Classroom Inspiration

Friday, 22 August 2014

It's that time of the week again!

Five for Friday link up with Doodle Bugs is here again! A definite highlight of my week. 
It's been a whirlwind week to say the least. I had a horrible sore throat so was only at work for four days, perhaps thats why I feel like it's gone so quick!
Righto, lets get stuck in!
We began our new Inquiry unit this week on SPACE! I'm super excited about this unit, and decking my room out in space themed art. The kids are loving it too. We brainstormed all the things they already know about space, and added them to our Wonder Wall. We also wrote down all the things they wanted to find out. We'll find the answer to a question (aka google it) at the start of every lesson. 
To draw an end to book week, our 1/2 team decided to do a book activity rotation. 
The book I chose was 'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' by Janeen Brian and Ann James. It's super cute book, and the kids loved that they used actual mud for the dirt in the pictures. They joined in when we read the repetitive pages with the big coloured writing. 

After the story we made our own dinosaur out of paper plates and templates I found at Learn with Play at Home. We used oil pastels to create bright patterns on our dinosaurs and coloured their body parts in with paste too. I forgot to take a photo of one of the finished one....sigh. But I'll get one and put it up. 
Today we had a special visit from the grade 5 students. They came over to our classroom and read to my little wonders, and listened to them read. It was so nice to see them helping out my little ones on some of the tricky words.
 Check out my SUPER ORGANISED cupboard! Thank you Maria from Kinder-Craze. Your classroom supply labels inspired me to clean out my entire cupboard. 
To tie our art in with our Inquiry unit, this week we made moon mobiles. The little wonders sponged two paper plates with grey paint and painted their stars yellow. After they dried they glued the stars onto some fishing line and attached them to their moons, and stapled them together. We were going to add gold glitter to the stars, but ran out of time. The kids then suggested we put silver glitter on the moon. I liked that idea so I think next week we'll take them down and add some sparkle!
Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Oh my goodness! What a fantastic unit! I love the wonder wall and all the great projects you did with your kids. I know where to come if my daughter has space as part of her science curriculum this year. The moons with the stars are my favorite. :)
    Happy Friday!
    Joya :)

    1. Thanks Joya! I love having dangling things from the roof, makes the classroom a little more fun :)

  2. WOW! What amazing ideas! I absolutely love the size of your storage closet. I'm very jealous. The labels make it look fantastically organized. Nice work! By the way, thanks for sharing Dirty Little Dinosaur! Never heard of it and my 3 year olds at home love dinosaurs. I'll have to check it out. ;)
    Literacy Loving Gals

    1. Hi Colleen, thanks for reading! I looove my cupboard, and the fact that it's behind the whiteboard and not taking up any wall space is a bonus.
      The kids loved the book, I'm sure your little ones will too :)

  3. That cupboard is amazing!! I have one similar, but yours is far more organised. That Space unit looks like it will be lots of fun!

    Luck's Little Learners

    1. I'm a little OCD when it comes to organisation. I find it fun though, making a place for everything, and making it easy to find :)