working on talking in a whisper voice, sharing, working the entire time, staying focused, and cleaning up all supplies. 

This work time will become longer and longer each day to build the stamina of the students so that when guided reading begins, all students can work independently of the teacher.

Activities will change in each center throughout the year.  Only 2 students go to a center at a time.  Students must stay in the center spot for the entire time but choice is given to the student for the activities that are completed in that particular center.  Click on the links to find resources.

Science/Art Center: paint a picture, use magnifying glasses to sort pictures, explore with magnets, put together the frog life cycle, complete a plant puzzle, read nonfiction books

Reading Center: read books, match rhyming words, match alphabet magnetic letters, sort objects by beginning sounds, trace alphabet on white board, lacing alphabet letters


Play Dough: make snakes and nests, build the letters of name, make numbers, make play dough balls match a 10 frame, build characters to tell story


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Math: make pictures with pattern blocks, create pictures with pattern blocks, trace numbers, make patterns with unifix cubes, place numerals on ten frame, match ten frame with numbers, dice roll game

Computer: Go to Starfall and see the games.  We use PebbleGo to research and learn about many things!  Check out the newsletter for the user name and password.
Fine Motor: peg boards, design tiles and patterns, Sort and Snap Color Match, mosaics with Pattern Cards, cut/color

i pads: various apps (Brainpop Jr., Leo's Pad:Preschool Kids Learning Series, Max & Ruby Science!, Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games, Alphabet Game-Build Letter Confidence, A to Z Music Videos from, Everyday Math Monster Squeeze)
Listening: listen to story and create picture about favorite part (check back later for pictures)

The aide pulls students to work on art projects based on our theme or unit of study.  She will also begin to pull small groups to help complete kidwriting activities or skill work.

The teacher pulls groups to work on reading/writing skills based on the needs of the students.