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Martin Luther King, Jr., Short Vowels, and Groundhog Day

Yes, that's a super long title (I really need to get that blog calendar/schedule up and going).  I feel like I have lots to share, but then time gets away from me and here we are talking about three completely different things.  One of these days, Amy, one of these days.  :)

First let's start with Martin Luther King, Jr.  We read several books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and talked about what his dream was.  I was so proud of my Kinders when they "got" the message.  :)

We completed a book about MLK's dream that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers.  After we completed our book, we went back and "buttered" our popcorn words.

You can find this book here.  I know it's a little late for this year, but you can put it in your virtual files for next year.  :)

We also completed a short vowel project.  We have been working hard at learning all of the short vowel sounds, so this project came to be.

The first step was for the students to cut on the line to make the flaps.  Yes, I could have cut 31 of these myself.  However, I wanted to see if my students could follow the directions and cut only the top half of the paper.  I was thrilled when I only had to hand out one new paper.  :)

After that, we wrote the vowels in pencil and traced with crayons.  We then worked as a group to come up with words for each vowel sound.

They turned out great!  Now all I have to do is get them on the walls. :)

All week we have been reading books about Groundhog Day.  I have to admit Groundhog Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I'm not really sure why, but I have always enjoyed doing activities to go along with it.  One of my favorite activities is having the students predict what the groundhog is going to do.  Here are the results from our predictions.

I am so excited to share with my students on Monday that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  Did you know that in all the years that Punxsatawney Phil has been predicting, he has not seen his shadow only 16 times?  I can't wait to share this little fact with my Kinders.  I hope that they are as impressed with fact as much as I am.  They probably won't be, but that's ok.  :)

Did your class make a groundhog prediction?  If so, did they think Phil was going to see his shadow or not?

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