Friday, February 26, 2010

Go Away Big Green Monster

We read the book Go Away Big Green Monster and made a monster glyph.

The color of the monster = favorite color
The number of hairs = how old you are
The color of your ears
Blue = you do not like scary movies
Green = you do like scary movies
The color of your mouth
red = you like Go Away Big Green Monster the best
pink = you like There is a Nightmare in My Closet the best

A Fair Share

This week, we learned about fair shares and fractions. We read the book The Doorbell Rang and we made fair shares with cookies. Then we read The M & M Counting Book and made fair shares with m & m's. The Bears' Berries (a Rigby reader) is another great book for teaching about fair shares. A Fair Bear Share by Stuart J. Murphy also deals with fair shares.

m & m Math

We estimated how many m & m's we could grab in a handful. Then we grabbed a handful and counted how many we really had.

We made and labeled m & m patterns.

This week, we learned about fair shares and fractions. We learned that to make a fair share, everyone has to have the same amount. We made fair shares with our m & m's.

We read The M & M Counting Book and made our own book of 100 m & m's. We made sets of 10 and added 10 sets of 10 together to make 100 m & m's.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

This week we celebrated the letter M. In honor of letter M, we read If You Give a Moose a Muffin and we made muffins. We learned about cumulative stories. We talked with partners about the events in the story and how they built on one another. Then we charted what we talked about. Finally, we made muffins and ate them! Yum, Yum!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Eli by Bill Peet

Eli is one of my favorite books. I always read it during letter "V" week because it has vultures in it. It is a great story about friendship and helping others. We usually do some type of writing activity about friendship and what happened in the story and then we make construction paper vultures.

The Father of Our Country

We read several books about George Washington and made our own construction paper versions of George.

David Adler has a series of picture books about important historical figures. These non-fiction books are easy for young kids to understand and they include all of the basic facts children need to know about the figure they are reading about.


This weekend, I found out about VoiceThread. You can use VoiceThread to post slide shows of pictures with voice recordings. Other people can also comment on your comments and/or pictures in the slide show. VoiceThread is a great discussion tool. I want to try posting pictures of my students and having them record information about themselves to go with their picture. I think this will make a great slide show for open house. Students can also record information and their thoughts to go along with pictures of themselves involved in classroom activities and lessons.

Go to VoiceThread and view a voice recording and slide show of our cleaning pennies experiment. Go to VoiceThread.

Go to the VoiceThread home page to get started on your own video recording and slide show.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Funpix with Slide

Make Funpix of your class pictures using Slide.


Click to Mix and Solve

My blogging friend from A Place Called Kindergarten recently posted a bunch of blog goodies on her blog page. One of the sites she included is JigZone. You can use the site to turn any picture into a puzzle you can actually put together online.

Create your own Animation

Another blog goodie from Jonelle. I thought this one was a really fun way to post information.

Open Wide, Look Inside

I found a new blog this weekend. It is titled "Open Wide, Look Inside." It is a blog about teaching elementary math, science and socials studies, with a heavy emphasis on the integration of children’s literature across the curriculum. Check it out at

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Shape of Things

We have been learning about 2 dimensional shapes and their attributes.

The Circle Map is used to brainstorm ideas and show what you already know about a topic by using context information. This can be words, numbers, pictures, symbols, etc. to represent the object, person, or ideas you are trying to understand or define.

Written in the inner circle is some "thing" you are trying to define. It is represented by a word or symbol. In the outer circle, information is written or drawn that puts the "thing" in context. The square around the circles is called the frame of reference. This is where "how you know what you know" is added.

we made circle maps showing what we know about shapes

In the lab, we used Pixie to make a circle map showing where you can find shapes in the real world.

The Bridge Map is used to identify similarities between relationships (seeing analogies). Students use a relating factor which is a similar phrase which fits both sides of the analogy.
The relating factor in our bridge map is where basic shapes are found in the world around us.

We are learning to write to inform and we are learning about the attributes of shapes, so students chose a shape, drew it, and wrote 2 sentences telling about it.