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Friday, December 11, 2015

Visions of Christmas

After reading "The Night Before Christmas" poem.  We wrote to complete a prompt about the visions dancing in  heads!  What do we really want for Christmas?!?!
It is a great tie in to talk about when an illustrator draws "dreaming boxes" what the reader understands!  It also lead to a great discussion of what "dancing in my head" means.
Creating this activity is so easy!
1. Read and discuss poem.
2. Students share what they are dreaming about this Christmas.
3. Take pictures of students with Santa hat pretending to sleep.
4. Print and cut out pictures.
5. Glue pictures to a doily.
6. Complete sentence.
7. Cut and glue to construction paper.

I found the idea on Mailbox Education Center.  Click on the picture to go to the web site.
I made a new speech bubble to use next year!  You can find it free at my TPT store!  Please send a link of your class if you try it!  Would love to see what you create!


How did we create this beautiful candy that helped complete our amazing wall!
a candy pattern, red paint, Q tips and cello wrap!  
You can find the pattern at this link from Mailbox Education Center!  It is a great resource!

Painting with a q tip is so much fun for kindergarten students!

Yes, Riley had the day off from school so she volunteered her time to help in the classroom!  She is a great helper and says she wants to be a kindergarten teacher when she grows up!  She has the patience!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Popcorn Time!

We read a poem and acted out the movements.  Then we made popcorn!  My "old' hot air popper from college was a great hit!

Here is a sample of the poem we used.  I used this poem years ago and it is part of my memory now but I have no idea who wrote it!  Please let me know if you know the author!

We are going to add this poem to our Learner's Journal.  We are using it right now to find words with in the text; then stretch and blend the words to check to see if we found the correct word.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jackson Pollock Art!

How did we create these amazing trees?

We watched a video about the famous artist Jackson Pollock!

We then decorated Christmas trees with marbles!
We took cut shapes and placed them in a box.

 3 drops of paint was added to 3 marbles, shaken, and place in the box.  We then had to shake, rattle and roll until all the paint was off the marbles!
We use red, yellow, and blue paint.  
It was fun to see the colors mix and all the different designs!

Park Hills Shirts!

Thank you Park Hills PTA for the shirts!
Crazy faces make them even better!

Christmas Countdown!

Christmas is right around the corner and we created bells to count down the days! Chain links and glitter!  Who could ask for anything more!

The students made chain links using 12 red and 12 green strips in a pattern.  Holding each link and counting to 20 had us practicing our math skills.

Bells were cut out, glittered and a poem was attached to the front.
 Here is the poem and a copy of the bell pattern!