Sunday, October 22, 2017

El Dia De Los Muertos!

    El Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead is a special Mexican holiday celebrated right after Halloween on Nov. 1 and 2nd.  Not much is known about it.  It is usually celebrated with symbols of skulls and skeletons and it’s assumed by many that it celebrates death when in fact it celebrates the lives of our ancestors and deceased loved ones. 
   Traditions connected with the holiday include: creating private altars to honor the deceased, decorating grave sites, music,  making foods such as “Pan de Muerto”  for the departed and visiting graves with these gifts.
   Many of the children in our schools create art work and crafts.  Check out  the video below to see some of their products!  I’ve  created a non-fiction booklet that can be a great  resource to use when discussing and studying about the Day of the Dead with your kinders!

El Dia De Los Muertos Fact Booklet

Art work by Ms. G’s art class!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Where has October gone?

Where has the time gone?  October is half way over and my mindset is still in September! Anyway better late then never!  I wanted to share many of my Fall products that I found to be fun to do with young students!

These non-fiction books about fall themes are great resources to use for discussing and studying in the pre-k/kindergarten class. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Digging up Dinosaurs PBL!

What is Project Based Learning? In pre-k and kindergarten it is a systematic and fun way to engage young students in a curriculum based study by focusing on a meaningful question or questions. Using the focus question(s) as a framework, students explore real world problems through research, discussions, and creative thinking. Students work in small groups on a selected topic of study based on the focus question(s). Students are then given the time and opportunity to engage in activities for in-depth learning. With the guidance of an adult facilitator, the groups complete research and activities and culminate their findings through a project and/or presentation to share with the rest of the class.
 Find out what the children came up with!
Set the Stage with a Voki!  

Dinosaurs are a high interest topic with plenty of activities available to keep students focused. We have included some activities that we used and can be incorporated in your PBL study as well.

These are examples of activities used in centers.
Science Activities: 

Arts & Craftivities:  

Literacy Centers:                                             

Math Centers:   

Technology Projects: 
Doodle Buddy App Slides
QR Codes  


Group Projects:    

Collaboration & Reward:                              

Assessments & Rubrics: 

Additional Resources: 

Check out this PBL on my Teacher Pay Teacher Store!
PBL Dinosaurs 
 Included in the product are also two free fact booklets – on Dinosaurs and Fossils, and instructions on how to create your own ChatterpixVoki, Doodle buddy, and Thinglink digital projects.