Kindergarten Science

Make a “Color Mixing Station”

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Make a “Color Mixing Station”

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″] [et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] Today’s colorful Tuesday Teaching Tip is brought to us by Transitional Kindergarten teacher and CKA Board Member, Gennie Gorback!  Gennie was a recipient of the Audrey Sanchez Teacher Enhancement Award (ASTEA) and used her award to help purchase the supplies for her color mixing station.  The deadline for applications is November 1, so you still...

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Snow Day!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher, Kimberly DeMille.  There might be little chance of rain, let alone snow, but that’s not stopping her class from having a “snow day”! As a culmination to our unit on winter, we celebrate with a SNOW DAY! Students are invited to wear their snow gear to school (caps, hats, mittens, boots, scarves). The day includes many fun activities: Graphing snow gear- students sit in a big circle and we graph each item in the floor. Snowball...

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Building Bridges in Kindergarten

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Building Bridges in Kindergarten

Did you do some mapping with Harold and the Purple Crayon from last week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip?  CKA Co-President and TK Teacher, Debra Weller shares a related idea with us for this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip: Collect recycled items and give children the task of building bridges over a...

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We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

We Have Our Head in the Clouds

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA Co-President and TK teacher extraordinaire, Debra Weller.  She shares that she has her students learn about clouds by reading a non-fiction book (like Cloudy Days (Welcome Books: Weather Report) and Eric Carle’s Little Cloud.  She then gives the children blue paper. They draw a shape with a pencil and then paint with white paint. She takes dictation as they describe their creation.  Debra suggests this makes an easy bulletin...

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Butterflies Flutter Into Kindergarten

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Butterflies Flutter Into Kindergarten

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from CKA co-president Debra Weller who shares with us this activity from her Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom. “After reading a non fiction book on the life cycle of a butterfly, children folded a paper in fourths and drew and wrote about their knowledge.” Will butterflies be making an appearance in your classroom soon?  Here’s some books you’ll want on your shelves: You might also want these to support your teaching:      Looking...

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Turn Over a New Leaf – and Examine it!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Turn Over a New Leaf – and Examine it!

The official start of spring is just days away and new leaves are budding everywhere.  CKA co-president and Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Debra Weller shares this week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip with us: The children trace leaves, examine them with a magnifying lenses and then draw veins and details with a Flair pen. Looking for more about spring and plants?  Check out: Spring into Spring with Great Books Tiny Seed Sing Your Way From Seed to Plant! We hope these ideas will keep you busy learning.  Happy...

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Sorting Made Simple

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Kindergarten Math, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Kindergarten Social Studies, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Sorting Made Simple

We hope everyone’s having a smooth transition back to school!  This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to us from the Transitional Kindergarten Classroom of CKA Co-President, Debra Weller.  She took a shower curtain and turned it into a giant sorting mat!  Her sentence strip labels work great, or you could simply label it with a Sharpie and then erase with nail polish remover or use dry erase marker or crayon.  So grab a shower curtain, a Sharpie and a yard stick and get yourself all “sorted” out....

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Winter Comes to Transitional Kindergarten – Penguin Books to Chill Your Shelves

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in English Language Development, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips, Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Winter Comes to Transitional Kindergarten – Penguin Books to Chill Your Shelves

BRR! It’s getting cold in here! CKA Board Member Heather Morrow shares this great list of penguin themed books she uses in her Transitional Kindergarten classroom. If You Were a Penguin; by Wendell and Florence Minor This story allows children to imagine being a penguin and begins by asking “If you were a penguin, what could you do?” The illustrations in this book are beautiful and inviting. The rhyming text is simple yet informative. A variety of penguins are depicted with additional fun facts at the end. Fluff and Billy by Nicola...

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Apple Themed Books Make Fall a Sweet Treat

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Kindergarten Art Activities, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

Apple Themed Books Make Fall a Sweet Treat

Get ready for back to school with these apple themed books that will add a sweet crunch to your bookshelves! <A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_mfw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fcaliforkinder-20%2F8001%2F91bfc110-125b-485c-9ee4-a7ba1ec19d7d&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</A> While you’re munching through some of...

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It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Common Core State Standards, Kindergarten Reading and Writing, Kindergarten Science, Teaching Tips | 0 comments

It’s Alive! No, Wait, it’s “Living vs Non-Living”!

This week’s Tuesday Teaching Tip comes to you on a Wednesday.  Evening.  Ahem.  But, hey – it’s summer, right?  Time to slow down a bit.  ;) CKA Board Member and Kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille shares this week’s fabulous idea for a Common Core kindergarten science lesson with us. One of my favorite units/ lessons is living/non-living.  I start off by teaching my class the song “It’s Alive/Non-living”  by Maryann Harman. Then we sort photographs. Last, we record two living & two...

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