Welcome Back To School!
I know some of you have already started, but here in MI we start the Tuesday after Labor Day!
A big theme for many teachers is APPLES so I want to center my "kids in the kitchen & classroom" around that delicious and healthy fruit this month. Apples are also really big in this part of MI.
One of my favorite books to introduce the alphabet is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Story time is in the afternoon and is often followed by our snack, so sometimes it's fun if our snack also relates to what we are reading and/or studying.
Sometimes I'll ask several parents to supply the ingredients to a snack-activity so that my Y5's can make or create their snack. Click on the link to view/print the Chicka Boom snack letters home.
Making a Chicka Boom alphabet tree is a fun fine motor skill for your students. I was hoping that all the letters of the alphabet were in a box of Alpha-Bits cereal, but to my dismay when I dumped out the box, I did not find a good enough representation of the alphabet to make it a worthwhile activity for my students to try and find the letters in their name.
In fact, the letters G, J, M, S, U, & W were entirely missing from my box!
Instead, give a cup of cereal to each child and have them pick out 8 letters.
Later, if you want, you can give your students a graphing sheet and have them sort and then count the letters in their cup and graph them, then make a class graph of the entire box. Did you find any letters that were missing too?
Click on the link to print an Alpha-Bit letter graphing sheet.
You can also compare your results to mine if you want to do some more math extensions. Click on the link to view/print my results. TeachWithMe.com's Alpha-Bit graphing results
My husband came into the kitchen and wondered what on earth I was doing, as I had cereal spilled out all over the counter. (Our puppy Chloe was anxious hoping for a mishap.)
When I told him I was sorting cereal, he then wondered if anyone besides me even cared? I thought sorting, counting and then graphing letters in a box of Alpha-Bits was a great math extension; besides I really wanted to know if every letter of the alphabet was in the box. (The answer could not be found online.)
As you can see by my photo the ratio of letters in the box is way off, and the largest plate is the one with broken letters. Perhaps that's where the missing letters ended up.
Could the Alpha-Bit missing letter mystery be because those letters are fragile and simply break up in the package? This could make for a great discussion or writing prompt! Anyway, my husband thinks I'm crazy. Are there any other creatively crazy teachers with me? I'd enjoy a comment or two for back up.
I made two different kinds of Chicka Boom trees. One with chocolate wafer cookies (palm trunk) and raisins (coconuts) and one with pretzel rods and red grapes.
You can have both sets of ingredients available, and let your students decide which kind of tree to make, or simply pick just a few ingredients. I find with my Y5's, that usually 1/2 of them do not like raisins.
If you do opt for raisins, you may want to soak them in water the night before. It was my grandma's "secret" for making the best oatmeal raisin cookies, as the raisins turned out really moist, plump and juicy instead of dried out.
Ingredients & Directions:
Munch and crunch away at your Chicka Boom alphabet tree today!
Remember to take some pictures so you can post them in your newsletter.
Grama Lydia's Apple Crisp and Ice Cream
My sister and I were allergic to so many things that my grama was constantly trying to dream up things my twin and I could have as a dessert.
Here's a delicious one that tastes wonderful hot out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle some caramel on the top for an extra special treat. The cinnamon baking in the oven makes the entire kitchen smell yummy, and is one of my favorite fall fragrances to this day!
Apple Smiles With Marshmallow Teeth:
Cinnamon Apple Rings:
For a yummy cinnamon apple recipe and adorable smile poem to go with it, click on the link. She made these for Valentine's Day, but I think her heart border still works for anytime.
I hope you enjoy these activities with your children/students. Remember... "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!"
because they are such a healthy snack,
so eat up, and welcome back!