Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM and Alphabet Activities for Kindergarten

Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
My students LOVE practicing letter flashcards...because I have several of these tucked randomly in the pile:
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
It is so funny to hear how they are rattling off the letters and then all of a sudden they shout out 'BOOM!' What a great way to keep them on task & excited to practice letter recognition. I'm sure the teachers down the hall appreciate it too :)

When we get to the last letter in the pile, we work on that letter for the day. I put it in the pocket chart, then go through flashcards with their names. When they see their name, they take their card and check if they have the letter of the day in their name/not in their name, and put it on the pocket chart in the correct column.
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
After comparing/contrasting the results we talk about the letter's sound.
Then we sing our letter rap, and dance like nobody's business {here}
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
Then comes some individual practice with letter recognition and letter sounds:
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
letter recognition
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
letter sound

Find the whole alphabet pack {here}
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten

After reading the story
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
I handed out a magnetic letter to each student. They had to really pay attention for when their letter had to be added to the magnetic board of missing letters
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten
And to cap it all off, a little Mark D. of course!
Alphabet activities for Kindergarten

Alphabet activities for Kindergarten



You can find my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom pack {here}
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom alphabet activities for Kindergarten literacy centers

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Write the Room and More Literacy Centres

I am so happy with how our Literacy Activity time is working out! Here's the next round of Literacy Activites that we started this week.
CLASS NAMES WORD SEARCH
Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

We had our first try at word search skills a few days ago, when completing the Four Seasons word search . This time, we are focussed on our classmates' names!

Literacy centers for Kindergarten
THANKSGIVING WRITE THE ROOM
Literacy centers for Kindergarten
This class favorite has students searching for Thanksgiving-themed vocabulary words, and printing them on the correct lines.

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Literacy centers for Kindergarten
It's part of my Thanksgiving Write the Room pack {here}
Write the Room literacy activity with Thanksgiving theme

RAINBOW WRITING
Rainbow writing literacy center for Kindergarten
Still practicing making those letters by Rainbow Writing them.

Rainbow writing literacy center for Kindergarten
Rainbow Writing letter formation, recognition and sight word literacy center

ABC HANDWRITING BOOK
Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Students take word cards that begin with a specific letter and copy them onto the right page.

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

This activity is from Michelle Rist {here}

Literacy centers for Kindergarten
LISTENING CENTRE: CHICKA CHICKA 123
Literacy centers for Kindergarten

We switched from the alphabet version to the number version.

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Students filled in a response form after hearing the story.

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Literacy centers for Kindergarten

Literacy center rotation chart for Kindergarten

You can find my literacy activity organization cards {here}


If you do Halloween activities in your class, be sure to check out these literacy and math activities!!!
Halloween math & literacy centers for Kindergarten

Halloween math & literacy centers for Kindergarten
Next week we'll be reading about The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, and we'll be doing some activities from this pack!
The Pumpkin Patch Parable book study companion for Kindergarten & First Grade
Find it {here}

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 spiraled, hands-on Literacy Centers for September

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Color Mixing Activity Art Lesson for Kindergarten

This art lesson was about primary colors and how to mix them to create secondary colors.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
Students sat in a circle. They had a sectioned sheet of paper in front of them. In the primary color sections, there were balls of PlayDoh:
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
After reviewing the primary colors, they began to mix colors to create some secondary colors.
 First they took a piece of red and a piece of yellow Play-Doh and blended them together to create orange.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
They put it onto the 'orange' section of their page.
  
Next they took a piece of yellow and blue and squished it together to create green.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
They put it on the section of their page marked 'green'.

Lastly, they mixed blue and red to create violet & put it on their page.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Mrs. J read this book about colorful and patterned fish
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
 and showed some pictures of real fish.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Then it was time to create their own, using black pastels to outline them and paint to fill them in.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

They began by using the primary colors
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
then scooped colors with their paintbrushes, mixing them together to create secondary colors.
Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten

Art activity lesson to learn about color mixing and the color wheel in Kindergarten
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