Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine's Day Centers

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day! I'm here to share some freebie center activities today. :)

The first one is "Words I Know By Heart" and it's a sight word read/write the room center. I will have it at my reading center next week. Students can use the heart pointers (drink stirrers!) to find the heart words around the room and record them on their paper.

Click on the picture to pick up this freebie in my TpT store!

This next one is a blog exclusive! Students will find sight words in magazines and glue them onto the recording sheet. I'll have this as a Word Work option next week. Click the picture below for the recording sheet!

We've been hitting sight words hard lately, so my reading and word work centers are really focusing on that!

At the math center this week, I'm keeping it simple with heart facts!  The kids love this game.  They work with a partner and cover up the sum on the bottom of the heart.  The other player has to figure it out!

You can also have them play by covering up an addend for an extra challenge!

Click on either picture above for this center. :)

Have a great Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Making "Snow" : A Science Experiment!

We did a fun and easy (if you don't count cleanup!) science experiment the other day in kindergarten!

By mixing baking soda and shaving cream, we created a snow-like mixture.  The kiddos had a great time playing in it and feeling it with their hands (and shirts, and hair, and pants...)  I hope it is an experiment they will remember for a long time!


If you want to download the follow-up sheet, just click the picture below. :)

I hope you can use this in your classroom!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Individual Behavior Chart Freebie

Hi teacher friends!

I am here to share this individual behavior chart today.  I use these when I find students are clipping down on the classroom clip chart a lot.  This is a more positive and more private reminder for them.  Plus, it goes home daily so parents can look at it and discuss the child's day with them!

 I like to divide the day into segments in order for the student to feel more successful (rather than not earning a sticker for the whole day due to one small part of his/her day).  I also like to see if there is a pattern to misbehavior (ie a student who always misbehaves during math might struggle in that area, or excel in that area and be bored!)

Click the picture below to download this individual behavior chart. I have included one with a blank spot instead of rest time as well! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

"How to Make a Gingerbread House" Shared Writing

We made gingerbread houses today!

They turned out SO well and I'm convinced a lot of it had to do with a shared writing activity we did beforehand. 


We started by talking about the materials we needed to make the gingerbread house.  Several kiddos wrote the words and drew the pictures for this part.  I did help with spelling for this activity!

Then, we thought about the steps needed for making a gingerbread house.  We brainstormed these together and landed on these four steps.  I gave each child a job, and off they went!


I love these activities because they have to really work together to complete the pictures and writing.  I let them go anywhere in the room to do their work, and when they're finished with their piece, they have to go around and help others!

Here's what our final wall of writing looks like. :)

Merry Christmas!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conference time can be SO stressful.  I like to be super organized so that everything runs smoothly and it takes my stress level down a bit! :)  I use this conference form to show parents the kindergarten skills we are working on and to keep me on track during my parent/teacher conferences.

Click the picture to download a copy. :)  I did include a few different headers (fall, winter, spring, and just conference form) but unfortunately the skills can't be edited.  If you think you can use this, just click below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Guided Reading Lesson Plan Freebie

Hi teachers!

I posted this photo on Instagram the other day and wanted to share my Guided Reading Lesson plan template with you in case you would find it useful. 

Just click the picture below to pick up these plans!

Have a great evening!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Turkeys to Ten!

{Click the picture to download the freebie turkey pattern!}

Decomposing numbers can be tricky!  I always like for my students to see the relationship between the numbers before we start adding plus signs and equal signs.  I also like teaching decomposing numbers using the word "and."  This reinforces the idea that 8 and 2 make 10, & 2 and 8 make 10!  I always use the example:  "I like dogs AND cats" means the same thing as "I like cats AND dogs."  It doesn't matter what order the words are in, the sentence means the same thing.  This builds a solid foundation for later when we talk about the order of our addends in an addition sentence.

Happy Gobbling!