January 28, 2013

Bloom's Taxonomy Classroom Posters

Have you been able to check out Kinderland's Collaborative Community on Google+? If not, head on over there and join the fun. There are a lot of great discussions going on. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out: https://plus.google.com/communities/109967295120189045257

One of the members had asked a question regarding ideas for posting teaching points, standards, objectives, etc. I briefly shared what I do in my class, and I thought it would be a great idea to share it with you all.

I am not required to post standards in my classroom- though I must list them in my lesson plans. But, my administrators are BIG on the BIG names in education- such as Bloom's, Marzano, Hayes Jacobs, etc. And my administrators EXPECT kids to be able to tell them (in detail) what they are doing when they do a walk through.

So my team came up with these:

Reference posters for Bloom's Taxonomy. 
There are 6 posters in all, one for each domain. My team members typed the categories in pretty font. But not me, I just wrote them out...lol! I try to only use only one or two posters at a time. It is a whole lot of information for little ones to grasp!

Simple. Easy. To the point. No fuss- just the way I like it.

We've been using these visuals for a while now and I love the simplicity of it.

I use a large sheet of construction paper- size 12'x18". I list the category at the top, and the verbs underneath. I am careful when choosing my verbs, because of course, they are only in Kindergarten. If you teach upper grades, you can definitely use more challenging words.

So how exactly does it work? 

It's basically just a mini reference chart that we refer to at the beginning and end of every lesson. It doesn't include any standards. I post them on my board and I draw pictures to go with some of them, for my kids who need additional visual aides.

 
 For example, we recently wrapped up our Martin Luther King Jr. & Rosa Parks activities. Let's say our activity is using a graphic organizer to compare and contrast Dr. King & Rosa Parks. 

I would begin the activity by saying "boys and girls, for this activity we will be analyzing". I would point to the word "analyzing". Then I would say, "We will be comparing & contrasting Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks".  Then I would ask "Who remembers what comparing is?" and "Who remembers what contrasting is?". 

Whenever I use big words I always refer to them as "big words for a big mind". I tell them that they are "big kids with a big mind". So anytime they hear me say "here's a big word" they know it's a word they are not used to hearing. I hope I'm not confusing you :D

When my administrator walks in and asks the kids what they are doing, they are definitely able to articulate what they are doing. HOORAY! 

It takes a while to get used to, but trust me once the kids get the hang of it, it's smooth sailing from there. I love it when they randomly come up to me and tell me "In Specials (Art/Music), we were remembering". Then they would say "we remembered music patterns"...LOL! How cute are they?! 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I'll do my best to answer them :)

Here's another reference poster...way cuter than mine...lol! 



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January 25, 2013

Kinderland Blog: Snowman Freebies!

Hi friends! I am a new author over at Kinderland- a collaborative Kindergarten blog. I couldn't be more excited for my very first post. 

Click on the image to hop on over and check out it out! There is also a freebie for you :)

 

January 20, 2013

Last Minute MLK Jr. Craft Activity & a Sale!!

Hi everyone! This activity literally popped into my head Thursday afternoon. I rushed to put it together and can't wait to do it with my students on Tuesday as we wrap up our Black History Month activities. It's really simple and I know my kids will have fun with it. It's only $1.50, and if you stop by my Teacher's Notebook store you can pick it up for 25% off.




Here's a closer look:
Only $1.50 :)


And don't forget to check out my sale over at Teacher's Notebook!

Check back tomorrow for those freebies I promised! Have a great day!! 


 

 

January 16, 2013

New Year's Wrap Up & Black History Month Fun!

Boy, am I seriously adjusting to being back in school after a two week break! I find myself yearning for my 1pm nap time...lol! I hope you've all adjusted back better than I have :)

Since returning from the break, we've been working on Winter, New Year's, and Black History Month activities all rolled into one! We've since wrapped up our New Year's Unit and we'll be moving on to Chinese New Year next week. Last year my kids had a blast with that theme, I can't wait to do it again!

Here are some pictures from my New Year's Pack that we've worked on:

New Year's Emergent Reader

Inside pages:


New Year's Kids Glyph- We did this over a two day period. The kids had fun with this :)



And let's not forget the boys...this sweetie was the only one done!


