Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dr. Seuss Activities & Literacy Work Stations

Here are the stations my students will be working on until March Break
{8 days from now, but who's counting?!?}
---->   ME   <----
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten

WORD WORK
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
Students are 'texting' their sight words on iPhones, 'typing' words onto iPads, and arranging their iPod playlists in alphabetical order.
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
See here for my previous post about this low-tech, faux-tech fun & the downloads!
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
iPhones from Traci {here}
iPads from Mrs. Gilchrist {here}

RHYMES WITH CAT
HOP ON POP -OP WORD FAMILY
 REAL OR SILLY WORDS
This month we are reading Dr. Seuss stories. They are great springboards for introducing rhyme and word families.

I created this activity pack to reinforce word families {rhyme} as well as alphabetical order.

In the activity above, each card has four words on it, all from one word family. Students draw a card, then print the words in alphabetical order onto their sheet.
I provided a simple alphabet strip for those who needed a visual aid.
Find it {here}

ALPHABET GEOBOARDS
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
At this station, students choose a letter template and try to replicate it using geoboards and elastic bands.
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
The geoboard letter cards can be found here.
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten

LISTENING CENTER
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
I had never heard of Tacky the Penguin until reading about him on various blogs. Our local library had the book & CD kit available, so that made it a great center!
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
The student book response form is from Mrs. Jump.
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten


SIGHT WORD BOOK
The sight word booklet is called Places We Go.
Fun, free literacy work stations for Kindergarten
I am using this book to introduce the new sight words go and to.
It is available from Hubbard's Cupboard.
I love how this booklet adds new words to the previously learned sight words. The students are really reading now!

See my post here that describes a typical small-group lesson.


FYI: 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}

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Faux Technology

This week my students will be texting their sight words on iPhones.

They will be typing their sight words on iPads.

And they will organize playlists on their iPods in alphabetical order.

 Expensive?
Absolutely not. 

It's low-tech.
And faux-tech.

{Did I mention they're freebies?}

Impressive?
You bet! 

iPhones
Using washable overhead markers, students print sight words into the fields at the top of the 'phone', and then 'text' them.
iPods
iPad iPod iPhone sight word texting activity freebie
I've written my students' names on small discs. Students select a disc and put it on their iPod.
Using washable overhead markers, students print the names on the playlist in alphabetical order.
This can also be done with sight words.
Sight word discs are included in the download.

iPads

iPad iPod iPhone sight word texting activity freebie
Students print sight words on the screen {there's room for ten}.
Then they practise typing the words using the keyboard.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Family Day! {& President's Day too}

Here in Ontario, Canada we are enjoying a day off to celebrate
Family Day!!!

I am actually enjoying a 6-day stretch off of school, due to a PD Day, a PA Day, the weekend, and Monday's Family Day holiday.

We surprised the kids and headed to the U.S.A.!

We headed through

and


to get to our first destination:



Then we headed further south to our next stop...

...and even further, into

Flags on the Peace Bridge


Home sweet home

We had a great time, spent way too much money, and enjoyed FAMILY, which is the whole point!

{It was sooo great to have Friday off to get those report cards done!}

PS I hope my American friends have a great President's Day!!!

Is anyone else doing anything fun on this long weekend?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pesty the Penguin Returns! {Activities for Math}

You may recall an earlier post that introduced Pesty the Penguin.

The lesson was an inferencing activity, where students had to guess what was inside the Mystery Box.
Math Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who hides behind the number cards...an engaging way to get students involved in math activities as they learn number recognition! #math #kindergarten #penguin #kindergartenmath
Then Pesty made occasional *secret* appearances to our classroom while we were away, and he stole letters off of our Chit Chat Chart.
We had to work together to fix it.
Pesty the Penguin messes up the Morning Message, and the students have to fix it. A fun activity that helps students practice so many literacy skills!

This time, Pesty appeared during our Math lesson.
Math Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who hides behind the number cards...an engaging way to get students involved in math activities as they learn number recognition! #math #kindergarten #penguin #kindergartenmath
As practice with number recognition, students took turns pointing to a number on the pocket chart and saying what number it was. If they were correct, they removed the number from the chart.

Boy were they surprised when they found these hiding behind several of the numbers:
Math Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who hides behind the number cards...an engaging way to get students involved in math activities as they learn number recognition! #math #kindergarten #penguin #kindergartenmath
Pesty the Penguin strikes again!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Literacy Work Stations

Here is the latest five day rotation of literacy activities:

WRITE THE ROOM
My students have been using my Valentine's Day freebie set to Write the Room.
Kindergarten literacy center activities
Using Valentine pointers, students read the sight word hearts that are posted around the classroom.
Kindergarten literacy center activities

Wearing heart-shaped sunglasses while reading-the-room makes this activity even more fun!
Kindergarten literacy center activities
Click here to find the post where you can download your free copies of the word hearts and activity sheets.
RAINBOW WRITING

Kindergarten literacy center activities
At this center, students practice printing their friends' names, then trace over them using different colored markers.


Kindergarten literacy center activities

Kindergarten literacy center activities
When they finish their page, they write words on the chalkboard, rainbow writing over top of their words using different colors of chalk.
Kindergarten literacy center activities

Kindergarten literacy center activities

LISTENING CENTER
I initially had Franklin's Valentines as our book selection, however my tape recorder ate the tape :(
So now it's Pete the Cat!
{in non-machine-edible CD format}
Kindergarten literacy center activities
The kids are rockin' out to Pete's song, air guitars and all.
Kindergarten literacy center activities
You can grab a copy of the reading response sheet from Mrs. Jump.


SIGHT WORD BOOK
Our Valentine book is called The Hearts.
Kindergarten literacy center activities
It can be found at Hubbard's Cupboard.
Kindergarten literacy center activities
For those interested, the book is available in English, French, German, and Spanish!


INITIAL SOUNDS
This month I need to assess my students in their ability to identify the initial sounds in words, so I created this sheet for them to work on:
Kindergarten literacy center activities
They cut out the letters and glue them beside the picture that begins with that letter.
Kindergarten literacy center activities

FYI: 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}
A month of Kindergarten literacy center activities

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Math Work Stations

This month my students are working on

WINTER TIME
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten


Students fill in their sheet by referencing the clocks on the cards. They also manipulate small clocks to show the time as added reinforcement.

This great activity is from Sara's Winter Math Packet.
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

HOT COCOA 10 FRAMES
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

Students use packing "snow" {as mini marshmallows} to show the number on the mug.
The packing snow makes a great marshmallow substitute, can be re-used each year, and will not attract mice in your classroom!
{I've seen teachers use dried-up mini marshmallows for this activity, but that just grosses me out!}
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

This fun activity is a freebie from Jessica at Under the Alphabet Tree.

FILE FOLDER ACTIVITIES
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

I downloaded several Valentine-themed file folder activities for students to practice matching, sorting, and pattern recognition.

VALENTINE PATTERNS
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

Students use mini hearts, mailboxes, and bouquets of roses to complete the pattern cards.

COUNTING BY 10s
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten
Snowman cards are assembled on the pocket chart to show numbers
10-100.
These snowman cards are also from Sara's Winter Math Packet.
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

SNOW COW
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

Students practice addition skills by rolling the dice and adding the two numbers together. They cover the corresponding number on their gameboard using {packing} snow. First one to cover their gameboard is the winner!
Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

Winter themed math centers for Kindergarten

The game is found at Ocean's Of First Grade Fun, here.
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