Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday: April 18, 2014

This is such a fun, eventful time of year for our firsties! I had trouble choosing only five things to share this week, but that's definitely a good problem to have, right?!?

After studying the life cycle of plants, we have transitioned to focus on the life cycle of other living things… frogs, butterflies, and ladybugs, to name a few. Here are a few activities and projects that we have used to demonstrate life cycle in our classroom.
  • Frogs

  • Butterflies

  •  Ladybugs

We introduced our new unit with one of my favorite texts: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
To reinforce the reading skills of retelling a story and responding to texts, the students created this caterpillar book report. It's a great visual craft that, in which the students write to retell the beginning, middle, and end of the story as well as write their own response. I provided this example to get them started:
and these are samples of their work...

In addition to the book report, the students created this days-of-the-week flip chart to sequence foods the caterpillar at throughout the story. 

These little Easter pictures were favorites among my students as well. We combined tear-art, foam stickers, foam paper, handprints, and gummie worms to create these little Easter chicks.

Last, but not least, many of our plants have grown quite well this week! My kids have been so positive about the experience. For the ones that didn't sprout as quickly (or at all), they just called them "late bloomers" and carried them home with pride. 

I hope you all have a delightful Easter weekend!