Friday, January 6, 2012

Dinosaur Week, Freebie, and Giveaway

Hi sweet teaching friends!
How was your week back? Mine was actually really great and I hope yours was the same. We spent this week learning all about dinosaurs. I tell you one thing, little ones LOVE dinosaurs!! I am in the process of getting us a field trip set up to go visit our local art museum which has a huge dinosaur on display. Can't wait for that! (*Question: Is anyone else still in break mode? I need to snap out of it!)

Here is a bit of a peek at what we had going on this week:
***Okay, this has nothing to do with dinosaurs but we did this a couple weeks ago and I thought it was a cute activity to share if you are still looking for snowman/winter activities. We cut out the middle of a paper plate for the head and used scrap paper for the rest! Adorable!

Now, for the dinosaur part. (I should have gotten more pictures, so I apologize ahead of time!)

This is a position term activity from Erin at Creating and Teaching. The kids are doing excellent with positional terms!

We had so much fun at the sensory table this week. We were digging for dinosaur bones! I can't tell you where I got these dinosaur bones because my school had them and I think they are fairly old, but they are wonderful. Maybe you could find them on Amazon? I love sensory experiences in the classroom. There are so many ways to incorporate different aspects of the curriculum and my kids love it!

 We traced dinosaurs and I don't know what it was about this activity, but they SWARMED to it!! Oh my gosh, they all wanted to trace the dinosaurs. Fine by me! :) Great fine motor.

We made dinosaur prints this week. These turned out great and the kids enjoyed them. I will be putting them in their portfolios. I wish I had gotten a picture of a finished one. Oops!

At our math centers, we did dinosaur math journal prompts from Kim Swoveland's Dinosaur unit. I was shocked at how well my sweeties did with these. They are showing so much growth academically! (And socially, too) :)

Roll and Race Dinosaur game. This game reinforces one to one correspondence and counting. The kids rolled a die, then moved their dinosaur that many spaces. They love playing roll and count games.

These little guys were a HIT! The kids used foam blocks and regular blocks to build these dinosaurs. The dinosaur parts came from Lakeshore I believe. This was probably one of the favorites this week.

 I hope you enjoyed reading about our week! We are getting ready to kick of Transportation soon and I have made some activities for that. You can check them out by clicking here. I am excited about this unit!! :) Also, here is a freebie from this unit. Let me know if you use it and/or if you can't open it! I am trying new things..HA! :) How can I link the picture below to the unit on TPT/TN?

Don't forget about my giveaway that ends Monday. Scroll down for the post.

I am leaving you with some pictures from my trip to Colorado. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! :) Isn't God's creation amazing?! :)

Happy weekend!! :)


Shawna said...

Hey Julia,
Glad you had a great week back. I just found your blog and love it. I have awarded you the Liebster Award (it is for us newbie bloggers with less than 200 follower). Visit my blog to check it out. I am your newest follower!


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Erin said...

OO so exciting! Can't wait to check these out! We are doing transportation soon too! :)

Cait22 said...

Hmmm, well it appears you are very popular because I, too, nominated you for the Liebster award!! Can't wait to keep reading your posts :)


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Edana said...

LOVE these dinosaur activities! Thanks for sharing! I nominated you for an award...check out my blog!

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Crayons and Curls said...

Wow! Julia that is amazing! I love it! We do transportation in the fall, so I will save it for then! Thank you for sharing and I am adding your unit to my wishlist! :) What program did you create it in? Also, Did the button directions work? Have a great weekend! :)
Crayons and Curls

Julia said...

Y'all are too sweet!! Thank you! :) Cheryl, I created it in Power Point. It makes my life so much easier...haha :) I haven't tried the buttons yet, but it is on my list for this afternoon! Thanks for helping me out with that.

Mrs. L said...

Four is a party right? I agree with Shawna, Caitlin, and Edana. You deserve an award. I also nominated you for the Liebster Award. :) Never hurts to know that a lot of people think you are amazing!
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