## Sunday, December 11, 2011

### Back in Action

This past week has been SUPER busy! I've neglected my blog and am now back in action. With all the craziness going on, I'm especially looking forward to the break! Only one week to go!!! :)

In the meantime, here are a couple things that we've been doing this past week.

Evaporation

Our class did a mini weather unit {the packet that I posted on TPT} this past week. One of the experiments was the evaporation experiment. This is the first time that I have done it and it was SO stinkin' cute!!! It is a very simple experiment.We talked and read about precipitation and evaporation then did the clothesline experiment.
They drew and decorated a piece of clothing onto a paper towel. They then put it into the water.

We hung the clothes with clothespins onto a piece of yard.
We hung the clothesline outside in the hallway so that passerby's could take a look. :)

At the end of the day we observed our clothes and saw that they were dry. We had a discussion about what happened and they completed the observation page to illustrate what had happened to the water.

They loved this activity and it was super cute and simple.

Spelling and Sight Word Game

This is a game that I have been playing with my students to practice reading spelling words and sight words. I call it "Slap the Word". It is a quick an easy game board to create. All you need is a poster board and some circle dye cuts. You glue the blank dots on and laminate the board for reuse. You could also use this board for math games!

For this game, I write with a vis-a-vis marker our spelling words and sight words. I stand back and say a word from the board. The two students have flyswatters to slap the word. The student who slaps the correct word first wins.

I made my board two sided. One side has more dots than the other. I put more difficult words (blends, etc.) on one side and easier words on the other side.

Here are some pics from my class playing this past week.

The students can get very intense. :)

haha, this student is preparing for a big swing. They're too funny!

Sometimes they get so anxious that they slap the entirely wrong word. :)

When you are done with the game you just wash off the words with water. You can change the words for a new word game or use the board for a math game.
:)

1. This is a great idea! I'm going to have to make one for my room! I'm a new follower of yours. I found you on Deanna Jump's blog! Welcome!
Rebecca
Teaching First
(teachingfirst-abc.blogspot.com)

2. `````````11111111111111`TT5````CCF1This is a great idea! I'm going to have to make one for my room! I'm a new follower of yours. I found you on Deanna Jump's blog! Welcome!
Rebecca
Teaching First
(teachingfirst-abc.blogspot.com)

3. I love your sight words board. So creative! You could even go a step further and laminate the dots and use a dry-erase marker to change out the words... that would save you having to make more than one board. :)

Thanks so much for the idea ~ I'm going to make one for my daughter!!

Kim

4. Yes Kim! That is exactly what I did. That way I can even use it for a math game as well! It is a very versatile game board. :)

5. Hey Carly! Just letting you know that your Someone New Sunday feature was posted today. P.S. I love your spelling word game! I'm pinning it on pinterest..hopefully get you a few more followers!

Laura
Kinder Kraziness

6. Thanks so much! It is much appreciated!!

7. Love this!! Laura from kinder kraziness sent me over!

8. The evaporation idea is TOO STINKIN' CUTE!!! and we do the swat game too...but we do it on the doc cam, and they swat at the screen...very carefully! ha! :)

♥ Jen Ross
The Teachers' Cauldron

9. I love the evaporation idea! Thank you for sharing!! I just discovered your blog and I'm spending some time here checking it out! I'm your newest follower.

imgoingfirst@gmail.com

10. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

11. I'm going to make one tomorrow! Cute idea! I'm your 100th follower-
Beckie

12. Love your swat the word game! I'm a new follower.
Kimberly

13. Anonymous2/05/2012

Thanks soo much!!! I am going to to do this with my children!

14. belairgirl2/06/2012

I do this same game but no dots needed. While the kiddos are @ specials, I write words on the board. When they come back words are spread all over the board and we are ready to play!

15. great idea! I can use this for my 5 year learning words and my 7 year old struggling with math facts! Also, as a secondary teacher i think this would be fun even for older kids to use as a review for a test. I think it would be pretty hilarious to see high schoolers swatting the answers!

16. The site work wall is such a fun Idea!

17. Anonymous9/09/2012

I love this idea! I am going to make it tonight and introduce it tomorrow for reading and math! The kids are going to love it. Thanks so much.

18. I, too am new to blogging and this not only looks super fun but very useful in whole groups as well as in stations for my kinder bunch! Now instead of just reading the room with giant fly swatters, they can now get the green light to swat!

Thanks again for the tip.

19. I have these fly swatters and have used them for many ways to reinforce skills, this is another great idea I can add to my bag of tricks! Thank you!