Monday, February 25, 2013

Pete the Cat!

This is my first year doing Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin with my class...and I am SOOO EXCITED!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
We are doing {this} unit on color words, which is a great supplement to the story.

Here are some activities from the pack as well as some freebies found on the web...score!

PETE THE CAT PLAYDOH CENTER
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
I LOOOVE this activity! I just wish that I had the letter stampers from Lakeshore. Definitely buying them with next year's budget, it's number one on my list!
Students read, stamp, and mold the sight words with Play-Doh.
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
The activity is from Christie at First Grade Fever {here}.
Thanks for sharing Christie!

LETTER, WORD, OR SENTENCE? SORT
Students sort if it is a letter, a word, or a sentence & fill out the form.
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
This fun pocket chart activity is from Heather at Heather's First Grade Heart {here}.
Thanks, Heather!

PETE THE CAT COLOR WORD LETTER TILES
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
This activity is from Making Learning Fun, and can be found {here} for free!


LISTENING CENTER
They were singing Pete's song all. day. long...and so was I :)
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

SIGHT WORD READERS
Students each received a booklet that allows them extra practice in reading color words. They color in the pictures, and trace the color words.
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

COLOR WORD ASSESSMENTS
As my students read the booklet to me {one-on-one}, I can easily assess the words they know by using this form:
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
From the pack {here}

POCKET CHART STORY/MATCHING
They matched the shoes with the correct sentences, then completed the student worksheet.
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
 From the pack {here}

BUILDING COLOR WORDS        
Students sorted the color word pieces by color, then arranged the words on the pocket chart.
Then they filled in their worksheet, using the pocket chart words as a guide.
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!

*Canadian AND US spelling is included!
Color Words activities for Kindergarten and First Grade- perfect as literacy centers!
 Find the color word practice pack {here}

So many activities to squeeze into the week!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spring Writing Center Word Lists FREE

Just a quick post to let you know that I've uploaded the next installment of FREE Writing Center Word Lists.
FREE Spring themed word lists for your classroom Writing Center
They include lists for March and April, including St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, and Birthday lists.

You can find them at my TPT store under FREE items!
(Click {here} to head to my TPT store)
FREE thematic word lists for your classroom Writing Center

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Literacy Work Stations: Rhyming, Surgery, and More!

Here's what we have been doing in our literacy work stations recently:
RHYMING ACTIVITIES
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
We're getting ready for Dr. Seuss month by practicing our rhyming skills.
In this activity, they match the puppy to its bone and ball.
Wearing heart glasses during Valentine's week makes the activity even more fun :) 
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
You can find the rhyming activity {here}.

LISTENING CENTER
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
This time, the book was Clifford's First Valentine's Day.
They listened to the story, then filled in a student response form.

SIGHT WORD BOOK
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
We practiced the story on a pocket chart, then read from the sight word book. Students highlighted the sight words in the story, and copied the sight words onto a page that will be put on their fridge at home.
For a typical small group lesson, see {here}.

The sight words go onto our High Five chart, located beside our classroom door.
Students say the word as they high five it on their way out!
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
You can find the sight word hands {here}...a set of 100 words!

WORD DOCTOR
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
Students wear doctor gear as they piece together student names {written on bones}.
They record their findings on the Word Surgery Results page.
This activity is from Reagan at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits, and can be found {here} for FREE!
Literacy centers for Kindergarten

UPDATE: I have created all-new 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

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Classroom Management Tip You Must See!

This is my new favorite classroom tip:
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
BUT FIRST
Here's how it all began....

I have to share a classroom, and every year this disappears:

MISSING
This is was my washroom sign.
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
One side was green & said 'go', indicating that no one is in the washroom.
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas! 
The other side was red, and said 'stop' indicating that the washroom is in use.

The sign was attached to a string and hung around the door lever. It made it very easy and quick for those needing the washroom to show that the washroom was occupied- it was also a great visual for non-readers!

But every year, for whatever reason, my washroom sign goes missing. Who would want a washroom sign you may ask? Who knows?! But part way through each and every year, it is GONE...maybe someone thinks it makes a great necklace?
I came up with this idea after seeing this magnetic board at Walmart:
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
turquoise is my new obsession

I hung it on the wall beside our class washroom. Then I took a small picture of each student {that I had left over from our school's picture day} and put a magnet on the back.
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
Now when students go to the washroom, they take their picture and stick it on the steel washroom door:
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
Not only can we see that the washroom is in use, we can tell WHO is in there! Awesome!
Classroom Management Tips for washroom use- great ideas!
Of course, my students think this is great fun, and as soon as I showed it to the class EVERYONE instantly said they had to go to the washroom{just so they could move their picture} :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Love, Splat {freebies}

Love, Splat book activities perfect for Valentine's Day in Kindergarten or First Grade!

Love, Splat activities and freebies!
This week we read Rob Scotton's book
Love, Splat book activities perfect for Valentine's Day in Kindergarten or First Grade!

Perfect for Valentine's week!

We did a matching activity based on the characters in the story
Love, Splat activities and freebies!

and brainstormed words that rhyme with 'Splat'
Love, Splat activities and freebies!

We wrapped up the week with a Splat craftivity
Love, Splat activities and freebies!
my students, hard at work in their pajamas {it was Pajama Day}
Love, Splat activities and freebies!

Love, Splat activities and freebies!

Love, Splat activities and freebies!

Love, Splat activities and freebies!
If you would like a copy of the rhyming page and character match, you can download them by clicking the link below.
Love, Splat book activities perfect for Valentine's Day in Kindergarten or First Grade!

We also did book study companion activities to go with Love, Splat!
Love, Splat book activities perfect for Valentine's Day in Kindergarten or First Grade!
Find it {here}!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Day Activities for Kindergarten

On Monday we did lots of Conversation Heart activities {here} that were so much fun. 
Learning with candy is awesome!
Today we celebrated Valentine's Day {because we are not in school tomorrow}.
It was also Pajama Day, and pizza lunch...it was the 'awesomest' day ever.
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
LOVE MONSTER ADDITION
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
Students matched the pictures with the addition problems and then figured out the answers.
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

COUNTING BY 10S
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
We counted by tens {and noticed a pattern!} then filled in the corresponding worksheet.
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

VALENTINE'S WORD SEARCH
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

ALPHABET MAZES 
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!

VALENTINE'S DAY COLORING PAGES
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
All of these activities...and LOTS MORE can be found {here}
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
The Math {here} and Literacy {here} Sets are also available separately.

We also did some activities based on
Valentine's Day math and literacy center activities for Kindergarten & First Grade!
Love, Splat book study companion activities- perfect for Valentine's Day in Kindergarten or First Grade!
Find the book study companion activities {here}

Stay tuned! I will be posting some FREEBIES that go along with this book soon :)

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