Saturday, January 30, 2016

100th Day of School Fun Activities

We just celebrated our 100th day of school in kindergarten! We had so many fun things to do, we are going to extend it to an extra day!

One thing, to be honest, I was slightly dreading the start of the day. I envisioned their growing excitement to explode as they busted into the room from our morning Flag Salute out front, so.....I gave them something to ground them a bit.

I put these sheets on the desks with a bunch of Bingo daubers from the Dollar Store. With as much liquid as the daubers hold, I was happily surprised to see that none of it went through the paper! If they finished this paper, they got to go to their first station.

I bought 200 of these Hefty brand easy-grip cups from our local grocery store. I put 100 of them in the front of the room and 100 in the back of the room. Students chose which area to go work in. They worked together to build anyway they wanted to. I didn't find 200 cups in one color, so I purchased a combination of 3 different colors. It was interesting to see them build with patterns or simply by color as well. These cups were very sturdy and the square bottoms seemed to make the cups stay in place really well. Students made sure I placed exactly 100 in place. They first started counting them by 1's and then said their eyes were getting dizzy by counting the stacked cups, so they broke them into groups of 10's. Teacher happiness!

After completing these two activities, the students went to P.E. class. I worked it out with the teacher there and she had them performing all types of actions 100 times. 

When they returned to class, we began the next activity. We made hats. A little fair warning, doing them the way that we did them takes quite some time. 

Students wrote their name on the back of a strip of paper and took them to a station at the desks. They then used their glue sticks to glue ten items onto that strip of paper. Each strip of paper was taken to a new station. Once the strip of paper was completed, they placed it on their assigned carpet square to dry. Some items we glued onto the strips were: sequins, jewels, die-cut stars and hearts, two types of stickers, mini pom-poms, googly eyes, bingo dauber dots, and foam shapes.

It did take quite a bit of time to staple each strip to each child's hat base, so while they went out to their Library time to hear stories written about the 100th day of school, I went around and looped each strip and stapled them in place. When the students returned, I fit their hat to their head. As each student finished, they were encouraged to pick up 100 items that magically fell to the floor while working.

Once they helped pick up the room, they were free to build in the cupstacking area while I finished fitting hats to heads. The paws in this picture are SitSpots.

Here are a few pics of the hats.

As the day ended, another activity we did was to have children bring in 100 items that they'd like to share with others. Some items brought in were: little toys from the party store, glow sticks, yo-yo's, pennies, pencils, erasers, strips of cut paper, crayons, candies, fruit snacks, rocks, stickers, beads, etc. Most of the items brought in were similar to those you'd see fly out of a pinata. I bought gift bags from the Dollar Store and let the students hand out their goodies. They sat at their carpet squares and took turns, 5 at a time, handing out their items. On the board, I showed them 100 dots. Since we have 20 students in my classroom, I circled 5 groups of 20 so they could see how many of each item they would receive. Just as an FYI, there was no requirement on what to bring, so anything went. In this picture, this little one was checking out her goodies.

We had so much fun, we did not have enough time to complete our 100 Fruit Loop necklace, so on Monday, when students come in, they will have a 100 chart and a bowl of Fruit Loops. They will be encouraged to lay 1 Fruit Loop on each square. It is made up of ten rows by ten rows. They will be encouraged to create the necklace using patterns of colors. Once all 100 Fruit Loops are placed on the chart, the students will begin with number 1 and string their Fruit Loops until they get to number 100. I will then help them tie the strings into a necklace!

For those of you who are celebrating the 100th day of school, I hope you have seen some things here that you'd like to incorporate into your fun. If you have something fun planned for your day, I'd love to hear about it here. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Show and Tell Tuesday

Hello! I am linking up with Forever in 5th grade for Show and Tell Tuesday! It is a fun read to see what other teachers are interested in right now.

