Author Archives for mrsasroom

Now Adding Spanish Resources!!

OK… I am SO excited about this!! I have been searching for a while for cute fonts that include the Spanish characters, and I finally found some!! So… I am now in the process of creating Spanish versions of many of my resources!! (In Texas, Spanish resources are pretty much a necessity!) Here’s the first one I’ve uploaded to my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

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Phonological awareness is one of the biggest indicators of future reading success! It’s also one of the things parents know the least about and practice the least with their kiddos! This resource gives you a simple and easy way to help change that!

This bundle contains Phonological Awareness To Go in both English and Spanish! Each set has two parts: an informational letter and activity cards.

The informational letter explains what phonological awareness is and why it is important.

 

The activity cards contain 19 different activities and rhymes parents can to with their kiddos anywhere!

Just print them, cut them out, put them on a ring, and send them home! (You can get the rings that I use for these by clicking HERE!)

Your parents can keep them in their cars, in their purses, or on their kiddos’ backpacks! They are small and easy to carry. And, they are a perfect way to keep your kiddos busy in the car, in line at the store, or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office.

And, the best part about it is that your kiddos phonological awareness skills can grow by leaps and bounds if your parents spend only 10 minutes a day on these activities!

This resource is available in English, Spanish, and in a bundle with both!

This is only the first of many Spanish resources I will be creating and sharing!! If you want to make sure you don’t miss any of them, follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest, and Facebook for updates when new products are added!

 

Happy Teaching!

10 Days to Go!!

10 Days

It’s so hard to believe we’re really this close to the end of the school year!! Only 10 more days of school and my kiddos will be in kindergarten!!! To celebrate, I’ve got an AMAZING deal for you!! I’ve added a bundle to my TPT store that has 10 different products for only $10!!! It’s over $25 worth of files for only $10, but it’s only available until Monday! So, make sure you go grab yours before it’s gone!!

10 for $10 Resource Bundle

Happy teaching!

14 Days to go and ANOTHER FREEBIE!!

14 Days

We are getting closer and closer to the end of the year!! I want to share one more activity that we did during our plants unit!

At the beginning of our unit, we explored some different fruits and vegetables to find out if they had seeds in them. As we always do with science-y things, we started with a prediction! We had a recording sheet that we used to predict whether or not the fruits and vegetables have seeds.

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After we made our predictions, we got to dig in to the real fruits and vegetables to see if our predictions were right!

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Most of the kiddos were VERY surprised to see that bananas DO have seeds!

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As we explored each fruit or vegetable, the kiddos recorded their discoveries about whether or not they have seeds.

Once the exploration was complete, they had the chance to draw and write about each fruit and vegetable and what they discovered during the exploration!

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It was so much fun to see the kiddos discover new things about fruits and vegetables they may have been eating for years!! If you want to grab your own FREE copy of the recording sheets, just click the link below!!

My Seed Investigation

Happy teaching!!

Our Plants Experiments: Part 2

In our first plants experiment, we wanted to find out what type of seed would grow the fastest. You can read all about it here: Our Plants Experiments: Part 1

But this experiment was all about the sun! I’m sure by now that you’ve seen how to grow lima bean seeds in baggies hanging on your window. BUT… we added a dimension to it! We decided to see if the bean seeds would grow taller in the window with full sun, on the bookshelf with partial sun, or in the closet with no sun.

Just like we do with every experiment, we started by making our predictions. For this one, we did a chart with tally marks. Here’s what the kiddos thought would happen:

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As you can see, almost everyone thought the bean seeds would grow the tallest in the window. A few kiddos predicted the seeds on the bookshelf would grow the tallest. And, no one predicted they would grow the tallest in the cabinet.

The next step was to get the baggies ready. We did this one table at a time. (I just kept it simple since we were hanging them in three locations!) Each table prepared three baggies of bean seeds. It’s really very simple! All we had to do was wet some cotton balls and drop in a few lima beans! Once each table was done, we hung up the baggies in their respective locations!

