Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sneaky E

First of all, I just want to say that I LOVE how my school does RTI! Each child is in an RTI group. We level our kids and between the 3 kindergarten teachers and our aid every child has a place to go. I work with the group that needs the most help. I have this group, which is a mix between the 3 classes, for 45 minutes at the end of each day. I look forward to this time each day and I am amazed at their growth! I love what can be done when we all work together!

Today we worked on sneaky e. That's right, CVCE words in a kindergarten RTI group that needs a lot of love. We had so much fun with this packet. Here are a couple pictures of us using the word cards at my table.

If you haven't seen this packet from Martha @ Primary Paradise and you teach CVCE words, you really should check it out! The graphic for the "e" is the best!!

Watch Out for Sneaky e: a silent e, long vowel pack
Click on the picture to go check it out!
My Primary Paradise
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I also learned something really cool today. Did you know that the cheapo cookie sheets from the dollar tree will work as a dry erase board?! My teaching partner discovered this today. And we kind of had a duh! moment wondering why we hadn't discovered that by now! Just think of all the station possibities!!
And I am leaving you with some words of wisdom. :)
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Groundhog's Day Freebie

Hello friends! Are you ready for Groundhog's Day? I kind of am. Of course I have found a few cuties on pinterest. My favorite activity {and it's all ready to go} is this one from Kindergarten Rocks:

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I have also have a Groundhog's Day freebie for you! :)
Just click on the picture to download it. If you use it, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

100th Day Madness and a Penguin Freebie

Whew, well today was 100th day and boy did we celebrate (as well as have a fire drill during our 15 minute rest time with the lights out...all things considered they handled that one well). We had so much fun and spent the entire day working with 100.

Of course there was an opportunity to dress up. :) Students had the option of dressing like they were 100 years old. Take a look at these cuties! They were so adorable!
I opted out of old lady attire and chose to make my pinterest inspired 100th day shirt.
Much to my surprise, the  hot glue prevailed and none of the wiggle eyes came off.
First we made our 100th day crowns, because in kindergarten hats are super cool. You can get it for free from Julie Lee's TPT Store, just click on the picture. {Sorry the picture is sideways, it's just one of those things}.
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 We wrote 100 words.
Painted 100 dots with Q-tips.

Brought 100 things to count. I love these counting mats! The pin orginally came from a post from Erica Boher.
I got a lot of ideas from pinterest {how did I ever manage without it?!}. Click here to get to my 100th day board.
And of course had awesome snacks at the end of it all. And you can't finish out 100th day without reading "Miss Bindergarten"!
Next week we are moving on to penguins! I'm pretty excited and I have a little freebie for you!
If you are doing a nonfiction unit on penguins, you may be able to use this fact or opinion sort! Just click on the picture to download it from my little store! I would love to hear your feedback on it.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Emergent Readers.....At Last!

Hello Friends! I have finally tackled making emergent readers to go along with my little units. I'm not a spatial thinker AT ALL, like I have trouble with back and front copies. {Granted with the copy machine at school it is difficult depending on if you papers are printed landscape or portrait.} I had wanted to make them to go with my little units, but I was afraid I would royally mess them up. I finally gave it a try since we have been out the past 4 days for rain, flooding and snow. I am pretty sure I got it and it really wasn't so hard in the first place.
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Monday, January 14, 2013

SNOW Much Fun!

Here is a little recap of last week:
Since we haven't had snow here yet, only rain, we had a snowball {marshmallow} fight outside. This was SO much fun for students and teachers. All I have to say is don't use the big marshmallows. We used both sizes and after being chased around with marshmallows pelting me, the big ones kinda hurt.
We also made hot chocolate. Not your average Swiss Miss, but homemade!
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Click on the picture to take you to the pin. It tasted awesome, but was a little rich.
Above is our -at snowmen my RTI kiddos made. They did wonderful with this, but you may have noticed one of them is upside down. He told me that it was NOT a snowman, but a pot shooting out snowballs. Don't you just love the imagination at this age!?
All ready to start the mitten!
This chart will be up for the week. Today we labeled the animals with the kiddos helping me on beginning and ending sounds. Students then made their own mitten with the animals in order and labeled them. That went in their writing folder for future reference. 
Yes, that IS a bucket of candy under my easel! :)
Here is a link to my mitten unit that I will be using this week:
I just love the clipart from KPM Doodles!

As always, when I post about a new unit, the 1st TWO followers to comment with their email will get it for free. :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Product Swap Fun, Sale and a Giveaway!

Hello friends! I am linking up with Mrs. Stanford's product swap. I must say I was pretty excited to join in and participate.
{click on the button to take you to all the product swap reviews!}
I swapped products with the awesome Samantha Halbert from Learning with a Happy Heart.
Click on her picture to visit her store!
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If you don't already follow her blog, you really should hop on over there and check it out! It's super cute and full of great ideas for the little people in your classroom!
Here is a little bit about her Winter Unit with K-1 Math and Literacy Activities.
This was my favorite activity! Students wrote about what they found in their mitten. The best part of hearing their answers.

We made it into a class book (this also comes with the unit) and it is now in our classroom library for them to read anytime.
Here we are playing one of the word games. Students roll the die and move that many spaces and then say the word. My kinders love these kinds of games!
This unit comes with 3 game boards for sight words and 2 for addition.
I love how one addition game is harder than the other. This is a great tool for differentiation. And there is a recording sheet with it!
There are also 2 games for subtraction. :)
Here are some more highlights from this wonderful unit:
*Addition I have...Who has?
*Math Journal problems
*Number word games
*Probability {this will be great in a station!}
*The camouflage mystery
*A super cute polar bear/penguin venn diagram
Thanks to Becca for this cute button!
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Empty Bulletin Boards...

Before Christmas, I had awesomeness on the walls EVERYWHERE! Our little Christmas tree was full of crafty ornaments, the walls were covered, and I literally could not find more space to hang anything else up. This little cutie was my favorite activity:
All of it had to come down. We have only been back to school 2 days, but here is what we have going on so far:
This is our Fry word station. Students write as many Fry words they can on a die cut and pin it to the board. It's quick and easy practice with words.
Here we made shape snowflakes out of coffee filters. This fit perfect with out wintry theme and was a lot of fun.
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Here is a very non-wintry (is that even a word??) board. This coconut tree is being used to track progress for Star Early Literacy scores. Basically, they want to get to the top of the coconut tree like in the story. And they have made awesome progress. I think it helps for them to see where they are compared to others, but they have been given a number so no student knows where another one is on the board.
This week we are starting on "There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow". I'm super excited about this craftivity and the sequencing involved.
And I know my kids will get excited over this story because I have the old lady puppet that I bring out each time I read one of these stories (hmmm....I really need to take a picture of her). She's actually about to fall apart and I need to bring her home and sew some things. But the kids think it is hilarious when I sit her in my rocking chair while they are working. It's the little things. :)
I'd love to hear about the wintry units you are doing this month!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ready To Start Back...and a FREEBIE

I cannot believe that the break is over and it's time to head back to school! Shew, it really flies by fast. But I am so excited about the unit my kinders will be doing when we start. We are working on snow/cold thematic units for January and will of course have a celebration with hot chocolate and pajamas {any excuse for a pajama day....right?!}.

The first book we are going to do is "The Cold Lady Who Swallowed Snow" by Lucille Collandro. I LOVE these books. I already have a "cold lady" made for each of my kiddos to use to retell the story.

And of course, we are going to have stations about the "cold lady" with sequencing, beginning sounds/blends, write the room and writing.

Click here to check out my new unit in my little store. :)

And here is a little freebie just for my followers!!

AND...I will send my new unit to the first 2 followers who comment with their email!