I taught kindergarten for 16 years and was a district k-1 strategist for 2. I have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist and a doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. I am currently working for Dallas ISD as a prek instructional specialist.
In honor of Earth Day, some of the first grade teachers set up a school-wide book swap. Students were able to bring in books from home that they had already read and trade them with other students. What a great way to reuse books!
We have been learning about animals and their characteristics. A blogging friend shared this idea with me, so we tried it out in our classroom.
We watched an interactive power point on animals and their characteristics. We learned about animal body parts and animal coverings. Then we played odd man out. Students took turns looking at 3 animal cards in the pocket chart. Then they chose which animal was not like the others and pulled it out and explained why.
After the game, we chose animals and labeled their body parts. Then we shared them with each other.
We have been learning about area. We drew rectangles and squares. Then we used color tiles to find the area of our shapes.
We mixed brownies and then poured the batter into a pan. We cooked the brownies and then cut them to find the area of the pan. We figured the area of the pan by the number of brownies in it. The area of our pan was 20 brownies.
We have been learning about 3-dimensional solids. We did several activities to learn about the attributes of each of the solids and where we can find them in the real world.
We worked in groups to sort pictures of solids in the real world. Then we made a circle map for each solid.
We experimented with 3-dimensional solids to see which ones rolled, which ones slid, and which ones did both.
We read the book Jack the Builder by Stuart J. Murphy. Then we worked in groups to make rockets out of 3-dimensional solids. When we finished we counted the number of each solid that we used.
Other ideas include having students create a bridge map to show a solid as it relates to an object in the real world. For example: a sphere to a ball, a cube to a box, a cylinder to a coke can, etc. This same type of idea could be taught using a tree map- sort the objects by their solid.