Saturday, April 6, 2019

My Favorite Egg Books

Tis the season for books about eggs! These are some of my favorite read-alouds for this time of year.

Not just about laying eggs, but also about noticing all the little things we forget to be grateful for--the green of the grass, the buttery yellow of dandelions. Until she lays an egg and it's truly extraordinary!

I love reading this story aloud because the different chicks have different dialects-I can do a French accent, a Southern one. The cat has dreams of omelets but has trouble luring poultry to lay him some eggs. A good book for problem solving as well.

A classic, I know. But I love stories about eggs that hatch something unexpected. Jessica finds a pebble that hatches a "chicken" (really it's an alligator). Leading to an unexpected friendship.

Duck and Goose squabble over who gets to raise the baby that hatches out of an egg they found. Except a bit of a surprise at the end-I love to see if the kids figure it out.

A non-fiction story all about the different kinds of eggs. Eggs are colorful. Eggs are clever. I even learned some new facts reading this book!

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Multiple Perspectives

Multiple Perspectives is one of my favorite concepts from Kaplan's Depth and Complexity to do with my Kinder students. In the beginning, this is very difficult for them. The world revolves around them and they have trouble putting themselves in someone else's shoes.

But the more we do these activities regularly, the better they get at it. I see them not only being able to think more deeply but also developing empathy through these activities.

We read the poem:

Mirror by Silvia Plath

I only use the first stanza because the 2nd one gets a little kooky (it is Sylvia Plath after all). But we discuss how the mirror feels and what it sees. Then the students chose an object and wrote from its perspective. How would it feel? What would it see? What would it wish for?

I am so proud of their results! They are all creative ideas and they really showed how well they can put themselves in another's shoes.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Very Hungry Kindergartener

We read Eric Carle's classic story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We discussed how the insect ate and ate to prepare for its metamorphosis. I asked the students to apply the same pattern from the story to what they were learning in Kindergarten. On Monday I learned how to read. On Tuesday I learned...., etc. Then the last day was what they were going to turn into.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Insect Pasta Sculptures

We use the concept of Rules from Kaplan's Depth and Complexity to list what is always true about insects. They have 6 legs, 3 body parts, are born from eggs. Then the students apply those "rules" to invent their own insects using different kinds of pasta. They wrote about what their insect was called and what habitat they lived in.

Here are their sculptures:

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Similes and Self-Portraits

I LOVE to use the book:

to help teach similes. It's a fun story about a little girl who loves chasing chickens. There's a particular one she wants to catch and tries several different things to lure her out.

I had the students draw self-portraits and write similes to describe themselves.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Painting Like Artists

I am a big proponent of keeping art in schools. Students need to be taught how to channel their creativity. I got some small canvases from Amazon and we made palettes of paint. Usually I am very specific about not mixing up the colors-especially if we are using watercolors. But for this activity I gave them extra plates where they could mix colors and experiment. My favorite part of the experience was listening to their conversations. They were asking each other how to make "baby pink" and "baby purple" like we have baby blue. They talked about wanted to make their unique.

We looked at paintings by different artists and how they painted a vase of flowers. Then the students could paint flowers in any style they wished.

Here's what my little artists came up with:

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