Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kindergarten Spring Sub Plans For There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog

Missing a day of work is usually a headache for any teacher.  Prepping them was something I used to dread, especially if I was sick and the absence is unexpected.  I have created headache free easy prep sub plans to help with this problem!.  
My students are in love with the “There Was An Old Lady Stories.” 
Recently, I discovered There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog which is a perfect story for the spring.  
I created a full day worth of sub plans that align to the story.

We began with an emergent reader.  This helped to reinforce the sequence of events from the story. 

After finishing the student readers, there are whole group sequencing cards that go along with the story.  Students then sequence the events on their own.  
It is great way to have students retell to a friend or take home and retell to a family member.
There are flip books to practice sight words and vocabulary. I usually have my students copy the sentences and then practice reading them.  
And a labeling activities that is great to reinforce phonics skills  .

There are pictures sorts that were from the story and those that didn’t belong to get students thinking about the story.
And a review of math concepts. 

Included in the packet, there are a variety of math worksheets for you to chose from to help meet your classrooms needs.  

Also included are writing activities, extras such as word sort and rhyming practice, in case you want to substitute an activity or add in extra.  This packet is packed with resources that could probably last you 2 days if you wanted!
Each activity comes with directions for the sub so all you really have to do is print, copy and write the times on each of the sheets.  Easy peasy!

I have included the story sequencing as a free download, which you can grab here!

Or you can check out the whole set of sub plans in my TPT store here!
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Frog Easy Prep Sub Plans

I hope that your students enjoy this story as much as me and my class and these sub plans make your absense stress free!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Free Comparing and Contrasting The Three Littlg Pigs

One of my favorite stories to share with my class is The Three Little Pigs.  We have so much fun retelling and comparing different versions of the story.  I recently discovered the story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig  (affiliate link)and it became one of my favorite alternative versions 

  This story was perfect for hitting the kindergarten standard of comparing and contrasting.  This standard is always pretty difficult for my students so I created this simple compare and contrast sort after finishing the stories.

There are two different versions that allow for differentiation. One with pictures for students to sort and the other is more opened ended where students can write or draw their own pictures from the story.  

We had so much fun completig this sort that I wanted to share!
 You can grab this Three Little Pigs sort free here!  
I hope that you and your class enjoys this freebie!  What is your favorite version of The Three Little Pigs

Monday, June 26, 2017

How Full Is Your Bucket?

I love using children’s literature to help students understand a concept.   One of my favorite books to share with my students at the beginning of the year to help them transition to school and how we should act is How Full Is Your Bucket? (affiliate link)
This is a great story to introduce how we should interact with our classmates and why.  In this story, a little boy named Felix is taught about an invisible bucket.  His grandfathers share with him that when your bucket is dipped, you feel bad but if your bucket is filled, you feel great.  Throughout the story, you follow Felix and see different bucket dippers and bucket fillers.  I love this story because students are able to relate to it.
In our classroom, we then talk about bucket dippers and bucket fillers. We brainstormed a list of things we could do to fill our friends bucket.  It is also a great story to refer back to and revisit throughout the year if necessary. 
I have also created a bucket filler and bucket dipper sort for students to complete independently. 
It is a great review for students of different ways that they can be bucket fillers and bucket dippers in the classroom.  
You can grab that free sort here: How Full Is Your Bucket Sort

I hope that you enjoy this story as much as my students and I do!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Letter Sound Intervention Lapbook

I had several students in my class that were really struggling with letter sounds.  I needed to help them master this important kindergarten goal that can be overwhelming for some students in a fun and kindergarten friendly way that would motivate them.     
As teachers we want to make the most of our time and interactions with our students.  This letter sound lap book was created to help those students who are struggling with letter sounds, while doing so in an easy, efficient way for you at the same time. It is highly interactive and packed with opportunities for your students to practice their letter sounds in small attainable goals.  Since students who are struggling often have trouble learning all of the letters at a time, they are broken down into smaller attainable goals.  For this, I created 5 different levels on the spinners.  For each level, there is a group of 5-6 letters to make a more manageable goal for students.  I have included an editable version in case your curriculum may have a different order. Since students who are struggling often need lots of repetition.  These spinners often repeated practice to the students.
As an activity, students can spin the spinner (a paperclip) and identify the letter that they land on.  I also included a recording paper for this so they have practice writing it as well.  

This makes for great independent practice for the student and students follow up with you and say the letter sounds that they wrote. This recording sheet is a great piece to take home so parents can see what they are working on.  
Once a students is able to identify all of the letters on their current level, then they are able to move on to the next level (group of 5 letters).

