Saturday, October 29, 2011

Literacy Work Stations

My students are continuing to participate in Work Stations that reinforce alphabet learning.

Yes, still.   :)

But these activities are new, so check them out...

Letter Mazes

Students begin at the top of the page and follow the upper & lowercase featured letter from beginning to end. These alphabet mazes can be found here, at Education.com. A-mazing!


Listening Center

There are alphabet books at the Listening Center...big surprise! When students have completed a book, they fill out this form:

It is from Mrs. Jump' class, and can be printed here. Love this!

Write-Stamp-Decorate

Students copy the sight words we've learned to date, then stamp & decorate them.

This activity is from Mrs. I's blog, and can be found here. My students are having fun at this station!

Letter Sorting

Uppercase and lowercase letters are cut out and pasted beside the matching letter.



This great activity is from Kindergarten Crayons, and can be found here.

Word Book
The Word Book station is where students work with yours truly on a sight word booklet, and are introduced to a new word or two.

{See here for the previous posting that describes how I do this activity...
or if you're just wondering about my tiara!}

FYI: I have created bundles of month-long literacy centers, to make things easy for Kindergarten teachers!
The packs include literacy activities in these 5 areas of learning:
1)Writing 2)Listening to reading 3) Word work (sight words) 
4) Phonics/alphabet 5) Phonemic awareness
The packs are laid out, week by week, for the entire month. They include 5 stations for students to rotate through per week, with all of the components you’ll need for each activity.
Assessment tools are included to help keep learning on track and to keep your students accountable.
Learning is spiraled throughout the month, to help students build on their prior learning. 
Check out the first pack in the series {here}

Thursday, October 27, 2011

No Ghosts In Our Classroom {The Pumpkin Patch Parable}

Where I teach, we don't do a unit on the Halloween theme.
Instead, at this time of year I do a book study based on Liz Curtis Higgs' book The Pumpkin Patch Parable
Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

Non-Halloween themed book activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable
Before reading, as a class we reflect on prior learning about pumpkins based on earlier lessons. 
{My pumpkin activities post can be found here

Then we review how a pumpkin grows, using pictures to sequence the stages of change.

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

I ask my students how they are like pumpkins, via our "Chit Chat" chart.

Needless to say, I get a lot of puzzled looks.
Are we orange? Are we round? Do we grow on a vine?

After reading the story, they learn that like pumpkins, we are all unique. Jesus made us all different, but He loves us the same. The pumpkins are full of yucky pulp that the farmer cleans out, much like we are filled with sin that Jesus washes away when He forgives us. The farmer puts a light in the pumpkin to make it shine brightly. Jesus replaces our sin with His light so that we may shine for Him. 
  
Our "Chit Chat" chart gets filled in with their responses:

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable
I found a great booklet to go along with this lesson at Danielle's Place.
This page is to be printed out on legal-sized paper.
{I cut out the pumpkin faces ahead of time because it is too difficult for my students}

On the first page, students glue "yucky pulp"--gold colored yarn & tan paper cut into oval shapes.



Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable
The center page is colored yellow, so that when the book is closed the pumpkin is glowing.

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable
 Students can fold the booklet in the reverse direction so that the pulp is gone, and the pumpkin is glowing:
Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable

Non-Halloween themed book companion activities for the Pumpkin Patch Parable
Find my book companion {here}

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We're Going On A Leaf Hunt

Another October book study we do as a class is We're Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger.
Activities to go with the fall book We're Going on a Leaf Hunt.
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!
As with "We're Going On A Bear Hunt", the children in the story embark on a hunt that leads them to various settings. The story's pattern makes it a great springboard for introducing students to story flow maps.

Here is the story flow map we did for this book:
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!
The pictures and arrows have Velcro on the back of them, so that students can place them in order on the flow chart as the story is read.
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!
The characters in the story encounter a skunk and retrace their steps all the way back home. At this point in the story, the students can manipulate the arrows to show the new direction that the story takes:
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!
Find the chart and book activities {here}
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt fall book study companion activities including an interactive story flow map!

We sorted leaves by size, shape, and color...
Activities to go with the fall book We're Going on a Leaf Hunt.
...then went on a "real life" leaf hunt around the schoolyard!
{Thankfully ours was skunk free}

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Literacy Work Stations

To go along with our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book study, my students have been participating in Work Stations that reinforce the alphabet.
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.
The first round of literacy centers we did on this theme can be found here.

Here are the next round of literacy centers, which continue to reinforce letter learning:

Making Letters With Pipe Cleaners

Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

Coconut Tree Art & Name Stamping
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

Students colored and cut the parts of the coconut tree, and glued it onto construction paper. Then they stamped their name going up the coconut tree. The tree printable can be found on the Hubbards Cupboard website here.

Reading Alphabet Books
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

Students read from a variety of alphabet books, using fancy fingernails to point out the letters. {See the fancy fingernails in the picture? For more info. see here.} 

Coconut Tree Letter Match
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

I think the printable for these trees can also be found at Hubbards Cupboard.

Highlighting Letters

Students took turns drawing a letter card from the pile, then highlighting that letter on their sheet. The printable highlighting sheet is from Teachers Notebook, and can be found here.
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.
Lots of more hands-on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed literacy activities can be found in my newest pack {here}
Alphabet activities perfect for literacy centers in Kindergarten.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Well That Explains It!

I found this on Pinterest.

It cracked me up...
...and explains why I am so tired at the end of the school day!
Why yes, yes I did know this.

Gotta love kids!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Autumn Art

Today my class participated in three Autumn art activity stations.
Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!
 They were led by a parent volunteer /former teacher. Here are the three stations they worked at:


Handprint Tree with Fingerprint Leaves
Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!

Students make a handprint on the tree trunk for branches, then use their fingertips to add colorful fall leaves.

Tissue Paper Leaves
Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!

Each student received a construction paper leaf outline, with one side covered in contact paper. They filled the inside of the outline with squares of colored tissue paper.

Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!
The finished leaves on our classroom windows:

Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!

Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!

Marble Art Pumpkins

Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!
Students received pumpkin-shaped construction paper, which was placed in a box lid. The lid also had two marbles inside. Students tipped their boxes back and forth so that the marbles would roll around and cover their pumpkin with lines of paint.
Fall art activity ideas for young kids- perfect for Kindergarten!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Following Directions

Do you have a handful of students in your class who are like mine?

You know the ones. They listen intently as you explain the task they are to do. They watch closely as you demonstrate the activity in great detail.

Then, as soon as they get to their table, they proceed to open their gluestick and smear glue all over their paper. Why? There is nothing for them to stick on it yet! Others start cutting out their pictures without coloring them first. Sound familiar?

I came across a chart that is PERFECT for students who need that visual reminder of how exactly to do their work. Here is the chart I have hanging in my classroom:

For those students...the ones who don't know what to do next...a perfect solution- Follow Directions chart!
The direction icons can be manipulated in order to correspond with the activity you are doing. Velcro dots are attached to the chart as well as on the icons themselves.

For those students...the ones who don't know what to do next...a perfect solution- Follow Directions chart!

For those students...the ones who don't know what to do next...a perfect solution- Follow Directions chart!
This fabulous chart is from Alicia Lochridge at First Grade Factory. The chart icons can be downloaded here. Problem solved!
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