Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Blast From The Past

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Math Fun With Eggs

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Be sure to check out these linked posts for the free downloads!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Legend of Jelly Bean and the Unbreakable Egg

The Legend of Jelly Bean and the Unbreakable Egg:  
A Holiday Hill Farm Book by Joe Trolano, illustrated by Susan Banta

I received this book from a friend and teaching colleague and I knew right away that it would be the perfect seasonal book for young children.

Here's a Peek Into the Story:

Five fluffy chicks peck, poke, and whack a friend who is not ready to hatch!  Much to their dismay, the unbreakable egg is collected by the farmer.  The chicks follow the farmer to rescue Chick Six, but not before falling into the Easter egg dye.  Finally, these colorful chicks receive a colorful surprise when the sixth chick Jelly Bean makes an appearance.  

Teamwork and kindness are the messages received from this great seasonal story!

My Preschoolers loved this story!  Here's a Look At What We Did:

Colorful Shape Inspired Egg Hunt

Prior to the start of the lesson, I hid many plastic eggs.  The children found the eggs and opened each egg to reveal a small shape cut-out.  The children were asked to identify and sort these shapes and to place the egg in the colored buckets.

Jelly Bean Sorting With Our Very Own Jelly Bean Chicks

Each child received these cute plastic chick eggs full of jelly beans to sort and to eat!

Jelly Bean Chick Art

These colorful chicks were made from coffee filters.

Ask K-2 students to write about their own unbreakable egg, complete a written retelling of the story, identify and explain their favorite part of the book, and make connections to self, text, or the real world.

 Click on the chick to download the writing paper and the math mind map.

Enjoy the download and have a great night!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wrapping Up The St. Patrick's Day Fun

 These books were perfect for exploring and learning about the color green and shamrocks galore!

here's a quick look at more of our preschool activities for 
St. Patrick's Day!

The March-Poppin'Patterns Seasonal Calendar Days were the perfect accents for these seasonal counting workmats.  
(I glued the calendar number to the center of a Shamrock 10" Designer Cut-Outs ahead of time.)  

The children used gold coins and two-color calendar cut-outs to count sets.

 We turned the shamrocks over and used a die to practice our counting skills too!

 The March- Poppin'Patterns Seasonal Calendar Days were the perfect accents for these seasonal bingo cards.  

 The bingo cards were used with the preschoolers to reinforce number recognition.

These same cards could easily be used for addition and subtraction practice with kindergarten and first grade students.

We worked on letter recognition using the two-color shamrock calendar cut-outs.  
The child tossed a pom pom onto the card and named the letter.  
Some of the students also practiced individual letter sounds.

We played hopscotch on a field of shamrocks and 
matched the upper and lowercase letters.

 We counted shamrocks and made sets.

We had fun with patterns.

We matched shapes!

We continued our work with colors and patterns and made our own Shamrock Necklaces for a little St. Patrick's Day parade!

 Wow, it was a great week of fun and learning!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spot a Leprechaun

Recycle plastic bottles this St. Patrick's Day!

"Discover" how much fun children ages 2-6 will have making these 
Leprechaun Bottles!

To get started, gather the materials from the project.  
I used pipe cleaners, magnetic wands, stickers, and paper clips.

Your products certainly help make Teaching Creative!

Before  sharing this activity with my students, I cut the stickers apart and attached paper clips to the individual shamrocks.  
(At this point, I left the paper backing on the stickers.) 

I also taped leprechauns to each magnetic wand and cut the pipe cleaners into small pieces.
Be sure to cover the shamrock stickers with the pipe cleaner pieces.

I placed the bowls and the wands on the table and the children searched for the shamrocks.
It was so quiet in the room while these preschoolers worked, we could have heard the small footsteps of a leprechaun!

The pipe cleaner pieces were attracted to the magnetic wand and provided for a little magnetic discovery and discussion. 

We made a game out of assembling this leprechaun bottle. 
I challenged the children to put all of the "rainbow" colored pipe cleaner pieces in the bottle.
A simple and fun fine motor and hand-eye coordination activity!

For a few of my Pre-K students assembling this bottle was also a sensory activity.  They weren't quite sure if they liked the way the pipe cleaners felt. 

Giggles and Gasps could be heard as they discovered the shamrock stickers in their bowls.  
We called the bowls the "pot of gold"!  
You may want to include some yellow sticker dot stickers as the gold! 

Shamrock stickers and a friend for the Leprechaun were quickly added to the bottle.   

The children were excited to take the bottles home so I encouraged them to add additional items such as colorful pom poms, small toys, shiny foil, etc. to attract a sneaky leprechaun!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Shamrock Shake

We are reading, writing, and wearing the green this week!

Make sure your students are wearing the green this St. Patrick's Day with
"The Shamrock Shake Headbands".

Here's another way I used some of the fantastic products from 

We made headbands with the Shamrocks Boarder.  

Here's What To Do:
Measure each student's head with a shamrock boarder strip and cut the strip to size.  
Staple this boarder strip at the top and the bottom to shape the headband.

Attach the Shamrock 6" Designer Cut-Outs to pieces of pipe cleaners and tape the pipe cleaners to the inside of the headband.

It was that simple. I hope you give it a try!
Everyone will be wearing their very own Shamrock Shake Headband by the time morning work is finished.

If you don't have these fantastic Creative Teaching products at a store near you, grab some sentence strips and green construction paper.  Trace and cut out shamrocks and assemble the headbands in the same fashion!  

During your morning meeting time, turn on the St. Patrick's Day music and dance your own version of The Shamrock Shake!

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun, sneaky, leprechaun project!

Happy Shamrock Shaking!