Friday, November 15, 2013

Flies, Pies, Freebies, and Fives!

It's FRIDAY!  So, that means it's time for Doodle Bugs Teaching's Five for Friday!

My sweeties love 'going on a bear hunt', so this week I decided to go on a number hunt with my morning class.  We turned off the lights. Everyone had a flashlight.  I called out and number and held it up for those not able to recognize numbers independently yet.  Our little learners then found the number on our rug and shone their light on it.  They loved this activity so much.  It definitely will be a repeat.  I need to buy a few more flashlights to do this with my afternoon, or I could break them up into smaller groups.
We read two 'old lady' books this week.  Our first story was 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly'.  Each little one had there own old lady prop to retell/sequence the story at school and then they took it home to share with their families.  They were very engaged.
We also practiced reading our color words with this page.  The morning sweeties practiced identifying colors.  
Click HERE for your own color word page.

Another activity we did was sequencing the animals by size on a sentence strip.  They did great.
The next book we read was 'I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie'.  We retold the story with the help of a puppet and the sequencing sheet included in my pack available on TpT and TN.
We then sorted the items from each book and compared/contrasted with the help of hula hoops.  We even made a Venn diagram. Lots of learning took place!
Of course, we had to make pies this week.  We painted a paper plate brown.
Spread on a mixture of shaving cream, white glue, orange paint, and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
You have to have whipped cream on your pie, so they told me their age and counted out that many cotton balls to top off their pies.
Thursday we made real pumpkin pies!  We made 'pie in a bag'.  
We mixed pudding, milk, canned pumpkin, and spices in a ziploc bag.
Next we pounded graham crackers in a baggie for our crust.
Pour it all in a cup, top it with whipped cream, and voila` instant pumpkin pie.  It was delicious!
Click HERE for your own copy of the recipe.

We also made these tabletop turkeys.  
 It was great fine motor practice snipping around the circle to make the feathers.
 We added wiggle eyes, a beak, waddle, and feet.
I love how they turned out!
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Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

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  1. Your class sure is having fun! Thanks for the freebie and great ideas!
    Just Reed!

  2. Reading your post makes me really miss teaching little kids. They are so fun at that age and just want to learn every little thing that you give them. What a great environment you have created.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'