Monday, December 19, 2011

Winter Wonderland

Christmas is winding down, and January is in full gear.
Bring on the Winter Activities!



To start off the unit, let's read some cool books!







How about a snow globe! Thanks to What the Teacher Wants!

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How about a snowball fight! LOL!







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These are the cutest little snow globes. They can be used as an ornament, or place cards.
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Make and Takes 


Happy New Year!

Let's Make a TOAST to the new year!!!
http://www.abcteach.com/free/b/bread_m.pdf
http://abcteach.com/directory/fun_activities/coloring_pages/foods/

Have your students color and cut a piece of toast.  Add their favorite jelly.
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/new-years-day/kids-books/

Qtip Fireworks


Here's what you'll need
• Q Tips
• Water
• Small container
• Food coloring
• Paper plate
• Black construction paper
• Glue 
Here's how you make them...
1. Cut your Q Tips in various sizes. You can actually break them off pretty easily with your hands. 
2. Now you will need to color you Q Tips. Put some water in a small container and add food coloring (6-8 drops is good). Dip your swabs in to the colored water and place on a paper plate. Repeat for as many colors of fireworks as you'd like.
3. If you are not doing this craft right away, or have time to prepare ahead of time, you can leave your swabs out to dry overnight. If you need them to be dry quickly you can put them in the microwave, on high for 5-6 minutes, or until they are dry. 
4. On a piece of black paper glue your Q Tips in a circular pattern. For younger children it will be easier if you draw a black dot on the paper and instruct them to glue their swabs all pointing to the dot in the middle.
Make as many different fireworks as you can, make them all different colors, sizes and patterns!
Keep in mind that the more food coloring you add the more vibrant your swabs will be! 



How about a fire cracker cheer!

                               







Free Printable.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

We traveled the world today!

Today we traveled the world by plane learning all about the different celebrations and traditions.
We went to THE NORTH POLE here in the US, ITALY, JERUSALEM, HOLLAND, and MEXICO!
Check out our activities.
(By the way: There are 5 Kinder teachers and each one of us picks a Christmas Celebration/Tradition, and we each create a mini lesson.  Our students rotate around to our classrooms for about 35 minutes.

                                                                        Italy's Bufana

Jerusalem: Dradel game
North Pole-Finger Puppets

Holland: Wooden shoe for SinterKlaas!

Ready for take off!

First Stop: Holland in Mrs. Ayala's classroom


Mrs. Paredes: Destination Italy (Bufana)

Holland: craft

 Learning about the Dradel.
Lets play!

The North Pole-Puppets















Friday, December 9, 2011

ALL ABOARD!

Hi Everyone! Don't you just love December! So many great chidren's books and activities!
It is a super great way to learn and have fun at the same time!
ALL ABOARD!
Polar express will be in full gear this week.
Pajama day will be on Monday, December 19th.

1st you might want to stock up on a few items.
Grab some bells at your Local Dollar Store.
Grab a spool of yarn.
Hot cocoa.
Gram Crackers
The Movie.
The Book.
And finally: Pick a pajama day!









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This would be a great way to start your lesson. Show the trailer and create a discussion about what the students think the story is about. Predict what will happen.

Don't forget your TICKETS! Teachers will need a hole punch to punch the tickets!
Reproduce on Yellow Card stock. Laminate them for the shine effect.

Thanks to Alphabet Garden! She has a great Polar Express Post!