Five for (Fri)Saturday

Hi everyone! I'm finally back with another post! We've been working hard in kindergarten!! I'm linking up with DoodleBugs Teaching again for Five for Friday!

1. Reader's Workshop Stations
Actually having time to do stations is a new thing for me this year. My partner and I have been working hard to figure out what will keep our kids engaged and learning. I purchased Deedee Willis' A Cat, A Bear, A Tree Math & Literacy stations this summer and we've been working through the activities. I love that they are pretty self-explanatory (each activity comes with an "I Can" card for kids to refer to) and they keep the kids busy! 
I'm still on the lookout for more fun stations! We also used Deedee's Caught in a Web freebie this week! The kids loved it and it was perfect for this time of year.

2. Reading with Our Big Buddies
We made "Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin, What Do You See?" books and read them to our big buddies! This was a great opportunity to show off what we've been learning about pointing under words and reading pattern text!

3. STATIONS! Again

There are SO many resources for stations out there! My question is... do most teachers just have a million stations ready to go for each month/week/time of year? I'd love to get some more stations from TpT but all the printing, cutting, laminating, cutting, and organizing seems DAUNTING!!! How do you keep it all under control?! I want to change up stations every two weeks or so (to keep kids into it and to keep it relevant to what we're doing), but the thought of buying, printing, cutting, laminating, cutting, and organizing all these little stations is making me kind of crazy. Anyone have some recommendations or tips?

4. Halloween!
Halloween 2011
We're lucky to be able to wear costumes at school! This year I'm dressing up as Darth Vader (I do every year) and my teaching partner is going to be Princess Leia! What a great team ;) 
We'll be celebrating Halloween this Thursday by making pumpkin sugar cookies, reading about the Five Little Pumpkins, and making a pumpkin minibook! More on that later! 

5. Pumpkin Math

In math this week, we'll be learning about measurement - longer/shorter, heavier/lighter, taller/shorter. We decided to use pumpkins to help us learn about weight! I picked up three different pumpkins for my kids to hold and compare. I think they'll have a lot of fun with it! Another activity that I've seen done is that you can cut open a pumpkin and count the seeds together! You can incorporate estimation, counting 1-1, and skip counting! The kids love to see the pumpkin be cut right before their eyes! 

Don't forget to hop on over and link up this week (before it's too late to call it Friday, ha!)

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you all had a blast! I love peeking into other teachers classroom! I found you through the Five for Friday linky. You have a really cute blog


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