I LOVE where I work. The staff are really great sports in so many ways. I have to say, our Superintendent is a really great one. He dresses up like a turkey at Thanksgiving and lets my kindergarten students run him down and pluck his feathers. He brings reindeer to school right before Christmas. When the students participated in the Scholastic Book Fair and had the opportunity to donate extra money to raise money for others, he gave them two options. On the front of one jar was a picture of a costume he would wear if that jar was filled the most. On the front of the other jar was a picture of slime. He agreed to be "slimed" if that jar filled the most. Guess which one won? He will be slimed later this month at a student pep rally. When a class graduates, he lets them toilet paper the trees in the front of the school. At our Field Day, he lets the student body use our Super Duper Sling Shot Water Balloon Launcher to try to soak him. Doesn't he seem like a really fun sport? He is.

One of our annual traditions in kindergarten is our "Ice Skating" party. In December, we begin to collect shoe boxes. Finding creative places to store them until January is sometimes an issue, but we make it work. We also collect the empty rectangular Kleenex boxes. In our auditorium, our awesome maintenance crew clears out the middle chairs. We were super blessed to have our Resource Room Specialist take over this party for us. She taped out an "ice rink" on the carpet, created special decorations, covered tables, and bought us fluffy pom-poms for our "snowball fight" after the skating was finished. She even made us these amazing treats and hot chocolate! We let one half of our kindergarten "skate" around the auditorium in the shoe boxes while the other half colors winter pictures and enjoys snacks. When the music stops, the groups switch places. The children do this for about an hour. We let them wear gloves, mittens, scarves, etc. and they really enjoy looking the part! Our Superintendent also shows up each year to skate with the children.

My son has a really fun photography hobby! His love for the art has gotten us off our duffs a lot and out into the beautiful California scenery. Recently, he has learned how to work with setting up backgrounds and using lighting for still photography inside. At times, it involves a need for an extra set of hands, so I am usually his "go-to" helper to the tune of, "Moooooooo-ooom?" He started off using his cell phone flashlight as a light and we set him up with a real option. He has also gotten really good with Photoshop. In needing to set up pictures for my blog or items that I create as a classroom teacher, I have found the value in picture editing for blogging and social media myself. My all-time FAVORITE photo editing options for my cell phone are Picsart and Snapseed. I find it a fun challenge to take a photo, edit it on my phone, download it to my computer, size it up on Powerpoint, then crop out the background in Paint and save it as an easy-to-use png file. Do you have any easy to use editing options you do for your blogging?
p.s. Our cute, little model did not have to balance those Beats headphones on her little head. It is cropped out because as he set up and took the photo, I was holding the headphones for the picture (while putting the light wherever the boss told me to). When he took the photo, I noticed his silhouette on the wall next to us, so I took that and colorized and put texture to the wall behind him.
This year, I am teaching kindergarten, tutoring students after school for dyslexia, and working as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support Assessment) support provider for two fellow co-workers. Sometimes, I really feel like doing something that does not involve print, so I crochet! I made this scarf for my other son's girlfriend. She has beautiful red hair, so this color looked nice on her. The picture doesn't show, but the yarn has some sheen and sparkle to it. I took care of an elderly neighbor for years until he passed away. He had no family to speak of. When I went through the few items he had left, I found his wife's sewing kit. It had a crochet needle in it. I decided to teach myself how to use it, so I bought the book called "Crocheting for Dummies" and began to watch Youtube videos. One of the best instructors I came across was a woman who goes by the name of The Knit Witch. She has the easiest to understand videos and uses really great backgrounds so that you easily see each stitch she is working with. I am currently working on an afghan that has starburst squares in five different blue hues. Changing that yarn out gets crazy, but I enjoy it!

Finally, I am participating in the Teachers Pay Teachers "Start the Year Off Inspired" sale. Use the code START16 to receive 28% off any product in my store. click on the graphic below to visit my store.

Graphic created by Jillian Starr of Starr Spangled Banner

If you'd like to take a gander at what other teachers are interested in right now, check out the other blogs by clicking on Forever in 5th Grade's button.



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