Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dictionary Fun In Kindergarten :)

Today at our learning table during our reading stations, I took out some dictionaries for the kiddos to use! Here is what we did:
 I set out the dictionaries along with pencils, paper and a bag full of letter balls. 

 These have all of the letters of the alphabet on them. I found them in the hallway in one of the teacher give-away boxes this summer! I was so excited to find these and even more excited to finally use them! The bag had something else in it before but I decided it was a great holder for these! 
 One student pulled out a ball and told the table what letter he/she got. Then, all of the students had to turn to that letter in his/her dictionary. They then chose one word that started with that letter to write on their paper. 

 The boys and girls did an awesome job with this! It was really good for them to have to decide where in the dictionary the letters would be. They were encouraged to look up at our alphabet if they needed to. After a few minutes, they were pros at figuring out where the letters were. It was fun to listen to them say things like "oooh... p comes after m, so I need to turn the pages this way..." I was really proud and impressed :)

I encourage you to try this with your students! It is an easy station to set up and the boys and girls really enjoyed it! Happy letter hunting :) 

Pumpkins- a few weeks late :)

So, as usual I am behind in posting. Shocking, I know! Anyways, here are a few photos from some of the pumpkin fun we had!!

 The life cycle of a pumpkin :)

 We made a double bubble map comparing pumpkins and apples (blue circles). We then tasted pumpkin pie and apple pie and decided which one we liked better! As you can see, the majority liked the pumpkin pie better!
 We predicted what we would see, hear, smell and touch at the pumpkin patch! After we got back from the pumpkin patch we drew what we actually saw, heard, smelled and touched. It was fun to see if our predictions were right or wrong!

 Pumpkin Tree Map! Pumpkins are, have, can....