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MOON Rocks!

We are over the MOON excited to share our latest adventure with you!  Chinese New Year is also called Lunar New Year. Since Chinese New Year ends this week, I thought this was the perfect time to share our unit on Moon phases.  You can find it in my TPT store by clicking here.

M is for Moon.  To help us see each phase, we also used our Uncle Milton's Moon in My Room.  It shines just like the real moon!  I purchased the Uncle Milton Moon in My Room on Amazon for $25.

Chinese New Year begins with the new Moon and it ends with the full Moon in the sky.  All month long we will be sketching the moon's appearance each night.  

                              Moon Painting

We started things off with one of our favorite Eric Carle books, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me."  We were so inspired by the artwork that we wanted to make some of our very own.  We even got to try out this new "moon painting" technique that involved painting with marshmallows!

Moon Rock Math! 

We used jelly beans to do the above activity but you could also use the silver wrapped Hershey Kisses  instead.  Estimating with moon rocks was a huge hit!  Who doesn't love to play with their food?

                        Moon Phases Activity

Ever wonder why the moon looks different to us each night?  We came up with  a simple way to simulate how the earth rotates using a styrofoam ball, pencil, and a flashlight. As the moon orbits Earth, the Sun lights up whatever side of the Moon is facing it.  Since the moon has no light of its own, we are really seeing the sunlight bouncing off the Moon's surface.   

                       Moon Phases Flip Book

We even got to use our Moon Phases Flip book from my TPT store.  Since the actual flip book is too large to fit into our science notebook, I reduced the paper size by printing two sheets per page so we were able to glue the flip book onto a blank page of our science notebook.     Click here to see my Moon Phases flip book.

Moon Science Books

Both of these books helped us answer a lot of questions we still had about the moon.  

                                Moon Dough

                           Impact! Science at work. 

 We were curious about the surface of the Moon so first we made Moon dough and then we used our fingers to make the craters!

                     Oreo Cookie Moon Phases


One of our favorite activities was from my latest freebie.


We created the phases of the Moon with Oreo cookies.  We demonstrated how parts of the Moon seem to disappear, then reappear. This misconception is very common for little ones.  Click here to grab this freebie.

Chinese New Year Activities

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!!  Even though Chinese New Year isn't for another week, I wanted to let you know that I recently updated our Chinese New Year unit and it now includes so much more!  You can find it in my TPT store by clicking here.

Looking for something to help you celebrate China's biggest traditional holiday in your classroom? Check out some ideas from  our Chinese New Year unit below!

Different cultures have historical traditions of celebrating the New Year.  Since Chinese New Year begins this Friday, I wanted to share with you another way to incorporate social studies into your classroom.

To help us get our facts organized, we put together our Chinese New Year foldable (it's also included in my Chinese New Year Packet).

 We are kinesthetic, so we love making foldables.  They are great for visual learners too!

One of our favorite read alouds include "Celebrating Chinese New Year" a non-fiction text that followed a family in San Francisco, as they prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

Then we used our venn diagram to compare and contrast Chinese New Year to the January 1st New Year celebration (sorry I don't have a picture of this).

  Looking for a Chinese New Year craft?  We  thought it would be fun to make dragon puppets!  

There are lots of fun traditions  displayed to symbolize luck.  Children receive money in special red envelopes.  

I purchased the Chinese Good Luck Candy, Red Envelopes, and Good Luck Coins all on Amazon.

BIG News!

  I just want to say I'm so sorry we have been absent for awhile, but I can promise you it has been for a very good reason.  We couldn't be more excited to announce that our newest addition was born back in October!  We really wanted a second child so we are so happy but so exhausted!  So thank you for reading and supporting us on this adventure. 

Kissing Hand Activity and craft!

One of our favorite books for the first week of school is "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn.  This week I updated our Kissing Hand Unit.  

In this story, Chester, is scared to go to school.  Since many little ones may be nervous on the first day of school, this is the perfect read aloud during the first week of school.  

After reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn, have your students discuss their feelings on the first day of school.  We used our feelings flash cards to help us.

When we finished brainstorming, we made these cute hands and shared how we felt on the first day of school.

Here are some of the extension activities we did.

We sequenced the book and retold the story using our very own Chester puppets.

We ended our week by making homemade kissing hand cookies!

Click on the image to see more!

Editable Labels

 Spruce up your classroom and stay organized this year!   One of our projects this summer was to organize our classroom supplies!  I made a set of labels to help us stay organized.   They are editable so you can edit the text size, font, and color! Click here to see them in detail!  The white bins are from the dollar tree store.  

Teacher Binder Freebie Friday

We recently updated our teacher binder cover for the 2017-2018 school year.  These are great for staying organized and planning.

Click here to grab our latest freebie!

Classroom Library Update!

One of our main tasks we wanted to accomplish over the summer was to reorganize our classroom library.  Our library is expanding and what better way to get little ones excited about reading over the summer.   

 Seeing our new library has us feeling refreshed and inspired!  To hold the books I purchased these white bins from amazon.  To help our library stay organized,  and I created these editable classroom library labels.  Click here to see them.