Friday, January 2, 2009

Projects to start 2009

As many "specials" teachers will agree, keeping your classes on the same lesson or project is virtually impossible. The first week of school for us is only a four day week. I don't see my Monday classes because of the Labor Day holiday. With days off of school for so many reasons lesson planning is a challenge. I was not very successful this year in coordinating my schedule to get classes of same grades to be on the same day. My brain has to switch between kindergarten first and second grade lessons each day throughout the entire week. You need to be very organized.
This first week back in 2009 I have all kindergarten classes ready to start a new project. Below is the project that they will begin making in the Pixie 2 program. I am expecting to work on it for the month of January and have each student make the title slide and 3-5 color slides. They will then make it into the movie. Since this is my first year using the program I am just guessing on the timeline and expectations.

My first and second grade classes are in different places as far as completion of their joke projects. They had to choose between one of the jokes below, type it out and illustrate the joke part on one slide and on the second slide type and illustrate the punchline. This is much harder for first and second graders to do than one might expect. The students are doing a really nice job on it. First and second graders do not have a very refined sense of humor yet. Their thinking is much more literal. I had to explain each and every one of the jokes below and then I showed them this example (which they could not do) project to give them an idea how this project would work.

How does a queen bee get around her hive?
She's throne!

What are the cleverest bees?
Spelling bees!

What goes zzub, zzub?
A bee flying backwards!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Abe who?
Abe C D E F G H...!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Amos who?
A mosquito just bit me!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Arbus who?
Arbus leaves soon, are you coming?

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Atch who?
I'm sorry I didn't know you had a cold!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Bacon who?
Bacon a cake for your birthday!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Ben who?
Ben knocking on this door all morning!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Beezer who?
Beezer black and yellow and make honey!

How do we know that the Earth won't come to an end?
Because it's round!

How many balls of string would it take to reach the moon?
Just one if it's long enough!

What is the best hand to write with?
Neither - it's best to write with a pencil!

What has forty feet and sings?
The school choir!

Why does a flamingo lift up one leg?
Because if he lifted up both legs it would fall over!

Why do birds fly south in the winter?
Because it's too far to walk!

What did 0 say to 8?
Nice Belt!

Why did Santa have 3 gardens?
So he could hoe, hoe, hoe!!

What did one math book say to the other?
Boy do I have a lot of problems.

The first and second grade classes that are finished with their joke movies are starting a new math Pixie 2 project which I will post about in the very near future.


  1. Students in my class, at the end of last year, were right into knock Knock jokes and your post made me smile as I recalled how much fun they had telling them.

  2. Having taught first and second grade for many years I can just imagine having to explain those punchlines to them! I like your kindergarten idea. I'm scheming how to borrow that idea for my students. We don't have Pixie. We do have Tuxpaint but can't save work to folders yet. Maybe Kidspiration would work. I'll have to check it out tomorrow. Thanks for the idea!f