Also included are student flash cards.  Students can flip through these quickly to review the letters they know and those they are working on.  Once again, since they have smaller goals, in the “Letters I Am Practicing,” you may want to include the 5 or 6 letters from the spinner since those letters will be their focusStudents an keep their letters sorted in the pockets by letters they know, letters they are practicing and letters they still have to learn.  
By combining the letters they are practicing and letters they know, it allows students to feel successful and not overwhelmed by having 26 letters, many of which they may not know.  
Another great warm up or opportunity for the students to practice is the alphabet mini books that fit perfectly into one of the little pockets.

Students “read through” these little books and may be at a level where they just repeat the letters or some can do it independently. 
For my little routine, students point and say the letter name (the capital letter), the sound (the lowercase letter underneath it), the picture and then repeat the sounds 3 time.  
I put all letters in my book mini book but another idea is to only do several mini books of the 5-6 letters they are working on and they can warm up with only those letters.

Students can also use the letter game board that is glued on the back to track letters they have learned and have fun practicing the letters. (This game board is included as a freebie at the end)

Students can color in the letters as they master them.  This is great to do this documentation monthly and students can use a different color each month (this is a great way for you to see as well if they are making adequate progress and documentation for you as well).
Students can also use this game board to practice letter sounds.   For example, students can say the letter sound and they can find matches to the flashcards they are learning.   

You can also do this without the flashcards and you (or a peer) can say a letter sound and have the students find that sound and put a chip on it.  Once they know most of their letter sounds they can roll a dice and say the sound that they land on or do this with a friend if they aren’t quite independent and repeat the sounds.

You can grab the letter sound game board freebie here:
Or check out the entire product in my TPT store: Letter Sound Intervention Lapbook

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tiggy Gaming System Giveaway

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I am so excited to be joining up with some of my blogging friends to be giving away a Tiggy Gaming System.  This is an amazing iPad gaming systems, focusing on math and ELA.  These interactive games are such a great way to engage your students through the use of technology.  You can enter the giveaway above!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Support Beginning Readers And Writers Using Predictable Sentences

I love using predictable sentence in my classroom.  They are such a great way to support my kindergarteners in reading and writing by reinforcing a variety of concepts including sentence construction, sentence writing, and grammar skills. 
I usually do a new predictable sentence each week in my classroom.  It is a way that we practice our sight word of the week so I always make sure that the target sight word is included in the sentence starter.    
I prep this activity by having our sentence starter written (one time for each student) on large chart paper.  I usually write the sight word in a different color, so it sticks out for my students.  
I have a 5 day routine for our predictable sentences that looks like this:
Monday: Introduce our new predictable sentence.  Model how to complete it and provide examples.  Students share examples and share their sentence with a partner.  I have half of my class individually share sentences to the group and I scribe for them on our chart.  
Tuesday: Several students from the previous day read their sentences.  I usually cut the ones that we did on the first day and put them in our pocket chart.  Students can use our pointer and track the print as they read, which is a great way to reinforce concepts of print. 
Once we have reviewed our sentences, students share again with a partner.  I also have the remainder of the class individually share sentences to the group and I scribe.  
Wednesday: Prior to this day, I cut the rest of chart paper into sentence strips for the students.   Students each have their own sentences and practice reading them to a friend.  We practice reading our own sentences several times and students also practice reading their friend's sentences.  I love this because students practice reading the sentences with our sight words multiple times. 
Thursday: This is the day that we really interact with our sentences when we mix and make the sentences.  Each students is given their own sentence, but I cut between each of the words.  All of the words are mixed up and the students put the words back in order to make their sentences.   We remind each other before beginning that each sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period.  
Once they make their sentences they check that the words are in the correct order by reading them.
We switch around the classroom and have fun mixing up the sentences of their friends and putting them back together.  This gives students multiple opportunities to practice making and reading sentences.  
When we are done, I have the students put their words back in a pile and I store them in our pocket chart to use the next day. 
Friday: On Friday, students glue their sentences in the correct order on a paper and each student illustrates their sentences that they have been working on all week. 
I will sometime collect these and bind them to make a class book to put in our library.  The students love this and will read it over and over again!
By Friday, each student has the opportunity to practice reading these sentences many times giving them multiple exposures to the sight words.  I have found that using these are also a great support for beginning writers, since I am modeling the correct way to write a sentence and they are interacting with them so many times throughout the week. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Developing Number Sense in Kindergarten

In kindergarten I think it is so important for students to have concrete understanding of numbers.  I love to teach math in a very hands on manner, giving students to opportunity to count real objects.  Most students in my class begin without having any number sense so I always begin with the very basics.  These are a few of my favorite ways to teach number sense in kindergarten. 

