Sunday, January 29, 2012

O for Octopus

This week we learned all about the Octopus! 

I started this unit by introducing the kids to a KWL chart.  

We talked about everything we thought we already Knew about octopuses. Then we discussed what we Wanted to know, then the fun part...teaching it! (oh wait that's for me!) Learning!

We learned so many fun facts about the octopus.  The kids listened so well to books (fact and fiction) and were able to come up with such a long list of "L"'s for our KWL chart!

We had sick kiddos in our class this week.  Poor Jack was out all week, but was able to return on Friday! I can not tell you how proud I was of the kids on Friday.  They were SOO excited to tell Jack everything they learned throughout the week!  We sat down at our morning meeting and I let each child take a turn "teaching" Jack all about octopuses. 

 Certainly was one of those teacher moments...the moment where I sit back, listen, smile, and get warm fuzzies :)

Octopus facts we learned this week:

- Octopuses are boneless creatures

- Octopuses can live 6 months to a couple of years

- Octopuses are bottom dwellers of the sea.  However, as they hatch from the eggs, the young ones swim to the surface. After floating on the surface with the planktons for about a month, they swim back to the sea bed.

- The color of octopus blood is blue.

- Octopuses vary in size depending upon the species. While those found in tropical waters are small, octopuses of the colder seas are larger in size. 

 - Females are smaller than the males.

- Octopuses have three hearts. Two hearts pump blood through the gills whereas the third one pumps blood through rest of the body.

- Octopuses have sensory receptors at the bottom of their suckers that enable them to "taste" whatever they touch. 

- Octopuses are known to eject a cloud of black ink when attacked by a predator. Sometimes they may also shed an arm to escape a predator. The lost arm regrows in some time.

Octopus Art

Using washable markers, the kids colored an octopus shades of green, blue and purple.  
When finished, I dabbed their papers with a very wet paper towel to blend the colors!
Always a fun trick with washable markers!

When they were all dry, we glued "suction cups" to their arms and numbered them 1-8.

Handy Facts :)

We made handprint octopus art buy painting our hands, excluding our thumbs.  We then each picked one fact we learned and wrote about it on our paper.

Making Oatmeal Clay

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oh, Oh, Oh CheeriO

This week in our math center we used Cheerios as our manipulative!  

We grabbed Cheerios, counted, recorded and added them up to find the total!
(and snacked on a few too!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Next Class Book....

Coming home this week, a very special TK class book.

Sight Word BINGO Fun!



A Net Full of Nn's!

To help us practice our letter Nn formation, we made Nn Nets!  Inside our nets we made an AB pattern of capital and lowercase N's!

Fun Forming Sight Words!!

If I haven't mentioned it before :) play-doh is such an amazing kid/teacher tool!
 Kids love it, easy clean up, AWESOME for fine motor skills, great use of imagination, AND the kiddos are proud to show me what they know- forming their letters and words!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Number bean bag fun!

We played the number bean bag game 2 ways....the silly way and the smart way :)

 I have bean bags numbered 1-20.  I randomly passed out 3 bean bags to the kids.

Now, what can we do with these bean bags?  Hoping for a "Oh, let's learn with them Ms.Kristy!"  instead I got a very serious "we could see if we can balance them on our heads" response!!   So of course, I laughed, and said.... OK!  Let's do it!  

* the serious faces crack me up...they are trying not to smile or laugh because if they do, well, they fall!

Now let's do this another way...let's look at the 3 numbers we have.  Who has the number 1?  That kiddo will be the leader of our game.  This is the number line game!   Each kiddo needs to know what their number is and where it belongs on the number line.  We did GREAT!

Number stampin'

Practicing our numbers this week in a math center.  The kids LOVE using stamps.  Anytime I can incorporate stamps into a learning project, I'm happy...and so are they!  :)