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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Me on the Map


I know everyone knows of J Meacham...if you don't then you need too! You can find her AMAZING website HERE. You might have to scroll down a little. I mostly used A LOT of her ideas! I switched up some of the books...because I couldn't either find them, or had ones that worked better for my littles. If you look over at our Shelfari..you can see a few of the books we used.

Then we made a book of maps!

This was about as much as we could handle! We also made a map of our bodies. It was a great project! I suggest you check out Jessica Meachams website for her full unit plans!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

100th Day and Valentine's Day

I know I know....this was awhile ago, but here it is anyways!

Unlike most of my bloggy friends...we did not get any snow days, so our 100th day was right on schedule :(

Here are some pictures...

Of course we do the fruit loop necklaces...who doesn't do these? Well this year I used curling ribbon OH.MY.WORD...it was terrible. Yarn doesn't work well either, everything always comes undone. What do you use?

I also gave each table a 100 piece puzzle. They had to work as a team to put it together. There was some GREAT problem solving, and discussing. Most of them decided they should put all the edge piece in one pile and all the inside pieces together. THEY LOVED IT!!!

Our 100 day hats. We colored the number 100 and then added 100 stickers. WEW was that fun, exciting, and difficult! I cut them all into strips of 10 and then gave each student a baggie. We talked about how 10 groups of 10 make 100. Then they put them on their hats. They were suppose to try and keep all 10 stickers together. Some did better than others.

We also did the 100th day trail mix. Each table got small plates with the number 10 on them. They they counted 10 of each different kind of treat. When all of those were done we dumped them into a big bowl, and counted by 10s. After all three tables we realized...there were 300 snacks in the bowl!!! WOW that is a lot!

These are the only pictures I have from Valentine's day...our art teacher had the kids make these!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011


We did our Transportation Unit a loooooooong time ago! However, it is one of my FAVORITES and my kids really loved it! So here are a few things that we did!
We usually have a realistic word wall for each unit we study. After our unit I put the word wall in our pocket chart center. They use sight words and the word wall pictures to build sentences. Then they write them down on the paper and can draw a picture to match.

We read the book

We look at the pictures and try to guess where the children go to school. Then we check in the back of the book to see if we are right. We then look at a world map on the SMARTBoard and see how far that is from where we live. We talk about the kind of transportation we would need to take to each place. To end the lesson we make a class book.

As part of this unit we also learn about vehicles that go fast and slow. Using our word wall words we do a sort of vehicles that go fast and slow. Every year we have some different opinions...about cars, and trains, and trucks. So read books and learn how fast these vehicles actually go. We learn that trains can go really fast, and cars and trucks can go kind of fast. So we debate, and which ever we all decide on is what it is for that year. Then we make a class book.

This is a fun art project. You put different colored paint into different trays (these are my microwave lunch dishes washed out). Then you put a different car in each color of paint. You need to find the ones that have different patterns on the wheels. Watch out for the ones that you drag backwards and they move forward (they splatter paint EVERYWHERE!!!) I have found McDonald's Happy Meal Toys and Dollar Tree have a great selection!


This is just a brief (ok so maybe not brief) but just a look at a few of the things we do for Transportation. I hope you have found something useful!!