Class Pet: Molly the Wonder-pet/Guinea Pig Extraordinaire!

30 January 2011

Molly has been my classroom pet for almost eight years!  Someone left her in a box in front of Petco and then I adopted/rescued her (Petco cannot resell dumped animals).  Molly was probably about one when I adopted her so that makes her almost nine years old!  She is a very old guinea pig and she has such personality! I am an animal lover and thought having an adopted class pet would be a wonderful way to teach my student compassion and care for animals.  I have created a whole Humane Education Unit to go with the ASPCA's Go Orange For Animals event in April.  In the past, I let families take her home on weekends, but now that she is so old, I take her home to my house.  Most animal rights organizations do not support animals in the classroom because they feel they receive improper care.  I think of Molly as not just the class pet, but mine too.  Her presence in my classroom, has taught my students:
1. Compassion
2. Responsibility
3. About Healthy Eating - guinea pigs love fresh fruit and veggies
4. Humor - Molly's squeals are all different and unique
5. Empathy

Getting a classroom pet is a huge responsibility.  Feel free to email me with any questions, if you are thinking of adopting one. 

I have posted one of my Humane Education Lessons.  I will be working on a Humane Education Unit to post before April.

Penguin Addition

25 January 2011
Penguins are in my top ten list of favorite animals!  They are just too cute.

I wanted to create a math and art activity along the theme of penguins.  Chalk Talk, had a great post of compiled penguin ideas.  In her file, I saw a photo of a penguin eating different colored fish.  Along with it was an addition sentence.  Since we were working on fact families, I decided to take that idea and spin it into my own fact family penguins. I also included an easy version, which works well for Kindergarten. You can click here to check out April of Chalk Talk's original post and you can click the pictures below to download the file for free from TpT.

The kids had a great time making it and it took them a long time to rip up all the blue paper!

Tens and Ones Math Centers

19 January 2011

Guess and Count Math Center

 Straws and Bundles Center
Count the Cubes Center

Happy Valentine's Day: Some "Bunny" Loves You Card

15 January 2011

The 100th Day of School!

12 January 2011
I have create a 50 page packet in honor of the 100th Day of School.  Included in the download are the following:
Parent Invitation
100th Day Project Letter
100th Day Project Report
6 100 Chart Activities
Almost everything you need to create a 100 Counting Mat
3 Math Activities based on the 100 Mat
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis
Literature Extension Activity for The 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
Literature Extension Activity for 100 School Days by Anne Rockwell
Math Extension Packet for 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris
100 Art Activity
2 Writing Prompts about the 100th Day
100th Day Poem
My Tens Book of 100 - Student made book
100th Day Trail Mix - Letter Home to Parents asking for ingredients
100th Day certificate
I hope you have a Happy 100th Day of School!
-Erica Bohrer

Just Right Reading Response Activity Sheets for Young Learners

11 January 2011

My book is for sale in the back of January's SeeSaw Catalog from Scholastic!

My Classroom

08 January 2011

Caterpillar Patterns

I use this activity as a math center.  I asked one of our speech therapists, Keri Zadik, who is also a parent of one of my students, if she could make me a caterpillar without a body.  She used BoardMaker and created this; I just added the antenna.  Next, I copied it on card stock and got Pom-Poms at Dollar Tree.  The students colored the background first and then decided on the type of pattern to make (AB, ABC, AABB, etc).  Finally, they picked Pom-Poms and attached them with craft glue.

New Year's Writing

Hallway display

Cover with scrapbook letters

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