Saturday, April 23, 2011

We have been very busy down in the Polka Dot Patch this last week!!! I hope you can follow this post - it is gonna be a little of this and a little of that... so here we go!!
Our insect unit is up and running and we are learning so much about our insect friends!  There was a delay in the arrival of our ladybugs but much to my surprise they were waiting for me when we got back from recess on Friday afternoon!!  I didn't tell the kids, so they will be very surprised to see this when they come into class on Monday!!
LadybugsThe ladybug larvae are in there...I promise!! :)
One of the activities we did this week allowed the kids to see how insects see using their compound eyes.
Bug eyes 2
My dear friend across the hall found these glasses at a store and was nice enough to let us borrow them.  They each got a chance to look at a friend.  :)
Bug eyes
They then had to draw what they saw when they looked through the glasses.  Deanna Jump has a great response sheet for this in her Insect Unit.  With all the fun, I forgot to snap a picture of one of them.  We also did some fun Ladybug addition!  I was inspired by Julie over at Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten and created an activity similar to the types of  activities she uses with her babies!!  Thanks Julie!  I love the way that these keep the kids accountable for their own work and it requires them to DO their OWN work and not copy what their neighbor is doing!
Ladybug add1
Ladybug add2
For this activity they had to find the matching colored ladybugs, color the ladybug on their paper to match, count the dots on each, write the number sentence and solve.  I ran the ladybug off on different colors of construction paper, added dots and that's it.  It was so easy to prepare I will definitely be doing more of these! If you haven't already, go check out Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten - you will not regret it!!  Get your copy of the Ladybug addition HERE.
I have a confession to make...Easter SNUCK up on me!  So much so that I really didn't do much with the whole egg/bunny thing - I can't believe it!!  My co-teacher is a book fanatic and I think she has a book for every holiday there is so she was my saving grace this week for at least talking with my children about eggs/bunnies etc... :)  She brought some bunny puppets with her on Friday and the kids were so cute with them.
PuppetI forget how much they enjoy puppets - they got so quiet when the bunnies "talked" to her - especially when they were talking about the kids - how nice they were sitting etc...  My team did manage to put together our annual Egg Hunt and the kids had BIG fun collecting, and the sorting their eggs!!
Egghunt1Waiting patiently for our para to get back from hiding the eggs!!
And they're off!!
See - I told you it was gonna be a little random - but they are so cute it was worth the read!!  Right?? :)  I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!  Monday will be here all to quickly!! :)


  1. I love the idea of the Ladybug Count...however, I can't get the links to open...
    Thanks for the shares!

  2. Oh no!! I will check it when I get home from church!! :)

  3. Love - Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing! We have 28 more days of school left. I am going to miss seeing everyones thememd posts over the summer. Enjoy the rest of the school year!

  4. Heidi - I just checked the link and it worked for me - let me know if you still can't get it to work and I will email it to you. :)

    Mrs. Osterman - we have 20 days left! :) I will miss them too - I love reading everyones posts too!!

  5. Ashley,
    I couldn't get it to work either :(

    Liesl in Va Beach


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