Sunday, March 16, 2014

Last Minute St. Patrick's Day Post and a FREEBIE

First... It's The Las Day To Enter our SitSpot Contest:

You will want to click right HERE and, once the page opens, scroll down and enter to get your free set of SitSpots.  You can enter by leaving a comment on that page or any of the 9 other blogs you can link to at the bottom of the page.  
Click the image to hop to the contest.

Or get 10 bonus entries each time you follow any of the blogs!  

Or grab your own SitSpots @ 25% off by using the code you will see on that page.  Hurry, the contest is almost over!

Here are some more pix of ways to color-code your reading table or centers in your classroom with SitSpots:
Each seat at my reading table is color coded with the color of the table that each child came from.
The library is a Blue Center.

The Magnet Center is a Red Center

The Discovery Center is a Purple Center.

Computers are an Orange Center.

Listening Center is a Green Center.

Second... You will want to do something special for St. Patrick's Day so...

Here are a few ideas:

Grab Some Mardi Gras Beads: 

They should be on close-out now that Mardi Gras is over.  
Use them to stock your Leprechaun Gold Shop and keep it up for a few weeks.  

Stock your shop with plastic jewelry.  My friend made cute store uniforms for the shop clerks to wear.  :)
We just used our puppet stage, but you can also use a small desk.
Since we didn't catch the leprechaun, we set up a Gold Shop where students can "buy" plastic jewelry with plastic gold coins.
You can use real coins for plastic leprechaun gold.

Students take turns being the clerk and the customer.
Integrate counting, sorting, community helpers, and

  When they are done playing, they return the jewelry to the shop so others may play too.

Make Leprechaun Puddin':

You will need to grab:
 a gallon of milk
 at least 3 large boxes of Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding,
a clear glass bowl
a large spoon
small paper cups
plastic spoons
a measuring cup.
(Off brands don't work as well.  I recommend buying Jell-o brand instant pistachio pudding because it starts out white and turns green.)  

DO NOT DO THIS ACTIVITY IF YOU HAVE ANY NUT ALLERGIES IN YOUR CLASS.  There are real pistachios in the pudding.  You can replace the milk with soy milk if you have any dairy allergies.  

While the students are out at recess, open the packages of Jell-o instant pistachio pudding and empty them into a large, clear, glass bowl.  I usually leave green footprints leading to the bowl where we find a note that says "You didn't catch me, but I left you some Leprechaun Puddin'."  

Just add milk and stir and you will see the magic!"  (You can order green SitSpot footprints for next year by using the 25% code which you can find by following THIS link.)

As I pour the milk (follow package directions for amount) into the bowl the children will gasp as the white powder turns green!

Stir until it's nice and thick and then spoon some into the cups for the children to enjoy.
(Sorry, no pix this year.)

Make a Leprechaun Rainbow:

Easy, breezy and quick to prep:  You can download it for FREE by clicking Here.
Here is my sample.

Just added this picture of the kids' work.

Click the image to grab the FREE download.  

For each child, you will need:
 1piece of white construction paper (9" X 12") 
 1 piece of each of the following colors cut to 1 1/2" X 9":  
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

Give each child a 1 of each of the pieces above and have them cut the white piece into the shape of a cloud.  Then, they glue the colored strips, in order beginning with red, to the bottom of the cloud.  

To give this activity a standard, I had each child trace the color sight word below and glue it to the end of the matching colored strip.  They also wrote their name on the line in the oval, traced the dotted letters, and glued them to the cloud.  They look so cute in our classroom.  

(Sorry I didn't take pix this year.)

These look great and can stay up throughout spring and for Open House.  :)
Here is the FREE Download for your color words and cloud label.  Have FUN.

See you all tomorrow and have a great
Saint Patrick's Day.
Palma :)


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