Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A BEARY Fun Study of Bears!

Last week we studied bears.  This unit of study followed our "Animals In Winter" theme, so it was a perfect transition.  We tried to tie the theme across all subject area {as we do for all of our themes} in order to deepen the study and interest of the topic.  Not to mention crossing the left and right hemisphere of the brain! HOLLA!  Check out these samples.

We were also learning about the seasons, so here is a fun way to include bears {thanks to Ms. Perry} - A Bear In All Seasons:

We also included bears into our addition theme.  Honey anyone? {DJ Inkers Clip Art}
We did the "Blubber Glove" experiment to see how Polar Bears don't freeze in the Arctic waters. {check out the Steve Spangler video below} They thought that was the COOLest thing ever!!  Missed my Polar Bear post? Read all about it by clicking the picture.
As a finale, we had a Teddy Bear hunt and Teddy Bear picnic {this will be a separate post}.  I overheard one of my Smart Tarts say, "This is the BEST day of my ENTIRE life!!!!" HA HA HA!!

It was so much fun, we almost couldn't BEAR it!! ;)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ll Is For Lion!

Hi all!  I thought I would do a SUPER short post of a craft that we did for the letter Ll yesterday.  You know when you have those brainstorms the morning of???!!!  Well this is what it turned into. :) 
We used a large and a small paper plate as tracers for the face & mane.
The letter L is the nose.

Thanks for Looking at our Lovely Ll Lion!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We Have Dreams Like Martin Luther King...

Today was a bit of a crazy day! We worked on a massive, or at least it seemed massive, MLK, Jr. project. Every kid worked at different paces, so it seemed like they all needed something different from me all at the same time. I will say, though, that they turned out super cute and the chaos was totally worth it!

Each Smart Tart illustrated their personal dream for the world. Then they drew themselves with their eyes shut as if they were dreaming. The pièce de résistance was their rough and final draft writing piece that described their dream.... rough drafts were in pencil and final draft or in marker. I stapled the final draft on top of the rough draft, so that anyone reading it on the wall can see how their work went through the writing process. It was a doozy! The kids worked really hard, and Ooooooh how proud they were of their creations!

Here are some examples:
My dream for the world is..

"People stop fighting."
"Everyone can eat food."
"Picking up trash to save the world."
"Giving flowers to people."
"All animals have fresh water."

Here is a link to the above documents: ]