Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day and Pinspiration Strikes Again

First off I want to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing mothers and mothers to be out there.  I hope you are given a wonderful day of recognition. :)

Now that it is officially Mother's Day, I can share what my class did as gifts for their mothers this year.

Using some Pinspiration, we created a mother's day book, an art project and an envelope to keep everything in.

For the envelope:
This was from something I saw on Pinterest for a Mother's Day card.

You take an 8x10 piece of paper and fold it.  Then making sure the thumb and index finger are touching the folded part, you trace their hand.

Once the children cut out their hand, being careful not to cut the folded area near the thumb and index finger, the students has this:

I then stapled two 11x14 pieces of construction paper together to make an envelope.  The children glued on their hands and wrote a message to mom.

The Mother's Day Book:
We used these pages to create a binded book for mom.

Here is where I found these pages:

Art Project:
Finally, I brought my after school watercolor class into my classroom.
I have been doing this activity with my watercolor students for a few years now.  It is such a great open ended project and anyone can do it no matter the skill level. It is a mixed media project that uses watercolors and felt tip pens.
(Note: This is one of my unfinished ones, but you can see where I was headed.)

First you start off by wet washing a piece of watercolor paper. (i.e. make the whole paper wet without soaking it.)

Next you paint flowers on the paper, allowing the colors to bleed.  This is where the children can be creative.

The best part was that there were no tears from "mess ups." 
Even mistakes can be turned into part of the picture later.

Finally, after the paper was dry, I gave each child a black felt tip pen and they drew in the details.

And there you have it! 
The children were so proud of their work and I was happy they had some great pieces to give their mothers today.

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I found this idea on Pinterest and just had to do this with my class when our Geometry unit came up.

It is a simple activity but very effective.
What you need: A lot of mini marshmallows and A LOT of toothpicks

I gave each group a few sample shapes and off they went to create their own 3D models.

I liked this activity because it forced the children to think about the edges and vertices of each shape while trying to recreate them.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What a cute chick!

Well yes, I am a cute chick, but no, I am not talking about me. 

We officially have 5 little cheepers in our class!  And when I say cheepers, I mean cheepers.  Instead of cricket chirping in the background when I ask a question, now I hear cheep, cheep, cheep.

But we don't mind. 

I mean who wouldn't when you peer into the brooder and see this:

Now, you'll notice that you only see 4 chicks in this picture.

Well, Captain America...yes, I said Captain America.  He was born during the Pledge of Allegiance so the children gave him a fitting name.  We also have: Fluffy, Tweety, Survivor(explanation to follow), and ? (We are deciding this guy's name today.)
Anyway, Captain America has been bullying the other chicks (insert another lesson on bullying to my class).  It was getting so bad that these little babies were starting to show blood! (i.e. why one of them is called survivor.) It was like the poultry version of Fight Club!  Who knew Captain America was so mean?!

We finally had to separate the bully from the bunch.

Yesterday the kids also had a chance to hold these cuties.

And since I had the kids in a quiet circle (with "cleanish" hands), I also took out one more friend for the kids to hold.

Geico our gecko!

It was a very exciting "creaturific" afternoon!

Immediately upon exiting the carpet, I made the kids join in my OCD and we all washed and sanitized our hands.  Although I love my creatures, I am not sending the children home with any random chicken/lizard-flu-itis pox, or whatever you might get.