Sunday, June 3, 2018


June is here, and I always love ending the year with a science unit on plants! The activities below are part of my Plants Unit. The unit includes charts, experiments, worksheets, crafts, templates, songs, read aloud suggestions, and a sample outline of lessons. 

I like to launch this unit by reading aloud Peter Rabbit.* Then I tell the kids we have received a letter from Mr. McGregor asking for help taking care of his garden. This was inspired by Mrs. Lee's KindergartenThe kids came to the conclusion that we should learn all about plants and help Mr. McGregor with his garden.

The next lesson is all about the plant lifecycle. We watched a video on Brainpop and then sang a song about the lifecycle, which is included in the unit. We also read lots of books about the plant life cycle. Below are a few of my favorites.* 

Then we learned about the needs of plants. We sang and danced to another song and the kids made these adorable flap books, which were also inspired by Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. 

In the next lesson, we learned about the parts of the plant and how they function. We watched a Brainpop video and then we made a plant craft and students labeled each part of their plant. 

Throughout the unit, we also did lots of fun experiments. We did a sunlight experiment by predicting what would happen when one plant was placed in the sun and the other was placed in darkness. We drew and wrote about our observations after a week. We did a similar experiment with water. We watered one plant daily, but did not water the second plant. The students drew and wrote their predictions and observations. 

Of course, we just had to plant a garden of our own! I set out a variety of seeds for the kids to choose from. They planted their seeds and had fun throughout the unit watering, measuring, and drawing their observations in their plant journals (freebie is included in the unit sample). I love to read the book Planting a Rainbow* before we plant our seeds.

Finally, here are a few ideas I've used for art, fine motor, and sensory centers. The q-tip dot art painting is from Marsha at Differentiated Kindergarten


Download the unit sample for your freebie plant journals!

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Down by the Sea Centers & Freebie!

Wow! It is getting to be that time of year again! The countdown to summer has started and the kids are ready for some summer fun! All of the activities below (and more) are part of my Down by the Sea Centers Pack!

Fishin' Addition
We go fishing with our partner, then we add up both of our catches and record the equations.

 Marine Measuring
We use cubes to measure the different sea animals.

 Shark Attack
We compare numbers and make the sharks eat the bigger numbers.

Ten Frame Race
We roll a ten frame cube, count the sea creatures, and trace the correct numeral.

 Skip Counting Crabs
We sequence the crabs in the pocket chart and then cut and paste the crabs in order on sentence strips.

 Seashell Patterns
We use seashells to make patterns and then color our patterns on the recording sheet.

 Fishing for Sight Words
We go fishing for sight words and write the words we catch.

 Digging for Crabs
We dig crabs from the sand and write the ending sounds on the recording sheet.

 Label the Turtle
We label a turtle and then record the words on the labeling sheet.

 Beach Ball Bash
We sort beach balls by middle sounds and record the words under the correct ball.

 Beach Blends
We roll a cube and record the beginning blend or digraph on the graph.

Roll a Word
We roll a beach ball with our partners and write the words that land under our hand.

 Sandcastle Sounds
We dig objects out of a pail and write the beginning sounds on the recording sheet.

Seashell Segmenting
We choose a shell, segment the sounds, and use stamps to spell the words.

 Seashell Syllables
We sort seashells into the pails by how many syllables are in the words. Then we use do-a-dot markers to stamp the syllables.

Seashell Sight Words
We dig up seashells and then write the sight words in the sand.

Check out my Down by the Sea Centers for more oceans of fun!!!!

Here is your FREEBIE! This Add & Cover game is a sample of what is included in the unit. Students can use small shells or other counters to play this game, along with a set of dice. Enjoy!