Sunday, August 24, 2014

Color Week

Tomorrow starts our COLOR week!  Last week I wrote a note home asking all the parents to work with their child on finding items around their home in various colors. For morning meeting time, I am going to let the students sort their items out and place them on the correct colored sheet.  It will look similar to this example:
We will read the book Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, seriously, if you haven't read this book - you are TRULY missing out!  I LOVE me some Pete the Cat!  My students will be PUMPED to read this book, since we read Rocking in My School Shoes the first week of school! 
Title: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

After we finish reading this book we will make a class graph of our favorite colors.  Once this graph is completed, we will use this FREEBIE from my tPt store and manipulate the words to make the sentence, I like (favorite color word) and draw a picture. 

In Math we will read The Button Box and I will pass out a BUNCH of buttons and let my sweet nuggets sort anyway they want to.  They will share how they sorted.

the cover of the book the button box by margarette reid the button box ...
We will also review counting and writing our numerals 0-10.

In the Tier 2/3 time we will be focusing on the color word "red" so we will read Clifford the Big Red Dog.  We will make this craft and write the word red with our Scentos markers - they love Scentos!

This idea is from one of my favorite blogs, Chalk Talk.

For Morning Meeting time we will play Dr. Jeans Color Farm song.  Have ya'll played Color Farm before??? Um, fantabulous!  So catchy, the kids love it. After the song is played I will give each student a color word label to wear and they have to find their "partner" with the same color word!  They will, of course, have to greet one another!

For Reading we will Read Brown Bear, Brown Brown by Eric Carle.  I found this great painting activity on Julie Lee's Blog!  Looked too fun to pass up. I will partner the sweet nuggets up and they
will paint away! Once it is dry, we will use it to match the characters, label the color sections, and to retell the story.

In Math we will discuss plane shapes and have a magazine scavenger hunt to find the shapes!!  Messy, fun anchor chart making party!

On Wednesday we will use M&M's to help us with our morning meeting, how amazing is this idea?!?? We may change it up a bit, using favorites (food, color, movie, etc.)
This is a great idea! I am going to use them as an ice breaker with my new year 10’s.
For Reading, we will reread Brown Bear, Brown Bear and do a coloring sequence.  We will also start making our own book using this FREEBIE from my tPt store!  Go grab ya one!  I will pull kids up in groups to practice reading these books with me.  Yes, guided reading is gonna happen this week!  Woot! 

In Math, we will read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and discuss sorting by Size.  We will talk about all the different words the mean "size" and make an anchor chart.  We will then do a small, medium, large sort that I got from here.

During Tier 2/3 time we read Mouse Paint and do a color blending activity!  It's gonna be fun!
Non Messy Mouse Paint Activity! I used a mixture of shaving cream and glue to help thicken it, paper plates, red, yellow & blue paint, and ziploc baggies. We used the ziploc bags to make it non messy! The kiddos loved it! While they were mixing the colors, they also made shapes and wrote their names! :)

There's also a FREEBIE by Katie Mense we may do in addition to the paper plate mixing, you can find that here! Give her some love once you download it!

Mixing Colors-Mouse Paint-Rainbow Unit Activity

Mrs. Morrow's Kindergarten: Beginning of the Year Fun!On Thursday we will reread Brown Bear, Brown Bear and do Readers Theater with the sweet nuggets. 

In Math we will sort letters and numbers!  I plan on dumping a bunch of magnetic letters and numbers out and having the sweet nuggets put them where they need to go.  Here's the freebie we are using for a grade!

During Tier 2/3 time we will reread Mouse paint and make this cutie craft! 

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Mouse tear art and painting project.

I also plan on bringing in some ice cubes colored with food coloring and letting the kiddo's see how the colors melt and make new colors! 

On Friday we will read Go Away Big Green Monster.  We will make our own monsters based on our favorite colors!  You can get the words the mixed up words I am using from my tPt store, just give me some love ya'll!  Here ya go! 

In Math we will do a M&M sort according to color.  Can't go wrong with mixing Math with eating, am I right?!?

 During Tier 2/3 time we will read Glad Monster, Sad Monster Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Miranda and Ed Emberley I couldn't read JUST one Ed Emberley book!  Glad Monster, Sad Monster is an awesome book about feelings!  The sweet nuggets will write a color word and draw a picture to go along with the word.  We will HAVE to share these!  This is another cute activity we MAY just HAVE to do!  

 I think I will be making the "Tired" Monster - how about you?!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM!

We are going on week 2 of Kindy!  This week we are gonna have a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom PAR-TAY!  Here's what our week is going to look like!

We are starting out reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and yes, I will  be playing the song - and gotta LOVE Ray Charles reading the book!  After we read the book I will have a pocket chart filled with all the "Momma" (uppercase) letters.  I will pass out balloon or two to each student.  The students will pop their balloons and unfold the "baby" letters.  We will then match the Momma's to the babies - how FUN!  Here are the letters I am using - go grab them! I got this fantabulous idea from Julie Lee!

We will also start our literacy stations!  Here's my stations that I have set up for my kiddos!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

PlayDoh letters

Push Pin Letters

Magnetic letter hunt!

Rice Jar letter hunt

Color Word spelling

PlayDoh letters

Clothespin Uppercase/Uppercase match

Environmental Print match

AWFUL picture, but white spoon has lowercase, clear spoon has uppercase letter

Letter/ Word/Sentence sort

Uppercase/Lowercase sort

Alphabet book hunt

Pool Noodle Alphabet

PlayDoh faces

Magnifying Glass ABC hunt

Dry Erase letters

Gem Letters

 I apologize for the pictures being every which way - But you get the point - we are going to be BUSY learning these stations, they will have a blast!  Here's my station organization - I have the sweet nuggets leveled, based on initial assessments. The kids will get to choose from 9 stations within their color.  I got this organization idea from Greg Smedley!

