Friday, December 26, 2014

I love Winter! I can't believe that it is already here. It seems like just yesterday that I was meeting my new group of kindergarten kids, and now the school year is half over. When my kiddos come back from Christmas break, I will use this set of printables to keep them engaged. This set includes literacy and math printables that are perfect for this time of year. I will place some of them in my literacy and math centers, and I will use others as morning work. The following pics are just examples. If you would like to see more, click here.



Monday, December 22, 2014

Force and Motion Pushes and Pulls

Our school uses the Next Generation Science Standards. One of the standards includes force and motion and pushes and pulls at the kindergarten level. I remember having a really hard time last year finding resources for this topic. This year I am prepared! I just finished up my unit on pushes and pulls. My kiddos will participate in these activities when we come back from Christmas Break. The following is a sneak peak into the unit.

This set includes a book on both pushes and pulls. We will read these together and then complete the activity on each page. These books teach that some objects are much easier to push and pull than others.

This is my push and pull picture sort. Students will determine if a push or pull is needed and glue the pictures to the printable.

This is my push pull venn diagram scavenger hunt. We will go on a walk around the school. We will draw pictures of  objects that we push, pull, or both.

I have created several experiments. This experiment will let my students determine the speed of objects. We will build ramps and race cars down them. We will record our results on this recording sheet.


This is a picture of the friction experiment that we will do. We will use straws to try to blow marbles on different surfaces. We will determine if friction makes our marbles move faster or slower.

This is a song that we will sing as we are discussing motion. We will act out the song as we are singing it.

We will use these pictures in our pocket chart. We will sort our pictures into push, pull, or both categories.

My Kindergarten Students Can Read

New Readers
Many of my kindergarten students are really beginning to read now. It is amazing to see how their hard work is paying off. It is often difficult to find activities with text levels simple enough for new readers. Because of this, I have been working hard creating some reading products to use in my classroom with these students. I have tried to really incorporate tons of cvc words and sight words into these reading activities. I use these activities during my guided reading sessions. Here are a few that I have completed.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Geometry Interactive Notebook For Early Learners

I have been hearing a lot about the use of interactive notebooks in the classroom. At the beginning of the year I would have never thought about using an interactive notebook with my kinders, because the very thought of them using scissors made me worry. But now, I think that they are ready. I created this interactive geometry notebook to use as an introduction to interactive notebooks. It is a short notebook, with 13 interactive geometry activities included. They are all aligned to the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. I tried to create each page with my kinders in mind. I also did not want to purchase notebooks, so I created this interactive notebook out of stapled copy paper. The following is a look into this notebook. I will save mine to display at our family night at the end of the  school year.

Students sort 3 Dimensional Shapes and glue them under each flap.

Students draw a picture of 2 Dimensional Shapes below each flap.

Students sort shapes according to their number of straight sides.

Students compose shapes. (Put shapes together to form new shapes)

Students change shapes into real objects by drawing.

Students sort the 2 & 3 Dimensional shapes into categories.

Students build a house using shapes. Students listen to positional words to decide where to place each shape.
Students sort shapes into triangle/not triangle, square/not square etc.
Students cut out pictures of real objects. Students glue them beneath labeled shape flaps.