Friday, April 26, 2013

Five for Friday

Hi Teacher Friends!  It's Friday!  We are joining the linky party with Doodle Bugs Teaching.
We made these super cute suncatchers from the blog Criss-Cross Applesauce while learning about Earth Day.  Here is the link to this neat blog to check these out. 
She shares lots of neat ideas on her blog.  :)
Our Science lessons have been about basic needs.  We are focusing on the basic needs of plants.  This is an oldie and a goodie.  We soaked lima beans and are patiently waiting for them to sprout.  Our farmer dad said "remember you'll only have about 80% germination." UGH! Only 80%!  How do you explain that to a kindergartner when their friends' lima beans are growing and their's are not? We did this on Tuesday and by Friday some of the lima beans were beginning to rot.  EWW!  My plan for the weekend---get extra lima beans to sprout and switch them out on Monday morning. :)
We have been learning all about state symbols and celebrating all things cowboy and cowgirl.  The kids have had so much fun this week as we read the "regular" stories and then compared them to  the "western" version.  I think the kids' favorites were The Gingerbread Cowboy and Little Red Cowboy Hat.   This is just a few of the stories we enjoyed.  I checked out books from our school library and went through my collection of books to find several stories.  This was great practice in identifying similarities and differences between the stories.
We have been busy learning to count by fives in math.  Our Math lessons were all about counting nickels.  I had the kids get all the stuffed animals from the homeliving center.  We used the paper coin nickels from our Saxon Math curriculum.  I pretended to be a store keeper and the kids were the customers.  They choose a toy to buy and had to count out the correct amount of money using the paper nickels.  They had so much fun learning.  They kept asking to play this "game" again.
We have also been learning about 3D shapes in Math.  Here is a quick Circle Map we completed in class to help with learning about cylinders.
Hope you enjoyed the Five for Friday.  Be sure to check out Doodle Bugs Teaching at
 Have a great weekend.  :)



  1. I love those Earth Day sun catchers! They are beautiful. I will have to check them out. Glad I found your blog through the linky. I am happy to be your newest follower.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  2. Hi Jaime! Thanks for stopping by our blog. My sister and I appreciate you taking the time to visit. :) We hope you have a great end of the school year and a restful summer break.

  3. Those sun catchers really are gorgeous! So glad to have found your blog through the Five for Friday linky. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  4. Hi Lauren! My sister and I are glad you found our blog through the fun linky at Doodle Bugs Teaching. We agree with you that the suncatchers are so-o-o cute. Be sure to use the link check out where the idea came from on the blog Criss Cross Applesauce. She shares a lot of neat ideas. We hope you have a great end of the school year and a great summer. :)