Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Duck! Rabbit!

Are you looking for a cute book and activity to do this week or next? Since Spring is in the air, I went on a hunt for some adorable engaging literature and activities. That's when I found this book:


Duck! Rabbit!

I also scoured Pinterest the internet to find great ideas of activities to go with it. My class had a great time showing their opinion:


I had them color their page and then sort themselves. (** Math connection**) Plus we counted the number in each group and compared the groups. Which has more? Which has less? Simple. Easy. 2 minutes and you have a math connection while they are engaged!

We also made the cutest puppets with poems (exploring different types of literature anyone?).

They started out as two individual pieces and get glued back to back.


You can grab them as freebies from this site.

I hope your students enjoy as much as mine have!!


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Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patty's Day: Resource Round up!

I really love St. Patrick's Day! I really love teaching Kindergarten during St. Patrick's Day!

This year I have gone all out all week long and can not WAIT to show you some of the awesome things my kids have been doing in class.

The day all started with my wonderful brainstorm last night.... a leprechaun door!!! My kids noticed it right away :)



I created the design and a friend of mine cut it out on her Cameo since she had the vinyl already at her house. It worked perfectly. I'm not sure what I'd do without my Cameo. You should definitely look into Amazon's awesome deals on them:


Silhouette CAMEO Vinyl Starter Kit Bundle with PixScan Cutting Mat, White

They also got to write about 'who is worth more than gold to them'. I've done this activity for several years now and it is always melt-your-heart writing! It's extra special this year because my daughter is across the hallway. This is hers:


You can find it here for free.


I also grabbed Deanna Jump's unit for St. Patrick's Day... and pretty much printed everything! These adorable rainbows are from her unit. The perfect writing activity with a craft combined. I even conquered the 'g' word...... GLITTER!!!! 


They look excellent hanging outside my classroom door!




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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meeting Kindergarten Readers on a 3rd Grade Level


I have a SUPER-DUPER high group of readers this year. Right now 87% of my students have already exceeded the end of the year reading level... Trust me I hear the angels singing :)

I have 2 girls especially who are reading fiction books on a level M... that would be 3rd grade level. Guided reading isn't really what they need anymore so I am meeting their reading needs by using-- chapter books!

I started with this perfect book:


Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Junie B. Jones, No. 15)



I love Junie B. books! She is funny and the kids really 'get' her humor. It makes it so that they actually want to read the whole story and work on their reading stamina. I had my girls read 2 chapters at a time over a 1 week period.

Then we'd come together to talk about it. What happened? What part did you like? Was there anything you didn't understand? What do you think will happen next?

I also gave each one a notebook that they used to answer questions based on their 2 chapters. I made sure to target lots of skills: predicting, visualizing, vocabulary, etc.

They have loved this book! One of the little girls even dressed up as Junie B. for our Dr. Seuss Book Character Dress Up Day!

These are some shots of their notebooks:

Before...


After:




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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

C.R.A.Z.Y.N.E.S.S

C.R.A.Z.Y.N.E.S.S

That's what our life is during the spring right?

Seriously, let me see a show of hands for those who have been assessing non-stop these past few weeks! I know I'm not alone!

But on a lighter side, I wanted to show you guys some of the great things that have been going on in my room lately. Check it out!

Dr. Seuss Day was definitely celebrated!

There were green eggs and ham for all to enjoy!


We even had wockets in our pockets! Or at least I did! (Simply printed, cut, laminated, and placed sticking out the back of my pocket!)


We have Fox in Socks day... the kids loved the fact that I had double socks on more than the fact that they were both just silly!


These are just a few of my daughters adorable little creations!


And speaking of adorable creations... Here are my sweethearts dressed for Book Character Dress-Up Day: Please meet Clark Kent and Grace Thomas!


I also dressed the part.... of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons!


How did you celebrate your Dr. Seuss week?



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