Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mission: Organization {Binder Storage Teacher Hacks}

Classroom hacks for teachers: how to organize your binders

WARNING: DISASTER AREA AHEAD 
Here is a view of the sad corner of my dining room:
Over the past several months I have been creating book studies and units to go with what I'm doing in class.
After doing a unit, I would set it aside and print out the next one.
 
Lessons, printables, laminated activities...everywhere!
I wanted everything in labeled binders, so it is easy to store and easy to find again when I need it next.
Since Monday turned out to be a SNOW DAY, I had some unexpected extra time on my hands to get some organizing done!
I bought these binders at Dollarama. I like how they look, and that they don't have a space for a cover page. What?! I know...I like keeping it looking clean and uniform.
I printed labels for the sides of the binders, so with one quick glance I know exactly what's inside.
Added tabs, to make things simple to find.
Cover pages in page protectors for durability.
 
AND THIS BINDER HACK:
 
These clear document holders zip up so you can't lose anything! I found them at Dollarama.
I have inserted them at the end of each unit/book study in the binder.
 
Each document holder contains ALL of the pieces needed for that unit or book study, including:
pocket chart cards
work station activities
game components
Now when I grab a binder, I have literally everything I need.
I am happy to have completed 5 binders so far...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Literacy Work Stations & FREE Syllable Sorting Activity

Here are the literacy work stations we have been doing lately:

SYLLABLE SORTING
FREE Syllable activities- perfect as a literacy center in Kindergarten!
Students are practicing their syllable skills...wearing 'clapping gloves'.
FREE Syllable activities- perfect as a literacy center in Kindergarten!
The gloves make the activity FUN, and keeps the clapping quiet :) 
They take turns drawing a card, clapping the word together as a group, then putting it on the correct syllable mat.
FREE Syllable activities- perfect as a literacy center in Kindergarten!
Because the cards don't have words for them to copy, students are choosing one picture per category & drawing it in the corresponding box.
FREE Syllable activities- perfect as a literacy center in Kindergarten!
Find the FREE download {here}
FREE Syllable activities- perfect as a literacy center in Kindergarten!

LISTENING CENTER
Winter Literacy Work Stations for Kindergarten
We are currently doing The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
They listen to the story, then fill in a student response form:
Winter Literacy Work Stations for Kindergarten

WINTER WRITE THE ROOM
I 'hid' winter words around the classroom, numbered from 1-10.
Winter Literacy Work Stations for Kindergarten
 When they find a word, they print it beside the corresponding number.
Winter Literacy Work Stations for Kindergarten

Winter Literacy Work Stations for Kindergarten
Find the Winter Write the Room activity {here}
Winter Write the Room activities for Kindergarten- perfect as a literacy center!

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 Literacy Centers for September

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Snowy Day {FREE mini book study}

This week our book study will be on The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
I just wanted to share a mini book study that I have created to use in my classroom...and have posted to my TPT store for you to get for
FREE!

Here's a sneak peek:
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
FREE The Snowy Day book study companion activities to go with the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Perfect for a winter theme. Common Core aligned. K-1 #freebies #kindergarten #1stgrade #literacy #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
You can find all of this and more by clicking the link below
 

I have posted several winter book studies in my store, including this FREEBIE:
The Snow Globe Family {here}
FREE book study companion activities to go with The Snow Globe Family- perfect for a winter theme!

AND these winter favorites:
Book study companion activities to go with The Hat by Jan Brett- perfect for Kindergarten!
The Hat {here}
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow book study companion literacy activities perfect for a winter theme. Packed with fun ideas and hands on literacy activities. PreK-1st Common Core aligned. #thejacketiwearinthesnow #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #1stgrade #winter #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
The Jacket I Wear In The Snow {here}
Book study companion activities to go with The Mitten by Jan Brett- perfect for Kindergarten!
The Mitten {here}

I hope you can use the freebies! Happy winter :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Classroom PEST...and a Penguin FREEBIE!

Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy
It was there on the carpet in our classroom:
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy
What's inside?

I read off the page of clues that was conveniently attached to the box:
It is an animal.
It is black and white.
It has two feet.
It is a good swimmer.

My students filled out a form to show their guesses.
Here they are making sure that their guess makes sense with the given clues:
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy

Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy

Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy

Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy 
It was Pesty the Penguin!
  
A week later, I was turning over a new sheet of paper to do a Chit Chat Chart, when we saw this:
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy
While we were out, Pesty had returned and had stolen some letters from our Chit Chat Chart!
What a pest.
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy
It was unanimous. We would work together to fix our Chit Chat Chart. 
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy
I wonder what trouble our classroom pest will bring next time?

