Thursday, April 30, 2015

May? Really? Morning Messages are ready!

I can not believe it is May already!  Where has this year gone??? Only 16 school days left for me! 
I wrapped up May's morning messages this evening.  Check out a few of the messages and details about the skills covered below.

(I will be making a June/July combo pack for those of you who are in school past May!  Look for it towards the end of May.)
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Topics covered this month include:

Plot (Beginning, middle, end)
Story comprehension
Identifying/Producing rhyming words
Cloze sentences
Beginning sounds/blends/digraphs
Beginning/Ending digraph -th
Ending sounds
Medial sounds
Stretching out CVC words
Stretching out CVCe words
Stretching out CCVC words
Substituting sounds to make new words
Blending/Reading words
short vowel words: a, e, i, o, u
Sight words: of, to, out, love, does, come, my, get, play, here, what, will, from, there, that, said, was, may
Action Verbs
Affixes
Prepositions/positional words
Compound words
Identifying/writing numbers 0-30
Making 10
Decomposing/base 10
Representing numbers/number sentences
Orally counting to 100
Skip counting by 2's
Numbers before, in between, after
Graphing
Tally marks
Place value (tens, ones)
Addition/Subtraction to 10
Addition word problem
Subtraction word problem
Fact fluency to 5
Days of the week
Months of the year
Calendar skills- writing the date
Sequencing
Predicting/ Drawing Conclusions
Sentence Order
Editing spelling/punctuation marks
Asking questions/question words
Opinions
Vocabulary
Multiple meaning words
Writing a story
Identifying what does not belong
Life cycles
Cinco de Mayo
Frogs
Labeling
Insects
Mother's Day
baseball

There are also messages that correlate with the following books:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog
Cinco de Mouse-O!
The Pout-Pout Fish
any May-themed book, Insects, Spring, Frogs



Grab your May Morning Messages {here}. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It was a WORM kind of day...

There's nothing like kick-starting your Earth Day study with a few Earthworms! We researched, explored and wrote about them today.  When we were finished, we released those squirmy worms into our school flower beds!

A photo posted by Mary Lirette (@marylirette) on


 
Don't you love kindergarten writing? :)
I let my students free-write a fiction story this afternoon about their imaginary pet worm.

Top: I would name my worm Ros. I would put my worm in a bucket full of dirt when it's spring.  I would put my worm in the dirt.

Bottom: Once upon a time a little girl named Whitney had a little worm named Lucy.  Whitney liked Lucy because Lucy was an Earth helper.  White gives garbage to Lucy.

Weekly Reader usually has great informational text about worms in their spring "Let's Find Out" magazines.  I laminated the big issue of the Earth's Helpers one from a few years ago.  You can find the March 2015 "Springtime in the Soil" flyer online for free right now at Scholastic News {here}.  You can download and print or project it on your Smartboard. 

I also love, love, love the Curious George Goes Green DVD!  It has some wonderful episodes about seeds, worms and compost!  Check out these great read alouds too!



In case you missed this a few years ago....make sure to stop by First Grade Blue Skies to grab her free worm day pack! It has a great collection of facts included in it as well as some graphic organizers! :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Simple Plant Project {labeling parts}

We have started one of my favorite Science units....plants!  After learning about the different parts of a plant, my students put their knowledge to good use with this art project.
A photo posted by Mary Lirette (@marylirette) on
Here's what we used:  blue construction paper for the background, 1/3 brown construction paper for the soil, snippets of brown yarn for the roots, half of a green chenille stick for the stem, free-drawn leaves on green felt, bold colored cupcake liners for the flowers, sunflower seeds for the center of the flower.

After assembling their plant, I asked my students to cut and paste these labels to complete their project.  Grab the labels here if you can use them!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW7vuV_FLG-cDZyVzcwVEExVTQ/view?usp=sharing

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Suprise Announcement with a Earth Day Freebie!

Today is the grand opening of Educents Storefront Marketplace!!  For a while now Educents has been offering amazing daily deals....now you can get fabulous products all day, everyday!
I'm featuring a brand new FREEBIE that you can grab in my brand new Educents storefront!  It is a 10 page, Earth Day-themed, small group game that practices subtraction fact fluency.  Click {HERE} or on an image to head to my Educents storefront.  Earth Day POOF is listed at the bottom of the page (it was my most recent addition!).
http://www.educents.com/mrs-lirettes-learning-detectives
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Educents is offering a giveaway right now too!
Enter to win $50 in Edubucks!
I will steadily be adding more and more products to my store so make sure to check back soon. ;)
http://www.educents.com/mrs-lirettes-learning-detectives

Make sure to visit the kindergarten sites below to download more free products! :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Morning Messages for April!!

