Thursday, May 31, 2012

Open Ended Questions

Open ended questions are one of the most import teaching tools to have in the teacher’s tool box.  Open ended questions are a way to offer children the opportunity to freely express their knowledge, ideas and feelings.  They are also a way to get children to use and expand their vocabulary.

Open ended questions are those questions that have no single right or wrong answer.  How ever these questions sometime are a challenge to remember to ask while you are freely working with children, it is a habit that we have to form as a teacher.  To help with this process I have created posters that I have placed around my classroom in the learning center.  These posters are help for not only me but those that work with me.  (Teacher assistance, parent helper and subs) 

Here is a free poster of General Open Ended Questions that you can use.

To get the whole set go to Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook

You can also purchase and download the set right here on this site, just click on the cart button. 


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Grouchy Ladybug

The children have been enjoying the Grouchy Ladybug story so with all of their excitement with the book we had to make our own grouchy ladybugs. 

Here is a creative writing sheet that we will be using this week.

 Children will mark the clock to a time by drawing arrows on the clock and then they will draw a picture of the grouchy ladybug and what it came to.  Children can draw a picture of any animal it does not have to be one from the book.

You can download the art project template and creative write sheet below.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Another Manic Monday

I am linking up again this Monday with Classroom Freebies Manic Monday.

Today you will be able to find Shape Friends wall cards to enhance your math center.  All you have to do is go to Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook to download your free copy.  You can also click on the link under the picture to get a free download on google docs.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, May 20, 2012

$400.00 Cash Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blasting off to the new School Year

As all of the little ones get ready to blast off to their new grade levels we have been have a fun time with blasting off to space.

Here are some fun flannel board stories that we have been using that I wanted to share with you.  Just click on the link below to get your copy.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What’s in the Zoo?

I just finished this unit and it is now available on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook.

 Here is what you can find in it.

Letter Z word cards
Pocket Chart Story
2 Flannel Board Stories
Word Wall Cards
Zoo Animal Class Book
Writing Workstation prompt sheets
Letter Sound Sorting Game
Letter/Letter Sound worksheet
Roll It, Say It, Write It Game
Zoo Theme Letter Practice Writing Sheets
Zoo Theme Collect all 8 Game
Zoo Grid Boards
Zoo Say It, Count It, Write Math Mats
Zoo Animals Measurement Cards
Measurement Worksheet
Zoo Graphing Work Mat
And 5 different zoo animals art projects

You can go to Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook to purchase the unit for $7.75


Friday, May 11, 2012

Mud Kitchen Open for Business

The mud kitchen is official open for business.
Here it sits waiting for the daily rush of customers.  In the area we have an old outdoor sink that has been converted into a water table.  Two work tables and under each work table is milk crates filled with items that we collected from thrift stores and garage sales.

You will find the majority of the children around the mud kitchen when we are using the outdoor classroom.  

These dishes have been the best find and you will not believe where we found them and what one of our teachers said.

We were cleaning out a shed that had old kitchen supplies in it and found boxes of these dishes.  Once I brought them out for our mud kitchen one of the ladies that teaches with me said “Hey those are the dishes I used to eat off of as child here when we had our own kitchen staff.”  She went to school here in the mid 70’s.  You never know what you will find when you clean things out around here.

 Love the Mud Kitchen!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother’s Day Gift

Mother’s Day is getting near and near and the children have been working very hard on their mother’s day gifts.  This year’s project had a lot of steps but the end result has turned out wonderful as you all can see.  The children are so excited to give their moms their special bouquet made with lots of love by their little ones.  

 Each child collected small sticks from the play yard and painted them (used for the flower stems).  Next the children painted egg carton flowers in bright colors and sprinkled them with glitter.  Another day they did blotto painted butterflies.

 To finish off their project they created a special drawing with a saying onto a sticker that they placed on the flower box.  Once every thing was done the children placed a ball of play dough into their box and stuck the flower stems (sticks) into it.  Butterflies were attached with glitter pipe cleaners and stuck into the play dough as well.

Now that I am done with Mother’s day I can’t stop thinking about what are we going to do for Father’s day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It’s a Jackpot for Teachers

Next week is Teachers Appreciation Week and what better way to appreciate all of those fabulous teachers then to let them hit the jackpot.  Everyone will be able to hit the jackpot on Sunday, May 6th.  A group of 130 teachers/Bloggers has put together an amazing blog hop for you to find some of the best teacher resources that you would normally have to pay for, but for one day all of these teachers will offer one product for free just for you.  This will all happen Sunday, May 6th.    
Today is the big day for all of you to go to the Teachers Pay Teacher site and get all of your free downloads.

Today you will be able to download my Camp Out Lesson Plan Theme Pack for free.  It is a value of $5.75.  I hope that you all enjoy it as much as my students have enjoyed this lesson.

April at A Modern Teacher will be hosting the PK-Grade 2 Blog Hop, hop on over to find out more details.   

Laura on Corkboard Connections will be hosting Grades 3-5

Adrianne on The Tutor House will be hosting Grades 7-12

Below you will find the amazing bloggers who have come together for the PK-Grade 2 Blog Hop and give away on Sunday, May 6th.  Stop by there blogs so that you will know were to go for the great freebies. 
You have also probable heard that there is going to be a massive sale on TpT in honor of Teachers Appreciation week so feel free to add to your cart now and on Sunday if it is not offered for free you can get products for up to 28% off if you include the promo code. 


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