Tuesday, June 19, 2012

100 Day!

Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
Yesterday we celebrated
100 DAY
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
Which was something new for me...
{Our Kindergarten program is 3 full days per week, and usually in our year we have a snow day or two so we never make it to day 100.}

I had to come up with some activities for my class to do to celebrate!

This time we needed both Zero the Hero AND Zerona to help us
in our days at school count, as we needed two zeros to make 100!
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
I put together a little booklet of activities for the kids to do throughout the day:
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
a page where students make a self-portrait of what they look like on day 100 of Kindergarten
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
coloring page of Zero and Zerona
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
They had to make 10 gumballs in each gumball machine, which worked out to 100.
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!

Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!
I made this roll-the-dice game, where students took turns to roll the dice & fill in that many spaces. The first player to get to 100 wins!
Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!

Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!

Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten!

Friday, June 15, 2012

We're Going On A Bug Hunt...freebie!

During the month of June, our theme has been Bugs, Insects, and Creepy Crawlies.
We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!
One fun activity we did today is head outside to search for some of these little creatures. Armed with a clipboard and a crayon, we made our way outside to the schoolyard to see what we could find.
We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!

We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!
My Bug Scavenger Hunt list has pictures of various bugs to color in when found. I have them take turns, to avoid arguments :)
We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!

We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!

We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!

We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!
Find the Bug Scavenger Hunt checklist {here}
FREE Bug Scavenger Hunt- take learning outside!
We were fairly successful, finding most of the critters on the list!
We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!

We're Going on a Bug Hunt! Take learning outside, and look for some bugs with this free checklist!
This activity is very similar to the Spring Scavenger Hunt that we did in April. You can find my Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt {here}
FREE Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt- take learning outside!
We have just one and a half days of school left!
WOOT! WOOT!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Very Hungry Caterpillar Collaborative Class Project

As part of our bug unit, we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and worked on a collaborative class project.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
Working in pairs, students painted glue onto a pre-cut oval.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
They placed tissue paper squares onto the glue, overlapping the pieces as they went.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
These ovals made up the caterpillar's body.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
A red circle with red tissue paper was used for its head.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
Two longer strips & blue tissue paper were used as the antennae.
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!
It looks great in the hall outside of our classroom!
Very Hungry Caterpillar collaborative class art project perfect for Kindergarten!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Math Power Towers, Worm Measuring, & More Math Work Stations

Here is our last round of Math Work stations for the year!
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
POWER TOWERS
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
This fun, hands-on activity is from Teacher Tipster.
I used Dixie cups and printed numbers onto the bottom, using a Sharpie.
 Students take turns reading the number, then stacking it into a Power Tower.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
The cups are stored in a Pringles chips tube.
I created a label to go on the outside of the can:
{Of course, these could be made for math facts as well.}

I have also made a set for sight word practice...see that activity here.

UNIFIX CUBE ADDITION
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
Students select addition flashcards, then show the addition problems using Unifix cubes.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
They use 2 different colors, one for each numeral. This provides a great visual for the two numbers being added together.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
Very effective, hands-on learning!

BUG PATTERNS
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
I have a set that includes bugs & the accompanying pattern cards. Students use the bug manipulatives to make, then extend the patterns.

WORM MEASUREMENT
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
This set includes worms of varying colors & lengths as well as the accompanying task cards.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
What a fun way to measure...using worms :)

POCKET CHART NUMBERS
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
Using cards 1-30 {from my 100 chart}, students shuffle, then put the number cards in order on the pocket chart.

NUMBER CLIPS
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
I made this activity last summer, after discovering lots of great classroom ideas on Pinterest.
Click here for my post about these great finds.
Click here to find my Pinterest boards.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
I used stickers and bristol board to create this counting/matching game.
Students use numbered clothespins to match the clothespin number with the stickers of that amount. 

BUGGY BINGO
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
I believe I got this from Scholastic. It is fantastic.
{Didn't mean to make a rhyme about it.}
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
This game is a favorite in my classroom. It is a great way to reinforce counting and matching, and it goes perfectly with our Bug Theme.

FILE FOLDER GAMES
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
Butterfly matching, spider counting....lots of bug activities.
Math center activities for Kindergarten students
OK, I'm off to write those final report cards....

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Word Detectives Freebie, Bug Word Clip Card Freebies & More Literacy Work Stations

We just began our last round of literacy work stations:

SIGHT WORD BOOK
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Our latest book, Color Bugs, goes with June's bug/insect theme. No new sight words are being introduced, but this booklet provides a great review of the color words.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.

Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
They had to make sure their books made sense- the bug's color must match color word in the sentence!

WORD DETECTIVES
This is a different kind of word search!
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Students use magnifying glasses to search for the tiny sight words that are hidden in the picture.
When they find a word, they fill in their Word Detective sheet.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
When the page is full= CASE CLOSED
So fun!
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
We are using a sight word page from Little Literacy Learners.

You can find the sight word page here @ Little Literacy Learners.
You can find my Word Detective freebie page here!
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.

Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.

LETTER CLIPS
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Students are using clothespin letters to make the bug words.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.

Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
UPDATE: The bug clip cards have been redone, and are a FREE download {here}
FREE word work literacy center clip cards

WRITE THE ROOM
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
I posted pictures of various bugs (as seen in the picture above) around the classroom.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Using a clipboard and worksheet, students hunt all over the room for the bugs, then add them to their list.
UPDATE: The Bug Write the Room activity has been completely redone, and is available {here}
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.

LISTENING CENTER
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Students are listening to The Roly-Poly Spider, then filling in a response sheet.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers {many are freebies!} in this blog post.
Not a personal favorite of mine {the spider makes lunch out of everyone she meets- gross}.

Update: 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}
20 Kindergarten Literacy Centers for September- perfect for back to school!
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