Thursday, November 13, 2014

Leaves and the letter Ll

Last week was all about the letter Ll and leaves!  Some of our activities included decorating the letter Ll with leaf stickers, a leaf counting activity, and watercolor leaf paintings.  We have also introduced color sight words and a morning message (which the students help read) to our morning routine! 

Letter Ll leaf decorating

Leaf tree math:
The students placed leaves on trees that corresponded with the number on the top of the card.

Watercolor leaf painting:
This was a fun activity that consisted of several steps.  First the students traced leaf patters onto their paper (not an easy feat, but they did fabulous!).  

Next, they traced their pencil lines with a mixture of black paint and glue, which achieved a cool raised, glossy effect once dry.

Finally, it was time to paint!  First, the students painted the leaves using fall colors such as red, yellow, and orange.  Then they painted the background blue.  They were very careful to stay within the boundaries of the leaves and the background when painting!  

The result: beautifully painted fall leaves!

Last week we also started taking the 'share bags' home.  Two friends each day take the share bag home and bring back the next day with a special item from home to share with the class.  We have really enjoyed seeing all of the special items the students bring in.  Stay tuned for this week's round of 'share bag' friends.

Our fabulous list of Ll words the students came up with.

Other fun activities:

 Fruit sorting

nocturnal animal patterning

 November placemats

Building with Lego's!

Color by number leaves

Alphabet train puzzle

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