Saturday, September 27, 2014

This Year's Shape Scarecrows

I had to post some of the shape scarecrows that my little Smart Tarts created this week b/c they turned out SUPER cute. I just love them! The kiddos were asked to identify each shape before building their scarecrows.  We then wrote a story about our scarecrows in our writing journals {I'll share those another time.} I LOVE crossing the curriculum... it does wonders for learning and retention of taught material. This activity crossed the following subjects & skills: math, art, science, fine motor, spatial relationships, following MULTI steps and FUN!

Is this something that you would do in your class?
Now, BOO! Go build those scarecrows!

UPDATE: Thanks to a comment below from pwenger, I added this example that has the typical dimensions that I use. This year's were a little bigger. 4 1/2" is what you get when you fold a piece of construction paper in half. Then the arms are 2 1/4, which is half of that. :) Hope that helps!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Be SCARED of this SHORT Post!

Hi all. I feel like I have been posting to my blog so much, BUTTTTTT, it has all been in my mind.  I swear, each time we do something in the classroom I take pictures and want to post them, but then get home and CRASH {well crash after cooking, packing lunches, playing with kiddos, talking with hubby ... yadda yadda}!! Am I the only one??!!

I want to be better. I strive to be better.  So I MUST try harder!

Well, on with the show.  We are going to be creating these cute little scarecrow guys tomorrow.  The main focus of the lesson: shapes, colors & fall/season.  These pics are from a few years ago.  
I just love studying fall & leaves and so do the kids.  It has been a huge hit in the classroom.  Do you study fall? Leaves? Scarecrows?  If so, shout out about it below ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