Classroom Inspiration

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rockets, Rainbows and Frobscottle!

If you are the dad of one of my students, this post is not for you! Off you go :)

I can't believe we have three weeks left of term's going to be Christmas any day now! (Hooray for Christmas!!!!) I'm linking up, yet again, with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a snapshot of my week with my little wonders.
We have been focusing on our space unit ALOT in our writing lately. This week I gave my kids a rocket template and told them to imagine they were looking out of the window. They had to write down what they saw, making sure they include 'expensive' adjectives (for example instead of the word big they could use a more expensive word like huge or gigantic). They put some red, orange and yellow streamers on the base of their rocket as the flames. 
At the moment we are learning about the Creation story and the Flood as the focus of our religion unit. We've already made a class big book of the days of creation and this week began reading about Noah and the flood. To remind us of our promise with God we made these lovely rainbows to string across the entrance to our classroom. I love how bright they are! 
 Today (Friday) was a super fun day in our class! After more than a term of reading, we finally finished our class book, The BFG by Roald Dahl. The little wonders absolutely LOVED this book. The silly words and the humour kept them engaged throughout the whole book. They especially loved the part when Sophie and the BFG drank frobscottle and went 'whizzpopping' about the cave (see here for a definition of whizzpopping). So as a special treat for my little ones, I decided we would make our very own frobscottle! 
First we poured lemonade into a cup and added a tiny, TINY, bit of red cordial. We then added a scoop of ice-cream and topped it off with some dream whip. I don't need to tell you how tempted I was to 'taste test' the dream whip. They little wonders slurped down their frobscottle and assured me there would be no whizzpopping, however there was the occasional burp, followed promptly with an 'excuse me'. 

 I was so inspired by Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies and her Mother's Day Glyph activity, that I decided I would make one for Father's Day. I managed to find some nice frames for a great price in our local discount shop. The kids were so excited that they got to use real frames. They look so great, I know they're going to be something special their dads can keep for a long time. Thanks Jennifer for the super cute idea!
 We also made our Father's Day cards this week. My little wonders drew a picture of themselves and their Dad on the front cover, and inside was a gorgeous little poem that we recited together. How adorable is this drawing!!
I hope you've all enjoyed my Five for Friday :)
Happy blogging!

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!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Aussie Blogger Buttons

Attention fellow Aussie bloggers!
I've just made a super cute set of badges to use on your blog. I kept going to US blogs and seeing their adorable badges, so I decided to make some for us :) I made two different types so you can choose the one you like best.

Right click on the pictures to download and add to your blog. Hope you like them!

Happy blogging :)