Friday, November 13, 2015

Five for Friday the 13th! Oh my!

I just had to post this as it was a recent discussion with my principal. I don't know why we are evaluated on items that are out of our control. I need to learn to just let some things go but it's oh so hard for my personality. Here was our busy week in Kindergarten!

I ordered dice in dice for the very first time after seeing them on a blog and we LOVED them! I thought we would call them "Peek-a-boo" dice since the name is so fitting in finding the little dice inside. I made some differentiated activities for the kids to do in adding the dice together and they did WAY better than I thought they would. Some were even coming back asking for the harder activity. WIN! We even added a little fun to some Veteran's Day activities with them.

Another differentiated lesson we did was learning about turkeys. I made some illustrations at the top with the words in a key to help with the reading passage. This still was a bit challenging for some but we did them together so it was good practice.
My other readers, however, flew through their reading, writing, and personal connections portions! I might have to make these ones a bit more challenging for them next time.
We celebrated Veteran's Day by reading a few books. One that I particularly like is "Sweet Land of Liberty". We discussed the aspects of our freedom and those that make it possible. As a class, we generated some ideas as to what we would tell a soldier and then they wrote them on their letters after making a craftivity to go along with it.
You would have thought Christmas had arrived when our Curriculum Director walked in with this beautiful box of interactive science materials for me to check out! The box alone says it all....INTERACTIVE. We are in the process of adopting a new science program this year and I am on the committee. I also did our literacy adoption and it was really an eye opener for me so I quickly volunteered to do this one as well. I am curious as to the programs used by other districts. I really would like to see an interactive one with kits for experiments like this one. There are four different companies we are looking at so I am anxious to dive in =)

We were able to escape for 24 hours and attend a football game at my alma mater. I haven't been to one in a very long time and the memories quickly came back as we entered Ohio Stadium. We went to the Skull Session (a pep rally with the band) before the game. I don't know how I earned two degrees at OSU, went to every home football game, and managed to never go hear the band prior to the game. Seriously...must have been tailgating or something. We went and visited all of my favorite spots and had a blast! It was a quick getaway but well worth it =)

Have a great weekend!


  1. Hi there....what a fun blog post! I love the Turkey Facts! In fact, do you have a TpT link to it....I teach third grade writing, but my littlest son is a first grader with dyslexia and this would be perfect for him! Thanks in advance. :)

    Super cute pics at the end of the blog....looks like fun!! Have a great weekend!


  2. Hi! I found your blog this weekend and have spent the past two evenings reading all of your posts. I love your ideas and activities. I bought a few of your items on TPT that I'm planning on using the next few weeks. You have 3 boys and I have 3 mostly grown girls- then God thought I needed a grandson! He is the love of my life! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Thanks for writing such a sweet comment. It made my day!