For the past two weeks, we've been having fun studying Outerspace!  Learning about space and the planets has been one of the kiddos favorite units this year.  We had some freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, acted as astronauts in our dramatic play center, did space crafts, etc...all making learning fun!  Here are some pictures from our learning activities:

I folded the paper into 10 sections and wrote the numbers on each section, then gave the kiddos shiny star stickers and they had to count each number and add the correct amount of stars.  It is great for fine motor practice and counting.  Peeling those stickers off of the page and sticking them on is hard work for little hands!  They liked it because they got to use star stickers!  :)

 How cute are the moons that we made!  I cut a white circle out of thick construction paper and had the students use glue to make craters and moon rocks.  We then let the glue dry and the next day they took a grey crayon and colored over the glue.  My kiddos were shocked when I actually told them to scribble.  lol!  The glue is easier to color and comes out nicer if they scribble it.  :)

 Here is a pic of our name rockets.  Students had to write one letter of their name on each strip of paper, then build it to say their name and glue it on the black paper. They added a triangle on top, 10 shiny sticker stars and then they had to count down to blastoff with me to add the glitter glue flames.

We also made star constellations.  I again divided a black sheet of construction paper into 10 spaces and wrote the numbers 1-10 in white. Then the students had to count out the correct number of shiny star stickers and place them on the number to form the number constellations.

Look at our awesome setup for our dramatic play space center!! 

Here's a part of our dramatic play center for our space unit  It's a NASA space control center.  I had the kiddos paint the box with silver paint, then I added all of the fun stuff!  I used tap lights for the buttons, fancy colored tape and printouts from NASA.

This is the shuttle in our dramatic play center.  The kiddos painted it white, and again I added the fun stuff to turn it into a shuttle.  They had a "blast" going in and pretending to be astronauts!

With each theme I teach I like to incorporate puzzles into the unit .  They can either be printed off and you can have the students cut and paste them, or you can save money and resources by laminating them and cutting them up and having students use the model to correctly put the puzzle back together.  That is how I chose to use it with this theme.  I've done it both ways, though.  Puzzles are so wonderful for the kiddos to do.  They're great skill builders.  Puzzles help with problem solving skills, analytical skills, fine motor, etc.....and....Who doesn't love puzzles!??!! 

I have so many more activities and ideas in my brand new space unit that is available in my store.  Here's a preview pic of some of the things that are included in the 137 page pack!

For your convenience, I've included links to some of the things I used in my space unit that are available for purchase on Amazon (affiliate):

Thanks and enjoy!!
Love,  Kristin

Cc is for Cowboy/Cowgirl!

This unit was so much fun!  My little cowboys and cowgirls loved it!  I used my Letter of the week Wild West Cc is for Cowboy unit, which is one of the many units that I have created.  You can get your own copy by clicking here.  Here are some pics and descriptions of our Cc is for Cowboy and Cowgirl unit and the fun we had!
 These are our clap & clip syllables cards.  The kiddos say the word and clap the number of sounds (syllables) that they hear in the word, then they clip their answer.

 These boots were so much fun!  First, I had the kiddos paint their boots (pic below), then we cut them out and glued them on their favorite color of construction paper.  They then filled in the blank for "These boots are made for _______________"  I especially love how one of my kiddos said his boots were made for saving the world!  We finished off the boots with some glitter glue and rhinestones!

 No matter what I do, I can't flip this pic the right way, so hopefully you can see it!  It's a picture count addition write & wipe (which can also be turned into a cut & paste if you prefer).  I laminated it for re-use, plus my pre-kers are just starting to learn addition, so I figured write & wipe this time was the right way to go.   :)
 We also made these cowboy & cowgirl hats.  They colored and cut them out and I stapled them onto a sentence strip.  They loved wearing them to centers!
 These are our count and learn puzzles.  There are different pictures for each number up to 10. 
I have my kiddos do this at the math or puzzle center.
Last one is of course upside down too!  Ugh...I have to learn how to fix these!  Just a quick sort of cowboys/cowgirls and other western items.  Fun & fast intro during circle time!
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our cowboys and cowgirls unit!  :)

Zz is for Zoo

The Zoo has been one of my favorite themes so far.  The littles loved it too!  I couldn't wait to share the fun and learning we've been doing in our classroom!

This is our Construction/Blocks center.  This week they had to use the blocks to build a zoo for the animals.  They LOVED building zoos.  They had these large blocks to use, they also had small soft blocks and legos.  Most of the kiddos chose these big blocks as their first choice.

Here are the binoculars I made for my students to wear so that they could be Zookeepers for our zoo unit.  They were super easy to make.  I took two toilet paper rolls and taped them together with the cool zebra print duck tape that I found.  There was exactly enough tape to make 17 sets of binoculars, which is perfect because I have 17 students!  After taping them together, I punched holes on both sides and tied a piece of yarn to the binoculars.

Next, I made them Zookeeper vests.  This picture is what the vest looks like after I cut it.  In order to wear it, I flipped it inside out (next pic) and attached a Zookeeper badge onto it with each student's name.  I don't have step-by-step pics, but here's what you do.  I asked my local grocery store for the large paper grocery bags.  First, I cut the line up the middle (from the opening).  Then I split it into a V shape.  I then cut the sides off to make arm hole openings.  Then you have to open it up and make a "head hole" and finish the arm holes.  I know without pics, it's hard to imagine, but once you do the first one you'll see exactly what I mean.  The first one wasn't easy...I'll be honest, but then the rest were much easier!  Feel free to ask me questions!
 Here's an upside down pic of our ABC center for the week.  I don't know why it's upside down...no matter what I did, it kept uploading that way.  SORRY!  Anyway, I included a bunch of zoo animals and pre-primer sight words for the kiddos to spell on cookie sheets (from the $1 store).  This is one of the items that I'm in the process of uploading to TpT.  Stay tuned!
Zoo Count & Clip
This is a Zoo Count & Clip activity that I did with my students this week.  I do different themed count & clips every week.  The kiddos love the different themes and don't even realize that it's the same super important skill that they're working on!  Got to love that!  Click the image to get your copy on TpT.

Zz is for Zebra Little Reader
Last, but not least...here is the Zz is for Zebra little reader that I did with my class this week.  The pack comes in color and in black/white and has lots of skills for the littles.  They will count, identify colors, read repeated text (they love that they can "read" these books!)  Click the image to get your copy on TpT.
That's all for tonight.  I hope you get some great Zz and zoo ideas to use with your littles!


Ll is for Ladybug...again!

Forgot to share this adorable ladybug had that we made to go with our ladybug unit.  I also wanted to share these Ladybug Count & Clip task cards that I made and used with my students. 

Sorry so late!  My goal (starting now!) is to blog at least once a week.  I want to share what I am doing with my kiddos so that I will hopefully inspire others.  I hope you all enjoy!  :)

Ll is for ladybug

We are learning the letter L this week and focusing on ladybugs.  The kiddos are loving it!  
Here is our Ll is for ladybug letter craft that we just finished.  To add to their learning about the letter L, I had them draw 6 uppercase Ls for the ladybug's legs.  They loved it and I think it came out really cute!  :)


Here's a cute little snowman that we made in class last week while we were learning about winter!  The kiddos pulled cotton balls to stretch them and then glued them onto precut white circles.  When they dried, we glued the circles onto the blue background and added the details.  :)  It was SNOW much fun!

Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers!

I just wanted to let all of the readers out there in blog land that I'll be having a SALE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store:  www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Teaching-Zoo!

Grab your favorite items while they're on SALE!!   Need something that you don't see in my store?  Let me know and I'll gladly create it for you! :)