Springtime in Kindergarten...

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  1. TXTCHR29

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    I LOVE springtime and I especially love the themes we teach this time of year (zoo, plants, butterflies, insects, etc.) At this point in the year the students have learned so much and they are capable of producing some awesome work! I thought I would post pics of some of the things we have been doing in my classroom for spring. :)

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/seedgloves.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/elephants2.jpg


    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/penguins.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/birds2.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/rainonthe.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/littlecloud3.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/littlecloud2.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/littlecloud.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/growingflowers.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/goodbyewinter.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/chalkwords.jpg

    I tried to do captions with the photos, but they are not showing up. If you have questions about any of the pics let me know!
     
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    Thanks! You gave me some ideas... we are starting poetry when we come back from spring break and I like the rain activity poem you did!
    I also think the rubber glove planting is awesome!

    Thanks much!
     
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    Thanks for the great ideas! I love the rain poems too! I already made my outlines on word. I just love this site!
     
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    Thanks! I'm glad I've given ya'll some new ideas!
     
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    lovely ideas TXTCHR! how old are your kindergarteners?
     
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    They are 5/6 years old.
     
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    Tell us about the seed gloves please!! :)
     
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    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Our springtime in Kindergarten over here is 21 degrees and snow! Where did spring go? :)
     
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    I used the clear plastic gloves like they use in food service (the cafeteria let me have some!)

    On each glove, I wrote each child's name, and then on each finger of the glove I wrote the kind of seed that was going to go in each finger. I think I used marigold, nasturtium (sp? its a flower), radish, lettuce, and tomato.

    On each table I put a bowl of water, gave each child their glove and five cotton balls.

    Then we put in 1 type of seed at a time. The students wet their cotton ball and squeezed out some of the water, I then put a few seeds in front of each child and they picked up the seeds with the wet cotton ball and put the cotton ball in the correct finger.

    When we finished, we hung the gloves in the window. The seeds have really sprouted, its pretty cool to see and the kids loved the activity!
     
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    I love the seed gloves too! I wish I had a window!!!
     
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    seed gloves

    do you replant seeds once they have sprouted?
     
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    Can you also tell me more about the rain poem. I would like to start a unit on rain, so any other ideas would be helpful too!!
     
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    Consider the idea COPIED. I'm soooo presenting that one to my teacher. I also saw a lesson plan recently about planting radishes in a blown up balloon!!!
     
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    No, I send the gloves home with the students and suggest that maybe their parents will help them plant the seeds at home and start a garden.
     
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    The rain poem was a sentence frame from a book I have. The students choose their own words for the first and third lines (something that the rain could fall on) the second line and fourth line are the same in everyone's poem (rain on the tree, but not on me.) This was a two part lesson that I did for interactive writing. On the first day we did one poem as a whole class and then the next day students came up with their own poems. I typed up the papers for students to fill in their writing. Students then illustrated their poems ( I had the paper folded in fourths).

    You might also be able to use the little cloud idea since that goes along with rain. I read the book The Little Cloud by Eric Carle. Students then needed to imagine what their little cloud would turn into. I put a bowl of white paint on each table and students used their finger to paint a picture. After they painted their picture they wrote what they imagined their little cloud was and why.
     
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    Thank you so much for sharing your pics! I love everything! For the Little Cloud writing, did your students spell everything correctly themselves? I thought my kids were pretty good writers, but I know they would not be able to spell some of those words correctly. Thanks again for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Cute ideas! Thanks for sharing! :) :)
     
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    We are just starting our plant unit and I am going to use the glove idea. Thanks!
     
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    Yes, whatever they wrote was done themselves!(I also have close to 100 words on my word wall right now, which is where they learned the word "because" and "could") My kids are very good writers this year, its amazing to see some of the stuff they come up with! I'm really going to miss this group :(
     
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    I love your activities! Do you have a classroom website? Just being nosy:) How do you get your children to remember the word wall words? We do actions with each of our words, but I can't imagine teaching over 100 of them! Please let me know! Thanks!
     
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    I add 3-4 words a week that stay on my calendar all week and then get added to the word wall. We learn the new word by reading it, spelling it, doing actions to it, and chanting. I also do flash cards every single day as part of my calendar activites, I reinforce the word wall words in guided reading groups (flash cards, write with dry erase on table, shape of words, etc.) I also have a word work time that is about 10 minutes a day where we: play sparkle, word wall war, mixed up words on the computer, etc. I have a great book called Making Your Word Wall More Interactive by Creative Teaching Press (I believe), this book has some great activities in it for using the word wall and learning the sight words.
     
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    I did this w/ K last year and they LOVED it! We also made predictions on which one would sprout first.
     
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    Thank you for sharing the great ideas. I would like to try the seed gloves and rain poems as well.:) :thanks:
     
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    I love this idea! Do you need to seal the bags shut or just tape then to the window? How long do you keep them there for?
    Thank you for sharing your ideas!
     
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    Hi, Where do you put the seeds? Great idea!
     
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    You do not need to seal the bags shut. I just taped them to the window. I left them in the window for about 2 weeks.

    The seeds were placed in the wet cotton balls.

    I've included a link to what they looked like when they sprouted and I've also put some other things we have done in class the past 2 weeks. There is a lifecycle of the butterfly made out of construction paper, and a writing frame about bugs, where the students had to write and then draw pictures to go with their writing.

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/seedglovesgrown.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/butterfly2.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/butterfly.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/Bugs.jpg

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i61/aduster77/bugspic.jpg
     

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