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!