Working with Kindergartners and Green Screens

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I am so excited to share this awesome app from  It is so easy to use and I can't wait to have my kindergartners use it for our Weather Units this year! (And so much more!)
We used some green plastic tablecloth I had leftover from my safari unit for the green screen.

For the video below my daughter and I made a beach picture with paper and glue. Then I took a picture of it with my iPhone. You upload your picture with the app and it instantly appears on your iPad or iPhone screen to video! I think it will be so fun to have my Kinders make their own weather pictures and use them for the backdrop for their weather reporting.


The meteorologist ideas are included in my 

You can even use a green file folder to make a mini green screen.
Then we used the long green straws from Starbucks 
(Start collecting them) to attach our characters. This way you won't see the children's hands on the screen. We just used scotch tape to stick the rain child to the straw and we taped the bird on the file folder.

We searched several "rain" images on google and 
Gianna decided this one looked best.


It was so fun to watch and the opportunity for creativity is endless. 
Not only for weather but retelling of fairy tails and favorite stories.
The science possibilities are endless! 
I'll be back soon to share what we come up with this year.

Writing Sticks! Easy to Assemble and Great for your Writing Centers!

Monday, July 31, 2017

A few days ago I posted a picture  on Instagram of my writing sticks. We are using them for our Animals and Habitats unit. I want to get my Kiddos writing more independently. (Always a struggle) I was so excited to get lot of  "Oohs and Ahhs" when they saw these at their literacy center. They got to choose one stick and then write what they know or want to know about the animal they chose. Here are a few pictures of the first day. I think they did a great job!

Love the drawing too!

I love how this sweet girl sounded out "waddle", and I "know penguins live in the coldest place on earth" 
(We have been talking about the Emperor Penguin.)

Last sentence says "The peacock has pretty feathers!"
We are off to a good start!

Let's Be Meteorologist!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I have had so much fun incorporating the NGSS Science Standards in our kindergarten program last year. 
(Next Generation Science Standards)
We started our Weather Unit by being a Meteorologist!

 I found this darling idea on Pinterest from  littlemisshypothesis.blogspot. I had to make it for my kinders!


Here is one of my little Meteorologists in action! I filmed each child and let them watch afterwards. They loved it!

The weather pictures for the hat are included in my new STEAM Packet on TPT. Each day one child filled out the weather report recording sheet and then shared their report with the class. We practiced noticing how the weather looked and felt and what most of our friends were wearing on that day. We used a toy microphone that one of my students brought in so we could look official!

I added a new monthly Self Portrait Book so that I could do my  self portraits and combine it with the NGSS Science! 

I found this simple making rain experiment. All you need is clear container, dollar store shaving cream, blue food coloring, water and an eye dropper. Fill your container 3/4 full of water, add shaving cream so it's piled high. Mix the blue food coloring with water for your dropper and complete the prediction  response sheet seen below. The children slowly count the drops of blue "rain"onto their clouds. As the cloud gets full of water it becomes to heavy for the cloud to hold. This is much like a real rain cloud when it gets too full of water particles (water/ice crystals) it will begin to rain! The blue rain will begin to fall through the cloud and form raindrops.

I love that STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and math) has an ART component. We had "A LOT" of Rain in California this year so we made these fun raindrops to hang in our classroom!

I'll be back soon with some awesome 
"Green Screen" ideas for your weather unit!

Kinderbykim will be Live From Vegas with ESGI!

Sunday, July 2, 2017


I am so thrilled to be partnering with ESGI in Vegas for the @sde4educators conference! You can find me this year in the @esgisoftware 's booth 201. 

Monday July 10th at 12:15. 
Join me for Sun Science STEAM Pirate Style!

Tuesday July 11th 2:50
"Let's become a Meteorologist!"
I'll be sharing some creative ways to learn about the 
weather while tying in the NGSS standards.
 Come see how to create "Green Screen" 
weather videos a kindergartner can do!

Wednesday July 12th 10:20
Happy Camper STEAM Projects!
Join me for Camping style investigations.

Thursday July 13th 2:50
Become Sun Science Investigators. 
Taking a closer look at the sun with simple STEAM for your classroom.

Hope to see you there!

Classroom Birthday Dollar Store Gifts and Tags Freebie

Friday, June 30, 2017

I'm always on the lookout for dollar store birthday gifts for my Kinders here are a few of my recent finds!

