Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lately... (a post about everything happening in my classroom lately!)

I feel like I have been one crazy chick lately.  December came and took me by storm!  We have been very busy and here is the proof:

First up, Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Labeling.
I love Kindergarten spelling!

graphing whether or not we liked the taste of gingerbread.

Which Gingerbread book is your favorite?
Next, Our interactive writing.  This idea came from the Kindergals.  Kim and Megan (so sounds like I know the personally, right?) :)  They had a great suggestion to use the topic of how to decorate a Christmas tree as your interactive writing.  They had wonderful suggestions of, 1.  "Sharing isn't always equal."  This saved my sanity!  The kiddos helped me write but you can see where I guided them along.  2.  Give each kid their own dry erase board and marker to work on while you are writing with each individual student.  Genius!  They were so quiet and diligent as they were working - and it kept them busy! No rolling on the floor here!  Thank you ladies for making this a memorable lesson!
This little guy struggles so much.  To see him working so hard to write words down just made me do a happy dance!

This young lady was so upset when she ran out of room to write.  She wanted to get another white board to continue on instead of erasing!

Get the tree.

Put on the lights.

Put on the ornaments.

Put on the star.
One of my little helpers.

Our finished project.

Then on to Santa.  We made a list of things Santa has.  We created the chart first to generate some ideas.  I then hid the words so they could create their own lists. 

One of our last projects was to finish our Christmas five Senses booklet.  It can be found on my blog under freebies.

Last but not least we played an ornament grab game.  The kiddos had to take turns grabbing a handful of ornaments out of the bag and then adding them together.  I have tried to upload this recording page to google docs for days now but it hasn't been letting me even get into it.  Maybe I will be able to later.  I really do want to share! :)  I bought the ornaments in the dollar section at Target. (where else, right?)

That's it.  That's what is going on lately.  What's going on in your room?



gail said...

Thanks for sharing your materials. My class is really enjoying the Christmas Five Senses booklet. They do one page each day adding the fun things you suggested. It's great for before school with the gluing part finished in small groups later.

Deanna said...

I love reading about what you do in your classroom. Things are so different than when you were in school. And we won't even talk about what it was like when I was in school!


Heather's Heart said...

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Lee Ann Rasey said...

How long did it take you to prep the Christmas tree interactive writing? I would LOVE to do this, but I don't have the time to prepare the huge poster and I don't have the space to display it. I also have 3 classes for ELA and it would be difficult to prepare double.