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And then we waited… We patiently checked in on them every day, until finally we had some action!!

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The bean seeds in the window were growing roots! I took the baggie down and we spent some time observing, discussing, and recording our observations in our plant journals.

As we kept observing the growth of the seeds in the three different locations, the ones in the window were definitely off to the best start!

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They were the first to have roots, the first to have leaves, and for several days it looked like our predictions were going to be right! But then…

We came back after a weekend and the seeds on the bookshelf had taken off!

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Isn’t that the most fantastic root growth?!?! Again, we took the baggie down and spent some time observing, discussing, and recording our observations in our plant journals.

Over the ext several days, this growth trend just continued. In the end, we were all surprised when the seeds on the bookshelf ended up being the tallest! Here are the final pics of the baggies from the window and the bookshelf:

It wasn’t even close! The seeds from the bookshelf were about three times as tall as the ones in the window!

And, even though we all pretty much knew the seeds in the closet didn’t stand a chance, one of them decided to try! And it gave us some amazing discussion about why sun is so important for plants!

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All it took was one of my usual “What do you notice?” questions, and right away the kiddos told me that this plant was a different color! There was some debate about whether it was white or yellow, but we could all agree that it was NOT green!

This was such a fun experiment with SO many learning opportunities along the way!

If you want to grab your own copy of my plant journal, you can get it for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!

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My Plant Journal FREEBIE!!

It’s super easy to use! Here’s what you do:

1. Print the cover page.
2. Choose which variety of writing paper you would like to use. Print that page. (If your kiddos aren’t ready for lines yet, skip this step!)
3. Decide how many pages you want in each journal and make that many copies of the writing paper.
4. Put the cover page on top of the writing paper copies and make one copy of the journal for every two kiddos you have. (Ex: If you have 20 kiddos, make 10 copies of the journal.)
5. Cut each set in half, staple the pages together, and your journals are ready!

If you need some great books to read to your kiddos to go along with this experiment, you might want to try these!!

 

A Bean’s Life CycleBean Life Cycle

Carrots Grow Underground   Carrots Grow Underground

The Carrot Seed   The Carrot Seed

The Tiny Seed   The Tiny Seed

Happy teaching!!

 

16 Days to Go and a FREEBIE!!

16 Days

16 days to go until summer!! And today we are celebrating with a FREEBIE!! This freebie is perfect for you to use in a center during your unit on insects, butterflies, or during a study of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle!

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It’s a fun fine motor activity for your kiddos! Just print the file on legal size paper and cut the strips apart. Your kiddos can color the different foods and then use a hole punch to punch a hole in each of them just like the caterpillar does in the book! Click on the link below to grab your own FREE copy!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hole Punching Activity

You might also want to check out my other resources for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Resources on TPT

Happy Teaching!

Our Plants Experiments: Part 1

18 Days

Only 18 days until summer!!! The weather is finally getting hot here, so I have to admit that I’ve DEFINITELY got summer fever!! But… for 18 more days, I’ve got a classroom full of 4-year-olds who are still expecting me to show up and be amazing every day!! So, we are doing LOTS of science!

We’re wrapping up two different science experiments that we did as part of our Plants & Gardening Theme. This post is going to detail one of them, and later this week I’ll share all about the second one!

We knew we were going to plant some different kinds of seeds, but we decided that we wanted to see which seeds would grow the fastest. So, our first step was to make predictions. We had three kinds of seeds to plant: carrot, cucumber, and green bean.

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We made a chart to record our predictions. Each kiddo got a small piece of construction paper in either orange (carrots), light green (cucumbers), or dark green (green beans) to match the vegetable they predicted would grow the fastest. The each wrote their name on their paper and glued it to the chart.

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Please excuse my lack of artistic ability!! The plan was for each kiddo to plant the type of seed they thought would grow the fastest. But… none of them chose green beans. Not a single kiddo! So… my TA and I each wrote our names on the green bean column so we could plant all three types of seeds. And, boy am I glad we did! (You’ll see why later when you see the ending pictures!)

