Sunday, October 6, 2013

Roll and Read (getting ready for DIBELS)

 Roll and Read Through the Year

I have created a Roll and Read activity for my students to use to get themselves ready for the DIBELS letter naming fluency assessment.  It is a very simple activity and I have seen similar activities around the internet but decided to put together some to use throughout the school year.   
The children just need a die and the Roll and Read paper to do the activity.  They will roll the die and read the letters that are in the row that they rolled.  I like to use small pointers for the children to read with to add a little something exciting.  I like to use drink stirrers because you can get a lot for a pretty good price and you can find different kinds to fit the theme you are working on. 
I started with October and the letters that have been introduced so far in Reading Street.  Then as other letters are introduced I added them in.  If you are interested please go to my TPT store and check it out!
Saturday, October 5, 2013


 A while back I posted some dot cards for number talks.  I finally completed another set for number 6.  If you would like the cards for numbers 3, 4 and 5 click HERE to see the previous post.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Updated Reading Street Resources and Freebie

I went through the Reading Street Resources that I have compiled for teachers and added a couple more (and took out two that did not work anymore).  I also added some new sight word cards to Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you use Reading Street at your school and you have activities that you have made or ideas you would like to share let me know and I will add you to the list. 
Monday, May 27, 2013

Favorite Things This Year

I want to remember some of my favorite activities, materials, websites etc. from this year so I decided to record them here.  I would love to hear from other people too ( I would make it a linky party if I knew how). 

I had seen these ten frame paddles before and finally bought them last summer.  I love them!  It was a great tool to use during math talks.  I used them mostly for subitizing.  For example I would use the single ten frame side and only use five magnetic counters.  I would put the five counters anywhere on the ten frame and give the students a "quick look" then ask them what they noticed.  It was really cool to hear them describe what they saw. "I saw three on top and two on the bottom, I saw two on one side and three on the other, I saw five counters in all".  We would talk about how all were right and then I would show it to them again and repeat what they said to check.  Then I would move the counter a different way keeping only 5 counters on the paddle.

This year our Gingerbread Man unit was my favorite!  We had so much fun reading different versions of the story and comparing them.  There are so many great versions out there, including one called The Gingerbread Girl (which was a favorite).  We were having such great discussions about all of the gingerbread stories that a lesson emerged from the children.  The paper above was created because one of my students one day said, "we should write letters to the gingerbread man to warn him about the fox".  You can see the original post HERE.


My students love Pete the Cat!  I don't even like cats and I love these books!  Our newest find was Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.  We read this book so many times and they laughed every time it gets to the belly button.  I found this great activity, on Learning With Mrs.Parker, to go with this book and it turned out so cute!    

Scentos! I keep finding new scents and fun packages.  They are a great incentive for good behavior!  My students loved getting "smelly faces" on a post-it when they had a good day! 

ABC Mouse is a staple in my room.  The games and activities are great for kinders and they cannot get enough!  I can put this website at the computer center and the students think that they are playing games even though it is all educational.  Teachers at public schools can register for free HERE.  I even learned that you can register students and send a link to parents so they can access the site for free from home!

K-5 Math Teaching Resources is a resource site that I could not live without!  It has activities sorted by grade level and by which common core standard they cover.  The activities are printable and easy to use.  I think I have printed out almost every activity on there and many of them can be laminated and used as math mats.  If you haven't checked out this site yet you really need to!

Click on the picture to go to a great blog by Babbling Abby!  I fell in love with her RTI packets on TPT.  They are perfect for those students who need a little more support!  I also love being organized and she shows you how to organize the materials into a notebook to keep everything together and easy to access. Here is the link to the page on her blog where she explains RTI. 

These are just a few of my favorites this year.  Please let me know what your favorites for this year are!
Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rodeo Day! Yee Haw!

Rodeo Day is one of the "special days" that we have in kindergarten every year.  The children love dressing up like cowboys and cowgirls and they love going outside for our Rodeo.  We start off in the classroom doing some fun cowboy/girl related activities such as making a hat.  We use large brown construction paper that has a pattern traced onto it.  The children cut it out and decorate it and are ready to go!

The last 30-45 minutes of the day we head out side for the Rodeo!  We have collected some stick horses throughout the years and the children love having horse races with them.  That is just one activity, there is also making S'mores and eating it by a campfire, making a stick cowboy/girl, panning for gold, playing horse shoes, and shaving (we let the children put shaving cream on their arm and pretend a popsicle stick is a razor to shave it off) like cowboys used to do when they were out camping. 
Making S'mores the easy way (one graham cracker square, chocolate frosting and a marshmallow).
Our adorable campfire!
Panning for gold - we filled the sand table with sand and rocks we spray painted gold.

We use paint sticks to color a cowboy/girl and then use brown paper to cut out a hat and boots and add a little fabric bandana.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Repost: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I am just finishing up our unit on insects and I remembered this post that I posted last year.  I just did the life cycle project from Golden Gang Kindergarten and I loved it.  I thought I would repost for those looking for some good Hungry Caterpillar ideas.

I was looking for some new ideas for the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and here are some of the things I found:
  • I came across a new blog that I had not seen before.  It is called Golden Gang Kindergarten.  I love the ideas that I found on this blog! 

  •  Making Learning Fun has many printables including math and literacy activities and even has a Youtube link for a video.
  • On Eric Carle has a video of him reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Mrs. Sears has great Smartboard resources on her website, including some about this book. 

  • Teachwithme(dot)com has a free packet to download! 
  •  I found some games for the computer or smartboard on . Under maths there are so many great games but I did find one with caterpillars.  The children have to put numbers in order on the caterpillar ( there are different levels of difficulty). 
Saturday, January 12, 2013

Great Number Sense Game

I found a great number sense game for kinders on the Teaching Channel!  It is called Mingle and Count.  The students mingle around the room until the teacher calls out a number.  The students have to form groups of that number.  Then the teacher and children check each group.  Any students that are left over without a group are assigned a special way to mingle, such as hopping like a bunny or flapping their arms like a bird.  In the video the teacher did this with the numbers 2,3,4 and 5.  I cannot believe that I forgot about the Teaching Channel and I haven't been on it in a while.  I found so many great ideas just now!
Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dear Gingerbread Man... (and freebie)

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in so long!  It has been a crazy school year with so many changes and I am just trying to keep my head above water!  I wanted to share something that I did in my classroom before winter break.  Before the holidays we always do a unit on The Gingerbread Man.  There are so many great versions of this story now and this can lead to so many good discussions with the student!

During one of our discussions one of my students said, " I want to write the gingerbread man a letter and warn him about the fox so he won't be eaten again".  What a great idea!  I ran with this and the next day after brainstorming things that we would tell the gingerbread man we starting writing letters to him.  The kids loved this and we had a lot of fun with it!  I created a simple template for writing this letter that you can download if you would like a copy.  Click HERE.

After the students wrote the letters I posted them in the classroom and told them that sometimes the gingerbread man visits classrooms so he would see the letters if he came.  So I got out my stuffed gingerbread man, had him write a letter to the students and he was waiting for them the next day!  They couldn't believe it ( I love how 5 year olds still have that great imagination)!  I had not read a book yet where the gingerbread man lived in the end so after all of this I read The Gingerbread Baby and the children swore that it was because of their letters that the gingerbread baby lived!  Haha I loved it!  We covered comprehension, creativity, reasoning skills, and writing all in one lesson! Here are a few pictures of some of the letters that they wrote:

"Don't go near the fox because he will trick you because he will eat you."
"Don't trust the fox."
"Don't go near a fox."
Bulletin board with the letters posted.

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