Saturday, January 17, 2015

Five for Friday and A Freebie

Five for Friday, a Freebie and a Giveaway is coming soon.
January is off to a crazy start with respiratory and stomach bugs (for the whole family), snow but not snow days, delay days, my grandfather's transfer into a hospice home, his passing, car stuff, the start of January testing...and lots of learning at school. 

Here are a few things in a Five for Friday.

Tomorrow starts our Maryland Blogger/TPT Seller Giveaway. That's my Winter Math Bundle in the K-2 prize pack. Click here to check out the Bundle and other Winter items. Click here from Jan 17-24 for the giveaway.

We learned about Polar Animals. We loved this impromptu project to go along with our research. After reading about different animals on the databases, we got out some white craft supplies - paint, glue, shaving cream, crayons, colored pencils, cotton balls - and tools - straws, craft sticks, plates, paint trays.

The kinders drew the polar animals in silhouette and labeled them. Then we worked together to mix glue and shaving cream in equal parts. We started with measuring cups but moved onto estimating. They loved deciding how to spread the mixture on. Some added paint dabs and others added cotton balls for snowflakes and snow banks as their animals camouflaged. The glue/shaving cream mixture made the animals puffy and the texture is so neat.
We worked with larger numbers this week. A new favorite Math center - roll to 100. We started with everyone rolling 1 die. Then they realized the pieces were clustered together and moving slowly. They jumped at the chance to add two dice. Some of the kinders were counting the dots  and the spaces while others were able to add on the number they rolled. 
This month, our roll and covers included adding 1, 2, or10 to the roll. We still had roll 2 and add as we have been working on counting on.

We played Bump with the Roll-a-Row board. The kinders roll the picture cube and pick a space in that row to read, describe or solve. We used unifix cubes so we could stack and king the pieces. When they picked the same square twice, their partner couldn't bump them. They also tried to own four spaces in a row.

And five is for freebie.
Hot Cocoa {ELA Freebie} Here are sample pages from my Hot Cocoa Bundle. Fun CVC and Word Wall games with or without the marshmallows. 
And if you haven't taught MLK already.
Here is a great  freebie from last year (download from TPT). I left some great books with my sub this week and we did this new Morning Work to focus on teen numbers.

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  1. Your math center looks like so much fun and your freebie looks great. Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you. The math centers are part of my bundle in the giveaway. I had more photos but was having trouble uploading to blogger so I made them into one.