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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

California Symbols

This week we started learning about our home state of California and its symbols. For making the California flag, Poppy, Redwood Tree and Quail and other activities we did last year, go here.

Here are some additional activities integrating technology through the Smart Board and follow up activities. You can get the Notebook files from TPT for free!

CA Map Notebook lesson available at TPT

CA Flag Notebook lesson available at TPT

CA Symbols Notebook lesson available at TPT

Here are samples of the worksheets we created as follow up activities to help sts. remember what they learned! Get them for free at TPT!

Monday, March 25, 2013

What's In Your Egg?

We love to push our students to learn more and we are always looking for creative ways to mix the standards with our monthly themes.  We came up with this What's In My Egg? book.  Our students love making it and learning all about oviparous animals.  Is there a better time than Easter to dive into this topic? 

 If you haven't made one of our Theme Books before, it is a great way for students to practice writing sight words, following multi-step directions and strengthening their fine motor skills.  In the end,  they have a wonderful book to take home and read to their family.  You can find our 
What's In My Egg? book by clicking HERE.

A great book to read that goes along with our What's In Your Egg? is....

And a poem that you can find HERE.


(To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Lots of animals come from eggs
Some with fins
And some with legs.

Some that chatter
And some that cheep
Some that fly
And some that creep

Some that slither
And some that run
Some with feathers
And some with none.

Animal eggs can be quite small
Or just as big as a tennis ball.

They're quite a few
Hatch from eggs
And lay them, too.

-Unknown Author

We also found this fun rhyming game courtesy of obSEUSSed.

For more great ideas that relate to oviparous animals and eggs, head on over to 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Eggs The Creative Way

Easter is right around the corner and so we went looking for some creative ways to decorate eggs.    Which type of egg will you make with your students this year? 

Wet Chalk & Tape Resist by Mom to 2 Posh Little Divas

Plastic Easter Egg Stamping by Kids Activities Blog

Stained Glass Easter Eggs

Tissue Paper Easter Egg by Artzy Creations

Stained Glass Easter Egg by Everyday Family

Sight Word Coloring Egg

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Using Technology as a Tool

Once again we were lucky enough to attend the Annual Cue Conference in Palm Springs.  It is a fantastic conference that has over 3,000 attendees.  One of the best aspects this year was that Sir Ken Robinson delivered the Keynote.  He delivered an amazing speech that was so motivational.  He stated that our job as a teacher is to facilitate learning.  Kids can learn on their own and our job is to improve on that learning.  Teaching is an art form.  As teachers, we need to recognize the diverse talents of our students and cultivate those talents.  Technology is a tool that we can use to achieve our goal as facilitators of learning.  Technology is not slowing down but is accelerating and we need to change the way we do things.   We also need to remember that what we think of "technology" is not necessarily technology to our students because "technology is not technology if it happened before you were born".

Check out Sir Ken Robinson's book titled, Out of Our Minds Learning to be Creative.  We can't wait to read it!

Find it on Amazon.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

One Tuck and One No Tuck

We love chambray shirts because they are so versatile and they go with virtually everything.   You can dress them up or down.  How would you wear your chambray shirt?

Chambray Shirt, Target (similar)
Skirt, Target
Flats, Target 

Chambray Shirt, Rugby
Tank top, Target
Maxi Skirt, Local Botique
Flats, Target
Necklace, Simple Addiction
Sunglasses, Gap Outlet

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

You can click HERE to see some of our fun Dr. Seuss posts from the past.

Here are some more great FREE ideas that we found this year.

You can get this FREE printable from obSEUSSED.

You can get this FREE from Classroom Freebies Too!

You can find this FREEBIE at Kindergarten Lifestyle.