For writing we are going to do Willoughby Wallaby Woo from the packet by Deanna Jump,  this packet is PACKED with awesome name activities for your kiddos! 

In Math we are doing the numeral 6 and practicing matching the number to the set.  I made this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom matching set that I am planning on doing!  It's FREE ya'll - just give me some love!

For the Tier 2/3 time we will do a fun activity from Deanna's unit (link above) called Weigh In.  I will dump letters in the middle of the table and they will hunt for the letters in their names.  We will then weigh the letter in their names with bears, pattern blocks, and paperclips.

We will reread Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  We will use this awesome-sauce Chicka Chicka Tree that is made from cans!  I will give each student one or two magnetic letters.  We will put the letters on the tree while we read the story. 

For Writing we will read Silly Sally and then make a class book!

In Math we will focus on the number 7.  I am going to make these bowling pins and have the kids color the numbers they knock over! And yes, I will bring in a coconut to bowl!

For Tier 2/3 time we will sing Bippity Boppity Bumblebee and clap the syllables in their names!

We will read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom again and make this snack.  YUMMY!
In writing we will make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom class book!

For Math, you guessed it the number 8! 

For Tier2/3 time we will be measuring our names.  We will measure use the unifex names and measure our names with bears, pattern blocks and paperclips.


We will make these rainbow names and start on the self portrait. This idea came from Deanna's Unit!

Colors Of The Rainbow Names And rainbow names from

We will do a coconut sink/float activity. You can get an anchor chart for free here!  We will also do a coconut taste test! 
 We will also discuss the numeral 9 and make an anchor chart!

We will watch Chicka Chicka Boom Boom movie and make hats! 

We will continue our self portraits and put the finished product together with the rainbow names!

In Math we will focus on the number ten. We will write our numbers, match stickers to the numeral! 

This week is going to be BOOM-TAC-ULAR!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Look Back

I have been MIA - I know ya'll have missed me!  I assume you haven't taught anything since I haven't posted, LOL!  Here's a look back at the first FULL week of Kindergarten, I will be posting next weeks "plans" soon, PROMISE!

We focused on rules, routines, procedures.  These sweet nuggets have an ENORMOUS amount of energy!  I have to switch gears CONSTANTLY!  They can't sit, squirrely little love doves.  Shew, I am exhausted! SO, besides dancing, singing, chanting, moving, here's what we were up to!


We have been focusing on names, so of course read Chrysanthemum!  That is THE cutest story and fits nicely into following rules (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.).  We charted our names and counted how many letters were in our names.

 I found the cutest idea to make a heart and write things that are hurtful on the heart.  Then write things that are kind and loving on band-aids to cover the hurtful words. You crumple the heart with hurtful words. This showed the sweet nuggets that once you say hurtful words, the heart is never the same. I referred to the heart the rest of the week when I heard unkind words.

We HAD to do this adorbs Chrysanthemum craft that I found!  It turned out so stinking cute!

During writing time we worked on writing our names and we started our August journals!

Check out how we write our names in August!  We have a tad bit of work to do, don't ya think?? I think this is a great anchor chart to repeat every month or so!

We read the story Wemberly Worried and drew a picture of one time we were worried. We read the story The Way I Feel and did this fun magazine scavenger hunt of feelings and then wrote about one time we felt happy.

(this was kinda messy, but they LOVED it!) Here's the feelings cards - FREE on tPt! 

One day we put the sentence "I am a Gower Gator" in order and busted out the green paint and made these beauties!!!

 During math everyday we worked on making number anchor charts for numbers 1-5. (I will spare you the pictures of my beautiful anchor charts) We played the Dr. Jean writing numeral songs and practiced, practiced, practiced! We also explored our math tubs! The math tubs are filled with linking chains, cubes, Legos, marble track, play-doh, K-Nex and other fun math manipulatives. I am basically trying to get them to work with others, know their self space and explore all the awesome stuff we have! These are five year olds y'all, let them play!

At the end of the day we have Tier 2/3 time, however, since this is the first week and we aren't done assessing the sweet nuggets we read stories and did crafts-so fun! Check this awesome craft out my First Grade Blue Skies, called BUStin' into School! It turned out too stinking adorable I had to put them in the hall!

We also did this fun Bad Case of the Stripes painting activity that I got from my good buddy Greg(Kindergarten Smorgasboard). These turned out adorable! And yes, will be going out in the hall as well! After the paint dried(whew they used a ton!!!) we talked about how they all had the same color paints and yet every groups "Camilla" looked different. We are all different and that's what makes us special! If we all looked the same, liked the same things, the world would be BORING!

We also discussed using our Marshmallow Toes in the hallway.  We did the cute "Quiet/Loud" sort in the unit and this adorable craft!

We also did a quick discussion (AGAIN) of using hurtful words and the fact that once those unkind words come out of your mouth, they can't go back in---JUST like toothpaste, once it is out, you can't get it back into the tube. We passed the tube around and said something unkind that has been said to us or that we have said.  Then we passed it around again and tried to put the toothpaste back into the tube.  We realized the toothpaste was stuck all on the cup, just like unkind words stick on our hearts - referred back to the Chrysanthemum heart for the 14,000,999th time :)

That's a little snapshot of our week! Are you tired after this first full week of Kindy??? These sweet nuggets are!

I'll be posting next weeks plans - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!!!