The next step was definitely the most fun! We planted the seeds!!

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For several days, nothing happened. But after about a week, we finally had some action!

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The carrots definitely grew the fastest! We kept watering and watching to see when the cucumbers and green beans would sprout. A couple days later, they started peeking through!

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The cucumbers were the second fastest to grow. But, the green beans sure had a surprise in store for us!! When we left on Friday, they were just a couple of inches tall. But when we came back on Monday, they were huge!!!

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Throughout the process, we checked on the progress of our plants and recorded our observations. You can grab the Seed Experiment Recording Sheet by clicking on the link!

You might also be interested in the Plants & Gardening Resources in my TPT store!!

Need some good books to read to go along with this experiment? Here are some of my favorites! Just click on the book titles to grab your own copy!

A Bean’s Life CycleBean Life Cycle

Carrots Grow Underground   Carrots Grow Underground

The Carrot Seed   The Carrot Seed

The Tiny Seed   The Tiny Seed

Stay tuned for the details of our other plants experiment!! It was just as fun, but the way it turned out definitely surprised us!!

 

Happy teaching!!

 

A New Kind of Egg Hunt

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I don’t like Easter Egg Hunts. In fact, if it was up to me, we wouldn’t even do one.

And right now you’re probably thinking, Why in the world don’t you like egg hunts???? The kids love them! 

For starters, they have absolutely nothing to do with what Easter is even about, but that’s another story for another blog on another day…

What I really can’t stand is how we spend every minute of every day trying to teach our kiddos to treat each other with kindness, to share, to let others go first, to take turns.

But then…

On egg hunt day, all that goes out the window. We lay brightly colored eggs filled with all kids of yummy treats all around our playground, and then it’s every man for himself!

In that instant, we are telling them that it’s not only OK to be greedy and selfish, but it’s actually encouraged in this venue.

Even if we even things out at the end of the egg hunt so that everyone has the same number of eggs, even if we use a system of numbers to ensure each kiddo only gets her fair share, even if we do everything in our power to create a “fair” egg hunt, we are still fostering greed and selfishness.

I mean, think about it. Have you ever seen a group of kids calmly walk to go find their 12 eggs when you say it’s time to start??? NO! They run, they scream, they go as fast as they can to get the eggs first. They want the biggest ones or the prettiest ones or (heaven help you if someone sends this kind..) the golden ones!

As soon as we say, “Ready, set, GO!” we might as well be saying, “Forget everything else I’ve taught you this year, and go get those eggs!”

I just don’t like it. Like I said, I wouldn’t even do it if it was up to me.

But it’s not.

So, if I’m going to have to do an egg hunt, I figure I might as well use it as a teaching opportunity, right? So, here’s what I did…

We had and Easter egg hunt AND SHARE! We still set a limit on how many eggs each kiddo could get, but here’s the kicker: They weren’t allowed to find eggs for themselves. They each had a buddy, and the eggs they found were for their buddies, not for themselves.

So, we talked about asking your buddy which size or color or type they liked the best. We talked about staying together so that your buddy would be close by when you found an egg for him. We talked about NOT putting eggs in your own basket. We even practiced earlier in the day during our math time with a “Shape Hunt & Share.”

Most of my kiddos did a great job with it! I could hear them saying things like, “Isaac! I found one for you!” or “Jasmine, do you like this one?” It was SO much better than the “normal” way of doing it! I loved watching them think of their buddies over themselves! They were giving and sharing instead of taking and being selfish!

Now, don’t get me wrong… We are 4 years old. And there were a few kiddos who just couldn’t grasp the concept. So, we just had to give those kiddos a little extra  guidance while they were hunting. (And maybe move some eggs from their baskets into their buddies’ baskets!)

But, overall, it was great success! Sure, I’ll make some adjustments to it next time around, but for now I’m extremely happy with how it went!

Happy Easter and Happy Teaching!!

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