Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
To make the actual book I used a gingerbread man cookie cutter as a tracer. I traced and drew the page pictured here. Then I traced a paper with 9 "boy"shapes, copied them, cut them out and stapled them on the page shown to make the book.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
First I like to display the stable on my prayer table and add one figure to the nativity scene per day. One child opens the box and places the figure in the scene. It is a nice way to identify all the characters in the Christmas story.
The manager activity helps to reinforce social skills and kindness. Every time a child does something kind or helpful, that child gets to add a piece of straw to the manger. The Children are supposed to do so quietly but in the beginning they need some encouragement from the teacher that it's okay to add a straw.
The living Advent wreath is my favorite activity. I got this idea from Mary Jo Thureson. You need a green garland or 2 depending on the size of your class. I made "candles" by laminating 3 blue and 1 white 11 x 16 sheets of construction paper and tying yarn through to make them able to hand around a students neck. I also made flames. Each morning we gather in a circle and four students are the candles and we add the number of flames based on the week. When we are in the wreath we say a special Advent prayer or sing "This Little Light of Mine."
But pictures are useless unless you can find them when you want them. So, take 13 legal sized envelopes, fold them or cut them in half and bind them on a binding machine or with book rings. Label each half of an envelop with a letter of the alphabet and load with pictures. They are within reach whenever you need them!
Monday, November 24, 2008
You will need strips of elastic (found in fabric stores), adhesive Velcro and laminated letter cards. Attach 3-4 pieces of Velcro to a 5 inch strip of elastic. Attach the other side of the Velcro to the backs of the laminated letter cards. When teaching a decodable word stretch the word out and pronounce each letter sound. Slowly relax the Velcro saying the sounds a little more quickly until the word is said. Note: For this word I would make the sounds of /l/,/i/, /k/ and introduce the concept of the silent e
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This is a great way to develop fine motor skills and cooperation.
This turkey was given to me by Merie Elise Silkey. You need paper plates, brown construction paper, feathers,glue and wiggle eyes. The teacher pre-cuts the paper plates to shape. Student color the plate and add feathers. Then the students trace and cut the head and feet.
This is the recycled materials turkey. You will need toilet paper tubes, paper plates, crayons, glue, feathers and wiggle eyes. The teacher cuts the paper plates in half. Student draw the turkey face including wiggle eyes. Then student glue the tube to the paper plate. Add the feather last and viola! A turkey!
Friday, November 14, 2008
This book contains a mini book for each letter that incorporates high frequency sight words. It also has an art activity for each letter and lesson plans.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush retold and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
The Legend of the Bluebonnet retold and illustrated by Tomie DePaola
Squanto by Sonia W Black Illustrated by Bod Doucet
Pocahontas by Kimberly Weinberger Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi
Many Nations An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac Illustrated by Robert F. Goetzl
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
You can find these mailboxes at hardware stores and sometimes in thrift stores and garage sales.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
This scarecrow body starts with a double U shape. I precut these and made them by folding a standard piece of construction paper in 4 and creating the shape. When unfolded the full body appears.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You will need: cardboard tubes, black paint, paint brushes, black or brown tissue paper cut into rectangles, white crayons.
First paint the tubes black. When the paint is dry, cut triangle shaped slits in both sides of the tube.Slide the tissue paper into the slits. Add ears, eyes, faces and claws with a white crayon. Wiggle eyes are a fun option.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Students laugh out loud as Grover tries to prevent them from reading the book and coming to the end. He is very afraid of monsters you know. No Such Thing By Jackie French Keller, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin Published by Scholastic Inc. This is a side by side telling of a boy who is convinced that a monster is under his bed and a monster who is convinced there is a boy on top of his bed. Both the boy's mother and the monster's mother are frustrated as they insist, There is No Such Thing!
The Night the Scary Beasties Popped Out of My Head By Daniel and David Kamish. This is written and illustrated by a man (David) and his 5 year old son (Daniel). The pictures are fantastic and the story offers a creative way to deal with nightmare beasties.
Go Away,Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly. Ed Emberly creates a big green monster element by element using see through paper cut outs. Then he makes the monster disappear. This is a great book for students to retell independently.
I also created a big green monster puppet to use as a story prop for this book. I used the fun foam sheets but felt would work just as well, and an odd mitten. I cut all the "monster facial features" out of foam and added Velcro so that they can be attached and taken off during the story.
This will be a great addition to literacy time!
What you need: cardboard (toilet paper) tubes. I pre glued 2 together. wiggle eyes (optional), construction paper, glue, scissors and tempra paint.
Each child receives a set of cardboard tubes. The child then paints the tubes with his/her choice of paint.
The 2nd day the child adds, eyes, facial features, hair and limbs if desired.
There is no set outcome of how the monster should look so children can feel successful regardless of scissor and glue skill levels and it provides low stress practice using these tools.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This game is called Bag of Bones and requires a small supply of the different skeletal shapes. I found the bones candy in the Oriental Trading catalogue 2008 Halloween #20566D1, item #NY-25/4641 Bones Candy
Oriental Trading's phone # is 800-228-2269
So, you make a graph by drawing or tracing the shapes several times. Be sure to leave a space for students to write the number of bones they find. The students receive a bag of bones and graph the different types of bones on the correct line. Then the student writes the number in the space provided.
If buying candy is not an option, I've also made several copies the the different skeletal shapes on different colored construction paper, cut them out and made a "bag of paper bones" for students to sort, graph and count.
I also really like this game, ghost count. To prepare, you need white beans, several small containers and the ghost count sheet. Mark the white beans with 2 permanent marker dots. These are the ghosts. Put 10 ghosts in a film canister or other small container. The students shake the container and pour the contents out. Then the student counts the number of ghosts with eyes facing up. They note this by coloring a ghost next to the correct number. The game can be played until all ghosts are colored or it becomes time to stop. I save the ghosts containers to use year after year, but I have to check them because the "ghosts" can disappear.
To save paper I copy both the bag of bones and ghost count back to back because I know we will play both games.