Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Open House

It's been a month since we planted our lima beans. We didn't have very much success. Usually 2 or 3 plants don't grow but this time about half of our beans did not sprout. The students were so disappointed. I told them we'd plant again and they could take them home that same day.
These were the few that sprouted although one of them seems to have given up.

We also had Open House last week. I usually love Open House, but this year there was so much to do, testing, staff development and trainings, I kept it pretty simple. It was a combination of of two themes, spring and the farm.
We did some writing about the farm. We made a circle map about animals that live on a farm and what they do. I forgot to take a picture of the inside.
Saw this all over Pinterest. Went great with our plant unit.

Did some addition facts.
We watched the video The Very Hungry Caterpillar and illustrated the life cycle of a butterfly using a bean and pasta.
We  read The Grouchy Ladybug and made a book re-tell and a clock to go with it.
We also made the graduate portraits but I didn't take pictures of them. They came out really cute.


  1. Do you have drainage holes for your beans? maybe they were waterlogged. I only got half of my nasturtium seeds at school to sprout with the kids and only one at home.

    1. Hi Teresa, I did make drainage holes so I don't think they got waterlogged. There's been years where I didn't make holes, over watered the plants and they still came up!I even used Miracle Gro soil. I guess this year's class just doesn't have green thumbs. I know I don't. :(

  2. HI Ms. Lopez
    Your grouchy ladybug book is adorable! Can I get this anywhere? It would be so fun to do with our Time unit.
    You have great ideas! I just love trying them in my kindergarten classroom. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi 1 hoppy Kinder! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice compliments. The grouchy lady book is just a plain blackline on half sheets. On each page it gives the time and the character the ladybug met. That's the pattern for the whole book. So after the sun, the next page says: 6 o'clock in the morning. She met a praying mantis. I was going to have the kids draw the pictures of each character but one of my colleagues found clipart and so the students just cut and glued to each page. I'm glad you liked it. Its a really simple book but so cute!

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