Kindergarten Teacher

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Dramatic Play: Bakery and Ice Cream Shop

Check out the amazing dramatic play center the parents at my school created! I can not claim any part of this but wanted to share the great idea. photo

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The image below shows the space. It is located in the hallway. We have four of these “pods” in our hallway that we use for our social centers (science, art, home living and blocks.) All the classes take turns rotating through these centers each day.

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Google Hangout Resources for Teachers

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EduHangout Website (ideas for class and teachers) by @catlett1

Tutorial for Google Hangout on Air- by @iPadSammy

Cybrary Man’s Google Hangout Page- by @cybraryman1

Google Hangout Tip Sheet by @MsMagiera and @gglibrarian

 Google Hangout Guide for Teachers- by Lee Summit R-7 District

How Educators and School Can Make the Most Out of Google Hangouts via Edutopia by @mbteach

Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts by @MartinSherv

Google+ for Schools by @ericcurts

Connecting Beyond the Classroom Examples by @wkrakower

6 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts

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Venn Diagram Practice with Felt Board App

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Easy and fun way to practice creating Venn Diagrams with young kids using Felt Board. I print the example at the bottom of this post and the kids use that to help write the words.

Center Example

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Wonder Journal: First Activity of the Day

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I started using a Wonder Journal each morning this year. When the kids walk into the room I have an image and a word written on the board (see below). They unpack and then grab their journal and start wondering. They can use words, pictures or both to document their thinking. After the tardy bell rings the kids leave their journal on the table and sit on the carpet for the school announcements. Then I let the kids share with me what they have been wondering. The questions/wonders they have been sharing are amazing and they lead to some great discussions. After sharing for a few minutes we then watch a video about the wonder. Most days the image and video comes from Wonderopolis. Each morning I check the Wonderopolis sight and use the “wonder of the day” or pick from this list of 50 great wonders. Wonderopolis even includes a wonder gallery of images for each one so I have everything I need in one place. I decided not to display the actual Wonderopolis website on the board when they walk in because I don’t want the kids limited in their wondering by reading the “wonder of the day.” Having only the image about the topic has worked best so far for me. After our discussion and watching the video the kids go back to their journal to wonder some more or document their learning. This also allows time for kids that don’t arrive before the bell to get something in their journal. I am very happy with this process so far. The kids are excited to walk in and see the wonder, unpack quickly to get started and are engaged and thinking first thing every morning.

Example of what I have on the screen as they arrive each day. This is from the polar bear wonder.

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This is the journal. It has 20 blank pages (completely blank) and paper binding. Anything simple would work for this

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Sample page from the Where is the fastest roller coaster wonder. His wonder was how do they go so fast. 

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Sample pages from “What is the Hottest Planet wonder…

“I wonder why the sun is so bright.” 

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“I wonder why this one has a red spot”

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Red arrow shows the “Wonder Gallery” where I find the images most days. 

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Fall Tree Art Using Handprints and Fingerprints

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Reposting this from last year because we are doing it again in my classroom this week!

found this great idea on Pinterest (here)

The best part of this activity is letting the kids paint their own hand. I did something similar last year when making turkeys (here) and the kids were able to handle it very well without any major issues. So far they are doing great again this year.

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Lego People Template- Draw Your Family (Printable)

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The last few years I have had my class draw and label their family as a center sometime during the first few weeks. I have used several different people cutouts for this activity but when I saw the Lego figure printable I knew that be perfect for the activity. Of course very family is different so the kids are just cutting out the number of adults and children they need.  The class was very excited when I introduced the center. I hope to find other ways to use this in the class this year.

You can find pdf file here- Lego Family Printable

I found the image HERE and used it to create the pdf

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