Apples! Apples! Apples! (Part 1)

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This week, we began our study of all things apples. It was tasty to say the least. We read Ten Apples Up On Top and Apples A to Z

To go along with Ten Apples Up On Top, the kiddos traced the numbers 1-10 on paper apples and put them in order on a sentence strip. I then stapled the ends together to make them a hat with their apples. There is something about a sentence strip hat that gets the littles all excited. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of that one.) 

We tried apples of different colors and graphed which ones they liked the best. 

The ones at the top were the kids that couldn't decide and liked them all.

Friday, we made applesauce in the crockpot. Apples, water, and maybe some brown sugar is all you need. 

That's my goofy son taste testing the leftovers.

When the applesauce was done, we tried an apple wedge, the applesauce, apple juice, apple cider, and dried apples to see which one we liked the best.

As you can see, the apple juice was clearly the winner.

We also made torn paper apples...

which we hung in the hallway...

and apple prints. 

It started off as red and green paint, but my little artists explored color mixing. :)

In our science notebooks, we used a couple pages from Reagan Tunstall's Apple Science Interactive Activities pack. I will get pictures of these for next week. We will use the rest of her resources to explore whether our apples sink or float, what is heavier/lighter than our apples, and life cycles of apples and apple trees. And Friday will be apple pie play dough day! I love Friday fun stuff. :)

This Friday though, the kids had to spend their precious center time talking about what are appropriate words for the classroom and what aren't. I have several that think bathroom words are HYSTERICAL! So distracting to the rest of the class. So we began an anchor chart of appropriate things to say in the classroom besides "pooted. "

I am SURE we will revisit this chart and add to it this year. I have a wonderful class of sweet and smart cookies, but the bathroom words are going to drive me bananas. 

Anyway, that was week one of apples. We will have at least one more week of apple explorations before diving into pumpkins, bats, nursery rhymes, and more. 

What are y'all studying this week?

Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Friday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we did it up in our class. We started the day with this super cute video about how to talk like a pirate.

We read Pirates Go to School and made these adorable pirate hats. You can pick up a copy of this template here.

We read Pirates Don't Change Diapers and wrote about what we would do if we were pirates. We compiled our writing into a class book and added it to our classroom library. You can get a copy of this writing here.

For math, we played a simple roll and write game with a pirate twist, then we did a pirate ship dot to dot. You can pick up this game here.  They loved it!

For rest time, we watched Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which we NEVER do. They were so excited! Our last pirate book was Pirates Love Underpants which got them really giggly. And my favorite part of the day was when we did a basic tearing paper activity to fill up the pirate word "are" (get it here). They were totally silent for a whole 15 seconds before someone commented on how quiet they were and the chattering started back up again. But it's okay! I'll take 15 seconds of silence in the middle of the day!

The kids were so incredibly cute and excited about the day. I saved the eye patches for an end of the day treat. They were $3 for 18 patches in the halloween section of Target. Totally worth it for a little off the wall fun. 

Anyway, that was our day. What did you do for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Week 2--Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Week two was soooo much better than week one! I could actually stay awake past 7 at night the 2nd week. :) Monday we were off for Labor Day (Yay for 3 day weekends and short work weeks!). Tuesday, we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and graphed the letters in our name. We talked about who had the longest name, shortest names, and who's name was twinsies with someones. 

Wednesday, we we made these cute little trees to go with our book. 

You can pick up the template for the words here, and the tree here. Then, after special areas, we had cupcakes for  a little friend's birthday. 

Thursday, we practiced our Rise and Shine notebooks from Reagan Tunsall. These babies are a life saver! I add a couple things here and there, but I don't have to worry about morning work for most of the year once they get comfortable with it. 

In Math, we read Chicka Chicka 123 and practiced one to one correspondence and number recognition with the little Chester activity we didn't get to last week. 

I only gave them 3 rows of Chesters each to contain the mess somewhat. When we get to the page with 6-10 on it, I'll give them the rest. 

We also practiced read to self and our Top Banana games from A Differentiated Kindergarten. They loved them! Then, after special areas, we had cupcakes for a little friend's birthday. 

Friday was carefree and wonderful not what I had envisioned in the lesson plan but still productive. We made our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom hats.  They were so stinkin' cute!

They even had the hats finished and on their heads in the 30 minutes I had planned for them to take before dismissal at the end of the day. :-p After our 3rd library intro for the week, and another round of hat making, we practiced Top Banana Games again and building stamina in reading to self. We made it a whole minute without someone getting squirrelly! Not bad for the kind of day we were having.  

Then, after special areas, we had cupcakes for  a little friend's birthday. Yes, that is three days of cupcakes in a row the 2nd week of school. They were flying off the walls a little wound up. But we wait until the last hour of the day to do birthday celebrations, so they got to go home and show mom and dad how much fun they had! 
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