Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard of Wednesday Centers







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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard 14 Carrot Sight Words Activities

Howdy!  I just got finished working on new Social Studies curriculum for our district!  It was a very productive and useful day!  I did miss being with the 'staches, but I enjoyed my day.  I have a HUGE announcement...but I'm gonna make you wait til the end!



14 carrot sight words?  Like did we eat 14 carrots like Bugs Bunny?!  Nope.  Get it?!  14 carrot...like shiny and good like 14 Karat gold....LOL!  I'm lame I know but I amuse myself!


So yesterday I posted this picture of something I was working on creating for my class and I had a huge response.  Everyone was wanting details...so here they are!


So I have purchased an abundance of these carrots from Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree.  True story...I opened my trunk yesterday and found even more.  I'm a carrot hoarder.  But it's ok.  Not only are they great for Easter time, but they're perfect for spring too....they go great with units on plants!  HELLO!

So here's what I did.

I took some sight words we needed extra help with and used letter tiles from Teaching In The Tongass.  I printed them on full sheet labels.

Then I cut the words in strips.  This is so much easier than doing each individual letter.  I peeled the paper off the back and placed the tiles on the strips.  (You can see the letters from back...no problem)


After I stuck them on, I trimmed off all the excess and BAM!  I had letter tiles!  (You can also write on the tiles with Sharpie or use Scrabble Tiles!)

Then I placed them into the carrots and numbered the carrots!




The students pick a carrot and open it.  They build the word and write the word on the correct carrot.  This is great practice for those students who have mastered sight words because it challenges them in a different way.  I was very impressed with how well they did at building the words.  If you wanted to make this differentiated, you could provide a list of words so students had a list of words to refer to.

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Now for my HUGE announcement!!!!!

A couple of weeks ago my school literacy coach asked if I wanted to do a TED Talk at the TEDx conference here in Nashville in October.  She said she would recommend me to the organizers.  So I applied and today I got an email telling me I WAS INVITED TO GIVE A TED TALK!!!!!  OMG!!!!!!!    The conference is in October but I am soooooo excited!!!!  And scared out of my wits.

And I finally finished my Zoo Animal research creation.    It's 300 pages of awesomeness!  I included materials to create research journals for 19 different animals.  You can create research journals for each animal for the whole class or who can create a separate journal for each animal so each student researches a different animal.  You can also use the components individually.  I also included 10 math and literacy centers!
















Monday, April 14, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Classroom Video: Guided Reading Below Grade Level

Happy Monday!  It's time for another classroom video.  



 I recently shared a classroom video of a guided reading lesson with my highest reading group.  Today I am sharing a video with my below grade level group.  This group is reading on a level 2/3 which equates to a Fountas/Pinnell B/C.

This group gets more direct teaching of words.  In this book there are color words on each page so before we read we read and spell color words.  We also review sight words.  These are review because they are words we have learned in our weekly sight word lessons.  We do a directed picture walk where they are directed to look at the pictures and then asked what kind of shoes are in the story.  After that we do choral reading.  We all, including me read together.  As we're reading I will let my voice drop out so they're reading on their own.  As the week progresses, I will read less and less until they are reading entire on their own.  You will see that we go back and read some pages and sentences again because we read the wrong word or muddled through a page.  At the end, I ask them what kind of shoes they would wear as a way to make connections with the text.

You can click here to see the video on YouTube or watch the video below.



Let me know if you have questions or comments or suggestions.

If you want to see the previous video with my highest group, click HERE!

Also on that post you can download a copy of my guided reading lesson plan template!






Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Schedulin Sunday


Happy Sunday!  I hope you're having a great weekend.  The weather here is beautiful.  In fact, it's almost hot!  We planted some flowers yesterday and enjoyed the neighborhood yard sale with Butters, the CEO.  And now it's time to work on lesson plans. 

Can I just say that while I am excited that we have 7 weeks of school left, I also have this panicky feeling that there is a lot to do in those 7 weeks.  Makes me nervous!  This week is a short week for us.  No school Friday and I have to be out on Tuesday for a district Social Studies meeting.  But, as usual, we're cramming as much learning into every minute as we can.  So, here we go!

As always, you can download a copy of my plans by clicking on the picture!


This week we will be introducing butterflies and learning more about plants.  We will also be making a big push for subtraction.  I have some super fun games planned for the 'staches to practice subtraction.  We also have to prepare for our visit from Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach for the most epic school assembly ever!!!!!!

This week we will visit with the letter Qq and make our circle maps.  We will work on our how to writing using Writing Through The Year.  We will be working on re-telling be making flow maps of our stories.  And we will be working in our plant research journals!


Math is all about subtraction.  We will start our subtraction fluency tests.  Test is 30 problems in 5 minutes.  If they do well on test 1, we reduce the time to 3 minutes.  If not, we keep it at 5.


To practice subtraction, this week is all about small groups and games!   

We will be bowling!  I found a bowling pin set at Wal-Mart in the Easter section for $8 bucks so I bought it.  We will be bowling some subtraction.   Student will set up some pins and bowl.  We will record the equation on our recording sheet!

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We will also be diving in to the ball pit for some subtraction practice.  Our ball pit willl be a plastic pool from Wal-Mart.  Another $9 purchase.  The balls are the plastic balls from the ball pits.  Get it?! Ball pit subtraction...balls from the ball pits..OK..anyways...I bought them at a yard sale a few years ago for $1 and never did anything with them.  Now...I am putting them to use!

The balls we be in the pool and we will "dive" safely into get a ball.  And by dive I mean we will reach in and grab!  We will write the equation on our recording sheet and solve!
I also found this awesome FREE app for numbers to 100.  It's called Counting Board.  Students tap a square and it shows a number.  Then they color the number on their sheet.  It's so awesome.  I whipped up a recording sheet for the app and we now have a new math app for our iPad center!



We will ask be using these resources for math centers to help us practice subtraction:



And since it's almost Easter, we will make a cute Easter hat and a cute chick creativity!



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To make the chick you need two circles, one fairly big and the 2nd slightly smaller.  Glue the smaller circle on top of the larger circle.  You need a cracked egg.  Cut out the egg and glue the chick behind the egg.  Add circle eyes and a triangle beak.  The legs are just strips of orange paper folded like a fan!

And of course, we will be observing our plants and making recordings in our seed journals!  We will also be doing the food coloring and white carnation experiment to understand how plants get water to the entire plant.  I love that experiment!  It's so cool even for adults!


Did you know the Easter Bunny came early...only he slid in real stealth like...like...like...like...a ninja.  A NINJA BUNNY!  And he put my ninja bunny creation on sale for half off!  $4 for over 100 pages of math and literacy center sweetness.  HIGH YA!











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