Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Raining Snowmen!!!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had fun with our families and ate too much turkey. The day before the holiday, we enjoyed a feast in our classrooms.

Students made apple turkeys, placemats, vegetable soup, fresh butter, and homemade pumpkin pies. We invited all of the parents to share in the fun with us. Having parents there was the perfect opportunity to have help taking down our fall bulletin boards and get the projects home safely. We thought we were so smart...the only problem was we had to come up with some cute bulletin boards quickly!

To get into the spirit of the holiday season, the "snow" blew into Malibu and our classrooms are filled with wintery crafts and projects. We love to integrate art and math and we had our firsties write their own addition story problems using a snowman and snowflakes.

We used scrapbook paper that we bought at Michael's for the hats and bows.  Michael's was having a fantastic sale - $5 for a 48 page pad of scrapbook cardstock!  We only had to use 1/2 the pad to make these adorable snow-people! The kids loved doing the craft and didn't realize they were doing math at the same time!

This project is perfect for differentiated instruction. In our Kindergarten class, the students did the same project but used a template to write a subtraction problem.
They used snowflake manipulatives to practice solving subtraction problems and a snowflake 10 frame slipped inside a plastic sleeve with a dry erase marker to find the answers and practice writing equations. The activity was such a huge hit that they asked to use them during their free choice time. Now that is what we call a  successful lesson!

If  you like this project it is available on our TPT store or by clicking here!