Gingerbread Man in Disguise

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The week before Christmas break we usually always do the Gingerbread Man. This week I wanted to incorporate something fun into the mini unit. Usually during reading rotations I take just my IEP students for our CIM group lesson. This week I decided to shorten up my groups and take everyone in the class during their word work rotation.

We talked about the different versions of the Gingerbread Man including the Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Girl. We determined that the common theme of all the stories was that the gingerbread did not want to be eaten.

Through group discussions we talked about the different things we might do if we were the Gingerbread Man, Baby or Girl. I introduced the vocabulary term disguise and we talked about some disguises the Gingerbread Man might have so that no one would want to eat him. We researched different disguises online. I did this so the students wouldn’t all have the same looking disguises.

Then came the fun. I gave each child a blank Gingerbread and together we came up with a disguise. I helped by cutting and tracing stuff out (the students told me exactly how they wanted theirs to look). I also had them finish the sentence frame I am not a Gingerbread Man I am a….

Here are the finished products that I hung up on my door and hallway for everyone to see. All I could hear anytime any students were walking down the hall was Oooh, I see Batman. There’s Elsa and so on.

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Next year I think I might send this home as a family project to see what other fun disguises we might have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent gifts for Christmas- Mod Podge Tile Coasters

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Three years ago for Christmas (when my youngest was born in 2012) I had a great idea to make handprint and footprint tiles as Christmas presents for the grandparents. Well, I did one complete set for myself (daughter hands and a fingerprint flower and my son’s 2 1/2 month old feet). I went out and bought a ton of tiles to do this project. When all was said and done with the project I ended up having a complete set for myself and that was it. Life with a newborn and 2 1/2 year old must have been a little crazy at that time 🙂

Fast forward to December 2015 and I am finally getting a chance to really go through some things (mainly because I was looking for my passport since I am going to the Dominican Republic in January) and I come across a Menard’s bag full of ceramic tiles. The light bulb went off then on what I was going to make my kiddos at school for their Christmas present. I remembered seeing an awesome craft on Pinterest where you Mod Podge a picture to a coaster.

So I made a quick little sign that said Kindergarten 2015-2016 and had each student come up and stand in front of the door and I snapped a picture of them. I immediately sent them to Walgreens (using a 40% off coupon) and ended up only paying around 4 dollars for my entire group. After counting the tiles I had lying around at home I only needed 11 more and went to Menards, which had them on sale for 10 cents a piece. I ended up spending around $5 total to make our whole class set of tiles.

I cut the pictures out into 4×4 squares and applied mod podge to the back of the picture and stuck it on the tile. After it was dry I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture and coaster to set it.

I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do with them. I could put the felt on the back and have them use them as coasters but I thought to myself, If I were receiving this gift from my child would I want to use it as a coaster? The answer was NO. So, I took to Pinterest and found these super easy and cute easels made out of popsicle sticks. I used hot glue instead of craft glue because that is what I had.

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When I handed them out the parents who were at our party absolutely loved them.

 

 

If I were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower I would bring…

This week we have been learning about the Mayflower and what it was like. To end our week we made these cute little pilgrims. I used the small paper plates and had them paint them. While they were drying we made the hats with buckle. After the paint was dry I had the kids draw on faces. We then hung them up along with all of our other Thanksgiving themed activities.

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Clothesline matching activity

clotheslinenumbermatch1 I can’t remember where I first saw this activity at, somewhere on Pinterest I’m sure. Out of different colored construction paper I made 20 shirts and 20 jeans. Each shirt had a different amount of dots from 1-20 on them. I think I used the eraser of a pencil and dipped it into black ink. On the jeans I wrote out the numbers 1-20 (1,2,3,4, etc…). From one end of my bookshelf to the other I hung yarn. I tied it around a command strip hook so that it was easy to take off and put back up again when we needed it. The students would match the dots to the written numeral and hang them together on the clothesline. It was an easy activity for them to do independently and I was able to check their work very quickly since I made them put them up in order. (At the beginning of the year I just had them match them not in order since that was a difficult concept for them still). clotheslinenumbermatchDon’t mind the junk on the bottom shelf!

Kindergarten here we come class book

20131112-060310.jpgAt the beginning of the year we really focus on names. For this activity I cut up the letters in each students’ name and had them put it back together and glue it on the page. Then they had to dictate what they like to do to me and I wrote it on the blank space on the page.

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Handwriting without tears foam letters

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Number rhyme posters

numberpostersOne of the ways we introduce numbers to our kindergarten students is through number poems. I quickly made up posters for each number.

  • 1- Line straight down just for fun, that’s the way we make a 1
  • 2- Around and down and back to you, that’s the way we make a 2
  • 3- Around the tree around the tree, that’s the way we make a 3
  • 4- Go down and over down some more, that’s the way we make a 4
  • 5- Go down around then take a drive, that’s the way we make a 5
  • 6- Monkey tail doing tricks, that’s the way we make a 6
  • 7-Across the sky and down from heaven, that’s the way we make a 7
  • 8- Make an S and close the gate, that’s the way we make an 8
  • 9- A little circle a tall straight line, that’s the way we make a 9

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David Goes to School craftivity/bulletin board

20150129-203221.jpgSince it is the beginning of a new school year and many of my kindergarten students have not attended school before we used the book David Goes to School by David Shannon to learn about some rules we should follow at school. After we read the story the students created their own “David’s” and dictated how they will follow the school and classroom rules. I put this up on our small bulletin board in the classroom so that their parents could see them when they came to parent led conferences last week.

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Spring door decoration

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Springtime has arrived! When trying to decide what our springtime door decoration would be we tried to think ahead to future units of study. We study the butterfly life cycle in the spring so we decided that would be a perfect fit. We had each kid color and write their name on at least one butterfly. We chose to make it in rainbow colors and then put them on the door in that color scheme. I think it looks pretty cute. Next time I think we will add some flowers, possibly sunflowers since we also study the sunflower life cycle in the spring as well.

Leprechaun traps

 

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Last year right before spring break we were talking about St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns. We talked about how we could catch a leprechaun. After we had talked about ways to trap a leprechaun I had the students work together in their table groups to try and make a trap for a leprechaun. When they went out for recess I used green finger paint and painted my fist and dipped my finger in the paint to recreate his footprints. I left the “treasure” (some rolos) in the trap that I thought was the best constructed.

 

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