A trip to Dollar Tree helped me find a bulletin board background in an unexpected spot. I have used plastic tablecloths from Dollar Tree for my bulletin board background before and loved them because they were so easy to put up; the static made me almost not even need to staple them. This bulletin board background is not a tablecloth, though. It is supposed to be a shower curtain. I put a construction paper frame behind my students’ work so it does not feel too busy.
I have two sets of my pet words cards, one full sized that I use in my pocket chart, and this half sized one that I have for my writing center. To make the half sized one I chose to print two to a page, which makes it a great size for small pocket charts or to put on a ring for the writing center. I like having the photos of the animals next to the words when possible as opposed to clip art, which can work great for games and other activities in the classroom.
We start our day with our Question of the Day as students enter the classroom. My pocket chart hangs on the outside of the bathroom door, which is near the entrance of the classroom. I place the student names on the top of the lunch bin cubbies, so that students can pick up their names after dropping of their lunches. My pet themed questions can be found in the Question of the Day bundle or this set.
We got this set of Melissa & Doug pet puzzles last year. They are a bit challenging for our students so we photocopied a finished puzzle for students to lay the pieces on top of to complete the puzzles. I discovered this past week that it was a better idea to have the puzzles in separate containers instead of the container the puzzles came in; otherwise the pieces get all mixed up easily.
Since we did not have much play dough time during the last week I made sure to have some this week with some pet themed play dough cutters as well as some play dough mats that I found at Sparklebox. The students do not always use the mats to make what is suggested, but it does sometimes give them some ideas.
Last week our dramatic play was mostly grooming and feeding, so with Pets Week, I added in the light table for x-rays as well as some veterinarian tools like a stethoscope, eye dropper, shot, and thermometer. I found several of my x-rays here. I printed them on transparencies and then laminated for sturdiness.
These are just a few of the pet themed activities that we did during Pets Week. What are your favorite pet themed activities?