Identifying and Writing Numbers 
Quiz Quiz Trade
My school is very into Kagan strategies and cooperative learning and we played quiz quiz trade to practice identifying our numbers.
Each students begins with a card.   They find a partner, quiz their partner what number they have. Their partner does the same for them and they trade cards and then find a new partner.  It is great to get your students moving and I always see so much engagement!  I love playing teaching this game early in the year because we use it for so many concepts as the year goes on but it is important to teach and review expectations with students when playing this game.   

Playdoh Numbers
We also practiced making the numbers out of playdoh.  What 5 year old doesn't love using playdoh!?!?  I would say a number and the students would make that number.  We can then trace it with our fingers. 

Sand Writing
A fun and quick small group or intervention warm up is sand writing.  I use pencil cases to store my sand.  They are keep enough that they won't cause a lot of sand falling out.  
This is a multi-sensory activity that your students will love.  You can either just say a number, pick a ten frame or roll a dice.  For this activity, we were working on number to ten so I used a dice with numbers 1-10.  I had the student roll a dice, tell me what number it was, and then write it in the sand.  

Race to the Board
My students loved playing race to the board to practice identifying numbers.  To prep this game, I have numbers 1-20 on two sides, one for each team.  I glue the numbers on butcher paper and that is our game board.  I prep it once and then I am able to use it all year long.   
I play this game with a little twist to get all of my students involved.  Instead of just saying a number, I stand behind my two students who are racing to the board, so they cannot see, and show the whole class a quantity on a tens frame.  The whole class would shout out the number that I was showing and then two students would run to the board to find that number.  This gave the students practice identifying amounts on a tens frame as well as identifying numbers. 
Although at the beginning of the year we only focus on the numbers 1-10, I have the numbers 1-20 on my chart because I use it throughout the year for different math activities and this just made it easier for me. 

Hidden Numbers
This was a fun partner activity for students.  Each group of students received numbers strip to 10 and 4 mini erasers (like the ones you get from Target Dollar Spot)  The one partner closed their eyes, while the other partner placed the erasers on numbers to make them "hidden."  The partner then opened their eyes and identified the numbers that were hiding.  

Number Jam
To teach number identification and writing, I am in love with number songs.... It has helped so many of my students correctly form the numbers.  You can listen to it by clicking on the link below.
I love using it as our number warm up.  I play the song and the students write the number on their white boards (or shaving cream) while listening to the music. 

Concrete Represention of Numbers

Ordering Numbers:
This is a fun partner activity.  I give each group of students numbers 1-5 and cubes.  There is 1 cube of 1 color, 2 cubes of a different color, 3 cubes of another color, etc.  The students order the numbers, sort the cubes and match them to a number.  It is a quick and fun hands on activity for them.   

Various Representation of Numbers
This was such a simple, yet effective small group or center activity that I did with my students.I found several objects in the classroom that they could use to show numbers.  We used number cards, counters, dice, dominos and magetic letters.  I simply placed them in a basket and the students would sort the numbers 1-6, showing it in different ways.  
Counting Containers
I found these cute little containers and stickers at Dollar Tree and I knew it would be an activity that my students would love.  They simply choose a container, identified that number, and then I had them use  fine motor tweezers (Amazon Affiliate Link) to count out that many pom poms.  This proved to be so helpful because it slowed them down with their counting.   
Counting Activities
Grab and Count:  
This activity was a favorite by my students.  It was so easy to differentiate, since depending on what number we were working on, I changed the size of the pom poms that were used.  I used larger pom pomfor students who were working to 5 (so less would fit into their scoopers), and smaller as they learned up to the teen numbers.  Students grabbed pom poms using scooper (Amazon Affiliate Link).  They then counted how many they hadIf necessary, I had my students use a number strip or tens frame for support. They can also write the number on a white board of recording sheet. 
Counting Jars
These are another favorite of mine to practice counting.  I have several old baby food jars with letters that I wrote on the tops  There is also a recording page with these letters for students to record their answers.  I put different objects in each of the jars... pom poms, erasers, pennies, etc and students practice counting the objects and recording their answer.  This is also another game that is so easy to both use throughout the year and to differentiate.  It is so easy to switch out the objects in the baby jars so if students are more able, you can put in more objects.  
More Abstract Representation
Number Sorts:
We then transitioned to number sorts up to 10.  I love using these, because although the students don't realize it yet, it is exposing them to so many different representations of the numbers by using dice, dominos, tens frames, etc.  We introduced these sorts whole group and then they became a math center activity for my students.  
Individual Number Sorts:
To check my students understanding, I also had them complete number sorts for each number.  This allowed me to see how may need some extra support.  They counted and sorted examples and non examples of each of the number.
You can find these pocket chart sort and student sorts in my TPT store by clicking here: 
 Number Sorts

I hope you enjoying seeing different number and counting activities that I do in my classroom.  What are some fun activities that you use to teach number sense?