Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bakery Classroom Flip: Part TWO!


So we'll pick back up from Part One!   Here's where we left off....the CONTENT!

Here are the standards that we chose as the focus for the flip!
*With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
*Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
*With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 
*With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
*With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

When the kiddos entered the room, the Italian music was playing, the room had been transformed, and their teachers had been replaced by chefs for the day!  (That would still be us, just decked out in wigs, chef coats, and strange new accents that were supposed to be Italian...but somehow migrated towards "Southern", "Jamaican", and "Irish" throughout the day! :)  For the record, the kids didn't care!  They were HOOKED!

Next up, we began the day with the actual baking.  We were, of course, in a bakery for Pete's sake!  We chose a simple recipe that could be made on a hot plate and did not require baking just to speed up the process.  We made Oatmeal Chocolate Bars (similar to these) but with ONE.SUPER.HUGE recipe adjustment.  I told them I didn't like things that were too sweet, but more recipes that were salty-sweet.  So I changed the recipe and left out 1/2 of the chocolate that was called for and used 1/2 CUP of SALT (you read that right) instead of BROWN SUGAR!  I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you what THAT did to the recipe.  I'll just let their faces tell you instead!
It was NOT good people.  It was AWFUL.  It was INSANE.  We had to SPIT.IT.OUT!

That was how we began the lesson!  Now you KNOW these people were ALL in.  So we talked about how that did not work AT ALL and maybe we should try it again and FOLLOW THE RECIPE with out leaving out any ingredients and without changing the recipe.

We decided to wait until later in the day.  We had WORK to do.  But this baking fiasco got our CONTENT kick-started.  We talked about WHY the recipe was a disaster...left ingredients out, changed ingredients that didn't fit...  Then I tied that all in to how BOOKS are a lot like RECIPES.  They have certain ingredients (story elements) and they follow a recipe (beginning, middle, ending).

Next up I read a story.  But being the busy chef that I was, I only read the beginning and the ending.  They were like "Well, that didn't make sense.  What the heck happened in the middle?"  Again we talked about stories needing to "follow the recipe" to make sense.

Next up we read When Will It Be Spring?  The WHOLE book this time!
We used story sequencing cards from Heather Cacak.  To make it fit our bakery flip, the kids used pie pans to order the "ingredients" into the pans using plastic tongs.  The whole table had to work together with each person taking turns to add "ingredients". 
 When all groups were finished, we got to play the PIE FACE GAME!  (It's a tradition in Chef Valenti's Bakery, don't you know!!!)  We just let each kiddo come up and have 1 click so as to speed the game along AND make sure everyone got to have a turn.  We were CRACKING up I tell you!!!
Next up, we came back together and made our own RECIPE for a GREAT STORY on the Activboard.  Now we are really tying in the FUN with the CONTENT!
Next up, the kiddos worked with a partner to complete a story elements interactive notebook page from Deanna Jump's Reading Interactive Notebook K-2 pack on TpT.  The kiddos did an outstanding job looking for all of the elements and details in our book.
Whew!  That's enough for tonight.  We'll finish up the day in Part Three!  Check back soon!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bakery Classroom FLIP! Part One!

Oh...my...word!  We LOVE what happened in our room today!  I will be forever grateful to Hope King, Kim Bearden, and Chris Pombanyo for their CLASSROOM FLIPS inspiration!  If you don't follow these fantastic teachers...DO....IT...NOW!  :)
If you are not familiar with a classroom flip, it's basically when you totally change your room into a new environment to build student engagement with a specific content area in mind.
For our BAKERY FLIP, we were focused on Language Arts and specifically how stories are much like "recipes".  They must follow a particular order (beginning, middle, and ending) and have certain ingredients (characters, setting, problem, and solution).  We spent quality time on 5 standards throughout the day in reading literature, not too mention some additional math standards!
We'll highlight each standard that matches each activity!
So...we began with the invitation to the kiddos.  We sent this on the Friday before the flip on Monday.  That gave them all weekend to wonder what they heck was going on in their classroom!!!
Tips to get your kindergarten kiddos overflowing with motivation by flipping your classroom!
















Next up, we had to FLIP the classroom and turn that sucker into a bakery!!!
Tips to get your kindergarten kiddos overflowing with motivation by flipping your classroom!





Now of course before we planned all of this decorating, we began the WHOLE FLIP with our content as the real FOCUS!  That's truly the most important part of any flip!

We'll end this post for now.  We plan on blogging again soon with the CONTENT for this flip. For now, here are the standards we taught during the flip!

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Check back soon for more great photos and information about this amazing day! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Daaaang....that's a deal!

TPT knows exactly how to get the year started out right!  Their BE INSPIRED sale started today and ends tomorrow.  Perfect timing to help get us all motivated and pumped up for a new year ahead with our littles!  Oh the possibilities!!!

