Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Lucky Number Hunt

This time of year is my kiddos favorite. The idea that there is a tiny, little leprechaun scurrying around hiding gold and treasure is simply mesmerizing. All day at school it is a flurry of gold, rainbows, and tiny leprechaun footprints. One "easy breezy" activity that I love to do each year is a golden numbered treasure hunt. The kiddos love it and they learn a few things in the process! All you need are those glass pebbles that go in a fish tank. They come in a small net bag usually. I found mine in the craft section at dollar tree. In order for this activity to work, you need 100 of those stones. Three bags had more than enough.

I used Krylon metallic gold spray paint and spray painted all the stones. The easiest way to do this is to set all the stones in a box and spray and shake until all the stones are golden. After the stones have dried overnight, I used a fine tip sharpie and wrote the numbers 1-100 on the stones.  And that's it. That is all you have to do.

I put the "gold" in a big black pot (which I told the kids that the leprechaun left on my front porch in the morning) and give them each a number hunt recording sheet. The kids get to pick a piece of gold, read the number, and find it on their sheet and color it. Simple as that!
If you want the number hunt recording sheet click here

I will be back at the end of the week with a full kindergarten leprechaun wrap up. See you soon!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Stop…..Penguin Time

While most people are either celebrating or crying over the big game tonight, I am busy in my office trying to hurry and put up a post all about penguins. Boring…I know!
For the past three weeks, my kiddos have braved the cold arctic weather and dove right in to learn everything they could about penguins. For the first two weeks we did a general overview about penguins: Where they live, what they eat, etc. We also learned about the blubber that penguins have that keeps them warm during the cold winter months. Using a tub of Crisco and some ice water, my kiddos predicted whether or not they thought that blubber would keep their hands warm in the ice water. They absolutely loved it! We also did a follow up activity where they had to draw what keeps them warm in the winter.

If you would like to incorporate this super fun Penguin Blubber Experiment activity for FREE then hop on over to my TPT store here
After a fun filled 2 weeks of penguin basics, we spent the final week learning about different types of penguins. One of the penguin types we learned about were emperor penguins. I made a "life size" emperor penguin cutout measuring 44"tall. I had all the kiddos stand next to it and using their nifty measuring math terms, had to tell whether or not they were taller, shorter, or the same height as an emperor penguin.
After we did this we brainstormed as a group, all the things that are the same height as an emperor penguin. Then we wrote about it! If you would like my writing template that I used click here

And of course at the end of the unit, I had to display all my kiddos AMAZING work. 

Well there you have it folks…Penguin Time in a nutshell. Hope you guys enjoyed it and got some new ideas!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A GoNoodle linky party

I am so excited to link up with Elizabeth from one of my favorite blogs Kickin It In Kindergarten and Gonoodle. I am slightly obsessed with GoNoodle and so are my kiddos. It is such a great way to get kids up and moving when you are forced to have indoor recess or when you have that extra five minutes to spare and you need to get out the wiggles. Click here to experience the magic of GoNoodle

1. My favorite GoNoodel brain break is the new "Pop Se Ko"by KooKoo Kangaroo. It is so catchy, and all the people on the video crack me up. This is also my kiddos favorite one too. Almost daily they ask me if they can "Pop Se Ko".

2. My happy place at the moment (albeit "of all times") is Disneyland. I usually am down there during any break that we have at school, but this year the last time I went was in June. I am ashamed to call myself an Annual Passholder.
3. My Guilty Pleasure: The Bachelor!! It may have just started a week ago, but I am already addicted! I may know nothing about farming, or Iowa but I would gladly learn for Chris!

4. Keep Calm and Keep blogging!! This has been super crazy week for me, and I have a million things that I am doing, but at the end of the day blogging, and creating new products for Teachers Pay Teachers is something that I am loving and is my calm down at the end of a long day. 

Happy Sunday,


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blog Hoppin.....

Hi guys!!
I'm not here today, but you can find me on my sweet friend Kelley's blog Teacher Idea Factory. Click here to hop on over and check out my guest post all about sight words and grab some fun freebies while you are over there.