Teacher's name box on each tag is editable.

These darling bug boxes are from the Dollar Tree! 
I added a few bugs too!

The ice cream bubbles come 3 in a package 
for a dollar at Dollar Tree. 
These make a fun gift for the price!

I also found these Paint Palettes at Dollar Tree.

4th of July Writing Sticks Freebie!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happy 4th Of July from Kinderbykim!

If you would like more writing sticks for your 
classroom click on the link below!

A Little Spring Butterfly Freebie!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Catching Butterflies in my net!
 How many will I get?

I found my nets at the Dollar Tree 
and the butterflies are from Lakeshore,

 I use Avery Labels for the sight words

My Kinders will record the sight words on the 
butterfly wings and then write a butterfly 
story on the back using their words. 
They can also illustrate the story in the box.

Click here to get  

Let's get our Kinders Retelling Great Books!

Monday, January 16, 2017

 I hope you all had an amazing Holiday and a restful vacation with family and friends!  I got back to school Monday and we are excited about "Stretching our Brains" in  2017! Thank you Julie Lee for the cute party face Idea!

We are in the "Winter Mood!" 
We have  had a lot of rain and it's finally cold. 
So it does feel like winter in Southern California!
I'm starting back with some fun Mitten activities! On Monday
I introduced Jan Brett's The Mitten and then on Tuesday we practiced this frame with each child's name in the pocket chart. We reread the Mitten several times throughout this rainy week to get the sequencing embedded in our minds!

On Thursday, we made a mini book for our book boxes which included some "tricky words" (down and made). 
We will keep them in our book boxes for rereading.

On Friday we sewed these darling mittens and retold the story together during Reader's Workshop!

Here are two more activities you can do with the Mitten!
A retelling wheel and a comparison map with the books by 
Jan Brett and Alvin Tresselt.

I just posted my New Mitten Pack  this morning!
It includes 10 activities from Jan Brett's The Mitten and a Comparison Map with Alvin Tresselt

If you love RETELLING like I do check out my friend Kim Adsit's blog post all about retelling and see our New Packet we have created together.  

Props and Activities for 10 Popular Children's Books!

If you live in or around Wisconsin Come see me! February 27th!

Back to School With KinderbyKim

Monday, September 19, 2016

Here are some of my favorite BTS activities!

Day one! 
(A 3 day week) Chicka, Boom, Boom!
 We had a great first day in our classroom!
The first day my kiddos go home at 10:50 
no lunch that day.I have BTSN that night.

In the past we have made Chicka Boom Boom 
necklaces on the first day! Chick a Boom Necklace link

Good Morning Song
This is a freebie in my TPT store.

"This is how I color on the first day of school." 
I had these up for BTSN.  
Thank goodness for 1 hour photos!

Friday is cooking day! 
We made Chicka Boom 
Trees and wrote the Recipe

Week two we made this cute alphabet activity from 
Miss Lee's Kindergarten
They make me so happy!
 Thank you Julie!

We introduced our classroom helper 

We are Book Lovers.
 We learned how to read books carefully.

How many letters in your name?  
First I wrote their names in yellow highlighter.
 Next they tore astro-bright paper to decorate their names.
 The next day we cut them apart to see how many letters and glued back down on a paper. Then we sorted by how many letters. 
I forgot to take a picture of that part!

 Week two we made Friendship fruit and wrote the 

This week we shared our Me in a Bag
I gave each parent at Back to School Night a brown
 paper bag with this note attached. 
This not my original idea. My teammate shared with me. 
There are many versions on Pinterst too!
I really enjoyed hearing about all my kiddos favorite things.

Here is a sample of goodies in the bag, Aliana likes 
to read Korean, swim, she loves animals and God!

In Reader's Workshop
We learned about where to find the title of a book.
We worked on our "Reading Stamina"

Last but not least we made our "All About Me Glyph"
**Not shown but included in our busy day was learning how to write our letters, Math Wall which included: 5 frames,  subitizing, writing numbers, simple CGI stories, STMATH and tallies! We have a short day the first 3 and 1/2 weeks due to "Welcome conferences." This is an opportunity for parents to to tell me about their child and for me to do a mini assessments.
Tomorrow starts our full day and Writer's Workshop begins!
Enjoy your week!