I’m so excited to be starting a new school year. As exhausting as it is, isn’t it wonderful that it’s our chance to get all– some– of those ideas you had last year into place??? One of the things I wanted to improve was my circle time bulletin board. I felt like it was way too crowded and not organized right last year. Well, this year I went overboard and plotted it on InDesign before stapling a thing! Hahaha. I really nerded out on this one.
Look how it turned out! Not an inch of space was wasted! And it looks nice!
One of the things I love best are my number anchor charts! I’d seen ones similar to this on Pinterest, but I didn’t want to have many little pieces on velcro to change and add. Instead, I made some charts that I could print out and write on with dry erase markers.
My students loved learning about the whole “secret world” of 3D shapes! It’s so fun to see their faces change after reviewing all the flat 2D shapes (that some of them have known for years) to the world of 3-Dimensions. They all think it’s going to be the same old lesson they have had before and then BOOM! We’re talking about cubes, cylinders, and prisms!
I love teaching this lesson and the kiddos could not be more engaged for the whole thing, from start to finish!
I literally like to start most of my lessons with a song or a dance 😉 So for this lesson, I start by having everyone make a big circle on the meeting rug to sing a song and introduce 3D shapes.
I have a great set of 3D shapes similar to these on Amazon.
I show the shape, we (briefly) talk about if they’ve seen anything this shape before and then pass it in a circle while singing these fabulous little rhymes about each one.
The book has an amazing suggestion to give each student in the classroom a copy of the spaceship dashboard while you read the book.
Before I even bring the book out, I tell them we are about to go on a space adventure and that I will need their help to steer the spaceship. Every time I have done this lesson, I get complete buy-in from the whole class. 4 year-olds absolutely cannot resist a good space story!!!!
While reading I love taking a look around to see who knows the shapes already and who is struggling a bit. Either way, they all love love love the book. 🙂
Last come their turn to design their own spaceship using space (3D) shapes! I pair up the kids by social and academic strengths. One student is the designer of the ship and the other is the builder.
I have enough little trays of blocks for each group and a copy of SpaceshipPlan—