Friday, January 31, 2014

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G Out Words...Fun CVC, CCVC, and CVCC Activities

What's stretchier and more fun than bubble gum, right?!
My students are using their stretching skills to focus on every letter's sound.
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
In this activity they are using blank gumball word mats to stretch the words, listening for each letter's sound. I dictate a word {from the word list} and they show what sound they heard first, in the middle, and at the end of the word.
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
Here students are using letter tiles. We use letter magnets too. They're doing a great job!
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
shown using letter tiles
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
shown using magnetic letters

I love the stretchy gum picture! It gives a perfect visual reminder to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out the words :)

We're starting with CVC words. I also have mats with 4 gumball spaces {as seen below}, so we can work on CCVC and CVCC words. Word Lists are included for these kinds of words too!
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
In this activity they look at the picture to make the word:
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
These pics show CVC words. I also have cards with CVCC and CCVC words!
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters

Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters

Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
 Another fun activity is sorting the words to show if it is a real word or a silly word:
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
Students then copy the words onto their recording page
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
In this activity students sort gumball words by their vowel and putting them into the correct gumball machine!
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
A worksheet is provided so students can copy the words into the correct gumball machine.
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
 Your students will LOVE stretching out the words!
And they will feel so successful because they can READ!
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters
You can find my Stretch Out The Words pack {here}
Lots of fun literacy activity ideas and teaching tips to help students learn and practice CVC words in Kindergarten and First Grade! #1stgrade #cvc #kindergarten #kindergartencenters #literacy #wordwork #centers #cvcactivities #literacycenters

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

For the LOVE of Valentine's Day {FREEBIES Galore}

Are you thinking ahead to February yet? Here are some ideas and freebies that may help with your plans!

Kids L-O-V-E writing notes to each other, and what a better time to encourage this than Valentine's Day? Here is a Valentine's stationery pack, featuring blank pages, lines, and primary printing lines:
Valentine's Day writing center stationery

Valentine's Day writing center stationery pack
Find the stationery pack {here}
Need a few quick, fun Valentine's Day activities? Try these, for free!

FREE Valentine's Day activity pack
Find them all {here}

Who knew that Conversation Hearts could be such a great learning tool?!
Valentine's Day math activity centers featuring 12 math skills, just add conversation hearts!

This pack is jam-packed with math activities featuring this kid favorite!

Here's a peek at what's inside:
Valentine's Day math activity centers featuring 12 math skills, just add conversation hearts!

Valentine's Day math activity centers featuring 12 math skills, just add conversation hearts!

Valentine's Day math activity centers featuring 12 math skills, just add conversation hearts!

Valentine's Day math activity centers featuring 12 math skills, just add conversation hearts!
Find the pack {here}

Need an activity that will give your kiddos a little extra help with letter learning? Try this free game!
FREE Valentine's Day alphabet literacy activity

FREE Valentine's Day alphabet literacy activity
Find the pack {here}

My Love Monster packs are filled to the brim with literacy and math learning.
Valentine's Day themed literacy center activities for Kindergarten
Love Monster Literacy Pack {find it here}
Valentine's Day themed literacy center activities for Kindergarten

Valentine's Day themed math center activities for Kindergarten
Love Monster Math Pack {find it here}

Valentine's Day themed math center activities for Kindergarten

Valentine's Day themed math center activities for Kindergarten
The packs are shown separately, but are also available as a money-saving bundle!
Find it {here}


Sunday, January 26, 2014

PlayDoh Sight Words and More Literacy Work Stations

Here is our latest round of Literacy Activities:
PLAYDOH SIGHT WORDS
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
My students are using PlayDoh to form sight words from our Word Wall. A definite favorite center this week!
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice

RAINBOW WRITING
Rainbow Writing literacy center to practice letters and sight words
This group of students is practicing letter recognition and letter formation as they 'rainbow write' them using at least 4 different colors.
Rainbow Writing literacy center activities to practice letters and sight words
 find it {here}
INITIAL SOUND LETTER MATCH
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice

Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
 Here students are sorting picture cards and matching them with the letter they start with.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice

HANDWRITING BOOKS
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
These students are practicing their handwriting by copying words onto the correct letter pages. The books are from Michelle Rist {here}.

GRAB & DAB
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
Students take turns pulling a magnetic letter out of the bag. They put the letter that was pulled onto the magnetic board, then use Bingo daubers to stamp the letter on their page.
Find the freebie letter dabbing page {here}
LISTENING CENTER
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
 This week's selection was The Snowy Day. After the story was read, students traced the title, illustrated their favorite part of the story, and colored in a face to show how they felt about the book.
Lots of Kindergarten literacy centers for word work and sight word practice
Most kiddos did not enjoy this story!?

ROTATION BOARD
Literacy Center rotation board
find the literacy activity cards {here}

UPDATE 2015: 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

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Hat and The Mitten Art Lesson

Mrs. J led the class in another great art lesson, featuring books we've been reading in class: The Hat and The Mitten.
Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten
Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten
At one station, students covered large paper mittens with glue, then covered the mittens with colorful, overlapping tissue-paper squares.
Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
After the mitten was covered in tissue paper, students brushed a coat of ModgePodge over the entire mitten, to give it a shine.
Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten
At another station, students drew detailed outlines on a hat using pastels. The outlines were colored in using watercolor paint.
Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten
At a third station, students stamped snowflakes onto a piece of blue construction paper, then splattered white paint over it to look like falling snow.
Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett

Winter art activities for Kindergarten based on the books The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
Theses pages were used as background paper for the bulletin board:
Kindergarten winter art based on The Mitten and The Hat by Jan Brett #kindergarten #kindergartenart #janbrett #thehat #themitten

Monday, January 20, 2014

Snowy Books: The Snowy Day {free pack} and The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

The ground is covered in white snow, and these two books are definitely ones that my students can relate to!
We read The Snowy Day and talked about the different activities Peter did in the snow.
Here are some activities we did with the story:
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
ABC order, making connections, vocabulary word search, writing activities, and more!
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 book study companion activities for The Snowy Day
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
Download the FREE Snowy Day pack by clicking the button
The Snowy Day pack

We also read The Jacket I Wear in the Snow. 
Students could relate to how much work it is to get dressed to go outside :)
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow book study companion activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
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
Here are some activities we did with that book:
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
 word sort {by number of letters in the words}
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 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 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 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
labelling pages
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
story sequencing
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
word search using vocabulary words from the book
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

You can find the activities by clicking the button
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Jacket-I-Wear-In-The-Snow-mini-book-study-506253

What are your winter favorites? I'd love to know! Leave a comment to share!

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