Thursday, October 1, 2015

Teaching Kindergartners to create Sentences

In the past, teaching my kindergartners to write sentences was challenging.   You have little ones who can not quite read yet.  Often I heard I don't know what to write about or we would provide them a picture and some of them could write a sentence and others could not.  So this activity came to mind and it worked.   We used this over and over again before we turned them loose on their own sentence writing. 

First,  I modeled the activity and walked the students through each part step by step.  At this age that is critical to success.  I laminated all the pieces, just my preference, and then once it was modeled I had the students work with the one sentence collection with partners.  Each page has a different picture on it so the kids can see what their sentence is about.  It also helps them think about some other sentences they can add  to it later.  Each group was required to get their sentences put together correctly and then have me and my assistant to go around and check.  Then the children were given the recording sheet to write out the sentence they made.  The next day we used the same sentence sheets but they were switched among the groups so the kids did not receive the same one and asked the do the activity again. 
   For the first week or so, depending on my group, I had the first set of one sentence sheets placed in my writing center.  After they seemed to get it and we worked on additional sentence making activities I introduced the next set of two sentences and then finally the set of three sentences. 

The recording sheets that are included in the pack were turned in at the end of the center activity time and it let me assess to see who was struggling with forming sentences. 

After the kids worked for a while on these.  I also required them to come up with a sentence on their own and record it on the recording sheets as they progressively got better. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

DOlch Sight Word Pencils Giveaway

O.k. , O.k, I have been just soaking up some summer fun and with all of this fun this poor blog has been neglected.  Well I left pool side and created a little project I plan on using these pencils with my small groups or in my centers for just one more learning tool for sight word recognition.

First, I printed them all out on cardstock and laminated each of them.

Next, I decided these could be used two different ways.  One way is to place them at a table inside a container and students could pull a pencil and write the words they solve right on the pencils with a dry erase marker or an alternative is record their answers on a separate sheet of paper.

The other way they could be used is punch the holes out and place them on a ring or use a brad and take them to use in small groups.  I have also found them a great tool to take with me here at home for "entertainment" at a restaurant while waiting for our meal.  Hey , I will grab any time to fit in some learning. :) 

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For being a reader on my blog let's do a summer giveaway:  I will send two of my Pre-Primer sight word pencils to two readers who share /pin/blog/Facebook and leave as many links inside their comments.  So easy to share on Pinterest just choose a picture right here on my blog and you can pin it that way.  The more you share the better :)   I hope you will share.  Grab this packet on sale for  TpT's Huge back to school sale.


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lowercase b,d,p,and q part two

We are continuing our study of lowercase p,d,q,and b.  After making our fun little masks here is something else I created to do with my little kinders this week.  If you want to pick up the lowercase masks head on over here.

                                              Stay tuned for another freebie!!! 
                                                                  ***Freebie alert****

I created these little dice for the kids to roll.  Very quick and easy to make .  Grab some cardstock and print.  Cut out and tape together. 

Next, we took our game boards that were printed out and laminated for longer lasting  .  My kinders took their favorite little fuzzies and used them as game markers and began making their way around the game board. 
lowercase letter p

After they played a couple rounds, I passed out this little handout and the dice rolling continued.  My kinders took their dice and colored the gumballs based on their dice  roll.  They were able to color inside the gumball machine or the kids blowing bubbles. 

lowercase b ,d, p, and q

We had a blast!  The kids had a great time rolling the dice and learning the recognize their lowercase letters . 

                                        Here is the freebie that was promised!!  Click on picture to head on over to get it. 

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sight Words-Dolch Primer

Throughout the year we work on sight words and I have found the best system that works for me .  This packet was created just for that purpose.  I evaluate my students at the beginning of the year and decide which level they are at.  We of course begin with the Pre-Primer word list and then move onto Primer if my kinders are ready for it.  Of course each child is at a different place or pace.  This packet allows me to differentiate to my little learners.

                            *** Free sample-stay tuned****

Before school begins in the summer, I would print out on cardstock these sets of letters and laminate.  Quick simple and ready to go with a metal ring.  These are used to evaluate my kiddos. 

Next, I use this sheet to mark off what words they know.  If you have an eager parent volunteer or a teacher assistant then this is a great task to give them to help you out. 

After everything is complete, I decide if I can group my students together based on their performances and then assign them their packets.  Parents get a letter sent home telling them what is expected by the end of two weeks (great topic to discuss at open house).  Then we get out packets and the children are assessed on the words.

Since teacher appreciation week is coming so soon.  I thought I would share the first portion of the packet.  Try it out .  If you like it then head on over and pick up my Pre-Primer set and the Primer Set.  First grade, Second Grade ,etc.  coming soon.  Just a little appreciation for my followers and great teachers out there. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lowercase Letter b,d,p,and q masks

Working with my sweet little kinders this year has been a real treat for me.  One of the areas we are struggling with is lowercase letter b, p, d, and q.  None of this is unusual for this age.  So, my little sweeties gave me an idea as we were looking at the differences between b and d.  We held up our fingers in the shape of letter b and d .

Next, I used that Ellison machine and punched out some letter l and o and we made a visual of our letter b,d,p,and q. 

One of my kinders said "they look like masks "  Well I said alright let's create some masks
 So here is what we did. 

Freebie for you coming:  Stay tuned.  :) 

I created and printed out this paper with the lowercase letters of b and d.  All you will need is this print out and some popsicle sticks.  For my students, to save a little time and help, they cut around the letters and then gave me the center to cut out the inside.

Next, we took popsicle sticks and placed a piece of  tape between the two letters and created our glasses. 

We turned them one way to see the letter b and d.  Then we flipped them over and made a p and q.  They were a hit. 


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Egg-cellent Number stories
Spring has sprung inside and outside of the classroom.  We just had a great egg hunt on the last day before Spring Break.  Well we have a TON of eggs left over so I snagged a few and figured out a way to use them to work on our NUMBER STORIES .  My littlest is working on this skill here at home so I figured I would make it fun.
                                            ****  Keep reading FREEBIE coming*****
Here is what we did. 

I took 10 eggs.  Split them apart and numbered them 1-10  . 

I set them on the table like this....

We pulled one of the cards out and read the simple number story.  (FREEBIE ALERT)  We read the number story and grabbed the large part of the egg for the first number we read in the story and then continued to read and grabbed the smallest number and put the egg together.

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                                           This freebie covers Common Core
                                           and Virginia SOL 1.6

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Currently with Farley
      Hey everyone!  Linking up this month with Farley.  If you haven't linked up to her Currently head on over to do so.  A lot of fun and this month it is all about Spring.  I LOVE SPRING!!!  One step closer to Summer! 

Listening:  My pipe decided to leak in my wall so my family room floor and wall has been destroyed and a dehumidifier is running so there will be no MOLD.  AHHHH! And Easter dinner is at my house this year!  Oh well! 
Loving:  One more day until Spring Break!  CAN NOT WAIT!!!!
Thinking:  It has been a tough couple of months.  Two friends have been diagnosed with Cancer .  Praying for them.  Cancer Sucks! 
Wanting:  Sleeping in , going outside on warm days, and just relaxing are my plans. 
Needing:  My floor fixed and furniture back in its place. 
EGGS-plain your name:  My grandma called me Julie  Bug or Buggy and it is the reason my blog and store are named that.  She was not here when I became a teacher so I figured my name would have been changed to The Teaching Bug.   I miss her. 
Head on back this month and I will be posting a Spring freebie to celebrate Spring. 
Happy Easter! 
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