Earth Day Ideas for Kindergarten

Earth Day is one of my favorite topics to teach because you can incorporate science into math and language arts!  I want to share with you some of the things that I have done in my Kindergarten classroom to get the students excited about taking care of the Earth!

Here I am on Monday, ready for Earth Week Day.  My favorite part is that my husband didn't even ask any questions when I asked him to take a picture of me with my coffee and a bag of dirt (at 6:30am).  #instagramhusband

You know that yummy treat using pudding, crushed Oreos, and gummy worms?  Well, I found a book that would be ADORABLE with the treat and wanted to add a little tree into our cup of dirt.  Here are all of my supplies.

I came across this book, We  Planted a Tree, and thought it would be perfect for Earth Day because it talks about all of the wonderful things trees give us.  I addition to this adorable book I FOUND CLIP ART THAT MATCHES THE TREE!!!!  They are made by Krista Wallden, you can find them in her Easter Buddies clip art pack. I decided to hunt for brown spoons to match the trunk and found them at Party City.  To be honest, I haven't given my class a sugary treat like this in a long time.  My school doesn't do birthday treats, so this was so exciting for them.  

After reading several Earth Day books, we made this Earth Day flip craft to share one way we can help the earth.  I have it as a FREEBIE for you HERE!  I also included lined paper that doesn't have the sentence stem.

Our next task was to plant sunflower seeds.  I soaked the seeds in water over night to speed up the growing process once they are placed in the dirt.  We put the dirt in a cup and planted 3 seeds each!

Our little garden gnome from Target looks over our seeds while we are at home!  The students got the biggest kick out of him!  I have the cups on their desk for Open House.  We planted them about two weeks before Open House with hopes of them sprouting so the parents can see!

We also planed lima beans using a baggie, wet paper towel, and baggie topper!  (Grab the topper in the Earth Day freebie!)  I stapled the baggie topper to the plastic bag and then taped the bag to my cupboard.

I really wanted to talk about recycling with the kids so over the last couple of months I have been saving colored paper from crafts.  First we talked about the different parts of the flower.

Then I made a giant mess and dumped all of our recycling on the floor!  The students just stared at me as if I had gone crazy! haha!  I let them dig through it for colors to rip and decorate their flower with!

We talked about how we can reuse old things to make something new and beautiful!  The students really grasped the idea of recycling and were so proud of their recycled flowers!  You can get the flower template in my TpT Store!

Happy Earth Week and I hope your have fun with some of these activities!

Watermelon Seed Addition

We are practicing addition in my classroom so I was able to use my Watermelon Craftivity with my students! They were really excited to count and add the watermelon seeds to make a number sentence.  

I read aloud the adorable story, The Watermelon Seed, before we made our addition craft.  The story isn't about addition, but it is a fun read aloud that I wanted to tie in with our watermelon day.

First I asked the students to glue down two groups of seeds to make a number sentence.  Then during small group time, I called over a group of students to sit with me and write out the number sentence.  I wanted to make sure that everyone counted correctly and then wrote the correct numbers.

I have limited bulletin board space in my room so I used two of my cupboards instead.  Creating my own bulletin board letters has become my new obsession.  I just printed out the letters in a cute font so there were two letters to a page, and then spent precious time cutting the letters out.  ;)

Our colorful watermelon craft brightens my day every time I look at it and it's fun watching the kids flip up the pink paper to read the math sentences!

Bunny Ear Addition

We are practicing addition in my class.  I was wandering around in Target and found these ADORABLE bunny plates!  (See, something good has come from my endless hours spent in Target!!!!)  I thought the little bunny ears would be perfect for practicing addition using the Part Part Whole Strategy.

Here are the plates.  They come in three colors, but they are only sold in the store.  (See the link here.) I found them in the Easter seasonal section.

I printed out the words: part, part, whole and found some pom poms in my cupboard.  It would have also been cute to use some seasonal erasers that you can find in the Dollar Spot!

First the students placed pom poms in the ears for each part of the addition sentence.  They wrote out the sentence on their whiteboard.  

Then they scooped the pom poms into the center of the plate and counted how many they had all together!

I used this for my math center all week and the kids LOVED using the manipulatives to practice addition.  They were obsessed with the cute plates and really enjoyed the sparkly pom poms!

St. Patrick's Day Videos

St. Patrick's Day is almost here and I have been having fun watching little YouTube video clips in my class!  We watch them for a quick brain break, during transitions, or as a reward!  I found this YouTube station called The Kiboomers.  They have great songs for Preschool-Kindergarten!  These are perfect for my class that is TK/Kindergarten and are English Language Learners.  They are simple songs, with repetitive language, and they use familiar tunes! 

Here are some of my favorites...

These were great to show my class to help them understand what a leprechaun was!  If you have any St. Patrick's Day videos that you like, please leave a link in the comments below!