Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Apples Up On Top

September was apple time in room 10. We integrated apples into all subjects with a plethora of educational, but fun activities. 
{1} We did some graphing...
{2} After reading Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up On Top, we did some crafting...
{3} Gotta use all 5 of those senses, so we made applesauce...

{4} We made this playdough, which smells heavenly...
{5} Then we got our STEM groove on and did some apple stacking, using the scented playdough and apples from our school garden...
Have you noticed all of the great STEM stacking ideas out there? Here are a few more that I want to try. We just might have an excess of structural engineers in the 2020s!
Happy October! 
Now head on over to Kasey's for more fabulous ideas!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summertime . . . makes me feel fine:)

{1} Watermelon Art
Super, simple watercolor fun!
The best thing about this art lesson is that the wedge size and precise shape doesn't really matter. When your students rock red and green watercolors and some marker-drawn seeds, you can almost taste this juicy fruit!  

{2} Volunteer Gifts - check
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft came through with yummy smelling, monogrammed hand soap, cutesy bags and craft paper. Don't you just love one stop shopping?

{3} Open House - check
Africa in the house

{4} No Prep Idea-of-the-Week
Write the word "summertime" on the board and have students make as many words as they can out of the letters.

{5} Freebie of the Week
Kamp Kindergarten's CVCe Write the Room is
perfect for the end of the year!

Now head on over to the Doodle Bugs linky for more inspiration. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Cards/Five for Friday

For our Mother's Day cards, we will be doing a version of this post from last year.

I love the illusion that these sweet photo cards create. When you think the arm and fist have jumped right out of the photo, you'll be doing a double take!
Step 1/Pose
Have your subject stand with an outstretched arm and tight fist. Their arm should angle upward, with your camera being higher than their head. 
Step 2/Shoot
To enhance the illusion, take your shot with your camera close to their fist, so that it looks out of proportion to the size of their head.
Step 3/Cut
After printing your 4X6 photo, using a utility knife, cut small slots, slightly inside the top and bottom of the fist.
Step 4/Insert
 Weave a flower, handmade or real, through the two openings. 

Step 5
Mount the photo on cardstock or construction paper for a finished touch.
My students made these cards for Mother's Day. They would also make great birthday cards, get well cards, thank you cards etc.  I have seen them with lollipops for Valentines' Day as well. What other ideas do you have? How about a candy cane at Christmas time?

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Link up time with Kasey!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Break Eve

So this is going down today.
{then the real celebration begins}
The best part about having spring break detached from Easter is that Peeps are almost free now!

Peeps Catapults are prepared and ready to launch. More info can be found at Playdough to Plato, HERE.

Link up time at 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Springtime Decomposing and a Freebie!

Whaaaat??? We just had St. Patrick's Day and Easter is already knocking on my door?? Well then, today I would like to share ways to work on discovering combinations that make sums of 5 through 20, aka decomposing 5-20. This works for K-2 common core standards K.OA.A.3, 1.OA.A.1, 2.OA.B.2 and uses some inexpensive, fun manipulatives for spring!

{1} Jelly beans and portion cups, styrofoam cups, sample cups, or whatever you have handy
Count out a set number of jelly beans (10 in this case), separate them in and out of the cup, then record findings. You can find the printables HERE.

{2} Dollar Tree
These were Dollar Tree finds. The blue and pink cups are ice cream cups from the party section. They are 8 for $1. I love the little green one because it has a handle and resembles a basket! It's from the baby shower section and is also 8 for $1. Here it is with the jelly beans.

OR... {3} My Favorite
No more lost eggs (if the bag stays zipped:))! This is a cool method because students get some extra practice with fine motor skills. They push the "eggs" around in the sealed bag, putting some in the basket and pushing some out. 
I drew the baskets on ahead of time. Older students could do this part if you trust them with permanent markers:)

{4} Eggs in the Basket Printables
If you would like all of the printables for all combinations of 5-20, hop on over to pick up this product HERE for just $3.

{5}  Freebie/Editable Sight Word Chicks
If you want it, click HERE, then chirp on over to HERE to find multiple ways to use these cuties with your own sight words. 

Thanks for stopping by Room 10. Now take a look at some other fresh spring ideas HERE.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Five Cool Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

Top o' the Mornin' to you!..or whatever time it is where you are:)

{1} Decomposing 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 with "Lucky Pots o' Gold"
I have a new product in my store, just in time to paint the town green! We have been using it this week and I've heard two different students, say "I love this!"...unsolicited. Doesn't it just warm your heart when your kiddos affirm your hard work? 
You can purchase this product HERE for just $3.

{2} Another Option for Pots o' Gold
I found these coins at Dollar Tree, with 30 in a bag for, you guessed it, $1! The adorbs little pots are from Oriental Trading ($3.99 per dozen). Amazon has them as well. Stock up for next year!

{3} Shell Game
Grab some large cups and decorate them with your current sight words. Add some fool's gold (spray painted rock) or a small toy. My students LOVE this game. Unlike the traditional shell game I don't shuffle the cups. Instead we work on reading and memory. I (or a parent volunteer) hide the gold and students must read the word before I lift the cup. This is very motivating for students who need more practice with sight words!

{4} How to Make Tiny Leprechaun Footprints
 Photo from B-Inspried Mama. Been doing these prints around my classroom for years. Works every time!

{5} Freebie
Grab this freebie and some Lucky Charms
for some magically delicious graphing!
by Sarah Shelton

Wishing you the luck o' the Irish!
Be sure to visit HERE for more fabulous ideas.