Friday, February 5, 2016

Five For Friday with a Formal Observation

Thank you Doodle Bugs for another week of Five for Friday! It's been a while, but I'm back!!
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These are my weekly Five:
I think the big highlight of my week is my Formal Observation. Thank goodness, I am done with it! I always turn into a bag of nerves! For this particular occasion, I planned a lesson on Verbs.
Just for information, I teach Kindergarten, so I thought that introducing verbs as actions was the most appropriate approach for their age.
I found a terrific book called: "If You Were a Verb" by Michael Dahl, and used it as the introduction piece. Then we played a quick game of "Simon Says", which worked perfectly after the book, providing students with the opportunity to move and jump around for a little while. Basically, I started naming verbs, and throwing some nouns in the mix. If I said a verb, they had to act it out, but if the word was not a verb, they would have to freeze. After the game, we worked on my interactive brochure:

Then we used the fun Kagan strategy: Number Heads Together, to sort some pictures:

After this four activities, it was time for the Exit Ticket:

 I must say that at first I wasn't sure I could fit all these in 45 minutes (that is how long our formal observations are going for these days), however, the activities fitted the time allowed perfectly. By the way all the activities along with a detailed formal lesson plan (editable) are included in my Verbs and Nouns unit.

 We finally finished our Arctic animals unit with polar bears, and I even had the time to hang them up! They really bring so much life to that bulletin board. I am so proud of my little ones! They wrote such great informational sentences!

 Another important event this week, of course, was Groundhog Day. We worked on our Daily Gazette, and this fun craft:

All our Kindergarten classes went to see "The Little Mermaid" presented at Port Saint Lucie High School, and we were all just amazed! We had such a wonderful time! These high schoolers were truly fantastic! Everything from the stage displays and backgrounds, actors, costumes, band musicians, to the singers, was absolutely fantastic! I wish I had pictures to post, but we were not allowed to record or take pictures of the show. Sorry! It is not a wonder that all the shows left for the season have been sold out!

Today  have a FREEBIE to share, just taken out of the oven! You can find it in my store, just click on the picture below. Every month I post a new freebie, and this is my free item for February. Have fun!

That's all for today, hope you enjoy your weekend! Thank you for reading!


  1. You polar bears and groundhogs turned out so cute!

    1. Thank you so much Casey! We really had a lot of fun making them!

  2. Your groundhogs look great! You have so many cute holidays in America, I wish we had them in Australia too. Thanks for sharing :)

    Oh the Little Wonders

    1. Thank you Zoe for your compliment! Groundhog day it is always such a fun event!