Thursday, October 18, 2012

Flat Stanley, Pumpkins, and Rubrics

Since my class is learning about maps, we are participating in a Flat Stanley project! Each child colored a Stanley (some of them were a little TOO creative for my taste), and we will mail each one to someone far away. Since many students didn't have anyone to send him to, many of my wonderful Facebook friends (some of whom are "real life" friends as well) offered to be the recipients. I'll post pictures and let you know where Stanley ends up very soon!

I posted earlier that we are doing pumpkin investigations in science. So far, we have measured the height and circumference of the pumpkins, and tested whether they would sink or float. When each group put their pumpkins into the water, they were astonished! I realized later that I hadn't taken pictures. I'm very sorry I didn't because the looks on their faces when they saw the pumpkins float was priceless! 

We are also researching and writing about pumpkins, which has been fun. We started by making this chart, and posting what we already knew about pumpkins. Then, we went to do research, and added new learning and misconceptions to the chart.

Our chart with what we already know about pumpkins.

My "Smarties" hard at work on their pumpkin research!

We haven't completed the reports yet, but I know they will be great!

This is an activity from the Clutter-Free Classroom. You can find it here.

And now for the rubrics part! Heather at Peacocks and Penguins is having a rubric linky party! I thought I'd share my Kindergarten Beginning Writing Rubric! I know I teach 2nd grade now, but people really seem to love this! I'm so glad people are finding it helpful!

I now have smaller and more copier-friendly versions here. I loved using this when I taught K!


If you'd like to share your experiences with any of these topics, feel free to share below!


  1. Can't wait for Stanley to arrive !

  2. The Stanleys should be heading out tomorrow! :)

  3. Your fall activities sound great! When I was student teaching in 4th grade, we did a "flat Tumbleweed Tom" and sent him to different Chambers of Commerce around Texas (each one had a region assigned). The kids were so excited when they got back their pictures and information from each county!

    I am so glad to have found your blog and I'm now following you. I would love for you to visit my blog when you get a chance!
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

  4. Love! Love! Love! your writing rubric pack. It is in my wishlist, I will be ready to purchase soon. Waiting for one of my shopping sprees with TpT. I am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime:).

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels