September 4, 2012

Classroom Pictures- Favorite So Far...

I am back with Tuesday's Linky party from TBA. Since I have already uploaded pictures of my classroom this year in my first blog post, I decided to put a different spin on the classroom photos.

First I should start by mentioning that since I teach at a year round school I have been in school since early July. We have completed many beginning of the year themes already including The Kissing Hand, Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom and we are right in the middle of Pete the Cat.

One of my favorite activities we completed this year was a Chicka Chicka data graph. This project took about a week using some of our Science and Math time each day. The students loved making predictions and getting their feet wet with some fun Science.

Here is our data graph. I made the tree trunk and coconuts using a brown paper bag (with the help of my very creative teammate- who knows how to conserve construction paper when necessary!) 

We had a blast trying to decide how to open the coconut. Some students thought we could bang it on the side of my desk while others thought we should throw it on the floor. We eventually concluded that we could hit it with a hammer and outside we went!

I went into a safe area (we have a bike parking space with a fence that I could go in while the students waited outside) where the students would be protected from flying coconut parts. Thirty-three hits later -- with a hammer!- I was able to open the coconut.

I incorporated many Common Core elements into this lesson with graphing, counting, observing and recording.

Check out my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Unit on teachers pay teachers (maybe even be a follower) if you want to make your own data graph and use the recording sheets!


Meet the Teacher Monday

I am going to attempt my first linky party with TBA's "Open House Week." I tried to get the logo but have not been successful yet. I will keep trying and maybe by Friday I will have it!

Check back this week for:
Tuesday- Classroom Photos
Wednesday- Handouts for Parents
Thursday- Bulletin Board Photos
Friday- Freebies!!!!!

Now on to the meet the teacher fun. 

I have been teaching for three years in a year-round school in South Florida. I have been lucky enough to stay in Kindergarten for all 3 years. I love kinder and now think I may never leave!

I recently started this blog because of the inspirational people I have "met" through blog stalking and teachers pay teachers. I spent a lot of time making things for my classroom and students. I love the look on their faces when they learn new things and I especially love making educational games where they are so focused on the fun they forget they are learning.

Outside of school I love to spend time with family, my puppy, and friends. I enjoy shopping and spending time outside by the pool or at the beach in the Florida sun. I also enjoying traveling and taking relaxing vacations. In the past few years we have visited Michigan, Chicago, Vegas, Orlando, and Georgia.

On our most recent vacation to Michigan.

Myself, my sisters, and my mom.

Stop by again later in the week to see more!