For real.  These messages took me twice as long as the others.  I'm not sure why but good grief am I glad they are finished in time for April 1st!  They are on sale through April 2nd!
Here are a few pics and the skills covered are listed at the bottom of this post.  :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Meaningful-Morning-Messages-for-April-Kindergarten-1791595

Here are the skills covered this month:
Plot (Beginning, middle, end)
Identifying/Producing rhyming words
Cloze sentences
Beginning sounds/blends/digraphs
Beginning/Ending digraph -ch
Ending sounds
Stretching out CVC words
Substituting sounds to make new words
Blending/Reading words
short e words
Sight words: away, day, to, get, but, may, play, for, on, said, where, will, up, her, his, does, come, this, what
Action Verbs
Prepositions/positional words
Identifying/writing numbers 0-20
Making 10
Decomposing/base 10
Representing numbers/number sentences
Orally counting to 100
Skip counting by 2's
Graphing
Tally marks
Non-standard measurement
Addition word problem
Subtraction word problem
Fact fluency to 5
Days of the week
Months of the year
Calendar skills- writing the date
Weather
Comparing winter and spring
Sequencing
Predicting
Editing spelling/punctuation marks
Opinions
Multiple meaning words
Writing a story
Vocabulary
Life cycles
April Fools' Day
Jokes/riddles
Oviparous animals
Plants
Earth Day/3 R's

There are also messages that correlate with the following books:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
A Bad Case of Stripes
Duck! Rabbit!
any April-themed book, Easter, Spring, Earth Day
You can get this month's Morning Message pack {HERE}.  I hope you and your kiddos love it!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Old Lady Swallowed a Chick {Free Roll and Cover games}

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-Lady-Swallowed-a-Chick-3-Roll-and-Cover-Games-FREE-1787984Happy Spring!  I just finished this month's Roll and Cover games to go along with the Old Lady book series!  Download all 3 versions of the game {here}: rolling 1 die, finding the sum of 2 dice, finding the sum of 3 dice.  My kiddos love playing these games independently or with a partner.  We usually use two-sided counters for partner play.  However, this month I'm going to let me kiddos use those adorable seasonal erasers from Target's Dollar Spot.  Love those little chicks, bunnies and carrots!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-Lady-Swallowed-a-Chick-3-Roll-and-Cover-Games-FREE-1787984
 If you are looking for the book make sure and visit the link below:

I have Roll and Cover games for most all of the books in this series.  Make sure and check out the "Free Roll and Cover Game" section of my Tpt store!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Egg Hunt With a Math Twist! {Freebie!}

One of my favorite kindergarten activities is our Spring Egg Hunt!  We usually coincide this hunt with Easter and our oviparous animal studies but you could certainly do it at any time of the year with those left over plastic eggs! 



I ask each of my students to bring in 1 dozen plastic eggs.  I like them pre-filled and taped shut (less work for me!).  I encourage my kiddos to fill the eggs with small, cheap trinkets, coins, etc.  It does not necessarily have to be candy! As I receive the eggs from each student I number them and collect them in a big bucket.  Number them?  Yes I do!  At this point in the year we are learning to skip count by 2's.  So...I usually number everyone's eggs, skip counting from 0-20.  This only uses 11 eggs so I set aside the 12th egg in case I have students who do not bring any in.  Everyone's extras will give me at least one complete extra set.  I number the eggs myself so that they are all legible and written correctly.  It is important to note that all of these eggs are combined together so the likelihood of a child finding any/all of those 12 eggs that they originally brought in is slim.  Everyone will get 11 eggs...just a mod-podge of eggs from different classmates.  You could differentiate this activity by asking some students to find the odd numbered eggs.  This also works well if you have kids with allergies and you want to make sure you are in control of which eggs they are finding!

Once all of the eggs have been collecting and numbered, we get 5th grade student ambassadors to "hide" them in our field by the playground.  Then armed with their clipboard (optional), pencil, basket or bucket from home and their checklist (download below) we set out to find those eggs!

Here's my favorite part.  This is not your typical mad dash for eggs!  Everyone is specifically looking for one of each number to add to their basket and check off on their handout.  That means this event does not end up being a mad grab and dash like some traditional egg hunts.  Actually, I'm always quite amazed at how hard the kids concentrate to find their eggs!  Once they have checked off each of their numbers, I ask my students to find a spot to sit down and put those eggs in number order.  More math! :)
This turns out to be a big hit each year!  I'm happy because I'm able to incorporate academics into a seasonal activity and the kids are happy because they have a blast!

I hope this is something you will be able to do with your kiddos as well.  Download the checklists for FREE by clicking {here} or the image below. Don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you think.  ;)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW7vuV_FLG-Ulh6V04xYWRLQlE/view?usp=sharing
My class will be having their egg hunt on Thursday of next week after we finish up these stations!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every Bunny Loves Spring Stations! {With a FREEBIE!}

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268Spring is in the air....finally! I was in need of a few fresh stations for April so I created 7 bunny-themed ones.  Just in time for Easter! :)  I am printing and laminating right this very minute so I will be sure and take a few pics to share of my kiddos enjoying these soon.  Take a look at what we will be doing:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268
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https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268

You can grab all 7 of these stations {here}.  Make sure to download this activity for FREE by clicking the picture below or {here}.  I hope you like it.  Hoppy Spring! :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Eggcelent-Ending-Sounds-FREE-1782282