It has a topic and 3 clues, it is a...RIDDLE!

We started to learn how to write riddles in KS today!  I introduced riddles during our writing workshop mini lesson and then students had a chance to practice it.  

This is a sample of the riddle paper I used with my class.  I have included this paper as a link at the bottom of my post. 

We wrote a riddle as a class so I could model how to do one.  We wrote a class riddle about a frog.  I demonstrated how to draw the picture and write the answer.  

Next, we worked on writing the topic of the riddle.  The topic helps the guesser get a general  sense of what the riddle is about.  

Finally we worked on writing 3 clues about my answer.  This was a perfect tie in to our reading because this week we are learning about frogs.  We had just finished reading some informational text about frogs and the topic was fresh in their head.  We practiced being specific with our clues to help the one who is guessing try to figure out the answer.

Once we were done with our riddle we folded our paper and walked around the room to have people guess the answer.  This is a great speaking and listening activity because students have to have eye contact, listen, and speak clearly to their partner.

Students read their clues to their peers and then tried to have them guess their riddle. 

After 3 guesses the student would show their answer to their friend.  

Here are a few samples of some riddles that students wrote today.

Now that I have introduced riddle writing it will now be in the writing workshop area for students to work on.

If you are interested in the riddle paper I have attached it in the link below.

This paper is party of my Adventures with Informational Text Packet that can be found in my TpT store. (Click on the picture below)

As always, thank you for taking the time to read through My Day in K, I hope you had a great day of teaching!


Five for Friday

I haven't been this excited to see Friday since last Friday! ;)  

I'm excited to share our week of learning.  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday.  If you have never done this linky party you should.  I have found it to be a great way to reflect on my week!  Here we go...

This week we started to dig deeper with text features.  Our text feature this week was labels. Our main focus was labeling dolphins.  We read several informational text about dolphins and then practiced labeling together as well as independently.  I put the turtle labeling sheet as well as a few other animals in our writing workshop area for them to practice with.

We started our measurement unit in math.  I bought Jayme's measurement unit from Teach, Talk, Inspire.  Be sure to check out her blog.  She has lots of great teaching ideas and activities.  My kids are loving the unit so far.  Their favorite has been measuring with the magic wand and sorting pictures into the magic hat.  

We continued our habitat unit in science.  This week we learned about the pond and started to talk about forest.  

During literacy centers we have been working with a lot of CVC activities.  Students wrote the beginning sound, middle, and end as well as did sentence scrambles practicing CVC words and sight words.  These activities can be found in my TpT store.  

Today is our World Kaleidoscope day.  We learn about different countries throughout the year, but today is the day we celebrate our school and all the countries we are from.  It is an exciting event where students get to showcase the places that are special to them and teach others about it.  Each grade level gets to hear about two different countries throughout the day. Kindergarten is learning about Poland and China.  We finish the day with an after school event where families are welcome to come and try food from around the world, participate in games, the students perform cultural dances, and sing songs.  It is a great event to celebrate each other!

That wraps up my Five for Friday.  I hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend!


Wordless Wednesday

I'm linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday

My picture is a note given to me by one of my students.  It is simple, but reminds me how much I love my job.  I like to keep sweet notes like this and thank you's in a file and look at them when I need a pick me up.

Does anyone else do that?


Tech Tuesday

It is Tuesday which means I am linking up with Marie from Once Upon a Classroom for her weekly Tech Tuesday party!
The technology tool I am going to talk about today is called Skitch.  It is a free app and available through iTunes and Google Play.
The Skitch App enables you to take a picture, write or draw on the picture, and then send the picture to any desired location.  I have had my students use this app during writing workshop when we are practicing labeling.  Students would walk around the room, take a picture, and then type or write the labels around the picture. 

                                   Skitch Example (Labeling).jpg
Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check out Once Upon a Classroom for other great tech tips to use in the classroom. 

Five for Friday

Another week has flown by and I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly linky party.  I can't believe we are already in the middle of April, so much to do, so little time.  

We continued our study of Informational Text.  This week was all about text features.  On Monday we did an overview of all the text features (labels, print types, captions, heading, table of contents, glossary, and photographs).  After I introduced the vocabulary cards the kids had a chance to dive into informational text and flag the text features they found.  

My kiddos loved this activity and I loved how they were talking about the text and the text features they found.  

Throughout the rest of the week we focused on one text feature a day.  We used Animal A to Z as our anchor text and recorded our information in the text feature book. 

To get my students talking about text features we did a few Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures.  One activity we did was "Think, Pair, Share".  If you are not familiar with this strategy the students walk around with one hand in the air.  When they find another student with their hand in the air they high five.  Then they each share a text feature and high five again.  The students put their hands in the air and walk to the next available partner.  We do this activity often as a way to share information and move at the same time. My kiddos love it.

All of the pages above can be found in my Adventures with Informational Text Packet in my TpT store.  

We are finishing up our math unit about teen numbers and place value.  Yesterday I introduced a new game during math centers.  It is a place value game.  The students need 2 cubes to mark their space, a die, dry erase marker, and slate.  One student rolls the die.  If they land on a space with base ten blocks they have to write the teen number it represents, if they land on a teen number they have to show the teen number on their slate by drawing base ten blocks.  It was a bit hit!  Then again, any time they have the opportunity to use their dry erase marker and slate they are all about it. :)

In science we started our unit on animal habitats.  So far we have talked about the desert and ocean.  Our plan is to spend two days on each habitat.  (Desert, ocean, Pond, Forest, Savannah, and Arctic).  After we learn facts we do a craft about the habitat.  This week we made a kangaroo rat for the desert and a crab for the ocean. 

Have you heard of book wizard?  

It is a FREE app that enables you to find and level scholastic books.  All you need is your scholastic log in information.  The cool thing about this app is once you download the app all you have to do is scan the bar code on the back of the book to find the reading level.  

This app has definitely made my life easier as I level new books into our classroom library! 

Thank you for taking the time to read about my week.  I hope you have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend!