Monday, April 22, 2013

Ladybug Work

our ladybug work this week...


New Wishy-Washy titles and a Giveaway!

My students recently had the privilege of reviewing a couple of new Mrs. Wishy-Washy titles and I think they may be their favorite by far.
My kids loved using the books during read to someone. Every day I took the books up instead of letting them keep them in their book boxes and every day they were at my table begging to have them back. Wishy-Washy Clothes was their favorite. They laughed over and over at the animals wearing Mrs. Wishy-Washy's clothes and slippers off the clothesline. They also thought is was very funny that Mrs. Wishy-Washy  gave her animals a bath in the car wash in Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash. 

Hameray Publishing has offered to give away a big book to one lucky follower. To enter the giveaway:
1) Like Hameray Publishing on Facebook
2) Follow Hameray Publishing's Pinterest Boards
3) Leave a comment for each requirement that you fulfill. Don't forget to leave your name and email address in your comments. 

The big book giveaway ends at midnight on April 28th. Good Luck! 

Here is more information about the Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway:
Hameray Publishing is currently hosting a Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway that calls for teachers, parents, friends, relatives and anyone else who wants to nominate a classroom to possibly win 90 new titles from beloved author and Mrs. Wishy-Washy creator Joy Cowley: The Joy Cowley Collection and the Joy Cowley Early Birds!  These two new collections of leveled readers, for Kindergarten to 2nd Grade classrooms, are developed for shared, guided, and independent reading. Finger puppets and 3 audio CDs will also be included, comprising a value greater than $400! (This contest valid in the US and Canada only.)  

You can also purchase titles from Hameray Publishing between now and June 30, 2013 with a 20% discount using the discount code ZJCC13. 

You can find other fun Hameray Activities and ideas for using Mrs. Wishy-Washy in your classroom using these links. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

A+ Images Giveaway Winner

Sorry that I am a few days late announcing the A+ Images giveaway. Finishing up the school year and dissertation writing is getting the best of me.

The winner is Mrs. Brown. Congratulations. Thanks to all of you who entered.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy Giveaway

We read Jan Thomas' book Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy and my kids thought it was hilarious! They loved that cowboy was afraid of everything. 

We used the book as a springboard for a lesson on alliteration. We also examined the characters to decide on things we thought each character might say. My kids LOVE making speech bubbles for characters. 



I am SUPER EXCITED because Jan Thomas has graciously sent me an autographed copy of Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy to give away to one of you lucky followers. 

All you have to do to enter is:
1) Follow Chalk Talk
2) Leave a comment about this book or one of Jan's other books. Share a class favorite or a way to use this book or one of her others in your classroom. 

You can leave a comment for each requirement. Don't forget to leave your name and email address.

The giveaway ends on Sunday, April 28th at midnight. Good Luck!!  

Little Red Cowboy Hat

We are working on character analysis. We are focusing on using the text to learn about what the character is like on the inside. We read Little Red Cowboy Hat and brainstormed a list of character traits for her.

You can find a copy of the hat pattern for free here.



My dissertation is on all of the ways we gender young children in the classroom so we have started looking at ways the story might change if the character was the opposite sex, talking about characters that are not well established as either a boy or a girl, and working to undo all of the stereotypes that we have learned that tell us the "right" way to be a boy or girl. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Miss Nelson is Missing You Tube Performance

I just recently introduced my students to the Miss Nelson books so I was super excited to find this video.

Check out the SUPER TALENTED kindergartners from Ms. Avina's class at Olympic Primary Center in Los Angeles as they act out the book Miss Nelson is Missing.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Making Metamorphic Rock

Last week we simulated how igneous rocks are made using an air pop popcorn popper. This week we used a bowl full of chocolates to learn how metamorphic rock is made.

I got the lesson started with this book about rocks.

We learned that metamorphic rocks are made from existing rocks. They are rocks that go through metamorphosis or change in form to create a new rock. Through heat and pressure, existing rock is metamorphosized into new rock. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or any book about the life cycle of a butterfly, works well for illustrating the process of metamorphosis for young children.

We started by pouring a variety of chocolates (milk duds, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, buttterscotch chips, and reeses pieces) into a large bowl. We imagined that the candies were different kinds of rocks. 

We used a microwave to simulate heat and we placed a large heavy bowl down hard on the mixture to simulate pressure. I microwaved the mixture about 3 minutes at a time. After each 3 minute interval we pulled the bowl off the top, looked at how the mixture had changed, and stirred it. I continued to microwave the mixture until it was melted and smooth.

This picture was taken after the first 3 minutes. The time it takes to completely melt the mixture will vary based on how much chocolate you put in the bowl and the power level on your microwave.

After the mixture was all melted, we covered it and placed it in the refrigerator to cool. We talked about how metamorphic rock was formed by be heated up, pressurized, and then cooled.

Once cooled, I used a small knife to break the mixture up so that it looked like chunks of rock. Helpful Tip: After you melt the mixture, you may want to move it to a baking dish so that it is not too thick. The thicker the mixture is the harder it is to break up after it cools. You want it thick enough to look like rock chunks when you break it up though. I had to microwave the cooled mixture for just over a minute so that it broke up easier. For more rock fun, click here

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A+ Images Giveaway

A+ Images is celebrating the launch of their newly designed website. The site has new designs, new styles of shirts, and more colors to choose from. In honor of the launch, A+ Images is having a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive their choice of either a shirt (valued up to $25) or a $25 gift certificate.

A few of their new designs...


From now until the rest of the month, A+ Images is offering $10 off any order of $100 or more. Use coupon code CCSAVE10 when placing your order. The coupon code expires on April 30th. 

You can check out  other new discount levels here.

To enter the giveaway:
1) Check out the new web design here.
2) Follow Chalk Talk
3) Leave a comment about the A+ Image site and/or their shirts.

Don't forget to leave your name and email address. Good luck everyone! The giveaway ends Tuesday, April 16th at midnight.