Thursday, January 18, 2018

Groundhog Day Activities

It is hard to believe by looking at all of the snow on the ground that it is almost Groundhog Day! Groundhog day falls on February 2nd of each year. I created this set of math and literacy activities to celebrate the onset (or not) of Spring.
These groundhog nonfiction slides are a perfect way to introduce your students to groundhogs. I have provided fun facts and information about these cute little critters. I have also provided a slide about Groundhog day. If your kids love learning about animals, they will love these slides!

We love to sing in Kindergarten! This song that is sung to the tune of "I'm a little teapot" makes a perfect shared reading lesson.


Surveys are a great way to get your kids up and moving! Your kids can walk around and survey their friends by asking this question. They then write their friend's names in the yes or no column. Each student in my classroom has a clipboard, which makes survey time a little easier.

Groundhog Labeling- A great way to teach text features!
 This groundhog craft is a perfect way to celebrate Groundhog Day. After creating the groundhog, the song that they learned earlier in the day is attached. This makes an adorable hallway display!
I always try to tie reading into my units. This groundhog day emergent reader can be used during guided reading or whole group reading. It is very predictable, which makes it perfect for young readers. Another great book box filler!
 Groundhog's Day Graph-We will graph our Groundhog predictions. Will he see his shadow?
Add and Color- A simple yet fun activity!
If you would like to get my Groundhog Day activities from my TPT store, CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Candy Hearts Activities for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is all about love, and my kids LOVE candy hearts! The week of Valentine's Day I set up candy heart activities to keep my kids engaged in the classroom while still learning! I ask each of my students to bring in one large bag of candy hearts to use with the activities.
Check them out!
Valentine Estimation-The students estimate how many hearts they think it will take to cover the hearts on the printable. They then count and check!
Valentine Add & Color-Students roll the dice, add the numbers, and then cover the answer with a candy heart. The first person to have all hearts covered is the winner!

Valentine Arrow Measuring-Students measure each arrow with candy hearts. Fun!

Candy Heart Sorting and Graphing-Students sort their candy hearts, and then graph them. Easy!

Valentine Patterns-Students create various patterns using their candy hearts.

Candy Heart Tic-Tac-Toe
Candy Heart Number Sentences-Students are given an addition card with a number sentence on it. Students use their candy hearts to build and solve the problem.
Candy Heart Balancing-Students see how many candy hearts it takes to equal the weight of classroom objects.
If you like my candy heart activities, and would like to use them in your classroom, CLICK THIS LINK!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

16 Activities To Go With The Mitten by Jan Brett

Do you love using this book in your classroom as much as I do? The Mitten, by Jan Brett, is a perfect read aloud for those winter months in your classroom! I created this set of 16 Mitten themed activities to go with the story. Your kids will love the activities, and you will love that everything is already planned out! To get my set of Mitten activities, click the link at the bottom of this post.

After reading the story, we create a story map like the one shown. This is a great way to discuss the title, author, characters, and setting. These words can often be confusing for young learners, so the more that they hear them, the better. I used poster board, but you could also use a pocket chart so that you can re-use the picture cards year after year.

The Mitten is a valuable book for teaching sequencing. After reading the book, the kids help me sequence the story in the order that the animals entered the mitten. I created this paper mitten and character cards. The kids help me put the animals in the mitten in order. Their young minds amaze me by how much they can remember.
The kids love that the animals can slide into the mitten. I also created a black and white set so that the kids could take a set home and sequence the story for their parents.
This sequencing activity is available here.

I try to incorporate both fiction and non-fiction elements into my reading lessons. I created these information slides for each animal from the story. The kids love to learn about animals, especially the uncommon ones such as the badger and the hedgehog. These slides are available in my Mitten set here.

After learning about each of the animals from the story, we create our animal writing craft. Students choose which animal that they would like to write about, and then create the animal as shown. They then write facts about the animal. These make a cute hallway display!
(I have provided templates for all of the animals)
My young readers need as many books in their hands as possible as they are becoming confident readers. I created this PREDICTABLE emergent reader for my kinders. It mimics The Mitten, so that the kids can make the connection between text to text. It also gives the kids the chance to check the picture clues to help with unknown words. After reading the book whole group, and partner reading the book, the kids sequence the emergent reader.
When I introduce a read-aloud in my classroom, I love to use it across curriculum. This graph does just that. My kids choose which animal was their favorite from the story, and then glue it into a mitten. They then place their mitten onto our class graph. After creating our class graph, the kids transfer the data onto their own personal graph.

This little craft makes a cute winter display for your classroom. Your kids draw an animal from the story onto a mitten template. They then decorate the mitten, and display. Simple!

We love to sing in the classroom. This song is sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot." You can get a printable copy of this song in my The Mitten pack here.
These additional math and literacy activities can be used during the day while you are reading The Mitten. They would make perfect word work, center work, morning work, and more.

If you would like to use these resources in your classroom, CLICK THIS LINK! I hope your kids love them!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Alphabet Poems for Shared Reading
 My kindergarten team does a lot of shared reading lessons at the beginning of the school year to teach concepts of print, phonemic awareness, word/sentence recognition and so much more. I decided to incorporate shared reading with the alphabet, and to do this I wrote these alphabet poems.
We use these alphabet poems each week as we introduce a new letter. We begin by choral reading the new poem, look at rhyming, punctuation, new words, etc. We then focus on concepts of print. After we have learned the new poem, my kiddos highlight the letter that we are learning throughout the poem. We then place these in our alphabet journal.
I also created a pocket chart version of each of the poems. We will assemble the pocket chart poem whole group, and then this will become a part of my pocket chart center. The kids love to see these poems in the center, because they are familiar with the poems and have confidence as they are reading them.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Crockpot Applesauce In The Classroom (Perfect for Johnny Appleseed Day)

Each year I get to share my birthday with Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26th. My kindergarten class completes a large amount of apple activities in the classroom on September 26th, and by the end of the day I am literally too exhausted to have a birthday celebration of my own. One of my favorite Johnny Appleseed activities is cooking crockpot applesauce. The kids help me with this recipe in the morning, and then we eat it in the afternoon. (It takes a few hours to cook in the crockpot). I am sharing this simple recipe with you. Enjoy!
Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

I hope you have time to give this recipe a try this September. I also hope that you enjoy the apple themed freebie that I am sharing with you.

You might also like my apple math and literacy printables. Check them out!


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