Here are some of the activities that we did 2 weeks ago. Last week was the mitten – I am way behind in the blogging department!
This is a fun idea I got from a friend....We started off the week wondering….where is the best place to build a snowman? I love #5. Yep, we certainly have enough snow! I was leading them to understand that inside is not the greatest place to build a snowman.
We made predictions in our snowman journal about what could happen.
Then, we got out our mittens and gathered a BIG bucket of snow. Each table got a tray, snow, buttons, sticks, fabric for a scarf, and a noodle for his nose.
We put the snow people in different places in our room and observed them throughout the day. One group even put theirs in the play refrigerator! We charted what our snow friends looked like about every 90 minutes. At the end of the day, all we had was snowman soup! Some children were very sad to see their friends disappear!
Here is one entry a child wrote in her snowman journal about what her snowman looked like:
We did our SNOWMAN making words activity. We do a making words activity every Friday, and the children are getting quite good at it! We sit at the carpet, and they each have a clipboard. I use my document camera to record the words as we build them as well.
We played this fun sight word game which is available in Kim Adsit’s Snowman pack at TpT.
This rhyming game is also available in Kim’s pack.
This is a CVC word game that is available at Kelly’s Kindergarten.
The children loved Snowman Hangman!! We sat by our word wall, and I chose a mystery word. I start off by saying, my word has 3 letters. They have to scan the word wall to find a word that only has three letters and then they guess the letters. If they guess a wrong letter, one piece of the snowman goes up. (there are magnets on the back – my word wall is on a magnetic white board). This idea also came from Kim’s snowman pack. If you haven’t picked it up yet – you certainly should – there are tons of fun ideas in it!
First we made predictions on whether or not they would be taller, smaller, or the same as our little snowman friend. Most guesses were right on, but a few were off!
The children then went off to write their own steps to go with the pictures.
We have been doing math problem solving every day for a few weeks now, and the children are becoming great thinkers! Each day we write the question, and the children read as I write. We talk about the important information, and draw a picture to go with it. I really walk them through the problem so I can target the strugglers. We always joke that the problem is too easy, and that they are too smart for it. They LOVE that!!
Here are some samples from their journals:
We drew and labeled the parts of a snowman, made a list of the supplies we needed to build a snowman, wrote about what would happen if we built a snowman inside, and wrote about who we would build our snowman with.