Everything You Need to Know You Can Learn in Kindergarten!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our Animal ABC Book

The cover - the letters are cut from extra painted paper

Earlier in the year, while we were studying animals, we made an animal ABC big book.  This project took some serious time but was well worth it.  My class loved to spend free time reading their ABC book.  Getting started - We brainstormed animals for each letter of the alphabet.  Sometimes there were debates over which animal would be best and why. We had to take a vote for some letters.  There were also letters that took some research - like x, for example.  Everyday we spent about 15 to 20 minutes doing interactive writing - "A is for alligator." until we had a sentence for every letter of the alphabet.  Next - we turned our attention to illustrating our book.  We went back to our brainstormed list and decided which colors we needed for our animals.  We made several pieces of  painted paper - using the chosen colors to paint white construction paper and then drag plastic forks through the wet paint to add texture.  After the paper dried, we traced animal tracers onto the back of the appropriate color of painted paper.  I decided to use teacher made tracers so that all the animals would be the perfect size for the book.  The students cut the animals out. Finally - they glued the pieces (some animals had more than one piece) and the interactive writing to the page along with the letter.  They added details to the animals with black crayons giving their page a finished look. We laminated and bound the book to add to our library.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who's in our Room!

The cover of our first big book of the year
School's out for the year but I thought I'd post a few projects we did a while back.  Happy Summer!

At the beginning of the year we made a big book to help us learn each other's names. I love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom so we used that as a theme. The students drew a picture of themselves for their page. This was their first self-portait and looking back on it now its amazing the growth they've made as artists. In addition, the students made a coconut tree by cutting out and assembling preprinted pieces.  Next, they added the letters of their name climbing the tree. Finally, I glued a photo of each student in the middle of their page. At the bottom of the page, we added the shared writing..."I am -----". We made a table of contents for the book with each student's name and a thumbnail picture of them along with the page number where their contribution to the book could be found. We laminated our pages and bound them into a book for our classroom library.

Carolina's page - "I am Carolina."
Our table of contents - please forgive the glare - lamination doesn't photograph well

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Play Day Bounce House Fun

We discovered a perk to being afternoon kindergarten (there aren't many) ...but 7 bounce houses to ourselves...Awesome! We had so much fun!

Naythan kicking back in the bounce tunnel

Aileen with some good friends

Julissa bouncing while Erik plays basketball

Adamaris, Alex, and Fabian

Jayden and Jonathan going for a climb

Oops! Nothing but feet! Airborne Ivone

Adriana and Rosie catching their breath

Nestor, Adriana, and Carolina on top of the world

Rosie waiting to jump

Julissa and Naythan too tired to smile

Sherwood - just hanging out

Erik taking a break