Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Simple Measurement Tool

Yarn as a measuring tool?
Yes, we used yarn to measure our height at birth vs our current height. Each child was given a mock birth announcement to complete with their parents. The next day the kiddos were so excited to share their birth information with the class!! 
 We than used a measuring tape to measure and cut pieces of yarn to fit their birth height. Each child was able to stand to see how much they had grown from birth, their expressions were priceless.  It was thrilling to see students measuring each other with their strands of yarn. We than gathered the yarn and birth announcements to make a really cool display for the rest of the school to enjoy. Vocabulary for this activity: compare, longer, taller, shorter, measure, length
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.1 Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
  • Goal CD-11 :Use descriptive language for size, length, or weight (short, tall, long, heavy, big).

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I created a new free fall download in my TPT store (Pumpkin Pumpkin What Do You See), please stop by and grab it for your class.  It's a unique spin on the classic Brown Bear Brown Bear, hope your class enjoys it as much as ours did. Color words and predictability make for a great story, just print and let your kiddos do the rest.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere

Just finished up one of greatest pumpkin mini units ever! The children were engaged and picked up lots of new vocabulary. In past years we started our pumpkin unit BEFORE our visit to the pumpkin patch. This year we did the pumpkin unit AFTER going to the pumpkin patch. Reversing the order of things this year served two purposes 1- the field trip assisted with giving the children "prior" knowledge 2- hands on experience was valuable during discussion times...
hayride to the pumpkin patch

everyone was able to pick a pumpkin, there were green pumpkins, pumpkins attached to vines, and pumpkin flowers,  (yes!)
Some of the activities which were included in our unit are below:

painting with pumpkins

painting on pumpkins
pumpkin patch in housekeeping
pumpkins in the water table
pumpkins in science

pumpkins in sand

pumpkins for snack

group project
Finished product
Great Fun!!