Sunday, February 24, 2013

Polar Bear Activities, Polar Bear Polar Bear,

We did pretty watercolor pictures with winter animal cutouts added.....Link HERE to the tutorial.

At DLTKs website they did a lot of other things with  Polar Bear, Polar Bear.  And they also have the puppets that you can copy in black and white or color to use to make your own big book, puppets or minibooks for your students.  I love their website  HERE. had this cute polar bear art project.

I also do some fun activities with Polar Bear, Polar Bear also by Bill Martin, in the wintertime.Eskimos and characters from Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, which I like to read in the wintertime, and all the arctic animals are our characters in an ARCTIC ADVENTURE STORY.

 Another link for Polar Bear activities is HERE at dltk teach.

Here at filefolder fun is a cute arctic animal matching game that would be great for a center during this unit. Some free polar bear writing paper can be found at Classroom Freebies.

Marco the Polar Bear Poem
Marco the Polar Bear white as the snow,
Sat down on the ice near the cold water's flow.
"Lunch! I need lunch," he said "I'll make a wish!"
He stuck in his paw, and up it came with a fish!
Author unknown

One World, One Ocean Activities HERE.
Link HERE to see more at
Polar Bear Facts:  Link HERE to Kidsoup
  • The polar bear is the world’s largest land predator.
  • They can be found in the Arctic, the U.S. ( Alaska), Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), and Norway.
  • Females usually only have two cubs and they have these babies in a cave that they've dug in a large snowdrift. The babies are about the size of a rat and weigh only a pound.
  • Male polar bears may grow up to 10 feet tall and weigh can over 1400 pounds. Females can grow to 7 feet and weigh up to 650 pounds. 
  • In the wild polar bears live up to age 25.
  • A polar bear's fur is not white. Each hair is clear hollow tube. Polar bears look white because each hollow hair reflects the light. On sunny days, the polar bear’s hair traps the sun’s heat to keep the bear warm.
  • Polar bear fur is oily and water repellent. The hairs don’t mat when wet, allowing the polar bears to easily shake off water and ice.
  • Polar bears have wide front paws with webbed toes that help them swim. They paddle with their front feet and steer with their hind feet. Their paw pads are rough, helping to them from slipping on the ice.
  • Polar bears have been known to swim 100 miles at a stretch.
  • Polar bears primarily eat seals.
  • A male polar bear is called a boar and a female polar bear is called a sow.

LINK HERE for a copy from Mathcoach.
HERE at Jan Brett's website  are lots of pretty blacklines of all of her winter characters that you can use  to do activities with polar bears as the theme.

  I love Bill Martin Books! And I love doing Polar Bears as a theme in winter.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentines Day Card Holders

Valentines Day Card Holders 
These are the Valentine Holders we do every year to collect Valentine cards in. Super cute right?
And we line them along our bulletin board in the hallway so it is easy to walk along and drop the cards in. I also have them write about what  they LOVE ABOUT THEMSELVES. It's a hard assignment for most kids. But an important one. 

 Start by taking a rectangle piece of butcher paper from the rolls. Then fold up the bottom to make the heart pointed bottom.
Then staple the Valentine Holder together, just the top pieces at the seams. I usually staple twice on each one. 
 Next, cut 2 rounded edges along the top of each one. I do all of these steps for the kids or I get a mom helper to do it a week before Valentines day.
This is one of my centers on Valentines Day....filling the hearts of your friends. So sweet! 

  I usually choose the colors of red, pink, purple (2 shades) and white. The kids get to choose which color they like. We make 1 for the principal and 1 for the teacher to. That's me. LOL.
 Then we decorate them with stickers, die cut punch outs, copied heart designs on colored paper etc. The kids get to choose whatever they like. Some years I buy small doilies too in heart shapes. 
Finished heart valentine holders 
 Another game we do is HOT POTATO HEART, using a small stuffed heart to pass around. When you are out you get to choose a treat from a bag of treats.
    Here everybody is being silly for the camera, playing hot potato. Then as part of this center we also make a heart bead bracelet using pipe cleaners and pony beads. I usually have bought some special heart beads of some sort too.
Hi MOM! Happy Valentines Day! 
 This year I found little metal penguins and hearts and star beads to add to our bracelets. Kids just did their own bracelets
I had to show you my cute decorations at home that I put up.
I love Valentines Day Decor! So sweet. 
And we decorate the classroom pretty good for Valentines Day too! 

