Stone Soup

This past week was a wee bit crazy!  But we all had a blast and had some great learning moments!

Our classroom aid was out all week so I kept our centers pretty low key.  I managed two centers and the other eight were very independent.  I must say that my Littles are very good when it comes to showing responsibility.

Here is one of the new Lakeshore activities I purchased a few weeks ago.  

I whipped this little Word Family recording sheet to go along.

My proud little workers!

On the SmartBoard I put up....yep, you guessed it, Lakeshore activities.  They LOVE being able to work the SmartBoard independently!

Here is another one of the Lakeshore centers I found:

Stone Soup
This was our big activity of the week.  We read two different versions of the fable and compared them (I made a venn diagram, but forgot to take a picture).  After reading the story, we went outside and searched for a small smooth stone.  I had several families bring vegetables to add to our soup.  Before recess we worked together and added all of the yummy vegetables to the crockpot (they watched as I chopped).  We put the stone in and let the soup cook all morning. 
(yes, I washed the stone with hot soapy water before adding it)

 They ate it up! 
I even had a few of my Littles ask for seconds! 

Together we made this fun little craftivity.  I had the construction paper already pre-cut into small squares or rectangles.  I read the story again, and as a new item was “shared” we cut it out and added it to our pot. 

Next week is going to be very short and filled with lots of goodness.  Monday is our Primary Thanksgiving Feast.   And Wednesday is our Grandparent’s Day Celebration.  Each grade level will be performing as our visitors enjoy a catered breakfast.  
My Littles will be singing Albuquerque Turkey...A.DORABLE!

Whew!  Where do these weeks go?  Just a minute ago, it was the beginning of school!  

I really had anticipated getting this posted over the weekend.  But it snowed here.  Not much, but enough to play outside with my niece.  Then we made pumpkin bread and watched the Wizard of Oz.  I love hanging out with my sweet niece!

Okay, back to business.

Last week we began our Native American unit.  With the wonky schedule we have this year, it’s really hard to get everything in {I know you all feel that way too}.  So during centers my Littles beaded their pattern necklaces and made really cool Native American pictures with our magnetic pattern blocks {pictures below}.

We also worked on a fun stamping activity from Deedee Wills.  Great practice for our HFW and Word Families.  It is an editable version so you can add what you need.  Love Deedee!  

Click on the image above to take you to DeeDee's TpT store.

We also did the Number Fun activity from this packet.  I know this is a back to school pack.  And, I did the activity at the beginning of the year in small groups with my Littles to get an idea of number sense. But what a great assessment tool {you know, since report cards are right around the corner}.  So I put it in a center and they worked independently on it.  I was very impressed how well they did!  

Click on the image above to take you to Alessia's TpT store.
Here they are....just workin' away.

 This is one of my Lakeshore finds.  It is Puuurrrfect for my kiddos!

Here are some of our Tricky Turkey Disguises
You can get the turkey template here at Mrs. Nelson's Class website.  She has a ton of great resources. 

 We made a TeePee on the Plains picture.

 And...our paper bag Native Americans