Weekly Round-Up: March 2

Hi friends! I'm here with another Weekly Round-Up to share what we have been up to this week!

1. BEE INQUIRY: NECTAR/POLLEN TRANSPORT CENTRE


Since we are learning about bees during our inquiry time, I set out this nectar transport centre for the students to act out how the bees suck up the nectar, carry it back to their hive, make honey and store it in the honeycombs!  They LOVED this centre and were at it all week!


We also had this centre out to show how the bees collect pollen and bring it back to their hives.  Both centres are great for fine motor practice as well as retelling/story telling!

2. BEE INQUIRY: BEE CRAFT


My group this year LOVES craft type activities, so I set out a sample, some tracers, construction paper and scrap laminating paper and let them create paper bees!

This was a little tricky but the kids did a great job looking closely at both my model and the diagrams in the book to create a realistic bee! It was also a great way to reinforce the vocabulary we learned (antenna, thorax, abdomen etc.) and some of the facts we learned (bees have 5 eyes, 6 legs etc.)

3. BEE INQUIRY: BEE DIRECTED DRAWING & LABELLING


Another centre we had out was this bee directed drawing! Students were invited to follow the steps to draw their own bee! They were also encouraged to label their bee when they were done with the 3 body parts; head, thorax and abdomen.

4. BEE INQUIRY: BEE SMALL WORLD PLAY


Another big hit was this bee small world play centre! After we read the book "Bee Dance", students were invited to build a hive for the bee and tell a bee story.  We also added a grass mat and flowers to the centre.  They did a great job with oral storytelling at this centre!


5. ST. PATRICK'S DAY POKEY PIN



My kids are obsessed with pokey pin activities, so I got these ready to go for Monday! If you are interested, you can find them in my St. Patrick's Day pack by clicking here on the image below:


6. MARKER DONATIONS {FREEBIE}

Last week I sent home a letter asking for marker donations since we had opened our last box.  I wasn't sure what the response was going to be like but I was honestly BLOWN AWAY by the generosity of my parents!!


Yup.  That's over 220 markers.  I'm not even showing you all of them in the photo since I'm pretty sure I opened at least one of the first two packs that were brought in to put in our marker bins right away!

I shared this on Instagram earlier this week and I had many people asking me if I would share the letter I sent home! Here it is:



You can download a FREE editable version by clicking here or on the image below:


7. DAY PLAN SAMPLE {FREEBIE}

I got a few requests asking if I could share my day plans with you guys so here is what I just printed this morning for next week!


You can download a editable PowerPoint version by clicking here or on the image below:


The full file has both morning and afternoon plans for the week, as well as my guided literacy/assessment and guide math/assessment plans for the week.  Some slots aren't filled in since I will fill them as the week progresses.

I'm always hesitant to share day plans because it often comes with a lot of backlash so please just remember that every group/school/timetable is different and this is what works for me at the moment.

I hope you were able to grab something you can use in your classroom from this post!

Have a great weekend!

- Yukari

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