Sunday, October 20, 2013

Shape Investigators and a FREEBIE

About a week ago (yes, I'm late posting)' my kids went on a shape hunt!  We read We're Going on a Bear Hunt before venturing out to hunt for shapes to accompany our learning about shapes in our environment.  We reviewed sides, vertices, and angles, as well as hot to dram and label (an activity we do each week with word study). I created a table to collect data about the shapes in the hallway, classroom, and playground.  This table accompanied the.....set from Katie Hill of Mrs. Hill's Heroes.  Click here to access her wonderful packet! Click the picture below to get the Shape Hunt. 
Shape Hunt Table FREEBIE
Here are my detectives at work! 
After collecting shape data, we came into the classroom to share our findings on charts for each location.  
Finally, they compiled the class data on the graphs in .... We had great math talks about more, less, comparisons, and total shapes.  What a great lesson!  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Happy Fall, Y'all! It's Apple Season!

I love fall!  Although it hasn't felt much like fall here in VA (85 degrees?  Really?!), I'm going to trust the calendar and move forward with fall-themed learning activities.  :)

Friday was Apple Day in our room.  As a "kick-off" for the amazing fall activities that will ensue in our classroom over the next two weeks, the students brought in apples {peeled and unpeeled}.  Although hectic, this is one of my favorite days!  We graphed, weighed, measured, etc. with our apples...

 I used The Great Apple Investigation journals {AMAZING!} created by Cara Carroll of The First Grade Parade.  If you know Cara's products, you already know how wonderful they are!

 But, of course, the finale of the day is enjoying the applesauce that had been cooking all day! 
We will continue our learning and investigating of apples next week.  We will cover more science content with seasonal changes, life cycles/needs/characteristics of plants, and connect our apple knowledge to our learning of pumpkins, too! What activities do you do with apples and Fall Fun?