Finishing up Insects, Giveaway Reminders, and Earth Day

We are finishing up our insect unit tomorrow.  I am so proud at all my little kinder babies have learned these past two weeks about insects.  It just amazes some of the stuff they remember.

We continued using our math & literacy centers from my All About Insect Unit this week.  I posted about them {here} and {here}.

Here is some of the new activities & learning we did this week: dragonflies and fireflies are like the cutest craft I think we have ever done.  {Well maybe second after the elf yourself one...those were adorbs!}

We read "The Very Lonely Firefly" by Eric Carle and made text to self connections.  Although, I was a little shocked at what some of students wrote about.  Not because of their writing, but because of the content.  Some of these poor babies!!!

We read & colored the insect emergent readers.  Since the text says "Do you see the green grasshopper?" I had the students "hide" their insects so it would be hard to find.  They were so funny doing this.  One little guy kept asking about every insect....."Mrs. Pauley I know that ladybugs eat aphids and aphids would be on leaves and plants so I should draw the ladybug on plants and leaves right?".  It just amazes what some of these kids remember!!  If only they could remember to be quiet when the teacher is talking......j/k......kinda.....well, not really.  :)

As I was prepping for next week I realized that Earth Day is approaching.  I decided to make a non-fiction emergent reader for my students.  I just uploaded it to TpT in case you want to check it out.  Just click on the picture.  My Facebook followers have the opportunity to win a copy!  If you are interested, go to my facebook page {here}.

I plan on making a few Earth Day freebies this weekend so check back to grab those!

Today after school I had a meeting with student teacher for the fall.  Is it weird to admit that I was nervous before hand?  Well, I was.  This will be my first student teacher and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  Oh.  My!!!  She is FABULOUS!  We are so on the same page with things and she is just the sweetest thing ever.  I can't wait for her to start in the fall she is eager and excited and reminds me of how I felt when I was beginning my student teaching.  I am starting to think of some ideas for a little something or a like a basket with goodies for the beginning of the year.  She even offered to come in over the summer and help me rearrange my room!  Yep....this is going to be fantastic!!!

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway that Elizabeth and I are having.  You don't want to miss out on the awesome prizes!  Click the image to head to the giveaway.

And my dear sweet friend Khrys is ending her ah-mazing giveaway TONIGHT!!  Head there now to enter for some amazing prizes.  She has a clip-art giveaway and then another giveaway with products from fabulous bloggers.  I am donating two products of the winner's choice to the giveaway.  Don't miss your chance to win.  

Here are some other fabulous giveaways that you will want to enter:


  1. I would TOTALLY be nervous for a student teacher too! She sounds great though!! :)

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. I am so excited you are getting a student teacher the same time I will be student teaching! It will be great to hear stories of your experience! I'm sure it will be fantastic!


  3. I am starting insects next week and using some of the same stuff :) I had a student teacher at the beginning of the year. She was awesome...but I would much rather have one at the end of the year instead of the beginning! She got all kinds of classroom management101 hah!
    Kickin' it in Kindergarten

  4. Sounds exciting! :) You will be a great mentor! Love all the stuff you've been doing. I wish I had student taught at the beginning of the year, I would have learned so much about classroom management and organization!

    Fun in PreK-1