Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Earth Day Craft Freebie!!

Here is a super fun Earth Day craft that I did with my kiddos this week!! They loved it!!!

After learning about Earth Day and recycling we discussed other ways we could help the earth. The students were given this writing prompt to tell what they could do to help the earth. After writing down our ideas, I gave each student a blue circle to cut out. I had printed off each of their pictures and had them glue the blue circle to the bottom of their picture, so that their head was sticking out over the circle. Then they cut shapes out of a green piece of construction paper to make it look like the earth. I gave them two dye cut hands to glue down (we glued the bottoms of the hands to the back of the earth and then wrapped them around to the front). I also gave them the words to cut out and glue down the middle of their earth. We glued our craft and our writing prompt side by side on a large piece of construction paper. The students LOVE crafts that involve their pictures!! :)
Another example of the craft :)

If you enjoy this activity click either of the pictures above or the link to download!!

Earth Day Craft

Leave me some feedback if you can use it with your kiddos!! :)

On another note, today is my birthday!! My students were sooooo sweet!! I didn't even know they knew it was my birthday! One little boy brought me a beautiful plant! I got so many sweet cards, and little gifts from them! Some of the teachers decorated my room- tropical theme because they know I LOVEEEE Jimmy Buffett and anything tropical/beachy. A mom brought in mini cupcakes during our snack time and a card that was signed by all the kids! :) SOOO AWESOME!! It just reminds me that I work with some pretty AMAZING teachers, parents and students!! Love them all!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Amphibian FREEBIE!!

I am back with the amphibian freebie that I promised!!! :) We finished our amphibian unit this Friday and one of the activities we worked on throughout the week was an amphibian booklet. The booklet has a page to write facts about amphibians.

It also has pages to describe four different amphibians (frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders). After learning about each of these amphibians we completed a step by step drawing and wrote a sentence or two describing each one. There is also a page at the end to write about their favorite amphibian! :)
Frog page example

Toad page example

Click the pictures above or the link to download for FREE!! Amphibians Booklet

Also if you have not done so check out my frog life cycle writing activity and craft!!!! This froggy is super cute and when you open his mouth the life cycle is underneath!!

Click the picture to head over to my TPT store and check it out!! :)

If you can use the Amphibian Booklet leave me a comment or come follow my blog!! I love to hear from you!! :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Frog Life Cycle Craft and Writing Activity

Hello all! :) This week we are working on an amphibian unit!! One of the activities we finished today was A Life Cycle of a Frog Writing Activity and Craft.

Frog with his mouth closed-tongue hanging out :)

Here is an example with the frog's mouth open - you can see the life cycle inside :)

The students enjoyed being able to label and put the life cycle sequence in the correct order! They thought it was funny that the life cycle goes inside of the frogs mouth! They also loved his curly tongue! I LOVED this writing activity because the students had to put the life cycle into their own words, in addition to putting the life cycle in order. We also talked about step by step writing and we had to include words such as; first, next, then,etc.
Close up of the life cycle - (I drew my own clip art!! :))

For a copy of this activity click on one of the pictures or the link above to head on over to my TPT store and check it out!! If you download this product on TPT you will notice that the arrows are now just a part of the green circle. This makes for a few less pieces that your students will have to cut out and hang on to until it is time to glue!

Stay tuned for an amphibian freebie coming soon!!! :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Baseball Hat Freebie!

We ended our baseball unit today! The students had a blast this week and were SUPER into this unit!! If you have not done a baseball unit with your class, DO IT! You will not regret it and the kiddos will love it!! Head over to Katie's blog at Little Kinder Warriors and her TPT store to check out her Baseball Unit!! This has everything you could possibly want in a baseball unit!!! She has SO many fun ideas that your students will enjoy!!! :)

She also has a math and literacy centers pack to go with it!! Check it out!!! - Baseball Centers

I don't know about you but my students are definitely ready for spring, warm weather and being outside! I think this unit reminded them that warm days are ahead! I even had a student bring in baseball donuts!!

For those of you who enjoyed my cardinal hat - from my last post, I created another adorable baseball hat to go with it!!

Since not everyone is a Cardinals fan, I have made an alternative (equally awesome) ;) baseball hat for you!!
Front view of baseball hat
Side view of baseball hat
 This hat can be run on any color that you wish! You could run it on your school's colors or any team of your choice! I have added this as my first product on Teachers Pay Teachers!!! Please click on any of the pictures above or the link below to head over to TPT and download both patterns!

Baseball Hat Patterns

I hope you enjoy! Please leave me a comment below if you were able to use this in your classroom! I love to hear feedback!! :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Baseball Season!

It is hard to believe that it is already April!!! :) Since Monday was the St. Louis Cardinals Home Opener we started our baseball unit!! The kids are already in love with the activities!!! Katie Mense from Little Warriors  is one of my co-workers from last year and also a great friend!! She LOVES baseball!!!  She created an AMAZING baseball unit that has TONS of activities in it!! My firsties are having a blast and it is only Tuesday!! :) You can check out this unit by clicking the link! Little Warriors - Baseball Math and Literacy Unit

One of the activities that we worked on today was the "Baseball or Ballet?" craft and writing activity. The students loved this!! First we listened to the story Baseball Ballerina by Kathryn Cristaldi.

Then we talked about how you can choose which hobbies you enjoy based on what you love to do, rather than if you are a boy or a girl. My kiddos were really in to this! About half of the boys and girls chose baseball,
and the other half chose ballet! :)

This student chose baseball

and this student chose ballet!

 Thank you Katie for this awesome idea!!!! Click on one of the pictures to head to her TPT store and check it out!! 

Since we are also Cardinals fans at my school (super close to St. Louis) I created a Fred bird hat for the students to make and wear!
Front of the hat
Side view of the hat- check out the tail feathers! :)

To make this hat I started by giving each student the hat and the hat bill run on red construction paper. I had the students cut these pieces out and we folded on the dotted line on the hat bill. This makes a flat tab that can be glued onto the base of the hat to make the bill stick out. I had my students put the dotted line underneath so it wasn't showing on the hat, but you can do however you like! :) Then I gave each student the STL circle to cut out and glue to the middle of the hat. I had them set the hat aside and then I gave them the black piece for the head and the white for the two eyes. We cut out the pieces and glued down the eyes. We also then attached the hat just above the eyes. When that was finished, I gave each student the top and bottom pieces of the yellow beak to cut out. We again folded on the dotted line to make the tabs to glue down. We glued down the bottom piece of the beak first and then glued the top part of the beak right on top of the bottom tab (bottom tab was hidden under the top tab). While the students were cutting out their feather for the back of the hat, I walked around stapling the hat (red strips of construction paper) to fit their head, and stapling the bird on the front of the hat. The feather also has a fold line to make a tab, and I stapled this tab to the back as I was walking around. If you would like the masters to make the hat click on the pictures or click the link here- Baseball Hats I hope you enjoy!! Happy baseball season!!!