Sunday, October 20, 2013

Autumn Owls

During our autumn unit we learn all about owls! This year we decided to make fall colored owls. This was such a fun project (and makes for a very nice colorful display!). 
2 large paper plates
1 small paper plate
Googly eyes
hot glue (this is to make sure that everything stays together once you hang it up)

To start, I took the small paper plate and cut a small square out of the top (to help it look like the head of an owl). Then I took one of the large paper plates and cut it in half (to make the wings).
 Next we painted all of our pieces.
 Once the pieces were dry we decorated our owls. We have been working on patterns so we practiced making a pattern on the owl's body.

Once everything was dry we put it all together! We glued the wings on first (have the flat side facing out) and then glued on the head. We made a beak for our owls by cutting out a triangle from construction paper.

Afterwards, we named our owls and hung them up on our bulletin board and placed a few of the books that we had read about owls underneath. It makes such a great autumn display! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Books for the beginning of the year

At the beginning of the school year, I always do a theme focusing on friendship (and welcoming everyone to the class).  Here are a few of the books that we have read so far this year!

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I love Splat. This is a great one to read, especially with younger students (my pre-k students loved this book).

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Everyone always loves Curious George. We read this book on the first day of school and many of the students were excited because they knew who Curious George was.

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If you have not read this book (or the others about Nellie Sue), you need to add it to your collection. This is a great book about making new friends at school.

Do you have a favorite book that you always read at the beginning of the year?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dinosaur Fossil Activity!

My students were obsessed with this dinosaur activity! All you need is a few dinosaurs and some play dough. We rolled out our play dough and then pressed the dinosaur into the play dough. Sometimes we did the whole dinosaur, we did certain body parts, and footprints. It was so much fun! It was a great way to introduce fossils to young students since they were able to see how the dinosaur made markings in the play dough.

One of our fossils that we made

If you are looking for more dinosaur activities, check out our dinosaur tracks activity!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


During summer camp, we had dinoweek! We started dinoweek by learning about different types of dinosaurs. Our first project we did (combing science and art) was dinosaur footprints where we could compare the different footprints of the dinosaurs that we have. 

This was a great way to start the week and really got everyone excited about dinosaurs! Stay tuned for the rest of our dinoweek activities!