Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Oviparous Animals!

Hello everybody!  Sandra touched on the fact that we are learning about oviparous animals this week by sharing her oviparous list and my circle map.  We did a guess the oviparous animal writing activity.  The kids had to choose an animal from our graphic organizers or another one that they saw in the book.  We made a bubble map during our morning message to give our kiddos an example.
They then chose an oviparous animal and made their own bubble map.  They did great!  Here are a couple of examples.
 Sandra made this really cute egg page it says, "Guess who's inside the egg?"  The kids used their bubble map write a description of the animal they chose on the first egg, then they drew the animal on the second egg.  We added a brad to the top of the page so that visitors can read the riddle then try to guess the animal.  This is always a lot of fun!

 Hooray for oviparous animals!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring is in the Air!!

Hey Strangers!! We have had radio silence since February...we know we kinda suck!! We apoligize, but (here come the excuses lol) I am in charge of the school wide chocolate sale and Cindy is in charge of a Heart Healthy Walk and a Hop-A-Thon! We have been just a little bit frazzled!! But we are ready to start blogging again!!

Here are a few things that we have been doing in our classrooms. We did an Eric Carle book study! We started with a circle map to see what the kiddos knew about Eric Carle...which was NOTHING!

My circle map looks really pitiful.

Then we read several books a day and had the kiddos do a book critique on each book. If you would like a copy of the book critique click here.
For the Very Hungry Caterpillar we had the kiddos complete a page that lists what the caterpillar ate each day in sequential order click here if you would like that one too.
Cindy also had her students make this super simple caterpillar craft that we saw on pinterest.

At the end of the book study my kiddos had to write three things they learned about Eric Carle and draw his potrait. They came out awesome!

 One of our amazing co-workers made this awesome foldable book with her class. She is a first year teacher and she's doing fabulous!! The books turned out so great!

This week we are starting our Oviparous unit! I absolutely love this unit! I wanted to know if they knew any animals that are oviparous prior to reading Chickens Aren't the Only Ones and they really suprised me by how many oviparous animals they were able to name. We made a list of the animals they named and then we read the book. We then used the list during writing and they wrote a list of where oviparous animals lay their eggs.

Tomorrow we will add some animals that are in the book that we didn't list and use the list to create Guess whose in the egg activity.  
We will post more from our Oviparous unit as the week goes on!!