 The 3rd center is decorating a Valentine cookie with frosting and candy. Here are some finished cookies we made this year.
Valentine Cookie decorating 
We had a mom helper at every center...thanks everybody! Here we are decorating cookies....

A pretty finished Valentine cookie. 

All the kids loved decorating their cookies. They were huge so I told them only eat half before lunch. 
 Bulletin board with "I LOVE MYSELF BECAUSE" writings and our finished Valentine Card Holders.
Valentines Day Card Holders and "I Love Myself" writing....

 The 4th center for Valentines Day centers is Valentines Bingo using conversation hearts as markers.

The heart bowl has cool prizes for winners. Everybody gets a candy prize though, thanks to
the parent helpers who each brought a bag of candy. Yum! 
The Valentines Party sure was a fun day for everybody. Hope yours was too!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

100s Day Fun

Thursday was the 100th Day of school. We HAD to celebrate!
Our 100s day badges we wore all day.

And our 100s Day hats of course.....Patties Classroom kids 2013 on 100s day. 
And we drew pictures of what we will all look when we turn 100 years old...haha....I don't look forward to THAT I don't think, from the looks of
Look what I have to look forward to!  Lots of grey hair and canes and stuff.
And some kind of red problem area that will happen to my hands! EEK!
One of the assignments was to bring in a brown bag of 100 edible things and write 3 clues on the bag for us to guess what was inside. Then we put all the stuff in a big bowl, mixed it up and passed out cups of 100s Day Trail Mix!

Then I passed everybody a 100 dollar bill (fake of course) and asked them what they'd spend it on if it were real? 

Here's what they all came up with. Some of them would give to the poor. Loved that.
And many of them would buy toys for little brothers and flowers for their mom. Sniff.....
And some of them would buy a Disney Cruise vacation! Let's GO! I wish 100 dollars went as far as they think it will go....snicker....

Poem we read with 100 words.

We read as a class a short chapter book called 100 Days at the Black Lagoon School. It was hilarious. I had a whole class set. We also read the Fancy Nancy book above and the Scholastic 100th Day of School.
I put 100s day stickers on everybody's writing too.

It's a lot of fun to mark the 100th day of school each year.  I love doing all the fun activities.

We had a lot of fun on 100s Day!

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Froggy Fable and Frog Life Cycles

Reading Streets A Froggy Fable inspired our Frog Facts Reports and Oil Pastel Frogs 
Our Reading Streets Literature book had the cute story A Froggy Fable by John Lechner last week. We decided since we had already written fables a month ago that we would write non fiction frog fact reports instead. They turned out really nice.

 My kids LOVED watching this Youtube to introduce kids to Frog Life Cycles.

 I am trying to teach thematically with the new Reading Streets Literature Series we adopted this year.It is my favorite way to teach. So we spent a few days going through the writing process. We wrote sloppy copies, had a teacher edit, rewrote and then did an illustration of a tree frog.

 I have the kids do a frog life cycle, a beautiful art project Frog, using Crayola oil pastels, and we write an Frog Fact report too. We compare and contrast Frogs and Toads and read lots of interesting books and some old Scholastic News magazines I've saved on Frogs and Amphibians.

 We had tadpole and amphibian as two of our vocabulary words this week, as well as all the amazing words in our Reading Streets literature book.

Our frog fact books and cute, green, construction paper Frogs from last year were cute too. Here was our finished bulletin board. This would also be a fun art project to link up with Reading Streets A Froggy Fable.
Here are our finished FROG FACT BOOKS we filled with interesting Amphibian facts.  Did you know that frogs only have a row of upper teeth, and they have forked tongues? Yeah, me neither!! 
Frog Puppets we made one year on sticks. 
I sometimes do a cute Frog and Toad activity using the story "The Lost Button" story taken from the Frog and Toad are Friends book. It is using buttons and problem solving skills to decide which button shape Frog has lost. Check it out HERE.  And we take some time comparing frogs and toads and their differences. A great Frog versus Toad comparison I showed the kids is HERE at the Virtual Vine. I also have a Weekdy Reader that compares them in pictures.  A good Anchor chart idea and graphic organizer comparing frogs and toads isShe has a free graphic organizer frog versus toad printable that I copied off for the kids to fill out.

