Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Dr. Seuss Activities & Literacy Work Stations

Here are the stations my students will be working on until March Break
{8 days from now, but who's counting?!?}
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Students are 'texting' their sight words on iPhones, 'typing' words onto iPads, and arranging their iPod playlists in alphabetical order.
See here for my previous post about this low-tech, faux-tech fun & the downloads!
iPhones from Traci {here}
iPads from Mrs. Gilchrist {here}

This month we are reading Dr. Seuss stories. They are great springboards for introducing rhyme and word families.

I created this activity pack to reinforce word families {rhyme} as well as alphabetical order.

In the activity above, each card has four words on it, all from one word family. Students draw a card, then print the words in alphabetical order onto their sheet.
I provided a simple alphabet strip for those who needed a visual aid.
Find it {here}

At this station, students choose a letter template and try to replicate it using geoboards and elastic bands.
The geoboard letter cards can be found here.

I had never heard of Tacky the Penguin until reading about him on various blogs. Our local library had the book & CD kit available, so that made it a great centre!
The student book response form is from Mrs. Jump.

The sight word booklet is called Places We Go.
I am using this book to introduce the new sight words go and to.
It is available from Hubbard's Cupboard.
I love how this booklet adds new words to the previously learned sight words. The students are really reading now!

See my post here that describes a typical small-group lesson.

FYI: I have created bundles of month-long literacy centres, 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}


Sara S. said...

Just found your blog. My kids love using the IPads during spelling! I'll have to try the iPods and iPhones too.

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Wolfelicious said...

Hi!! I am your newest follower! I love the idea of texting the students sight words. I bet they LOVE doing that. When you have a chance, come over and check out my blog. I teach kindergarten too.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the great ideas! Keep 'em comin'! :)

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, where have you been?! Or should I say, "Where have I been?" What a great blog you have! Thanks for all the ideas! I especially like the faux technology!

Outdoor Maths said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this post, I've added it to my writing area. It's allowed my special needs children to access some independent activities.

The Kitchen Dunce said...

Even though I'm a high school math teacher I think this is really cool. Keep up the good work!

wise1kim said...

Wow... this is really cool! Love your ideas.

Anonymous said...

i am going to be a first year kinder teacher and i have been searching for ideas and i abs. love your ideas.

Cherylynn Moody said...

I am a teacher educator and I am going to spread your wealth of ideas to all my teacher candidates. Thank you for posting! I love the idea of 'getting kids ready' for new technologies even if the district does not supply them to the classrooms.

Anonymous said...

Do you have blank templates of the technology? LOVE this idea for my middle school special ed. students- they'll especially love it because the area I teach in Hawaii is very low income...most students don't have cell phones, computers, etc. Thanks!

Abby said...

Omg, I LOVE the tech activities! So cute!

Ashley Miles said...

Where can I find your adorable iPods?

Anita said...

Ashley- click on where it says "See here for previous post..." and it will lead you to a former post about the iPods. On that post, click on "Teacher Tipster", as it is from his site.

Anonymous said...

You are brilliant

Laken Harrell said...

Anita, I LOVE your ipads and iphones. Our shcool requires technology and since this "is" technology...I'm happy!
Whole Brain Teaching in the Ladybug Club

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