Big Ideas for Little Hands: March 2015

The week we have all been waiting for!

That long awaited week that every teacher waits for once Christmas break is over is finally here! The weather is slowly warming up and my grass looks like it needs to be cut any day now and that can only mean one thing....


But before I get to my relaxing, peaceful, quiet, productive week, let's catch up on this past crazy week before spring break with a countdown to Spring Break Style.

We dove into all things eggs and oviparous this week. They love using big words. I always tell them that they are first grade words and it makes them so excited. They used oviparous as many times as they could last week. During Daily 5, we practiced spelling CVC and CCVC words and putting sentences in the correct order from Caitlin Clabby

We also made the cutest little chicks! First we watched a video about the life cycle then we made these little chicks inspired by Cara Carrol and added the life cycle to his belly. This will be added to our hallway display that I will be working on over the break. Pictures will come! 
One of my favorite Easter books is The Best Easter Eggs Ever! Three little bunnies try to help the Easter Bunny by decorating an egg to see which egg is the best and chosen for Easter. The kids then decorated an egg and wrote a letter to the Easter Bunny telling him why he should choose our egg. If you missed the freebie last week click here to go back to the post and get your freebie writing paper. 
 "You should pick my egg because it is the best and beautiful."

 "You will love my egg. I know it because it is pretty."

 "I think you should pick my egg because it has you on it."

"You should pick my egg because it is pretty."

 To end our week and get ready for Spring Break, we had our annual Kindergarten Egg Candy Hunt. It's very simple, no eggs involved, just candy scattered across the lawn and 100+ kids fighting, pushing, shoving, finding the candy. So much chaos but so fun!

We then ended our day with a little Easter party complete with these adorable cupcakes!

 And now it is officially Spring Break!!!! I have a huge list of things I want to accomplish but I know that I probably will only get maybe half of it done if I am lucky. 
 Now I am off to take my not so little girl to the movies! Head on over to DeeDee's blog to see what others are up to this week!


Peek at Week: Oviparous

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite days to celebrate in the classroom. The kids get so excited about the mystery of this little leprechaun who comes out only one this one special day. We tried cramming so many activities into this. Couldn't fit them all in but we still had so much fun!

We started of talking about how naughty these leprechauns were and that we had to catch them this year before they do naughty things in our room. The kids quickly went home and worked on some amazing leprechaun traps!

We set the traps up the night before St. Patrick's Day to see if we could catch those pesky leprechauns. When the kids came in the next morning you should have seen their eyes when they looked at the room. They immediately ran to their traps to see if anyone had caught him. Of course, the leprechaun was too sneaky and escaped! But he did leave his little feet print behind.

We did find his pot of gold and everyone had a special treat from the pot :) And look at these little leprechauns!

We then wrote about what we would do if we found the real pot of gold. We made these adorable rainbows from Deanna Jump to go with out writing. Love how they turned out!

Our centers for the week were all things St. Patrick's and leprechauns. We love stamping and these are from DeeDee Wills and are always a hit.
 These are also from DeeDee. We use these every week! Love them!
 We are really diving into digraphs. This sorting activity was from Caitlin Clabby.
I love looking through the pictures on my phone at the end of each week. When I am meeting with small groups, I let the kids take pictures of their work for me to check later so they are not bothering the small group. I never know what I will find, lol. But these pattern block puzzles from Katie Mense were definitely a hit because I must have 20 of these pictures on my phone :)

Now onto next week. This is our last week until Spring Break!! It is so close I can almost see it!!! Now to get us through this last week we are diving into all things Easter and Oviparous Animals! I have a little freebie for you inspired by the amazing Cara Carroll! Click here to view her post then click on the picture below to download your freebie.
I will be back later this week with pictures to show you how they turned out! But until then, take a look at what else we will be up to this week!

Now head on over to DeeDee's blog to see what others are up to this week!