Big Ideas for Little Hands: March 2016

Peek at Week: Spring/Easter

Hey guys! Sorry it has been so quiet here lately but things have been crazy with the move and blogging has totally been put on the back burner. Sorry, please forgive me :)

Anyways, what better way to start blogging again than with a Peek at My Week! We have been doing everything Easter these past few days. Come take a look at all of our fun!
 We love these from DeeDee Wills!

Definitely a favorite from Katie Mense

We ended the week with an egg hunt with all of Kindergarten!

I have also added two new Flippy Flaps to my store, Easter and Oviparous Animals. We absolutely loved the Easter Flippy Flaps and they are so excited to start our Oviparous Flippy Flaps tomorrow! Check them out below.

Last year I made a fun writing 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 love how cute they turned out!!!
Next week will be all about Spring and Oviparous Animals. Come take a peek.
Now head on over to DeeDee's blog to see what others are up to this week!

Books & Brackets

Can you believe that we are already halfway through March! This month has been flying by so fast! There are so many fun things happening in March, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and SPRING!!!! Spring means finally warmer weather, checking out new walking trails, Frisbee Golf, and just spending time outside enjoying the beautiful weather! I absolutely love Spring!!!!

Since the weather is so nice outside, why not bring a little weather study inside your classroom! I used to dread teaching students about weather until I found some of these amazing ideas. Check them out below and click on the pictures to find out more!

Since Read Across America Week just ended, what better way to introduce weather than with Dr. Seuss and Cat in the Hat! If you do not have this book, it is a must add for your weather unit! It covers so many topics involving weather in a fun way!

 My kids are loving Flippy Flaps this year so what better way to incorporate learning about the weather than with Flippy Flaps! The Flippy Flap is not book specific but pairs very nice with Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? but can be used with any variety of weather related stories. These provide a fun, hands-on way for students to learn about the weather, clouds, tools, and so much more. Check out a preview below and click the cover to check out the product!

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I have made a FREE preview for you to use and try out in your classroom. Check it out below!

Want to win a copy of Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? for yourself to use in the classroom? Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a hardcover copy for your classroom!

Mega Giveaway time!!! To celebrate Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and all the other craziness and fun of March, 14 other bloggers and I have collaborated together to bring you 15 book giveaways, Freebies, and a grand prize giveaway of a $75 TPT gift card!!! All of the giveaways end at midnight on March 13th so hurry and enter now!

Now check out some other great books to use in your classroom during the month of March and make sure to continue through the hop below. We have 14 other amazing K-2 bloggers that are sharing their favorite book, a Freebie, and a book giveaway!!!

Seuss on the Loose

Hey guys! I'm teaming up again with some awesome teachers to bring you some great ideas to use this month! 

One of my favorite weeks out of the whole year is Read Across America Week. We go all out to make this celebration a big success. We spend the entire week reading and learning about Dr. Seuss! We do everything from crafts, to dressing up, to writings, to games, and even to snacks. Then to end the week we have a big Seuss on the Loose Celebration and all parents are invited to participate. 

This event takes place during the school day. Each teacher in Kindergarten hosts different activities in their classroom as the parents take their child from room to room to complete each activity. This is a great way to get parents involved and have fun at the same time. Come check out some of our activities!

Cat in the Hat - Parents helped their child make a fun Cat in the Hat hat to wear!

 Bartholomew and the Oobleck - It isn't Seuss on the Loose fun without making Oobleck! Parents and kids loved sticking their hands in this slimy gooey concoction.
even our Principal couldn't resist!

 Hop on Pop - The kids took turns hoping on pop to see who could hope furthest! We also measured their "hops" to compare each kid.

Ten Apples Up on Top - Practice counting out 10 apples. Can you make a pattern with your apples?

 Puzzle Time! We had various Seuss puzzles set up for parents and their child to complete.

 Green Eggs and Ham - Seuss Day always requires a little cooking and snacking! We made green eggs and ham for the parents and kids to taste. Then they were able to graph if they liked them or did not. They even got to practice peeling the hard boiled eggs!

ABC - Students found the first letter of their name then changed their name to a silly Seuss name. Then they used collage materials to create a silly Seuss character.

 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Estimation Station!!! We filled a jar full of goldfish and the parents helped their child estimate how many fish were in the jar. The winner got to keep the jar of fish!

 Then the students were given a small baggie of colorful goldfish crackers to sort and count!

Then the students were able to go to our reading corner and enjoy many Seuss stories as a family!

How does your school celebrate Read Across America Week?

Now head on over and check out some other great ideas to use this month!