Kindergarten Teacher


KWL Journals with @Wonderopolis


If you follow my blog you know that I use this site every day in my class. This year we added KWL journals the second semester and it was a big hit! I recently posted about this addition over at We Are Teacher… Read about it here 



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








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.





Global Collaboration in Elementary: Presentation (with audio)

The video below is from a webinar with Region 10 where I discuss the basics of global collaboration in elementary. This is one topic in a series of hangouts I will be doing with Region 10. You can see the full schedule here and register for FREE (required for CPE credit.) I hope you enjoy the presentation and will check out the topics on the schedule.

Global Collaboration in elementary: The How and Why– “Learn about tech tools and example projects that will give your class a global audience while discussing how these connections lead to collaboration and authentic learning in the classroom. Tools shared include blogs, Twitter, Google Docs, and Skype. Real-life project examples will be shared and importance of digital citizenship will be an underlying topic.”



Resources and Ideas for Tweeting in Primary Grades


Here is a list of my favorite posts on using Twitter in the primary grades. Please let me know of other posts I should add to the list!

We Should Be Doing More Than Teaching Digital Citizenship

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

So you want to tweet with kindergarten…

Using Twitter in the Primary Classroom

Using Blog and Twitter with Young Students: THIS is What it Looks Like

Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom

Digital Citizenship Starts in Kindergarten

Kindergarten Class Tweets with Weather Experts

The Research Center: How Twitter Leads to Learning

Tweets, Tweeting via Twitter

and OF COURSE @cybraryman1 has a page dedicated to twitter


2014 Sochi Olympic Sports Explained


I will continue to update this page until all the sports have resources…

These are the resources I am using to discuss the different sports with my Kindergarten class.

Social Media: Olympics Facebook Page, Olympics Twitter, Olympics Instagram

Venue ResourcesVenue Map, Shayba Arena outside, Shayba Arena inside, Bolshoy Ice Dome outside, Bolshoy Ice Dome Inside, Adler Arena outside, Adler Arena inside, Ice Cube outside, Ice Cube inside, Skating Palace outside, Skating Palace inside, Mountains

Olympic Village: Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3, Pic 4, Pic 5

Science of the Olympics: Videos here

Olympics Interactive Schedule: Here

Olympic Torch Journey: Here



(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Beginners Guide to Curling

Wonderopolis: What is Curling

Ice Hockey


Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Ice Hockey explained
Team USA Highlights Vancouver 


Canada World Cup Skeleton

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

Beginners Guide to Skeleton

One of the things we noticed with the helmets and uniforms is that the artwork often had symbols of the countries the athlete represented. Some good examples of that for the USA can be found here, here and here.


USA Luge

USA Luge

Olympic Game Debut: Luge Relay 

Men’s Luge Singles Highlights – Vancouver 2010

Skiing Mogul

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Ladies highlights dual moguls 2013 Voss/Oslo 

Ladies Mogul Final 2010 Vancouver 

Snowboard Cross

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Snowboard Cross: Vancouver Highlights

Short-Track Speed Skating

Julian Finney/Getty Images

Julian Finney/Getty Images

Short Track 500m Final Vancouver

Vancouver Women’s 500m Highlights

Ski Jumping

Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Olympic Debut: Women’s Ski Jumping

Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle

Nickk Goepper

Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

Olympic Debut: Ski Slopestyle

Freestyle Skiing Half Pipe


Camilla Stoddart/Getty Images

Olympic Debut: Skiing Half Pipe

Freestyle Ski Cross


RIA Novosti. Mikhail Mokrushin

Vancouver Freestlye Cross Men’s

Freestyle Skiing Aerial


Ramil Sitdikov

Vancouver Freestyle Aerial Men’s Final Highlights

Alpine Skiing

Previews - Winter Olympics Day -1

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Alpine Skiing Men’s Vancouver

Cross Country Skiing


Clive Rose/Getty Images

Men’s Cross Country Skiing Vancouver

Ice Skating


via Sochi Olympics

Olympic Debut: Team Figure Skating



Wikimedia Commons

Men’s Bobsled Highlights Vancouver



Olympic Debut: Biathlon Mixed Relay 

Speed Skating


Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Vancouver Women’s Speed Skating Highlights

Snowboard Slopestyle

Australia's Scotty James performs a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle semi-final competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor

Olympic Game Debut: Slopestyle

Snowboard Parallel Slalom


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Olympic Game Debut: Snowboard Parallel Slalom

Snowboard Half Pipe


Vancouver Men’s Snowboard Half Pipe Highlights 


Interactive Notebook: Beginning of the Year

Last year I started the interactive notebook mid year and it was a big success! If you want to know more about the interactive notebook please read about it here. I wanted to share how I started the notebook this year. Here are examples of the first entries…

We talk about balance and stability in the class meaning that it is a safe and fun environment for learning.


My class only one rule. We talk about expectations and being brave.


What is our mission in Kindergarten. The kids came up with their ideas and we worked together to create this video.


Learning about the pledge. They were asked to draw a symbol of our country.


Hand Washing System. The icons were mixed up on their side and they had to put them in the correct order.


School Leaders


Labeling the parts of a flashlight


“Needs and wants” lesson


Magnetic or Non-magnetic


Realistic drawings


Oil, water and honey experiment.


When should we call 911?


Bus safety


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