Earth, Moon, Stars.... and Fun Space Aliens For Younger Students

 Hello Friends,

We finished our Space unit with a trip to the planetarium. We are blessed here to have a top of the line planetarium. As a kindergarten team, we were so proud of our group of kinders. They listened. They interacted. They enjoyed. We have not done a Space unit for a couple of years, but after doing our Space unit this year, we decided that this was a unit that we just cannot delete from our curriculum. Can kinders learn about Space? Absolutely! We explored Earth, the Moon, astronauts, rockets, and our solar system in our unit!

 And then, just for fun, the kiddos created a make-believe planet... "On a distant planet, far, far away...."

If you would like to preview my space resource, click the image below.

Until next time!

The Story of the 3 Kings (Epiphany) For Young Children

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I created a "Let's Make a Book" resource for Epiphany. It was written especially for young children, so the text is simple. As with all my "Let's Make a Book" products, children use cut paper and/or drawing techniques to illustrate the pages. And also, teacher read aloud pages with simple wording can be printed or imported onto your interactive whiteboard.
I also included coloring pages because I certainly understand that cut paper techniques can be time consuming for a busy teacher! I use the map page in both versions (coloring book and cut paper book) because it is another way to get in a little geography in a simple and quick way.
If you would like to use this resource in your classroom, you can find it by clicking the image below to take you to my TPT store.

Until next time, my friends!

Take care,

Five Easy Arts and Craft Projects for Kindergarten Literacy and Math

Hello Friends,
If you have been reading my blog, you know that I absolutely love using art in my teaching! I am NOT an art teacher; rather just a teacher that truly believes that children learn best when they are creating. I guess an Art teacher would tell me that what I do with my kiddos is NOT art, but I believe that art comes from the heart and if my little ones believe that what they created is amazing, then I am their biggest fan! I KNOW that my kinders are learning when they are creating and I know that ANY teacher can get out the glue and construction paper and keep learning going and stay within the framework of the Common Core. I want to share a few EASY and Common Core based activities with you that are based on creativity.

This one is easy peasey! All you need is construction paper, glue, and a pencil. Sometimes I give my students pre-cut shapes and other times, I just cut squares and rectangles and they must turn them into circles, triangles, and trapezoids. This is an AMAZING activity to practice CCSS K.G.6 I can compose simple shapes to form larger ones.

I give my students a set of directions similar to this: Using squares, rectangles, and trapezoids, create 2 houses on your paper. Using triangles and rectangles, create 2 trees. Use a circle to create a sun. I have these directions up in the classroom and then I let them create. This is an INSTANT math lesson! Woo hoo! And they are having a ball doing it!

Another fun activity that I like to do with my students is to discuss the work of Georgia O'Keefe. Besides admiring her beautiful art, we use our math eyes to look for shapes and lines. We use our science eyes to observe plant parts. We discuss the importance of plants to our environment. I bring in real flowers and we compare them to the painted flowers.

 After making our observations, each child is given a white 12" x 12' piece of construction paper. They use their pencils to sketch a large flower and then use paint to create their flower. Beautiful!

 After completion of the flower,  students write some sentences about what they learned about Georgia O'Keefe as well as their opinion of her art.   CCSS W.K.1 AND 2 I can write an opinion piece about a particular topic. I can write informational sentences about a particular topic. 

 Another easy project...... After reading Tops and Bottoms, my students created a garden with vegetables that grow on the top of the soil and vegetables that grow under the soil. After creating their picture, they wrote a math problem - science and math! CCSS K.OA.3 I can decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 in pairs.

 In this activity, we read "Snowman at Night" by Caralyn Buehner and then my students painted a picture of their favorite part of the book. When their picture was complete, they wrote sentences about their favorite part. (I don't have an example of their words -sorry!) CCSS RL.K.S I can retell a story. I can use drawing and writing to share my opinion of a book.

Here is my final idea and this one was fun... We discussed the word COOPERATION in social studies. At the conclusion of our talk, I paired my students up. I gave them black paper and oil crayons. They were to work together to create ONE picture.  What this meant was that one partner could not draw a house and another one draw a tree. They had to decide together what they were going to draw and HOW they were going to draw it. They did not receive their crayons until they gave me a rough idea of their plan. Each partner in the pair had to tell me at least one detail about their plan. I wish I would have taken more of these pictures and I wish you could have heard the conversations going on! Wonderful collaboration!

 Once they completed the MAIN IDEA of their picture, I allowed them to add details to their picture. Here you can see after they made their bird, they added a sun and a cloud. To add a writing component, partners work together to write a story about their picture. CCSS SL.K.1 and SL.K.1a
I can participate in a small group and discuss a topic. I can follow agreed upon rules for discussion and collaboration.

You can find the words for the Shapes project and Tops and Bottoms project HERE or by clicking the images below.

Remember.... many school districts will not allow you to download documents outside of the school network. This resource is labeled for PUBLIC DOMAIN, so emailing me to share with you will not work. Download away from your school network and it should work for you.

That's it for now, Friends!

Until next time!