Recap.

My life seems to be moving in fast forward right now, so I’m doing good just to “rewind” and recap all the fun we’re having in Kindergarten!  Last week was B-U-S-Y.  So here goes…

We started our week with “Kite Day”!  The kids made kites in art class, so the whole campus {all Kindergarten} took a little time out of our day to fly our kites.  It was the most perfect, windy day!  Couldn’t have asked for better!!!  Thank you, God for that BEAUTIFUL day!

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We mixed a little kite and Easter fun in our literacy and math tubs.  The kids did awesome! 

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Top left writing activity via Sarah Cooley {Egg-tivities}

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Carrot Crunch math game via From The Pond {Carrot Crunch}

 

When we weren’t learning about kites, we were knee deep in all things Easter…eggs, rabbits, chicks…you name it!  And, of course, all things OVIPAROUS!!!! 

We all know chickens aren’t the only animals that hatch from eggs, but we spent a good amount of time talking about their life cycle.  We brought it down a step and made a little anchor chart to DESCRIBE our feathery little friends and we used our brainstorming to do a little descriptive writing craftivity.  Super simple, but the kids went NUTS over it!!!!

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We also read this book….

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…and followed it up with a little persuasive writing.  I had the kids write to the Easter bunny and explain why their egg should design should be chosen.  The loved writing their letters! 

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Whole group math wouldn’t have been complete without an Easter themed math game, so that’s just what we did.  Well…we actually played a couple, but here was one of their favorites…the BUNNY HOP!!!  I found these darling little bunny masks at Wal-Mart in their holiday section.  As each student got a turn as the bunny, he/she would put on the mask and act the part :)

This was a little mixed operations game and the object was to have the kids practice identifying the symbol and then add or subtract up to/from 10.  I laid out our giant number line and then had my little bunnies pick an egg from the basket.  Inside each egg was a starburst labeled with a number.  Really…I went a little far with that.  I could’ve used something much simpler, but I thought it would be fun for the kids :)  Anywho, the bunny would open up the egg, read the number, and then roll the plus/minus die.  If he rolled a minus symbol, he would start at the number 10 and then HOP down the number line the same amount of spaces he pulled from the egg.  If he rolled a plus symbol, he would start at the same number he pulled from the egg and then HOP up to 10 {counting the number of spaces he hopped as he added up to 10}.  As we added and subtracted, we practiced writing the matching number sentences on the white board.  Differentiating between the plus and minus symbol…and then APPLYING the rules of each…is definitely tricky!!!

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We also played one of our favorite little games, but this time we did it with an Easter twist.  Remember THIS GREATER THAN/LESS THAN GAME we played back in January?!?!  Instead of *snowballs*, we used Easter baskets and Easter eggs.  Basically, I just tossed out a bunch of eggs, gave two players a little basket, then set them loose to collect as many as they could in 5 seconds.  Then they counted their eggs, found the matching numeral, made a tower to match, and then we compared the numbers. {You can read more about this game…and see it in action {with snowballs}…HERE}

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Speaking of math, I found these DARLING little counters at the Dollar Tree a few weeks around the beginning of March and couldn’t wait to put them to use!  They were actually little Easter tree ornaments, but they worked perfectly!!! easter14easter16

math tub activities can be found in my little For Peeps Sake! Spring is Here! math & literacy packet.

I also found these little trays at Wal-Mart and had the kids practice tossing counters in it then either adding or subtracting the two numbers on which they landed.  I’m also using them this week for a literacy activity…I’ll share that with you as soon as I take a picture {I’m a visual learner :)}

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Finally, we ended the week with an Easter egg “scramble” and a little party.  Fun, fun, FUN!!!!  I think it’s safe to say we ALL earned last Friday off!!  And what a GOOD Friday it was!! 

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Now I’m off to finish cleaning and decorating the casa. Mr. Spouse’s family is coming in from Michigan and Indiana to visit and stay for a few days and the house is FAR from “company ready”…you know what I mean?!

