Five random things...
1. Snakes in the kindergarten yard, AGAIN! We live in a forested area where there are lots of snakes. One year I found two little kinder boys poking a baby rattlesnake around with a stick and just this Monday there was a very large, (and very dead) Gopher snake in the school driveway just outside our playground fence. I wish I could tell you that I'm one of those teachers that loves snakes and would have considered this a great learning opportunity. Sorry. I was relieved that one of our brave moms came to the rescue and picked it up for us. Kids were super interested. Me? Not so much! Do you think they noticed I was standing on the picnic table?
2. My kids are really enjoying learning about insects. Deanna Jump's unit, "Insects, Math and Literacy Fun" is the perfect addition to my lesson plans. Here's a picture of our insect hiding behind our (too large) labels. We had a directed art activity of this insect that I'll post when the kids are done painting them. Pretty cute so far!
I made a little entomologist to go with Deanna's cute song. We'll have the kids make their own entomologist and insect next week.
3. 1/2 Sized Me for end of the year (the original 1/2 Sized Me comes from Marilyn Burns, The Math Solution. It's an amazing book that I used constantly years ago when I taught 3rd grade. It's a great lesson in measurement for older kids). For graduation every year I have the kids take home a paper doll that's to be dressed in their future chosen profession. The family is supposed to help and may come and get paper and other supplies if needed. It's my all time favorite bulletin board! The paper doll in the picture is a U.S. Marshall! They are supposed to be holding something in each hand that goes along with the job. She wanted a rope and a gun. I just couldn't go there so we had an artistic disagreement. I suggested a flashlight. You can see how well it went over. Ha!
4. I speak Mess. Matter of fact, some would say it's my middle name! Messes just don't scare me and it's a good thing because this week I had some speedie quick students who needed to do something extra while the others were being assessed. They had done such a great job with their morning work that I allowed them to play quietly on the carpet. It seemed like within seconds they had taken out every animal and block (even the little unit blocks) and made a magnificent zoo. They were so excited I just couldn't stop them. We put that silly assessment down! Isn't it amazing?
5. Rafting season must be here (my husband runs a nonprofit rafting company). I always know the season is here when I see Chacos on the porch more (and when I don't see my husband as much). The tell tale sign of a good summer is tan lines from these sandals.
I hope you have a nice weekend! I'd love a comment!