I know most of you are gearing up for summer break- I know I am! Our last day is June 5th. I wanted to do something fun with my class the last few days of school, so I came up with this fun end of the year memory suitcase. I know my students are going to LOVE making their suitcase and completing all of the fun activities to go inside. I created units for Kindergarten, First Grade & Second Grade. Click on any of the pictures below to check them out.
Have a great week everyone!
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Ahhhh...it is that time of year for those cute long dresses! I am linking up with Keepin it Kool in Kinderland & Closing the Gap in a Cute Outfit for their Share Whatcha Wear Linky. I bought my long black dress from Macy's and I honestly have no idea where the jean coat came from...I buy so many clothes I can't keep up sometimes ;-) Click below to link up and share what you are wearing.
Today we started our countdown of the last 26 days of Kindergarten. Today was "A" day- Art day. We read the book, The Night Before Kindergarten and painted our own summer vacation plans. At the end of the day, the entire Kindergarten got together to color together in the hall- A day was a hit!
Twice a year my Kindergarteners conduct research on animals and write their own animal report. I give my class a choice for the first animal report; Arctic, farm, jungle, or zoo. This year my kiddos chose arctic animals for their first report. Then, in the spring we conduct research on ocean animals.
Report Example: Arctic Animals
I like to use the same format for both reports. When it comes to doing their spring report on ocean animals they are a pro at it and know just what to do! I created report writing templates for my students to use when completing their reports. They have so much fun while doing so and learn a ton of information!
Report Example: Ocean Animals
Non-fiction report writing has motivated my students to want to learn more and more facts about various animals. My students are very proud of their reports and take great ownership in them.
The following are the animal report writing units I have created:
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Ahhhh...It's Friday! This week sure did fly by. Next Tuesday begins our ABC countdown- The last 26 days of Kindergarten. You think my kiddos would be excited, instead they are a bit sad to start. They told me they want to skip Z day (Zip up your bags and Zoom home for a wonderful summer). They say they will miss Kindergarten soooo much- Too cute! :-)
This week we have continued to journal our observations in our butterfly journals- We are getting a bit impatient waiting for our butterflies to emerge!
We learned all about the three R's- Recycling, Reducing, & Reusing. Now my Kindergarteners want to recycle EVERYTHING & ANYTHING!
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I usually dedicate the months of April and May to doing many non-fiction activities with my class. We do a lot with plants, insects & animals during these months. Last week we planted sunflower seeds. Next week, we will be sprouting our fruit and veggie seeds in food handler gloves. I am lucky enough to be one of the few classrooms in my school that has windows. Although these windows are at the top of the ceiling and we can't see out of them, the sunlight that shines through makes having these windows well worth it! Plus I get to use my windows for sprouting seeds- can't beat that!
We will be using the scientific method to complete our plant reports. If you would like a "kid friendly" way to teach the scientific method as well as complete non-fiction plant reports then this unit may be just what you need! This plant unit is more than just report writing. There is a seed tracking journal to track the progress of the sprouting seeds, a life cycle page, seed diagram, fruit/vegetable fact sheets, and much more!
The seeds featured in this unit are lettuce, tomato, pumpkin, radish, & carrot seeds. If you purchase this plant report unit and are interested in planting a different type of seed just email me and I will change the glove analysis and journal pages to reflect your choice of seeds.
A few pictures of the plant report from one of my Kindergarten students from last year:
Click on any of the pictures to below to check out this plant report unit.
I am in my fourth year of teaching Kindergarten and couldn't see myself teaching any other grade! I am lucky enough to be teaching at the same school my mom teaches 2nd grade at. I love creating fun & engaging activities for my students to use.