Hope y’all are having a great week!!!  Keep smiling!  It’s *almost* Friday!! :)

25 comments:

  1. LOVE the counters! I am checking out the Dollar Tree ASAP before they take them away! And I definitely needed Good Friday off. I was well rested for State Testing that started today! Eek!

    Polka Dots, Checks and Stripes

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  2. Oh my goodness, the persuasive letter to the Easter Bunny is probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Pinning that for next year :)

    Lisa
    Connecting the Dots: A Kindergarten Blog

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  3. Looks like you had a fun week! The weather was great for flying kites last week. I'm glad the weather cooperated! Unlike tomorrow. Rain. Ugh! ready for sunny weather all the time!

    Ashley
    Flying High in First Grade

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  4. I absolutely love your whole group math mini lessons, the hands on is just terrific!! Love your ideas!! Continue to share!! Totally pinning your ideas!!

    Kelly
    You're So Sharp!

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  5. I love all your ideas in this post! I am pretty sure I'd be running to the Dollar Tree right now if I wasn't in my pj's. I hope they still have the cute ornaments/counters tomorrow. :) Thanks for sharing your idea.
    Sara
    First Grade Funtastic

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  6. Oh Cara...another fab post! Thanks for sharing your brilliance with us!
    Growing Firsties

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing all that you do with your class. I have an autistic kiddo who I home school that's Kindergarten age. As I read your posts I marvel at all the writing you have your class do. In most ways my kiddo is very advanced in his learning, however writing is a great weakness for him and quite painful to endure for both of us. I wonder if you may have any tips on how to help an autistic kiddo with his writing. (Since you're able to get your class to write SO MUCH!) He's high functioning, but does have OT twice a week where their main concern is his hand muscle strength etc. His letters are beautifully written, it's just getting him to write words and sentences. Again, I just am in awe at how much your class writes! You have some great activities too.

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  8. Just wanted to say I love your blog and all of your ideas are adorable.

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  9. I am LOVING all these math ideas. I was just thinking today that I felt like I was in a math slump. You are always there when I need inspiration! These are such fun, engaging ideas. THank you so much for taking the time to post about all these activities!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  10. Kite Day??!! Love that idea!! Art + Science =Fun!! My kiddos would love that, definitely going into my "things I must do" file!!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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  11. Oh my goodness! Too cute! Reading this sure does make me jealous that I teach big kids! Although, I bet they would secretly LOVE a kite day and learning about all things CHICKS! :) Thank you for sharing your fabulous ideas and FABULOUS pictures!

    Young Teacher Love Blog

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  12. Oh my word, THRILLED to see my little carrot crunch game being used in a classroom on the other side of the world :) Thank you for the beautiful photos!

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    1. I love your carrot crunch game as well! I saw that picture and headed right over to tpt to download it. Thanks for the great freebie!

      Tara
      The Math Maniac

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  13. Love all of those math ideas! The whole group counting and comparing lesson could totally be done in my Kindergarten classroom! Also, love the huge number line! That would definitely help with visual, hands on learners!! Fantastic! :)

    Katelin

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  14. Oh Cara-is there no end to your fabulousness?! You have the best ways to get your kiddos engaged and excited about learning. We love it!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  15. I love the way you integrated such fun themes into your week!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  16. I always love your station activities and games! I bought some of those cute little peeps from Dollar Tree and with the whirlwind around prepping for testing and the holiday, they're still sitting on my dining room table!!!!

    ~Tanya
    A+ Firsties

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  17. The activities and your chick chart is just too cute! You really know how to maximize the cuteness factor in your classroom while still making learning so much fun and effective!

    ThePolishedTeacher

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  18. I just adore you and everything you do. You my sweet friend are an inspiration.

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  19. Oh my goodness that looks like a lot of fun!!!! Well done on your Peeps Unit!

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  21. Learning is always fun. And sharing knowledge is more fun.

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  22. Did you get those cute see through carrots at the dollar store??

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  23. Where could i get a copy of My Chick and Dear Easter Bunny writing paper? I just love the idea and know my students would enjoy it :)

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  24. I would also LOVE the Dear Easter Bunny writing paper... Do you have it available???

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