Saturday, March 31, 2012

Using Easter "Resurrection Eggs" to Tell the Easter Bible Story

Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
Every Easter I use "resurrection eggs" as a visual when telling the Easter story.
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
They are dollar store plastic eggs, which I've pre-filled with items relating to the Easter story.

I tell the Bible story, then ask my students what could be in the Easter egg that relates to today's Bible story. {I do one each lesson.}The resurrection eggs make for a lesson where all students are engaged, because they l-o-v-e to try and guess what's inside!

HOSANNA
The triumphal entry of Jesus on the donkey & the people waving palm branches in praise:
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
'branches'

JUDAS' PLOT
Judas agrees to help Jesus' enemies in exchange for thirty pieces of silver:
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
silver coins

JESUS IS CAPTURED
Jesus is captured in front of His disciples, is bound and taken away:
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
rope

JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
Pontius Pilate turns Jesus over to the crowd, who choose to crucify Him and hang Him on the cross:
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
nail

THE RESURRECTION
Jesus was buried in a tomb. On the third day, HE AROSE:
Using Easter Eggs to tell the Easter Bible Story to Young Learners
empty egg=empty tomb

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dr. Seuss Centers to Wrap Up Dr. Seuss Month

Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Each year, to wrap up our Dr. Seuss unit, I invite parents to come to our classroom to participate in various Dr. Seuss activities with their Kindergarten child.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
I set up several stations around the classroom that they could choose from. The event lasts for an hour, and they rotate through as many centers as they like.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
My students made some Cats in Hats to decorate our classroom door; the printable was from Hubbard's Cupboard.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
BOOK NOOK
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
One station featured our collection of Dr. Seuss books that parents could read to their children.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
 I have several characters from the stories that students can hold as they are being read to.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
GREEN EGGS & HAM INITIAL SOUNDS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
At this activity, the students and their parents matched the green letters (yolks) with the pictures that start with that letter (eggs). This activity is from Making Learning Fun.

GREEN EGGS & HAM ALPHABET BINGO
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Students played alphabet Bingo against their parents.

ONE FISH, TWO FISH ESTIMATION
Students had to estimate how many fish would fit into the fishbowl without overlapping. They then tried it out to see how close their estimate was to the actual number of fish that fit inside.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
ONE FISH, TWO FISH PATTERNS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Students copied and extended the patterns of red fish, blue fish.

FISHING FOR LETTERS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Using magnetic fishing poles, students caught fish with letters on them, then matched them to the corresponding letters in the 'sea'.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

CAT IN THE HAT SCENE-MAKER
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
I found this magnetic set at Zellers several years ago when the Cat in the Hat movie came out in theatres. Students use the magnets to recreate scenes from the book.

CAT IN THE HAT TOYS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Burger King featured Cat in the Hat toys back when the movie came out. I snagged these on Ebay.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

'THING' PAPER BAG PUPPETS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
This template is from  obSEUSSed. I shrunk down the overall size so that the template would fit on a small paper bag.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
I thought it would be cute to use my students' pictures for this craft, so I cut & glued their faces onto the sheets.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

DR. SEUSS'S ABC BOARD GAME
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

THE CAT IN THE HAT FLOOR PUZZLES
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

NAME SYLLABLE SORT
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

CAT IN THE HAT UPPERCASE/LOWERCASE LETTER MATCH
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

CAT'S HAT COUNT
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
Students and their parents each got a sheet of paper full of cat's hats. They took turns rolling a die, and coloring in that many hats. The first one to color in all of their hats was the winner.
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.

CAT'S HAT SNACKS
Dr. Seuss Day! A wrap up to our Dr. Seuss unit in Kindergarten in March.
A parent brought in these cute Cat's Hats, made from strawberries and apple slices...yum!
It's Time For Rhyme! {rhyme and alphabet activities}

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rhyming Bridge {Is Falling Down}

Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten

Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
This month we are reading lots of Dr. Seuss books. These books are used as a springboard to reinforce rhyme, word families, and so much more.

After reading Hop On Pop and noting the rhyming in the book, my students had fun playing rhyming bridge.

It's played like London Bridge is Falling Down, and is sung to the same tune.

Two students were the 'bridge', the rest made a line-up and took turns passing under the bridge as we sang:

Rhyming bridge is falling down,
falling down,
falling down,
Rhyming bridge is falling down
My fair lady-o.
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
Whoever was caught in the bridge had to come up with a pair of words that rhymed before they were released.
eg. bear, chair
Rhyming Bridge is Falling Down: an active learning activity to practice rhyming skills in Kindergarten
We continued playing until everyone had a turn getting caught & making their rhyme.

To aid those who are not yet confident in their rhyming abilities, I gave a prompt such as:
Can you think of a word that rhymes with ....

This activity was so much fun, and is a great way to reinforce phonemic awareness skills while getting up and moving around the room!

For more rhyming fun, check out my It's Time For Rhyme! pack {here}
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!
Rhyming activity pack- perfect for Kindergarten literacy centers!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gumball Words & Other Literacy Work Stations

We're back from March Break, and are back at learning!

Here are my latest Literacy Work Stations:
GUMBALL SIGHT WORDS
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
Using a label-maker, I printed ten sight words and stuck them onto decorative gems. I added several gems that had no words on them as well.
Students took turns turning the dial until a 'gumball' came out. If it had a sight word on it, all students in the group printed the word onto their gumball page.
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
You can find the gumball page at Mrs. I's blog.
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
If the 'gumball' was blank, no action was taken...they were added simply to heighten anticipation :)

WRITE THE ROOM
Read the Room rhyming activity for Kindergarten
I 'hid' several rhyme cards around the classroom.
Rhyming activity pack for Kindergarten literacy centers
Students searched the classroom for the cards. When a card was found, students filled in the page to determine if the pictures rhymed or not. Find the activity in this pack {here}.

SIGHT WORD BOOK
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
I looked all over for a sight word book introducing the word am, & found this great one at http://www.kindergartenkindergarten.com/2011/08/sight-word-readers.html
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
You can find details of my sight word lessons here.
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten

LISTENING CENTER
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
Students enjoyed listening to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten

WORD SEARCHES
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten
I created several puzzles for students to practice their word-finding skills. 
One puzzle included all of our Sight Words to date, one was a list of the girls in our class, and one was made up of the boys in our class.
Sight word activities for literacy centers in Kindergarten

The FREE puzzle-making website I used to create these word searches is: Lakeshore Learning.

UPDATE 2015:
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}
Kindergarten Literacy Centers for the entire month of September
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