Wednesday, March 26, 2014


 

 
I cannot believe that it is almost April! I just finished setting up my Easter themed math and literacy centers in my classroom today and they are all Easter themed. My kids do really well with centers at this point in the year. I have finally trained them how to complete centers independently so that I may spend time with my small reading groups. Here are my new center activities.

My kids need lots of word work practice! This is my Easter Egg cvc word building center. I placed cvc words that were cut into three letters in plastic Easter eggs. Students will order the letters to build a word. Students will then write the word and draw a picture of the word on the cvc word mat.

 
 
This is my magnet center. I purchased a super large roll of magnetic tape at Wal-Mart. I pretty much stick it to the back of everything. My kids will order the numbered Easter Eggs from 0-30.

 
This is a real and nonsense word sort. Students will read words that are on Easter Egg shaped cutouts. Students will sort the words into real words and silly words. Students will write the words that were sorted on the recording sheet.


This is my roll & color addition game. My students love this game so I have pretty much created a version of it for every season and holiday.



This game is called roll and write. Students roll the dice that has word families on it. He or she must write a word that rhymes with the word family in the Easter Egg shapes.


 
This is my Easter Egg cvc match up activity. My kids will match the cvc word half of an Easter Egg to a matching picture on the other side of an Easter Egg.  Students will then create their own cvc words on a recording sheet.

 
This game is called roll and cover. Students will roll the word family dice. Students will then cover a word that matches the word family with a jelly bean. The first person to have all of the Easter Eggs covered is the winner.


This is my addition version of the game "Candy Land." Students will add the numbers on the addition card. Students will move that many places on the game board. If a student lands on an Easter picture card, he or she will move directly to that space. The first person to reach the end will be the winner.

 
 I always have a writing center in my classroom. At this center my students will pick an Easter themed picture card. He or she will then write a sentence using that word in the sentence. He or she then picks another one and does it again.


Kindergarten students are now expected to add and subtract with fluency. At this center, my kinders will match subtraction rabbit cards with carrot cards that have the correct answer. I always have a recording sheet at most of my centers. My kids will complete a recording sheet when he or she is done matching all of the cards.


 
This is my scrambled sentences center. My kids will unscramble Easter sentences in order to create a sentence that makes sense. He or she will then color the picture that matches the sentence.

 
My art center has a hodge-podge of random stuff. I added these Easter Egg printables for my kinders to decorate.
 
 
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Earth Day





Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. I have been working on a few activities for my kiddos to complete on Earth Day. This is an Earth shaped book that my kids will create. Students draw themselves, the Earth, and write about and draw ways that they can take care of Earth.


 
 



 
These are labels that I will be placing on the front of storage containers. My students will practice sorting recyclable materials in the containers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is an emergent reader that I created that is Kindergarten friendly.
 
 
 
 I cut Earth shapes out of butcher paper. My students will be given "good choice" and "bad choice" statements. Students will then sort the statements on the Earth shapes. I will display these when they are done.








This is a writing prompt the my kids will complete on Earth Day
 
 
 
 

 
 
We will be making Earth Day hats using this template.
 
 
 
 
 
 




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

100th Day

We have finally reached the 100th day of school. We celebrated the 100th day on March 17th, which was also St. Patrick's day. We usually have the 100th day of school in January. We have had more snow days this year than any other year that I can remember since I have been teaching. (27 snow days to be exact.) Here is a sneak peak into our 100th day activities.


This is the banner that I hung up on my door. I wanted my kids to feel proud that they had made it to day 100.
 
 
 
I hung up balloons all over our classroom. Inside the balloons I had messages that gave us "100 things to do." Some of the messages read "hunt 100 pieces of candy," "do 100 jumping jacks," "find the number 100 hidden around the room" etc. The kids LOVED popping these throughout the day and completing the tasks. I told the students that I was watching for the best behaved student to pop the next balloon. It was amazing what an incentive this was.
 
This is a little "When I am 100 Book" that we created.


I loved this page. This student said when he was 100, he would not be good at playing basketball.

This little girl said that when she is 100, she will be good at baking cookies.
 
 
We had 100 snacks and counted and sorted our snacks on this snack mat. Students had to put 10 snacks in each section to make 100 snacks.
We created self portraits of what we will look like when we are 100.
 

 

We played a game called race to 100. Students rolled a dice and colored in that number of squares. The first person to color in all of the squares was the winner.
We each brought in a 100 day collection. We counted our collections on these counting mats (counting by 10's)

 
We wrote 100 words and created a book of our words. (We did these as a table)

 
We read 100 words (not all at the same time, but sporadically throughout the day).
 
 
Our 100th day activities were so much fun! I am so proud of what my kinders have learned their first 100 days this year!  All of the activities, and more, are part of my 100th day pack. Click below to see it!