Monday, February 25, 2013

I Looked Through My Window...

Here's a great idea to spark your little illustrators and writers.  Read this book called "I Looked Through My Window" by Michaela Morgan.
Then give each child a sheet to draw an object or scene. Visit my TpT site to pick up the templates for $1.00. 

 Next give them the window page.  They color it and write or fill in this page.

Next, display the window page on top of the illustration page in a class book or on a bulleting board.  The plastic of the sleeve makes it look like you are really looking through glass.  My students love this writing activity. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dental Health Month

We are all looking for ideas for Dental Health Month.
This one matches number words with their number.  It also includes a tooth for keeping track of how many times your students brush their teeth during the month.  And then you can have them write about it and glue the tooth to their writing paper if desired.

Go to my tpt site for more ideas.  Thank you for visiting. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

100th Day of School!

Lots of us have our students bring in collections for the 100th day of school.  I do the same and then we write about what they brought.  Each child draws or I take digital pictures of them holding their collections.  Then they write about the collection.  You can adapt this for different levels by having one group complete the sentence.  Others use adjectives to describe what they brought, and still others write a paragraph about what they brought.  Free writing sheet on my tpt sight.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Idea for making AUTO-biographies

I've been doing autobiographies in my classroom for a long time.  Kids love to write about themselves and this is a fun way to get it rolling.  It's the road to Writingville!

Start with a clipart automobile.  I have my complete idea at TPT.  Create pages for name, age, favorites, family, what I want to be when I grow up, etc.  Make a car for each child.  They fill it in, cut it out, and attach it to your bulletin board road.  
Take large black construction paper and cut it in half.  Use white or yellow chalk to draw dotted lines down the center for road lines.  Make street signs like...

Tell them that writing letters or words without spaces causes traffic jams in our city.  Injured letters or words must take an ambulance ride to the Helping Hospital.

Your city can include places like "Punctuation Point, Comma Curve, Capital Letter City Hall, Grammar Gardens, Letter Lake," etc.  Put up road construction signs that say, "Sentence Construction Ahead - Please Write Slowly & Carefully."  

Another way to really celebrate this concept is to have a grade level Indianapolis-like 500 race.  We call ours the Kindy 500.  The children make cardboard cars with the help of their families.  We turn our parking lot into a make believe race track using flags purchased from Oriental Trading.  We race walk the AUTOS four at a time and everyone gets a ribbon.  We have gasoline alley for photos, parents bring in real race cars for picture taking, we tell them to stomp their feet when it is time to start their engines.  It is a blast!  
To make the bulletin board letters, I cut black construction paper to 81/2 x 11, chose a font that was outline only, put one letter per page and ran it through my printer.  Then I added the yellow chalk lines to make it look like a "road."  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my new blog.  I am so excited to get started.  I have been teaching for a very long time.  I have taught high school, middle school, adults, and currently kindergarten.  I LOVE kindergarten.  Please join me on this journey.  I love technology and believe that learning is a never ending life skill.