Fun Froggy counters for math  and a big floor puzzle would be fun to this little unit. I love to teach this way having all my centers match the topic I am teaching; in this case FROGS! 
We looked at lots of pictures of tree frogs from the rain forest and saw them in all colors of the rainbow. That's probably why there is a blue frog here; we saw one in the Weekly Reader we read! HERE at Scholastic is a great frog life cycle printable.
We used 1/2 inch wide and foot long strips of red paper rolled around our pencils and glue under the mouth for the froggy tongues. They add a little 3D to the art.
I collected rocks last summer from Bear Lake to do this activitys . But when we made ours, some of the kids did ladybugs and others did rainbows. Next year I'll add the wiggly eyes and the green legs idea from Brimful Curiosities.

Some printables including a life cycle you can copy can be found HERE at treeonline. . This is definitely a red eyed tree frog!! 
5 Green and Speckled Frogs is a song we sing and use finger puppets along with. The kids LOVE singing to it  HERE at dltk Kids.  I have the book above and we just turn pages as we sing the familiar tune. I made the frogs with 2 layers of green felt, some yellow felt for the mouth, dark green for the eyes and wiggly eyes and glue gunned them together. I left a slit open underneath for fingers and then polka dotted them with Sharpie marker. They are fun to bring out once a year when we sing the song.
Here is my copy of the songbook and 5 little felt finger puppet frogs I made from green and yellow felt and glue gunned wiggly eyes on them. I leave them at the science center with all of my books on frogs.

Five Little Speckled Frogs (song lyrics)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are Four green speckled frogs 

Four Little Speckled Frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are Three green speckled frogs (keep going down to none)

 Another thing I like to do during all my science units is to make a "graphic organizer" shaped like the animal we are studying; in this case, a frog!
Here's an old one I had tucked quote marks on this one, but sometimes I'll write out the facts the kids find and put quotation marks and  then "said Tommy. It helps the kids learn how to do quotation marks.

 Graphic organizers shaped like the item you are studying is a great way to keep your facts and information up during a unit so it can be referred to often. Kids learn a lot better this way....with lots graphics and repeating of information.

Frog Jokes JUST FOR FUN! 

Q: What happens if a frog parks in a bus stop?
A:  He gets toad away!

Q:  Why are frogs always happy?
A:  Because they eat whatever bugs them.

Q:  What happens when two frogs catch the same fly?
A:  They get tongue-tied!

Q:  What do you get when you cross a pig with a frog?
A:  A ham-phibian!

Q:  What kind of frog lives in a tree house?
A:  A tree frog!

These jokes would look so cute written on these little bulletin board pieces, wouldn't they? I've got to get a set of these!!! And a few more froggy  jokes! 

Frog Facts Report writing.....
I also have these Frogs on a Log addition and subtraction center that is fun. It is great for practicing skip counting by 2s and 3s as well as subtraction on a number line in the younger grades. I have the logs
 all from 1 to 10. You could also just make "logs" with 1 to 10 marked on  brown construction paper hand drawn "cylinders"  and use frog counters below. They come in neon colors the kids would love!  

A poem we sang to "Jimmy Crack Corn" tune...

Lyons 25 Note (G-G) Bell Set with Case  

We sing this song to classroom instruments like Xylophones Here at Musician's Friend as well as using some percussion instruments from my musical instrument drawer. Check it out in my music instrument store at page top.

My students LOVE playing this in pairs and it is only $20.00!! It doesn't matter what notes they play to the beat, it always sounds pretty. Check out my store page above and you can order one. I use the 3 I bought at least once a week when we sing piggy back songs to core information poems.

 Posters and Scholastic News we read about Frog Life Cycles and we compare and contrast Frogs and Toads.
 Cool posters add a lot when left throughout the unit. We actually hung this one out in the hallway when we were through with our reports and bulletin board and lots of kids loiter reading the captions under the pictures.
Beautiful Non Fiction AND  Literature I have collected to read to students or use for facts in our reports.

The bulletin board looks as colorful as real tree frogs of the rain forest. Ribbit....

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