We also worked on a few things from my Black History Month Pack


We wrote various sentences inside


Inside:


Here's more....sorry I couldn't resist :)


Inside:
"We're all in this Together" Peace Wreath (I used Pacon Multicultural Construction Paper)


Rosa Parks


Whew! Check out the picture for a closer look.
 We'll be working on the rest of the crafts in this packet this week. I'll come back & post more. 

Also, keep your eye on the look out for some freebies!! :)


January 8, 2013

First Day Back & a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Today was my first day back and I have to say I am SUPER exhausted! I missed my little ones though, and I was so happy to see them.  The peak of my day was when one of my little sweeties came up to me and said "Happy New Year Mrs. M" and gave me the biggest hug ever! The pit of my day was having one of my little ones suffer a medical emergency. Super scary stuff!! I hope you all had a fabulous day back!

In other super-dee-duper-dee exciting news, I wanted to share with you a new Google+ Collaborative Community!!! If you don't have a google+ account, it is super easy to sign up. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you! This new google+ community is called Kinderland Collaborative Community. It was created by Kindergarten teachers, for Kindergarten teachers. There are a few rules, so please make sure to read through them beforehand. Kinderland Collaborative Community is a place to connect bloggers and non- bloggers alike. It's a place to share tips & ideas, ask questions, and take a peek into each other's classrooms- all while getting to know each other on a personal level. It's also a great way to get to know the "real" person behind the blog. You can easily comment on others' posts' (without dealing with annoying captcha), video and/or audio chat, create "hangouts" and invite people to join, and MORE!
  
The layout is simple and user friendly. There are tons of great threads so you can easily find what you're looking for. There is also a thread for....wait....wait for it...FREEBIES!!! Yes, now who doesn't love FREEBIES?!! I am excited to be on this journey- and I hope you will come along and join me :)


Click on the image to head on over and join the fun!

January 5, 2013

New Year's Activities Galore & More!! {Freebies}

Hi friends! I hope your new year is off to a great start! I've been a little M.I.A because I've been overhauling my house, going room to room and getting rid of everything that we haven't used in a while, or no longer have a need for. It's a new year's tradition of mine that I've done for years! It feels so good to have a clutter free home- but wait- let's see how long it lasts! ;)

 I return to work on Monday and I wanted to share some of the activities I've prepared to use next week. I made this glyph with my kids last year but just recently posted it.
Here are some pictures of the glyph:


and few activities from the packet:


A closer look: 
I've also updated my New Year's Themed Pack & nearly doubled it in size. This was my second tpt item ever listed and it was in dire need of a makeover!! So if you've previously purchased it make sure to download the updated version for the added goodies :)

 Here are some items included in this packet:

AB, ABB, ABC Pattern Activities- great for differentiating instruction!

Maze activities for counting by 2's, 5's, & 10's. I've also included answer keys for each sheet.


Counting down to the New Year!
There is also a sheet with traceable numbers for kids who need the added practice.

Celebration Time!
I've included matching cards to go along with this activity sheet.

Here's the whole sha-bang!
If you're still with me, I have a freebie just for you: 

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 There are 10 sequencing activities to choose from. Colored images as well as black/white images are provided. I hope it's something you can use with your little ones. 

Here's a sample of one we did last year:


If you're looking for more New Year's activities, you must check out this pinboard:


It's brought to you by some of the most fabulous people I know! There are tons of DIY projects for your classroom, kid tested and approved products, arts & crafts, math and literacy centers & activities, tips for organizing, and the list goes on!! There are also links to many teaching strategies in action, video clips, and professional articles and books.

The contributors of the pinboard also have a blog!! Click on the image to check it out! 

Top Teacher's Kinderland

And if you want even more freebies, then you definitely have to hop on over to my friend Shuna's blog at Pocket Full of Kinders. Shuna along with 16 other bloggers have teamed up to bring you a super fun facebook blog fans scavenger hunt!! There are a TON of freebies to be won so head on over there for all the details. 


Thanks for sticking with me friends ~ I'm off to savor every last second of my break! :)