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Monday, January 17, 2011

Community Helpers

So last week we worked on community helpers! It is one of mine, and the kid's favorite units! So here is a little look at what we did!

I LOVE this bulletin board set! My old school had magnetic walls (awesome I know) so it was a center for my students to match the word with the worker and their equipment (a vocabulary word we learned this week!!). So I decided I would make it into a KL (I know we are missing the W) chart. On the green/yellow sticky notes we wrote what we know. Then on the orange sticky notes we wrote what we learned. There are closer up pictures below. The kids LOVED it! They have been reading the sticky notes all week! This week we will be adding more!

They loved learning about the soldiers. We learned about the US Army, US Navy, and US Air Force. We ran out of time to look at any others. The books are in our library for them to look at!

My favorite...dentists paint your teeth! The best thing was that the mobile dentist had just come to our school. So my little ELL guys were really able to understand, and make some good connections!

One of the favorites! We had so many books on police officers that I let a pair of students look at a book. They then found a picture that they liked the best. Then they discussed what the picture was about and "taught" the other students a fact about police officers. They LOVED being the teacher!

Firefighters! Another class favorite! We were just getting started with our new chart...so they didn't have much to add. They did know a lot about them though! I did the same thing with the books as we did with the police officer books.

This week we were also working on measuring. I googled SMARTBoard Measurement and found a TON of great SMARTBoard resources. I say...why reinvent the wheel! If someone has already made a great SMARTBoard resource why make another! I can spend my energy on other quality activities for my class!

So around the room I put different lengths of tape and wrote a letter on the tape. Then the students went around with a partner and measure the tape with unifix cubes. THEY LOVED IT!!! They were so engaged and doing some GREAT problem solving. I made a simple recording sheet with the letters on it. One counted and double checked, and the other wrote the number. On the next letter they switched.

Thank goodness for a 3 day weekend!! Have a great week everyone!!


  1. Thank you for posting this!! My class is doing the community helpers unit right now! The KL chart is such a good idea! We have our students dress up as a community helper at the end of the unit and then they say 3 things about what they do in the community :)

  2. Hi! I am so glad you posted this measurement idea: we are starting that this week! Thanks for sharing!

    The hot chocolate mugs I got off of Google images :) I just google "mug coloring page" or whatever other thing I need, and I can usually find what I'm looking for. I've also seen people make mugs out of constrution paper. Good luck!


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