Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We have an EARTH Sized Love For Mother Earth

I found this coffee filter earth activity several years ago from the website: I Can Teach My Child, and I just loved it.  I use the JUMBO EARTH sized coffee filters. I love that it looks like the kids are hugging {or protecting} the earth.  
This year we also added a writing piece and the kids got to choose from the following sentence stems:
"I can save the earth by..."
"I will protect Mother Earth by..."
"I can care for the earth by..."
The impact that they have in our main stairwell is quite impressive, and the kids have really taken ownership on how they can help keep our earth clean and protected. 
Check out the "How To" and "Supply List" at the end of this post.
Supplies:
Coffee Filters {Jumbo Size Can Be Picked Up Here}
Blue & Green Markers
Water Spray Bottle

How To: 
Your Smart Tarts get to SCRIBBLE!!!  We call ourselves "Bad Kitty" when we actually get to scribble or go outside the lines on something. HAHA! 

To start, they just scribble blue and green markers all over the coffee filter in a design that looks like the earth {to them.}  We used different shades of blues and greens to give it some depth. Once finished, spray with water {see pic below} and let dry. Ours was dry by the time we got back from P.E.  Your Smart Tarts will LOVE watching the colors bleed together.  We added our hand shadows and writing piece and we were ready to display our masterpieces in the main hallway.
A GREAT video to help accompany Earth Day is Harry Kindergarten's "We're Going Green." It's a very catchy tune and teaches the 3 R's {Reduce, Reuse, Recycle} very well!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We're NOT Grouchy {ladybugs}! We're MAD About Math!!

Hope I'm not BUGging you with another insect post!  
I don't know about you, but I LOVE to read "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle!  The kids favorite line each year {of course} .... "Hey, you! Wanna fight?"  This year we decided to tie in math to our grouchy ladybug project.  We happened to be learning about addition, so why not create math problems using each Smart Tart's grouchy ladybug's spots? 

HOW TO:
Each child was given a tracer in the shape of {what I call} a "cave door" for the body and their cute, little cut out grouchy mug, which was laminated.  They drew a black line dividing the body in half and also colored a little black triangle where the outer wings "split."  Each Smart Tart created their own addition problem by drawing some dots on the left and some more on the right and wrote the corresponding addition problem on the word bubble.  ***Note for next year: Add head FIRST, THEN draw dots!!*** Each ladybug was finished off with six legs and two antennae adorned with sequins.  

TADA! Our grouchy masterpieces!

Don't have this book? You can pick it up here:
No time to buy it?  Here is the tale as a bedtime story by Mr. 7 Yea!

HEY, YOU! WANNA TRY THIS?!?! ;) 

Monday, April 13, 2015

We Can't BEElieve That We Look Like Bumblebees!

Hey all! I am excited to BEE able to share this post with you, but first a joke....

Why are A's like flowers?
Because bee's come after them!
Bah dum dum!

Our study of insects was jam packed with tons of activities.  Here is an idea from my co-teacher Ms. Perry that we worked on all week. Although these look like the most adorable human bumblebees .... might we even call them "human BEEings" .... they are actually the covers to our very own bee story.  We imagined ourselves as bees, and many of us decided that one of the worst things that could happen to us {as bees} would be to lose our honey.  It took all week for my Smart Tarts to write their rough drafts, go through the editing process and finish their final drafts which were then assembled as this BEEutiful book. We were definitely busy little bee's! 

Thanks for looking at some of our tales, and we hope 
that you will BEE able to use this idea in your classroom! :)