Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Singing Time

Since yesterday was VALENTINES DAY, I would do some heart popping balloons for singing time! I would go over to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and look for some heart shaped balloons.  Or just 7 or 8  red balloons will do in the 9 or 10 inch size.  Then I would put  7 songs on little strips of paper and roll them up inside each of the balloons.


Then tape them to a wall or chalkboard before the kids all come in.  You could write a big number on the outside or just leave them blank.
Here's my little Valentines with me at the Petting Zoo last Saturday.....
Ain't she cute?  
Feeding the goats.....priceless! 


Then tell the kids for Valentines Day coming up you wanted to play "pop the balloon" with them.  Sing the assigned song and tell them you are going to be looking for the best singer to pick to come up and pop the balloon for the next song choice.
I'd try to get some heart shaped ones from Roberts Crafts, Micheals or Hobby Lobby....


Then they will undoubtedly sing their little hearts out for you.  It's so cute how easy it is to motivate kids.
Then pick out your first "contestant".  They can come up and get a big pin from you for popping.
 Make a big deal about maybe counting down from 5, to 4, to 3, 2, 1 Let er RIP!  Then watch the fun.

And you'll have your next song to sing.  Tell them once again you will be looking for the best singer to pop the next balloon.  The balloons will cost you about 20 cents each depending on where you go.  I know Roberts Crafts has balloons too and you might find some cute Valentine ones to put in between the plain red ones for variety.
Balloon Pop Gift Wrap
Happy POPPING!  And Happy Valentines Day!



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Olympic Torch and 15 Winter Olympic Sports Pictographs

I wanted to teach the kids a few things about the Olympics in Sochi, Russia happening this week. I always love watching the opening ceremonies and the pride I feel in our country represented by hundreds of cool athletes from all around the U.S.A.
 We made Olympic Torches for art this past week, and I had them write about the Olympics.
Our classroom bulletin board of the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympic Games turned out pretty.
Tacky and the Winter Games is a book I sent away for on Amazon to read the kids too. HERE is a link.  Tacky is one of my all-time-favorite book characters. He is so funny and odd but always saves the day
I looked on Pinterest and around the internet and found a few fun ideas for things we could do. I have always loved watching the figure skaters in the Olympics. Who doesn't remember Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan and the hoopla of THAT winter olympics?
Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Pictograms
Here is the Sochi set of Winter Olympic Pictograms. I used these to put kids' face pictures on the "heads" as they choose their favorite Olympic Winter Sports. Check out HERE at this Flicker site for more pictures.
Sochi Winter Olympics depicted on our bulletin board. 
I can't believe the  Salt Lake City Winter Games were  back in 2002!  The students chose their favorite of the 15 events and I put their pictures on top as a headshot. Super fun!
Snowboarding was a favorite Olympic event of the boys and girls in my class. 
We also did a class graph of favorite Winter Olympic Events and I think figure skating and snowboarding were winners. 
pictogram answers
 I used the Salt Lake City Pictograms from the UEN Website for my headshots HERE.  I just liked the black background better and also because it listed the name of the sport. These would be SUPER CUTE TO DO IN PRIMARY! 
I made up some SOCHI 2014 banners with the Olympic Rings for our Class bulletin board. I used  little "class picture" faces copied on the copy machine in black and white. Then I had a mom helper glue their face to their favorite or most admired winter sport. 
So I had the kids also do a graph choosing their favorite of the Winter Olympic Sports. Boy did we have a lot of ski and snowboard lovers in our class! (I don't think anybody even KNOWS what a bobsled is! :D) HERE are some cute graphics I used to create our Class Olympics Graph. It was free on TPT. Some backround information and stationery is HERE from TPT. I forgot to take a picture.
Olympic Torches out of paper cones covered in tinfoil. The flames are orange, red and yellow tissue paper squares. 
Then we chose our sport and wrote why we'd love to be in the Olympics. We brainstormed how exciting it would be to wear the Red, White and Blue, go to the opening ceremonies wearing the U.S. Team Uniform and hat, (although this year's hat is kinda weird looking in my view) and live amongst the top athletes in all of the world, even if only for a few weeks or days. I hope they will all be safe in Sochi 2014. That's always a concern these days, sadly, isn't it? The best bunch of activities that I found for FREE was HERE at First Grade WOW. Thanks so MUCH! There was everything from Math to Nouns and Verbs and Wordsearches. She matched some activities to the cute Tacky the Penguin Book (My favorite Children's Book of all Time).
Their"Olympic" essays were a lot of fun to read. Some cute word wall vocabulary cards can be found HERE at TPT.  My favorite stationery I found was HERE at TPT.  It was soooo cute! 
Winter Olympics Writing and  Olympic Torch Art.....
I found a cute Olympic Bingo game that was super colorful but I wanted Winter sports only. It is HERE at learning treasures. I'm going to keep looking.  A cute wordsearch I found HERE at Sports Girls Play. And a very cute Olympic Torch outline is quality-kids-crafts. I did a variation on it in my class so check them out below. Another cute BINGO game with WINTER sports only is HERE at Classroom Jr.
Here is another bulletin board we did just outside our doors. Underneath are the 15 events I had copied many years ago during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. I just pulled out my file again. Good memories! I got to go SEE that opening ceremony. It was magnificent! 
I wanted the students to experience Russian Culture a little bit too. So we will make some Russian Nesting Dolls out of paper next week and write poems about the Russian Olympics. I brought in the dolls I bought in Armenia many years ago when I traveled to Russia. HERE at activity village are the printable and free download of the Russian Nesting Dolls blackline. They turn out really cute! I've done them in the past when we had a rotation for Christmas Around the World and I presented Russia. "Semenov" Babushka Doll Russian Nesting Dolls I have at home from my trip to Russia a few years back picking my son Dev up from his Armenia Mission (near Russia).  I also showed them some travel brochure picture posters I made up of Russia with some of their cultural icons like the Onion Domed buildings, Their government leaders (Putin) and who their Santa Claus is! (Father Frost).

 I will read them some of the stories of "Babushka" by Patricia Polacco because she depicts the Russian culture in her stories. Here are a few of her famous books. Maybe some of these ideas will spark an Olympic Idea for you to do in Primary. The torches were easy, just a cone, tinfoil and tissue paper taped inside. Easy Peasy!

 I hope we bring home lots of gold this week at the Winter Olympics! Go Team U.S.A. Babushka's Doll443633



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