Sunday, September 30, 2012

Name Song for Initial Sound Practice

 Bailey on the bus says /b/, /b/, /b/
/b/, /b/, /b/
/b/, /b/, /b/
Bailey on the bus says /b/, /b/, /b/
all through the town.

I am not sure where I originally got this song from, it is one that I have used for many years. I like to sing it at the beginning of the year with my students to help them understand what letter they start with but also to incorporate initial sounds.  The children love to hear this song and sing with me and they will get very quiet so I will use their name in the song (I pick the quietest students). After we have sung it in class a few times and the children can sing it independently I make a class book.  I write the students' names and the letters because I think it is important for them to be able to read it and I think it would get too confusing for them to write it.  Then I let the students color the bus and add their picture to one of the windows.  Then I bind the pages and make a book.  The children love this and it usually becomes a favorite book that they will go back to all year!

Click on the image below to download a copy of the page I use for the class book.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Great Items Found on TPT

Who doesn't love a sale?  I went on TPT looking for some cute fall activities and I found a good sale.  Danielle Kroger from Kroger's Kindergarten is having a sale and she has some great products for kindergarten!  Not only did she have things on sale she also has so many free items!  Here are some of the things that I found:

I also found her great blog!
Krogers Kindergarten
Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Favorite Freebie Linky Party

Cynthia over at 2nd Grade Pad is hosting a Freebie Linky Party!  You should hop over and see all of the freebies!!  I have to pick one freebie of mine that is my favorite, so I picked "How Many Apples Up on Top".

It is my favorite because:
This goes along with the Dr. Seuss book, Ten Apples Up On Top, and my students love that book!  Fall is right around the corner and we will be starting our apple unit so this one is perfect!  Also, I like this freebie because I really enjoy creating smart notebook lessons and this was one that I liked because it incorporates literature and math.

If you do not have a smartboard I have another favorite freebie that you can have.  This one is my 0-5 Go Fish Game.  Just print out the cards onto cardstock, cut, laminate and the children learn different ways to make the number 5.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Dot Images for Number Talks FREEBIE

After reading the book, Number Talks Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies by Sherry Parrish, I decided to make dot cards to go with the sequence that the book suggests you introduce them.  The first set of cards start with one and two dots but the main focus is on three because they say that most students can recognize one and two without counting.  The order to introduce these do images can be found in the book but if you print out the cards that I have made they are already in order you will need to number them as you cut them out to remember.  I have only created the sets for the numbers 3, 4 and 5 right now.  The book goes up to 10 with dot images so as I make them I will post them.  I have also posted these on Tpt.  Click on my Tpt store link to take you there.

Dots 3 Dots 4 Dots 5
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