Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Blog Button!

I'm taking this opportunity to send a HUGE THANK YOU out to Leslie from Kindergarten Works for so being so darn sweet and making me a brand-spanking-new blog button (check it out on the right!). I saw this post on TBA a few days ago and jumped right on it. I love the new button; the colors are perfect, and Leslie was so sweet! It's so cute and MUCH better than the one I tried putting together a few months ago--quite the improvement. Thanks, Leslie!

Also, you'll notice I'm up to 101 followers--how amazing! Who would have thought little ol' me would be over 100 followers in a little over a year? How humbling. I'll have to think of something fun to celebrate...

Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Currently

I can't believe it's already time for the May Currently! Head on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up!

An Unexpectedly Productive Day

Nolan took a short nap this afternoon, so I finally got around to making the Open Court unit 4 and unit 5 roll and graph activities. 

Unit 4 Sight Word Roll & Graph

Unit 5 Sight Word Roll & Graph

He was also being very good at entertaining himself with his jungle gym thing, so I got my workshop stickers redone for my center tubs and the signs for each center table/area redone too. I've only been meaning to do that since I got back from maternity leave in February!  Has anyone else had to redo the management of workshop/centers about a dozen times this year, or is that just my class?

Workshop/Center Stickers for Tubs
Workshop/Center Signs

I also made a smartboard document that I put up each day, so the kids can visually see which center they should be working at. Some of my kids are pulled for reading AIS during this time, so it really helps when they come back. The colors are for their table groups that they rotate around in, and each center has an image and number to help them know where to go. I don't know how to add notebook documents to blog posts, so you'll have to stop by my TpT store if you're interested in checking that out.

If you use any of these items, please let me know! Enjoy your weekend; I hope it's a productive one (or a lazy one depending on what kind of mood you're in currently!).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


We've been learning about the parts of a plant, and yesterday we read Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens and completed the fun *free* activity sheet by kindergarten crayons. Today, we sorted veggies by the part of the plant that we eat. The kids had a lot of fun deciding where each veggie belonged on the chart by investigating which part of the plant it looks like. It's nothing fancy, but the kids enjoyed it, and it got the job done.

Below you will find the picture cards used for the sort. Enjoy!