Friday, April 29, 2011

Pocket Chart Center

I have always struggled with how to store my pocket chart materials.  Recently I found a solution that works for my Kindergarten friends.  I use nylon pencil bags for separating materials (making words, sorts, etc).  I found my nylon pencil bags at Walmart for 97 cents each.  I have also seen them at the dollar store.  

Of course the nylon pencil bags don't work if you are writing out poems on sentence strips.  I haven't found a good way for storing those yet.  I found this wonderful hanging storage unit at IKEA.  If I remember correctly it cost 6 or 7 dollars.  

It easily holds the nylon pencil bags and any reading sticks the students might like to use.  I picked up silver star reading sticks from the in the party section at Walmart.  

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sorting Money

I found these cute plastic piggy banks at the the Dollar Store.  I printed out pictures of coins (penny, nickel, dime) and taped them on one side.  On the opposite side I taped the value of the coins.  I give the students real coins.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Football Anyone?

I found footballs at Dollar Tree.  I created a game just like "Scrambled Eggs".

The boys especially like this scrambled word game.

Here is a copy of the recording sheet and the words I used.  I always color code word scrambles to make it easier to figure out where the letter that falls on the floor goes for both me and the students.  As my Kindergarten team smart, not hard!

Football Word Scramble

Football Words

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Scrambled Eggs!

My students love scrambled eggs.  First I purchased white plastic eggs and write a number on each one (1 to 12).  Next I put the letters of one of our sight words inside each of the eggs.  The words are color coded so if one falls on the floor the students can easily find the egg to which it belongs. 

Students choose an egg and remove the letters.  Then they put the letters in order to make a word. Finally on the recording sheet they write the word next to the number on the egg.

Scrambled Eggs

Here are 24 color coded words to choose from:
24 Scrambled Eggs Words

Monday, April 25, 2011

Read the Room - Sight Word Tally

I like to use this toward the beginning of the school year.  Students are given 4 or 5 words to read around the room and find.  Each time they see the word they tally it.  It is not only great reading practice but it is also great tallying practice.  Enjoy!
SightWord Tally

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I love 3D shapes

athI'm not sure exactly why but I love teaching students about 3D shapes.  Here are two books I created.  The first book is one I laminate, bind and leave on our book shelf for students to read.  The second book is one the students make and take home.

3-D Shapes Book

3D Shapes Book

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Non-standard Units of Measurement

I created the to use at a math center. The same paper can be used each day for a week. You will need to provide a different object each day for the students to measure.

Non-standard Unit Measurement

Friday, April 22, 2011

Frog Life Cycle

Here is a frog life cycle center.  You can use this to reinforce the frog life cycle during science or during literacy center in a stamping center.

Frog Stamping

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Building Words

I love my "Build a Word" literacy center.  I give my students these tiles.  I found mine at Lakeshore Learning however I can't seem to find it now to link it.  If you click on the picture it will take you to where you can find the letter tiles on Amazon.

The students use the letter tiles to build words on the paper below.Build.A.Word

The Big Pig Song

My class has asked to sing this song everyday since I used it to introduce the -ig word family.

Beanie Baby Strategies

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Money Stamping Center

As we are learning to name the coins I add this to my stamping literacy center. The kids love it!

Money Stamping Center

Spring Word Graphing

Here is a simple way to integrate science and math.  I took spring/science words we learned and set them up as a math graphing center.
Spring Word Graph

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Darkling Beetles

In science we studied the life cycle of a darkling beetles.  As part of our new integrated curriculum I created a life cycle build a word stamping to be used in my stamping center during literacy centers.
Lifecycle Build Word

Vowel Video

Have you every heard of Vowel Bat? Neither had I until a teammate of mine shared this with me. My class loves this video. It really helps the students grasp the short vowel sounds. Be careful because the tune will get stuck in your head.

Dice Addition

I love using dice for addition games.  The simplest way to use dice for addtion is to supply 2 dice to each child and have them toss the dice.  Students then draw the dots and write the correct number under each square.  Finally they add the dots/numbers together and record the answer.
Dice Addition

Monday, April 18, 2011


I made 3 cubes with money on them.  The first had pennies and nickels.  The second had pennies and dimes.  The third had pennies, nickels and dimes.  Students using the coin graphing papers to record the roll results. 
Coin Graphing
Jelly Bean Math

3D Shapes

My class loves this 3D shape song. I hope you enjoy it too.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

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