Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Blog Hop

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I have been enjoying my break from school! We've been decluttering and enjoying each other at my house!  Are you starting to think about school next week yet? I'm super thankful that I got my week planned before I left for the break, but if you didn't, have no fear! I've teamed up with some of my blogging buddies to bring you some great resources for the New Year! This should help you plan next week or even this month!

When we get back, it's all about Winter and Arctic Animals for us! 

We'll be learning all about Polar Bears and Penguins.

One of my favorite activities is making a Polar Bear Paw with my students using bulletin board paper.   They are always amazed at how big a Polar Bear's paw actually is! 

Another fun experiment to do with them is called "The Blubber Glove."  For this, all you need is Crisco, a tub of ice water, two Ziploc bags, and some masking tape.  You put the Crisco in a Ziploc bag and then put another Ziploc bag inside of that one.  Then you tape them at the top so the Crisco doesn't come out of the top.

Next, you have the students place one hand in the water with their bare hand and one hand in the water with the blubber glove to show them how the animal's blubber keeps them warm!  Such a fun and exciting experience for them! 

These activities can be found in my Polar Bear mini-unit along with many other activities to teach your students about Polar Bears.

Just for stopping by, I have a special Arctic Animals Freebie for you!  Do your students need practice with numbers to 20? That's exactly what we'll be learning when we get back! This is a great way to tie in Arctic Animals and numbers! I'm all about integration!  Students count the sets and then clip the correct number with a clothespin.  Finally, there is a choice of 2 recording sheets.  Swing by TpT and scoop it up! I'd love for you to leave feedback if you download it :) 

Ready to find more goodies? Head to the next stop on the hop! 


Happy downloading and I hope you have a Happy New Year! 
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  1. Nice post, Kourtney! I love the polar bear paw idea. Have you read Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins? It's an amazing book, and It would be a great tie-in to that project.
    Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

  2. What an adorable count and clip activity! Happy New Year! :)

  3. SUPER cute freebie- and I love the paw print craft!
    Crayons & Cuties In Kindergarten

  4. The paw print activity is great! Hope your new year is blessed.
    Burke's Special Kids


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