Friday, March 15, 2013

Five for Friday: St. Patty's Edition!

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday
This is my first time and there is so much to share from this week that it was hard to narrow it down, so I decided to keep it all within the St. Patty's Day theme. We had so much fun this week in kindergarten with these fun activities. I pondered writing separate blog posts, but I wanted to link up this week so be prepared for a long, picture happy post tonight! :)

1. We started NEW math stations and the kids were so excited! 
This is only our second round of math stations and so far they are going well. I haven't had a chance to blog about this yet, but my goal is to blog about our math stations that we do every month. Below is my way of organizing the stations. It works perfectly for this group. I have two of every activity and they each have their own baggy. Almost all of this month's activities can be found through my pack on TpT, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" & Other St. Patty's Day Treasures.
 Station 1: Roll the Lucky Treasures - Addition
 Station 2: Lucky 3-D Shape Sort
Station 3: Lucky Clover Measurement
 Station 4: Lucky Bump (Addition & One More) - this game can be found in my Themed Bump Games Pack for 2nd Semester.
 Station 5: Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow - Making 10
 Station 6: Cloudy Addends - Find the Missing Cloudy Addend (Sums up to 10)
 This game wasn't in our math stations, but it could be. We put it in our math learning lab. Leprechaun Roll & Cover - Addition
 2. It was the final day with our leprechaun story and BOTH leprechauns came to visit! First up....the naughty leprechaun, Leyland. See more about this here.
Leyland destroyed our classroom once again...

He got into our green paint and left footprints all over the classroom...on our tables, counters, and on our toilet before turning the water green! Unfortunately our toilet flushes automatically so after the first group of kids discovered it, it was gone so I missed the picture!
 He dumped out our crayons in our cubbies and made a big mess!
 He left messages again and dumped out markers on the carpet.
 He spilled our dramatic play dress up clothes.
 He poured out some math manipulatives on the carpet and he erased all 9 of our stars on our star chart!
The kids were so cute and wanted to get our classroom back in order right away! Our classroom was back to normal in no time with these little helpers!
 3. Now for the nice leprechaun, Liam. He left us a little note to find the final treasure which led us on a treasure hunt.
This led us to the cafeteria where we found the next clue. I had one poor girl start crying because she was worried her face was actually going to turn blue....whoops! Haha!
In the courtyard, we found our next clue which led us to the library.
 The clue in the library led us back outside to the playground.
 They were on a mission to find that next clue, it was hilarious!!
Finally, our last clue led us to the principal's office. We had a tea party with the queen earlier in the year, so they knew exactly who our queen was!
We saw our principal in the hallway and showed her our clue. She led us quietly into her office to find the treasure!
We went back to our classroom to enjoy our treasure and taste the rainbow!
What a fun start to our Friday!! :)

4. We read "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" this week and did many activities with this fun story. (All from the same Old Lady Clover packet mentioned in my math stations above)

We filled in the blanks and colored our own books!
 We retold the story with picture cards.
 We picked three things the old lady swallowed and drew the picture and wrote the word for each.
We took a quick listening comprehension quiz on the final day to see how well we remember the story. I bet those kids could go home and tell the whole story to their parents after this week! They LOVED this book and these activities!
We did these and another writing activity where they got to choose what the old lady would eat if they were her. I didn't get any pictures because we packed up when we were finished, but they turned out super cute and they had wonderful ideas! I love seeing their creativity.

5. I am finally on SPRING BREAK!!!!! 
It was a wonderful day today because it was 80 degrees in Kansas, so we spent a majority of our day outside. I took the kids outside for reading class and I think I kept their attention better than I do inside (surprising I know!) and they read awesome! Anyway, it was a great end to a long week and now I'm ready to relax and do basically nothing all break! I'm looking forward to sleeping in and maybe making a product or two for my TpT store, but other than that I will be relaxing, enjoying time with my husband and our families. Sounds like a nice plan to me! :)

Happy St. Patty's Day on Sunday everybody!! 


  1. I have started doing more math centers this year for my third grader and I love it! Your organizing drawer is perfect.

    I love your treasure hunt! So many neat ideas!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

    1. Thank you! It was such a blast today! Enjoy your weekend too! :)

  2. Looks like you had a lot of leprechaun fun. I still have another week before spring break. My hubby has a bunch of home projects for us to get done over spring break so I am not sure if I am looking forward to it....ha! I love making books for my students to read and color. Never thought about making one to go with the old lady books. :)

    Have a wonderful spring break!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  3. We just started math centers too! My kiddos love them! I can't wait to see all about your math centers and get some ideas!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

    1. Awesome!! The kids do love them and it's fun to see them working together and talking about math more! Now I will for sure have to keep up on it! :)

  4. I love the way you organized your math centers. It's so is definitely at a premium in my classroom!! Thanks for sharing...I'm looking forward to reading more!

    Happy Teacher Heaven

  5. I miss being your classroom, but enjoyed reading about the fun week you and the kiddos had :) Such fun!! I was in the library when they came to look for the treasure, too.

  6. I love your hunt for the leprechaun treats! That is a great idea :)

    1. Thank you!! The kids LOVED it and they were so excited! Looks like your leprechaun left you a big mess!! Nice to "meet" another Kansas teacher! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. How adorable! I love these ideas!! Next year..

    I am your newest follower!

    Mindful Rambles

  8. I SO wanted to do a little hunt like you did with Liam; but, I can't rhyme for the life of me! Haha I was having the hardest time coming up with cute riddles so I never did it! haha

    Kindergarten Smiles