Here are some great deals that are available in our store.  We have some HUGE savings on bundles and some great deals on 100th day activities, winter units, and more.




We hope you find some great deals!!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired! It's a TPT site wide sale!

The TPT site wide sale begins tomorrow! Save 28%, 40%, or more!  Use promo code START16 and save BIG!

Be sure and check out these HOT buys!

100th Day GALORE...Photo Booth, Games, and More!

Arctic Freeze...A Non-Fiction Animal Unit

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Noon Year's Eve Party- Back to School Fun

Happy New Year Friends! What's your new year's resolution?? Our resolutions include blogging more, creating more products and posting on Facebook! Yay!!
Cristy's kiddos had a blast today coming back to school! They had their first ever Noon Year's Eve Party. Cristy and Christie were decked out in party clothes (school appropriate of course), fun hats and cool glasses. The kiddos had a blast enjoying their special snack and counting down the Noon Balloon Drop! 
Why do this?? Well to make goal-setting and making resolutions more memorable and meaningful for our kinders of course.
We love the free flip book from our friends From The Pond. Check it out! It's awesome! Just click the image below!
How did you celebrate with your kiddos??
Kindergarten Squared's photo.
Coming soon?? Cristy's pictures from the the very first Noon Year's Eve Party at Arbor Springs Elementary! Tune in for more details about the event!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

What an Amazing Day at the SDE GA K Conference!

Oh my word!  We survived our first ever SDE conference as PRESENTERS!!!  Page and I had been basically stressing for oh...I don't know...6, 7, 8 months or so since we received the very first email asking us if we wanted to present!  
We decided to present on Inquiry Based Science and Social Studies since that has become somewhat of a passion for us (not to mention the sweet folks at SDE asked us to pretty please choose a science or social studies topic to present since they were in high demand!).  We have REALLY enjoyed gathering student work samples, video clips, and other resources to build our presentation.
And I tell you...those 8 months flew by and all the sudden December 8th was here and it was TIME people!  Needless to say we were excited freaked out about the conference.  But honestly, all that worry was for nothing!  We had the ABSOLUTE sweetest group of teachers you could ever meet.  They smiled, and nodded right along in support, and played Kahoot! with us, and built Humpty Dumpty a new taller wall that he couldn't climb (for his own safety!!!) during our STEM challenge, and well....they just made us feel so at ease.  And when the presentation was over, they clapped for us!  I kid you not!! They cheered and clapped and ooh-ed and ahh-ed and I believe there was some loud chanting of our names.  (OK- so I made that last part up, but they really DID make us feel so supported!)  We hope they (YOU if you were with us!) had as much fun as we did!
Now of course, we were so focused on the whole presentation that we took like 3 pictures.  Seriously...like 3.  We were so focused on presenting and not screwing anything up that we just forgot to take them.  Now if you were with us that day...please, please, please email them to us at the link up top or post them on IG and tag us.  We know you guys took tons of photos of the slides and whatnot.  If you do send us some, we also have NO problem with you editing them first to make us look skinny and maybe a decade younger! ;)
So what exactly did we talk about at this presentation???  Inquiry!  Sweet, sweet inquiry!
Here are a couple of the slides from our presentation to give you an idea of what we covered!



We talked a lot about making sure we allow kiddos to grapple with concepts, to become real thinkers and problem solvers, and most importantly to persevere!  There is a WHOLE LOT of trying and failing before we ever hit SUCCESS... and truly the journey is often times more meaningful than the end result!  Can I get an AMEN!!!
So, here's a BIG thank you to all of you that chose our session at the GA SDE K Conference!  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, that it will positively impact your classroom.  In all of our excitement with surviving the session, we forgot to show you the last slide in our presentation.  Thank you again for sharing your morning with us!
Go get 'em!
 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's SALE time, BABY!

The Cyber Sale begins TOMORROW!  Here are some last minute STEALS and DEALS that you might like!

This Interactive Sight Word Bundle is a STEAL at a savings of 60%!
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Price with TPT Bonus Discount:  $17.28
This bundle includes 40 pre-primer sight words.  There are flap books, interactive sheets, and 3 levels of "print, fold, and go" emergent readers...for each of the sight words!

This COMPLETE Common Core Kindergarten Math Curriculum Bundle is a DEAL at a savings of 40+%!
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Price with TPT Bonus Discount:  $32.67
This bundle includes a complete unit for each of the major kindergarten math strands: Numbers to 10, Numbers in Base Ten, Geometry, Addition and Subtraction, and Measurement.  Plus it includes a fun Math POP! task card set that gets kiddos up and moving to review ALL of the K math standards!

We have TONS of other bundles you can grab for a savings of 40% or more too like these!

And be sure and check out these great DEALS too...just in time for the Holidays!


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