Sunday, September 29, 2013

Favourite Fall Pins

Fall is here!
This week in class we will begin our 'Awesome Autumn' unit.
Stay tuned for lots of great pumpkin activities and fall learning fun!
 
Until then, here are some great Fall Finds from Pinterest :)
{click the pics to find the links}
 
 
Bubble Wrap Corn Wreath
How smart is this idea!? Students paint over bubble wrap with fall colours to look like bumpy corn kernels, then add husks. Assemble into a cute fall wreath!
 
Thanksgiving Pumpkin
Students write what they are thankful for, then fold over to create a little pumpkin.
 
Pumpkin Ten Frames
These pumpkin 10 frame freebies are from a great blog I follow called Kinder Kids Fun
 
Thanksgiving Labelling Sheet
This fun freebie is from Peace, Love, and Learning.
 
I can't believe we're only 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving!
 
Q-Tip Fall Tree
So simple & cute! Paint a simple rectangular trunk and then add some branches out from the trunk with the q-tip. Dot on leaves in different colours. (Draw a circle around the trunk in light pencil to maintain a circle shape for the leaves.)
 
For more Fall Pinterest finds, follow my boards


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rainbow Writing and more Literacy Activities {Round 2}

I posted {here} about our first round of Literacy Activities. Considering it was the first round, things went well :) As I mentioned in that earlier post, I am excited that this round of activities builds on the first, and that most activities are similar so I don't need to spend lots of time explaining how to do them.
Best of all, they spiral through the year, so students keep coming back to core learning skills as they extend their knowledge!
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
Then, I planned a year's worth of rounds that have 5 stations each which include these skills:
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}
A month of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
The name activities are EDITABLE so you can make them about your own class!
Literacy Station Rotation
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

literacy station cards {here}

Name Activities
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

I made a little class book for everyone that has each student's picture and a blank space to print their names.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

I made cards of each student, including their picture and name.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

In this activity, students take a card, find that person in their booklet, and copy their name!
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

A great way to get to know the class!

Listening Center
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

This week's book is Silly Sally.

Write the Room
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

We are using my Back to School Write the Room pack for this round.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

The cards have numbers on them, and students need to search the room for cards and print the word beside the corresponding number.


Because they have to match the words to numbers this round, it is adding an extra skill. {In our first round of Write the Room, they could just print letters anywhere on their pages}.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

The Back to School pack can be found {here}.
Write the Room activity with a back to school theme- perfect as a Kindergarten literacy center


Rainbow Writing
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

Students search for and stamp the focus letters, using different colored Bingo daubers.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

Then they take letter cards and trace over the dashed letters 5 times, using 5 different colors of markers= rainbow writing!
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

Markers AND Bingo daubers in one center= fun!
Rainbow Writing activities to practice letter formation and sight words...for the year!
The Rainbow Writing Pack can be found {here}.

Writing Books

Students are continuing on in their writing books by copying the letter B words. It is from Michelle's pack {here}.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Outdoor Alphabet Hunt FREEBIE

If you are a regular blog follower of mine, you know that I love to make learning active!
I created this Outdoor Alphabet Hunt to use with my Kindergarten students, and thought I would share it with you, my teacher friends :)
FREE Outdoor Alphabet Hunt- take learning outside! Perfect for beginning of the year in Kindergarten.
The idea is to head outside and go on an alphabet hunt. When students find something that begins with a certain letter, they can fill in their forms.
I made two forms for this activity, to meet the needs of learners at different levels.
On one form, students can draw a sketch of what they see that begins with that letter. On the other form, students can write down a word.
FREE Outdoor Alphabet Hunt- take learning outside! Perfect for beginning of the year in Kindergarten.
FREE Outdoor Alphabet Hunt- take learning outside!

I have also shared an Autumn Scavenger Hunt in the past.
FREE Fall Themed Outdoor Scavenger Hunt- take learning outside! Perfect for teaching about fall in Kindergarten.
You can find that freebie {here}
FREE Signs of Fall Scavenger Hunt- take learning outside!
Happy hunting!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE Write the Room Pack and More Literacy Activities

When I started by blog two years ago, I detailed a year's worth of  Literacy Work Stations. You can find them all {here}
 Last year I blogged about other things, because I mostly did the same literacy centers over again.

This year I have {hopefully} made life easier for myself by offering Literacy Work Stations that are more 'permanent'. They are still different every round {by theme/season/increased difficulty}, but not in HOW they are done. This will allow for more learning time: less time explaining the activities and more time to work on them!Best of all, they spiral through the year, so students keep coming back to core learning skills as they extend their knowledge!
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
Then, I planned a year's worth of rounds that have 5 stations each which include these skills:
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}
A month of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

So here is our first round of Literacy Activities for the year!
I have 15 students, so I have made groups of 3 students and 5 different activities. 
Literacy Activities rotation chart
find the rotation chart {here}

Students work at their center for 30 minutes. They do one station per day, then rotate to the next one on the next day.
Literacy Activities rotation chart
 find the rotation chart {here}

As soon as they've done all five, I introduce five new activities. Since most stations will be done in the same way {just with different material}, introducing round 2 will be so much easier!  
READ & WRITE THE ROOM
FREE write the room pack to practice letter recognition and printing!
Read & Write the Room is one permanent station. Each round a new set of letters/words/student names will be posted for students to find and copy onto a recording sheet.

In this first round, students are searching for letters of the alphabet.
FREE write the room pack to practice letter recognition and printing!
You can find this FREE alphabet write the room activity {here}, and for more Write the Room activities that will take you through the WHOLE year, click {here} They are also included in my year long literacy centers bundle!
FREE write the room pack to practice letter recognition and printing!

WRITING/HANDWRITING CENTER
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

Remember this pocket chart that I had used for mail {that was too confusing for my students to use}? Well, I have re-purposed it to my Writing Center area. Each pocket holds a different writing activity and its components. Later on in the year my students will get to choose a writing activity, but for now we are working on these alphabet handwriting books by Michelle Rist {here}
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
They copy words that begin with the focus letter into their writing books.
Kindergarten writing center activities

Kindergarten writing center activities

LISTENING CENTER
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
Students listen to a story and fill in a response sheet. I have made a full year's worth of response pages to go with this activity.
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.

ALPHABET CENTER: RAINBOW WRITING
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
A class favorite! Students take the letter cards and trace over them using different colored markers.
Rainbow writing!
Rainbow writing activities to practice letters and sight words in Kindergarten
Then they fill in Rainbow Writing work page {which I didn't get a picture of}.
Rainbow writing activities to practice letters and sight words in Kindergarten

Rainbow writing activities to practice letters and sight words in Kindergarten
This is part of my year long literacy activity bundle, but you can also get the Rainbow Writing pack seperately{here}

WORD WORK CENTER: NAMES
A full year of Kindergarten Literacy Centers: spiraled through 5 domains of writing, reading, listening, alphabet/phonemic awareness, and word work.
For our first round of name activities, I have once again put my students' names on my 2 steel doors. Students use magnetic letters to spell their classmates' names! See {here} for a previous posting about this activity.

I am no longer working with small groups as the activities take place. This allows me the freedom to assist groups where necessary and to assess how they are doing.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fall Apple Art {and Color Mixing Activities}

My students did an lesson tying in fall apples and learning about primary colors.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors

Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Students began with this:
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
3 apple cut-outs, 4 leaf cut-outs, mini paint palette with red, yellow, and blue paint
After reading a book about apples, there was discussion about apple colors.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
They began by painting one apple yellow.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
The next apple was painted red.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
All they had left on their paint palettes was blue paint!?
They had to mix colors together to paint their last apple...
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
...and mix colors to paint the leaves also.
When the paint dried, they glued their apples, leaves, and paper stems.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors

Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors

Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
The second art activity involved apple stamping.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Pre-cut branches were glued onto a large sheet of paper.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Then students used apple halves to stamp apples onto the branches of the apple tree.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
They painted little stems to the top of the apples.
Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors

Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors

Fall apple art activities with a focus on mixing colors
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