Friday, September 28, 2012

Nursery Rhyme Olympic Games

To wrap up our Nursery Rhyme unit, my students participated in Nursery Rhyme Olympic games.
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
Here is a run-down of the events they participated in:
MOTHER GOOSE WADDLE
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
Students had to hold a ball between their knees, then waddle around the chair. Then they had to waddle back to the line & pass it to the next person.
JACK BE NIMBLE CANDLESTICK JUMPING
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
I made a long line of candlesticks. Students ran & jumped over the candlesticks and then back again.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE SPOON RACE
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
Balancing a ball on their spoon, they had to go as quickly as they could around the chair & back to the line without dropping the ball.

TWINKLE LITTLE STAR LETTER SORT
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
The first person had to run up and find the 'A', set it aside, and go back. The next person had to find the 'B', and so on until they made a row from A to Z.

HUMPTY DUMPTY PUZZLE FIXING
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
The first person in each line had to put on a crown {as the king's horsemen}, then gallop {on their pretend horses} to a simple puzzle. They had to try to "put it back together again", then gallop back and pass the crown to the next person, until everyone had a turn.

MEDAL CEREMONY
Nursery Rhyme Olympics- A Post FULL of Games and Activities for Kindergarten
Of course, the only way to cap off Olympic games is with an awards ceremony, where everyone received their gold medals.
The medals read 'Nursery Rhyme Olympic Champion'.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Number Recognition and Literacy Work Stations

 I can hardly believe we are almost finished our first month of school...and that it's FALL!

Here's what we've been up to this week in class:

NUMBER RECOGNITION
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
Term one's expectation is to recognize numbers to 5...but since I had seven students at school, why not let everyone have one & practice to seven!?
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
I handed out number cards at random to each student, then had them organize their numbers on the pocket chart in order.
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
I also had them arrange their numbers from highest to lowest. And to make it more challenging, I called out random numbers and they put their number on the chart if they had it.

{It was super easy for everyone, so next time I'll give them two cards each and go up to 14...shhh!}
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
The number cards can be found {here}.
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten

LITERACY WORK STATIONS 
The three stations my students are rotating through this week are:

ALPHABET BEANBAG MATCH
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
First, they had to lay out alphabet flashcards all over the carpet area.
Number Recognition and Counting Activities for Kindergarten
Then, they stood at the edge of the carpet and tried to toss the letter beanbag onto its matching flashcard. They had a blast!

SIGHT WORD BOOK
The book we are doing this week is about Nursery Rhymes, and is a perfect one to wrap up our Nursery Rhyme unit. It is from Hubbard's Cupboard {here}.
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten
The sentences begin with "This is" & then state which Nursery Rhyme.
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten

Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten 
They highlight the new sight words for the week in their booklets.
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten 
The sight words go onto our High Five chart, which is located beside our classroom door.
Every time they leave the classroom, they 'high five' the words as they read them, for extra practice {and fun!}
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten

Find the High Five! chart {here}
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten

LISTENING
Students listen to a story, then fill in a page to show what their favorite part of the story was, as well as if they liked the book.
Word Work and Sight Word Activities for Kindergarten


MY NEW ALPHABET SET
I am so excited about the new alphabet cards I have displayed in my classroom.
They took awhile to create, but it was fun, and I LOVE how they turned out!
crazy for chevron!



Yes, I realize that was FIVE pictures of my alphabet.
Sorry about that. I told you I love it!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Teaching Time to the Hour

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten
We continued our Nursery Rhyme theme study, and one favorite has been
Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten
This led to some fun learning about how to tell time to the hour.
First came some learning about the clock's hands and numbers earlier in the week.

As a follow-up lesson, I handed out mini-clocks to each student and had them show me the time I said.
Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten
Show me five o'clock...
Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten
We also made these clocks -a free download- using Velcro numbers {from Mrs. Williamson}.
Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten
The number pieces are stored in an old Play-doh container.

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

love how miss ponytails is checking our classroom clock for reference :)
Activities for Teaching Time to the Hour in Kindergarten

Finished product!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back To School Read Alouds

Every day this month I have read a book about going to school.
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
Here are some of the books I've read to my class:
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
After each reading, we look at the story and compare it to our own experiences at school.
i.e. making connections--text-to-self
For example:
-do we take pets to school?
-how do we act at school compared to David?
-were we nervous to come to school, like Chester?
-etc.
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading

A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading
I have also used Read Aloud time as a springboard for introducing
fiction vs non-fiction,
and my students have grasped this concept very well!

You can find all these book companion packs {and more!} by clicking {here}
A collection of back to school book study companion activities for young learners. Lots of literacy ideas and guided reading activities for K-2. Common Core aligned. #backtoschool #bookstudy #1stgrade #2ndgrade #literacy #guidedreading #kindergarten #bookstudies #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #kindergartenreading

On another note, I wanted to mention that I have
 AND
to allow for some $$$$ saving!

The SUPERHERO MEGA PACK includes all 7 sets {200+ pages} of SUPER fun for your classroom!
Click on the link below:
Over 200 pages of Superhero Themed activities and classroom decor!

The OWL THEMED MEGA PACK includes all 8 owl packs in 1 {100+ pages of cute!}
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Over 100 pages of Owl Themed activities and classroom decor!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Attention Chevron-Lovers!

I just wanted to point out a freebie that I added today to my TPT store...
and if you are CHEVRON CRAZY you'll love it!

 there are 20 numbers per page, from 1-100

You can find the number charts here:

I've also listed Fry's First 100 Sight Words flashcard pack

You can find that here:

While you're there, check out the seven other freebies I have posted!

Monday, September 10, 2012

More Class Pics and Literacy Work Stations

We've made it through day number three in Kindergarten! 
Here are some things we've been up to:
NURSERY RHYMES 
In September, I introduce a new Nursery Rhyme each day.

Can you guess what today's rhyme was?
Here are a few hints:
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
We took turns jumping over the candlestick as we chanted the rhyme, switching Jack's name for our own. So fun!
We even had a cartwheel over the candlestick?!
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

LITERACY ACTIVITY CENTERS
This year I have ten students, so I only have three groups to rotate through the activities, and only three activities per week
{as opposed to five per week, as I had last year}

Here are this week's three activities:

LISTENING CENTER
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
Franklin Goes To School

NAMES/MAGNETIC LETTERS
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
My closet door is steel...perfect for students to copy their names & their classmates' names using magnetic letters.
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

WRITE THE ROOM
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
thematic writing paper
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
a clipboard for everybody
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten
During this round of write the room, my students are free to copy down whatever they like.
{Later on in the year the writing activities will be more directed.}
Literacy Activities in Kindergarten

MORE CLASSROOM PICS

BIRTHDAY CHART
Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating
I used the same idea as last year for my birthday chart {see here}, but I remade the months and Birthdays header...much better!

LANTERN LOVE
I'd been seeing lots of tissue paper pom poms all over Pinterest this summer, and was excited to make my own to decorate my classroom.... 
...and then my own children got these paper lanterns for FREE at a yard sale, and I love them even more than the pom poms!
Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating
 They match my room colors perfectly too.
Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating

Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating

Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating

Classroom Decor Ideas and DIY Classroom Decorating
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