Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Black Bears, New Mexico, & Kindergarten


I've been off for exactly a month but that's because my students and I have been crazy at school, having fun and READING!! My little kindergartener's are reading :) and somewhat writing and coming along in their academics. I just love watching those little eyes grow when they hear themselves read or "sound out" a word and READ it... best part for me as a teacher!!! If I could add a bunch of Emoji happy faces with heart eyes here I would!!! lol!

This past month we did a thematic unit on our state (New Mexico and Our State Animal: Black Bear) which lent itself to a whole STEM, Social Studies, Reading & Math Common Core Aligned Lesson and I'm sharing it with you all today!

We started off by learning about New Mexico, our State Flag, and the Zia Symbol.
This link (see below)  has so many resources it was wonderful! Did you know New Mexico even has a State Dinosaur?? We didn't!!

New Mexico


This is what our final Project looks like! The students worked together to create/make the habitat for the black bear, New Mexico's State animal!


During this project we also addressed common core standards like rhyming. Student's used their interactive journals to make "Rhyming Dens."


We played a counting on game, using "bear dens" And sang "we are going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a number, we can't go over it, can't go under it, we must go in it!" Then they caught the number and counted on from that number! 


Lets not forget to how to write, count, and compare!


Plus other writing projects! Hope you liked reading along, just as much as I enjoyed sharing! 
You can actually purchase this whole unit at my TPT store and try it in your own classroom, it has so much more to offer and it's all common core aligned! Download it and leave some feedback! Enjoy!












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