Thursday, April 17, 2014

Addition {Sneaking it Into Learning in Kindergarten}

Here are a few ways that addition skills have been tucked into fun learning activities:
Roll, Add, and Stamp
Let it Roll: Dice Games for All Year Long
Students take turns rolling two dice. They add together the two numbers on the dice, then highlight that number on their page. The first player to have all of their numbers highlighted is the winner.
Let it Roll: Dice Games for All Year Long
This is an Easter version of the activity, but there are LOTS more! Find them all {here}

Domino Parking Lot
Students add the two dotted sections together to determine where their Domino should park in the Domino Parking Lot. Find the free download {here}

Sweet Addition Facts
OK, so maybe this is not exactly sneaking addition into learning, but using the mini pocket chart and these sweet owls make it fun! Find the set {here} from Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Scrabble-Style Addition
Sight Word Addition
Students write down their word list and add each word's points together to determine which word is 'worth' the most.
Sight Word AdditionSight Word Addition
Letter tiles can be used for those students who benefit from the tactile manipulation of the letters.
Sight Word AdditionSight Word Addition
Several versions are included: Popcorn Words, Sight Words, Spelling Words, etc.
Find it all {here}

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Syllable Sort, Letter Mazes, and More Literacy Activities

A new round of literacy activity stations has begun!

Easter Syllable Sort
Easter Syllable Sort
Students draw a card
Easter Syllable Sort
and identify the picture on it 
Easter Syllable Sort
then clap out the syllables together in the word
Easter Syllable Sort
and place it on the correct sorting mat. 
Easter Syllable Sort
barn, rainbow, butterfly, caterpillar
Once all of the cards have been sorted, they choose one from each mat to illustrate on their worksheet.
Easter Syllable Sort
barn, cupcake, butterfly, watermelon
To differentiate, students can write the words instead of illustrate.
You can find the syllable sorting activity {here}
Easter Write the Room 
Easter Write the Room pack
Students are on an Easter hunt around the room...
Easter Write the Room pack 
not for eggs, but for words!
Easter Write the Room pack
Once found, they are written onto their recording sheets.
You can find the write the room pack {here}
Alphabet Mazes
Students begin at the top of the page and follow the upper & lowercase featured letter from beginning to end.
These letter mazes are a download found {here} at
Handwriting Books  
We are using {these} handwriting books, by Michelle Rist.
Students write lists of words beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
Listening Centre
Students are listening to The Lamb and the Butterfly, then fill in a student response form. 

Hop on over to my Facebook page...the first 2 commenters win a copy of my Easter Syllable Sort and Easter Write the Room Set! Don't forget to leave your email address!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas Linky: Turning Down the Class Volume

I am linking up once again with my favourite blogging friends to share some fabulous bright ideas for your classroom!
My tips are about keeping the class volume under control.
Start with some letters that spell the word NOISE.

I used some sparkly craft paper and added magnetic adhesive strips to the back so it can go on my magnetic board. Of course it will work on a pocket chart or even written on a chalkboard just as well!
Remove one letter from the word each time the voice noise level gets too loud.
Much nicer looking than putting up strikes on the board...
and the class gets some chances to work on taking control of their noise.  
When it gets to NO, there is NO more talking allowed.

Another tip that I have used is the 'Whisper Bell' from Teacher Tipster.
When it gets too loud in the classroom, just whack the bell, and the students all stop what they're doing and whisper "Whisper Bell". It is a great reminder for them to keep their voices down!

For more BRIGHT IDEAS from 150 different bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

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