 ~Penguin Freebie~
Give each player a copy of the Roll and Stamp game. They take turns rolling a die, then stamping the number they rolled with a bingo dauber. {They could also color in the numbers with markers or crayons, or cover them with small manipulatives.}

One page is for use with one die, the other is for use with 2 dice, where students will add the numbers on their dice together...this is to accommodate your class' ability levels.
FREE Penguin roll & stamp activity for Kindergarten!

FREE Penguin roll & stamp activity for Kindergarten!

All of the Pesty the Penguin activities can be found here:
Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy

Literacy Activities that use a penguin 'pest' who messes with the morning message...an engaging way to get students involved in literacy activities as they help to fix the messages! #morningmessage #kindergarten #penguin #literacy #kindergartenliteracy

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Activities To Go With The Hat by Jan Brett

This week our book study is based on a winter favorite, The Hat by Jan Brett.
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
Activities to go with The Hat by Jan Brett- perfect for a winter theme!
In this activity, students are sorting characters, if they are in the story or not in the story:
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

the 'hat' is actually a stocking in the story
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
We did a word search to review the characters in the story:
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
At the listening center, students are listening to the story, then are filling in a response page:
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
We made a class book, where students decided if animals should wear clothes, and what that would look like:
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
These activities and MANY MORE can be found {here}
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' Activities!

Our 'Getting to Know You' activity featuring our 'student of the day'! The students LOVE this activity, and it is great practice for spelling student names...and of course, making everyone feel special!
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
Here is the pocket chart, filled in by our person of the day!
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie. 
We interviewed them, then filled in the chart:
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
 Their name was cut apart, and a friend was chosen to 'fix' the name.
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
We cheered their name. The class reached into their pockets and pulled out their 'invisible' pompoms to cheer with, and the person of the day used real ones. 
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
 They made a picture of the person of the day, and wrote the students' name underneath.
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.

Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.

Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
 When making their pictures, students had to think of details about the person: hair color, what they're wearing, what color eyes they have, etc.
Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.

Beginning of the Year 'Getting to Know You' activities for Kindergarten: an All About Me chart and name practice freebie.
Find the FREE student take-home pages {here}. 

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Snow Globe Family {FREEBIE PACK}

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
This week our book study is based on The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor.
FREE activity pack to go with the book The Snow Globe Family! Perfect for a Kindergarten winter theme.
We made text-to-self connections by comparing what the snow globe family wanted to do in the snow vs. what we would want to do in the snow:
FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities

We did a little craftivity to go along with the story:
FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
 If I lived in a snow globe...I would catch some snowflakes.

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
If I lived in a snow globe...I would jump in the snow with my friends.

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
If I lived in a snow globe...I would go sledding and build a snowman.

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
If I lived in a snow globe...I would make a snowman.

FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities

If you are doing The Snow Globe Family with your class, here is a freebie pack I just posted in my TPT store!

It contains several activity pages and the craftivity shown above.
{Note: This pack was updated January 2015}
FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities

 Several pages allow for the various abilities of your students. For example, some pages contain space for illustration only, while others allow for a written response as well as an illustration. Just print the pages you need for your class! 


FREE Snow Globe Family book study companion activities. Great for a Christmas or winter theme! Fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. K-1 Common Core aligned. #snowglobefamily #freebies #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #picturebookactivities
Find it all for FREE {here}

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Snowmen, Snow Globes, and Sounds!

This month our theme is Wonderful Winter. In our math lesson today, we did the activity
FREEBIE Who Is Sammy the Snowman? activity
Which one is Sammy?

It is a great lesson for attribute sorting.
You can find the full lesson and the FREEBIES {here}
FREEBIE Who Is Sammy the Snowman? activity
narrowing it down...


Our book study this week is
 
Find the freebie pack {here}
FREEBIE: The Snow Globe Family book companion
  

Our sight word book for the week is
Winter themed sight word book
 It is from Hubbard's Cupboard {here} for free!

The pocket chart version:
 Winter themed sight word book

and high five chart with the sight word from the booklet
A fun activity to sneak in daily practice of sight words!
 Find it {here}!
A fun activity to sneak in daily practice of sight words!
We are also working on letter sounds, and distinguishing where the sound appear within the words.
I created this set {here}
A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
notice the Velcro dots

and these letters
A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
with Velcro dots on the back.
A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
We use it to practice letter sound position
A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten

A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
and CVC words
A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
You can find the letter chart, letters, letter positioning word lists, and CVC word lists {here}.

A fun activity to practice beginning, middle, and ending sounds and CVC words in Kindergarten
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