Friday, October 31, 2014

Nevada Day

Wow, Nevada Day is celebrating it's big 150th birthday this year!  To celebrate the state's holiday, I have always enjoyed having my kiddos decorate an outline of Nevada using contact paper and tissue paper.  It's easy, the kids love it, and it's a fun way for them to remember our state 'Nevada.';)
We also work on a simple Nevada Day booklet that I made to go over the state symbols.  
In kindergarten we use the pages where we can trace the words in each page.

Yet I also made the pages where they could write on their own.
I also came up with a cute craft where we would make our state animal...OMG, the idea of making a Bighorn Sheep came out when I joined a yahoo mailing group where each person would have their class write about their state and send a craft to go with it.  What fun!
They alway turn out really cute and the kids remember our state animal.  Here is one that one of my kiddos made last year...isn't it adorable!

To end this post, I've included a freebie to use if you live in Nevada.  Click on the pictures to download the file.
Happy Nevada Day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Syllable Write the Room Freebie

I'm always looking for activities to add to my literacy centers and 'syllables' was the first thing I came to my mind...what could I do that would make them be more engaged....that's when I thought, 'Hey why not make a syllable write the room center!' 
Basically it works the same way as if they were doing a 'write the room' center, except instead of writing words, are walking around and looking for how many syllables are in each picture.  The students can use crayons or bingo paint dabbers.  Click here or the image below to download the file.