Sunday, October 28, 2012

Personalized Reading Pointers

Can I just say WOW!?
My first time public speaking...presenting to my fellow Kindergarten teachers from Christian schools across Ontario...and can I say, they were the best audience!
Of course Kindergarten teachers would be supportive, kind audiences...that's just their nature!
{Don't know what I was so nervous about!}
If you were there, I am so honored to have been a small part of your convention experience, and thank you for taking the time to visit me at my workshop.

Student Pointers
If you have had your school photos done for the year, here is a great tip to try- providing your Kindergarten kids a FUN & personalized print tracking tool.
DIY student pointers for reading
There are always several small pictures with adhesive backs that are given to the office for use in your students' file. I was given the unused pictures, and turned them into student pointers.
DIY student pointers for reading
Each student's picture is at the top so that they can "look" at the word as they read it. LOL
The photo is adhesive, stuck onto a large craft stick. There is a strip of adhesive magnetic tape on the back so that the pointers can hang on their fridge.

The pointers can be used to practice their sight words that should be hanging on their fridge.

I use these forms:
DIY student pointers for reading
You can find the forms {here}.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Literacy Stations...Writing Centre Freebie...Nerves

Just a quick post to show a glimpse of what we've been doing in Kindergarten this week:
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
{you can find the literacy centre cards & header here}

HIGHLIGHT-A-LETTER
I put magnetic letters into a drawstring bag {that students could not see into}. They took turns reaching inside and drawing a letter. The letter was put on a magnetic board so that everyone in the group could see what it was.
Students then find the letter on their sheet & highlight it.
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

LISTENING CENTER
Students read a story together, then fill out a response form.
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

APPLES & PUMPKINS ALPHABET BOOK
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
This cut & paste activity is a freebie from Danielle at Kroger's Kindergarten {here}.
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Students cut the lowercase letters & glue them onto the corresponding uppercase letter.
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
I have added some freebies to my TPT store & here's one of them:
Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten

Free Literacy Center Activities for Kindergarten
These pages can be added to your writing center.
Now I'm off to prepare for my presentations at an All-Ontario Christian School Teachers' Convention..yikes! {I'm so nervous about public speaking!!!}

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 Activity Centers for September

Friday, October 19, 2012

Morning Messages {Punctuation}

We have been having a lot of fun with our Morning Messages this year.
Here's one from the day after we got back from Thanksgiving holidays:
Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten
I try to have the students involved with the messages, and this time I asked a question, where they could come up & write their name under their answer.

I also noticed that all of my sentences ended with different punctuation marks {period or pyramid, as my kids like to call it, exclamation mark, and question mark}, so a lesson on punctuation evolved from our chart.

They thought it was funny how our voice changes when we read aloud using the different punctuation marks.
{Our poor ELL student probably thinks we're all crazy.}

After working with the message, I told my students to grab a book off of the bookshelf, and to look for punctuation in their book.
Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten
Boy were they surprised that these markings were in their books- they hadn't noticed them before!
Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten

Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten

Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten

Looking for more ideas for FUN Morning Messages?
Morning Message Ideas for Kindergarten

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Scavenger Hunt {freebie}

This week our book study is based on We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger.
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
After reading the story and completing the story's flow chart {here} we headed outside for a fall scavenger hunt of our own.
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
evergreen trees
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
colorful leaves
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
 pinecones
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
pumpkins {at the house beside the school}
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
 You can download a copy of the fall scavenger hunt FREE {here}.
FREE Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids

On another note, I've posted new FALL ITEMS in my TPT store!
Fun With Frank Math & Literacy Fun
{here}
Halloween Themed Math & Literacy Activities for Kindergarten

Autumn Write the Room Pack
{here}
Fall Write the Room Activity for Kindergarten

Friday, October 12, 2012

Literacy Work Station Rotations

I have been asked to share how I run my activity work stations, specifically how I organize the chart that shows who goes where.
Here is what my Literacy Activity chart looks like today:
How to Organize Literacy Center Rotations
I use a half-page header {in chevron, of course}. LOL
How to Organize Literacy Center Rotations
I have my class divided up into small groups of 3-4 students, with 3 activities running at once.
{Most years my groups have 4-5 students in each group, with 5 activities running at once.}

I have found this to be the simplest way to organize my work stations.
Students are to work in one station at a time. When time is up, I simply move the activity card over one spot, and students know what activity they will be in next.
SIMPLE
How to Organize Literacy Center Rotations
The activity cards include both words and pictures to aid my visual learners and ELL students.
How to Organize Literacy Center Rotations
You can find ALL 36 activity cards as well as full-page and half-page station header cards 
{here}
How to Organize Literacy Center Rotations using Visual Cards

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 Activity Centers for September

Monday, October 08, 2012

Indian Corn Art {freebie}

Last week my students decorated Indian corn, and we added them to the collaborative turkey Thanksgiving bulletin board {here}.
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children
Students started by coloring and cutting out the template of the corn, found {here} from DLTK-Kids.

I set out paper plates with different colored paint and Q-tips on them.
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children 
Students dabbed dots of paint onto the corn to create the different-colored 'kernels'.
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children
Since they were only using Q-Tips, it was my favorite kind of craft = one with no messy clean-up :)
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children

Fall Indian corn art activity for young children

Final product, drying in the sunshine.
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children
Fall Indian corn art activity for young children

Friday, October 05, 2012

Where's That Crazy Coconut? {Chicka Chicka Themed Freebie}

We have begun a book study of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
We are having so much fun with this story, and it's used to reinforce the letters of the alphabet.

I made a math game to go along with the story called
Where's That Crazy Coconut?
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
I placed number cards in random order in a pocket chart. Then I hid the 'crazy coconut' behind one of the numbers.

Here's how to play: Students take turns coming up to the chart. They point to a number they think they know, and tell the class what it is. If they name the number correctly, they get to take the number off of the chart.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
And of course, with bated breath, we all see if the CRAZY COCONUT is behind the number that was chosen.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
The 'winner' is the person who finds that crazy coconut behind their number.

I made the activity to practice number recognition from 1-25.
If you'd like a copy of this activity, you can download it {here} for FREE!

You can find my FULL Chicka Chicka Literacy Pack {here}
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed activities for Kindergarten

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