Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop Motion in the Primary Classroom

Stop motion...in kindergarten? No way, right? That's what I thought at first.  It seemed too complicated and I never thought to try it with my own students...until this year.
 I knew right way, after playing around with the Stop Motion App, that my students could easily navigate it.
 Check out how simple it is!
1. Tap the plus button to start a new video.
2. Students tap the red button to take pictures and the bottom of the screen displays the pictures in order as you take them. 

3.  After you're done taking pictures, select the speed for your video. 
4.  Then record!
Our first stop motion adventure was in science.  One of our standards is to identify plant characteristics, but we took it a step further. We decided to build the parts of a plant with play-doh.   Then students used their play-doh parts to show the life cycle of a plant. Here's an example....
This was an easy, quick first activity. Next, I wanted to integrate Stop Motion animation in ELA, specifically reading comprehension. Retelling was a skill that my students sometimes struggled with, so I wanted to try something different to engage them. I needed a book that had simple illustrations, so I used one of our shared reading texts from the UOS (Units of Study). Super Mouse is a short, familiar, predictable text that my students fell in love with. 
I introduced the assignment and our first step was to create the "props" for our retelling. They drew their own background, Super Mouse and other items depicted in the book.  Then, I had a crazy idea to have them work as partners. Before we started, we modeled, practiced and discussed what the partnership should look like.  One would take the pictures and the other would move the props. Did it work, yes!!! Here are some pics of my students collaborating. 

The classroom was abuzz with sounds of engagement and not a single disagreement, which allowed me to serve as facilitator.  After the students finished taking their pictures, it was time to do the voice over. This was done independently in their recording spots and after that we uploaded to Seesaw, which was super easy(see below).

Voila! Here is the finished product after we uploaded it to Seesaw. 
                                   
We had such a great time with these and my only regret was that we didn't start using the app earlier in the year. If you use stop motion with your students, I would love for you to share in the comments below.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I can do that with Kahoot!

Do you want to make your Kahoots even more engaging? Click on the image below to check out my blog post at The Primary Peach.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pumpkin Pie in a Bag

This no bake activity was a hit in my classroom and it's so easy to make! It literally took 10 minutes. 
My kinders loved helping me crush the graham crackers, taking turns using the rolling pin.
Then, we mixed the vanilla pudding and milk together. We had to knead that well, so a lot of students were able to help out. 
We added the pumpkin pie, cinnamon and ginger to the mixture and kneaded again
Then we added the graham crackers, pumpkin mixture to the cups and topped it with whipped cream. 
Then we dug in! They loved it!
Just follow the directions below and you will have pumpkin pie in no time!
If you try this in your class, I would love to know how it turned out!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

How to use Post-Its for Easy Assessments

Check out my post over at The Primary Peach on how I use Post-Its for easy assessments in my Kindergarten class. Click on the image below to get there:)
I would love to hear how you are using Post-its in your classroom.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Book Creator and Seesaw

This year in kindergarten we used Book Creator to write books and stories.  By the end of the year my students became experts and decided to start typing their stories. Here a few of the stories written by my kinders and uploaded to Seesaw.
                                  
Jayden wrote about his family's trip to Six Flags. His story is a great example of our work in the UOS and telling a story across pages. 
      
This student wrote about her family's trip to the pool and she wrote across pages with a different experience on each page. 

                                 
I love this student's complex sentences and transition words. He was the one who started the typing bug in our class. After he shared his book, all of his classmates wanted to give it a try.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

End of the Year Poem Freebie

We are celebrating our 1 year Blogiversary at The Primary Peach! 
To show our appreciation, we are linking up and posting freebies for you!
Do you need a sweet and simple way to say goodbye to your kids this year? This encouraging poem would be great to attach to an end of the year gift. Click on the image below to get this freebie. 
Click on the image below to head back to The Primary Peach and enter to win an Erin Condren Planner!