Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cupcakes make learning Punctuation more fun!!

On these gray, cloudy days of winter I like to add some bright colorful things to my centers or small group activities.  Since Valentine's Day is coming up I thought what looks bright and cheery and screams Valentine's Day.  Cupcakes!!!  Some of my little friends are struggling with remembering what type of punctuation belongs at the end of the sentence.  We are starting simple.  Questions marks and periods. 

I printed out these cupcakes on cardstock and then laminated them.

Next, I cut out the top of the cupcakes from the bottom.  During one of our guided reading lessons, we had a lesson on some of those key words that help us know whether the sentence is a question or period prior to this activity.  Then we went to work to put it into practice. I pulled these bright ,colorful cupcakes and we practiced hearing and seeing what type of sentences we would use a period or question mark. 

A copy is available for you right here:  Click on the picture and head on over to get it.

This was a definitely a little cheer brought to a dreary winter day. 
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Snow Day-Snow themed centers

It is snowing here unexpectedly today and I thought since I was stuck inside to share some of the wintery themed freebies I have created that you can cut out and place in your centers this month.  Although I am not much of a fan of snow it is beautiful to look at .  I also know that when we head back  to school on Tuesday the talk will be about the snow we had over the weekend.  Be sure to click on the pictures to head over and pick up your free copies of them. 

This freebie you can use to practice the skill of synonyms and antonyms.  We love matching our snowmen to their hats and the children record their answers on a sheet during center time to check for understanding.  Very quick to print out and laminate for years of use.
 This next snow themed activity reviews compound words.  These wacky snowmen help my students work on creating compound words and practice recognize them while they are reading.
Our last little snow themed activity was used during the holidays but it can easily be adapted for the winter months.  We have a lot of indoor recess and behavior can be a challenge.  Set up a snow store with items donated by parents or raid your local dollar store.   Students earn money for good behavior during the week and as they collect their snowbucks they can purchase things in the store.  Great activity for counting money.
I am going to stay under this blanket and warm up.  I hope you find these useful in your own classroom. 
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Pre-Primer Dolch Sight Word Book

In my small groups we have been working on those sight words that we just haven't quite mastered yet.  We started with the basics and I pull these out when I need to review with my students.  I take these sight word books and print out about 5 of them and staple them together so they will be handy in my small group bin .
   I added sentences to each page so that my students could learn to read the sight words in the sentence.  I also placed tracking dots so that they could follow along as we went through the book.
  We spend about 5 minutes going through the book before we begin our lesson for guided reading.  The books have also been a great resource to use in centers.  If I want my students to complete an activity with the sight words then these books are placed in the center for them as a reference.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Uppercase Alphabet-Freebie

Click here for your Freebie!  Merry Christmas!
Working with my remediation groups some of my kinders are  starting from the very beginning.  A few of them have had no experience with any letters or name recognition.   I can't stress enough the importance of children coming to school prepared with some knowledge of letters and their sounds.  Kindergarten is no longer what it used to be. 
  I wanted to start with the basics and created these cards for my kinders.  I printed them out on cardstock and laminated them. We used bingo markers to cover the circles but you could also use clothespins.
My students are asked to tell me the letter and then what sound it makes.  Just a little side we begin our lessons every time we meet we do our letter and sounds as review and practice. Head on over and pick up yours for free.   

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Elf on the Shelf classroom freebie

Hey everyone!!!!  Just stopping in to say how excited I am to be a part of Classroom Freebies.  If you haven't been over to Charity Preston's Classroom freebie page head on over to pick up tons of freebies.

I wanted to share a little freebie to celebrate .  Our Elf is going to make his appearance in our classroom this week and I created this handy little calendar of some ideas you can use with your students and your own elf.  Just simply print it out and place the Elf according to the directions.  They are all classroom friendly ideas and activities that can be easily and quickly done without spending a ton of money. 

I hope you like it.
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Math rounding to the nearest 10

Freebie Found below...stay tuned! :)

We are using our pumpkins to have a little fun rounding numbers to the nearest 10.  Stay tuned a little freebie coming at the end. 

We have been working on learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10 .  I wanted to make it a little fun and go along with the season.  We talked about what we do to round numbers to the nearest 10.  We sang a little rhyme.  4,3,2,1 roll the pumpkin down.  5,6,7,8,9 roll the pumpkin up.  Of course we discussed that rolling the pumpkin down or up meant to the number below or above. 

So here is what we did to have a little pumpkin fun.  I printed out a number line and placed it on a table (or you could put it on the floor).  I found a little pumpkin that I picked up at Target dollar spot...don't you love that place...and we used it as our little manipulative to show those students who need a little hands out activity to help with their understanding.   Don't have time to make a trip to Target just grab some orange play
dough and roll away.     

We rolled the dice and looked at the number.  Next, we located it on the number line.  We placed the pumpkin on the number line and then sang our little rhyme.  Then, we rolled the pumpkin up the line to the next number or down to the number below.  The kids enjoyed rolling the pumpkins.  We did this several times and then....

Here comes the FREEBIE.  Everything you need is in there.  Here you go:  Enjoy !
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Animal Cell Project

Projects!!!!!  You either love them or hate them.  There is a definite love/hate relationship with them.  Can I just say how much I appreciate the clip artists on Teachers Pay Teachers.   You are making this teacher's job so much easier.  We have an animal cell project due and we decided to head on over to Pinterest and get some ideas.  We knew that animal cells were circular in shape and we immediately thought pizza.  Who doesn't like pizza?   We found some ideas and decided to make it our own. 

First , we ordered pizza.  Sounded good to me on a Friday night and got a box in return.  We then went over to Teachers Pay Teachers and purchased some clip art and went to work. 

We printed out pieces of the pizza crust in sections on cardstock.  We cut them out and put them together like a puzzle.  A little resizing and working it together is all it took.  It looked like this. 

Next, we decided what parts of the pizza would represent the nucleus, vacuole, chloroplast, and cytoplasm.  At this point in our science studies that as many parts as we needed to label.  Pepperoni became the nucleus and onions became the vacuoles.  We added the other elements we haven't been studying yet to the animal cell to make it look more authentic. 

Next, we added the fun pizza chef from Creative Clips and made a menu (key) of the parts we were required to do for this project. 

This is how it turned out.  We were very happy with the way it turned out.

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