Sunday, September 29, 2013

Weekly Visual Plans!

This is our last week before we get 5 days off for Fall Break- WHO-HOO!  I will be incorporating many fall activities this week- many of which come from my Fall for All! pack.  It is on sale for the next few days!
Click an image to download the visual plans.  Once you've downloaded the file, the links will be hyperactive and will lead you to where you can find all of the products (free and paid).  :)
Enjoy your week!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Armadillo's Orange Positional Words {FREE}

I meant to share some pictures from our apple week earlier but then I got busy creating a little something for next week.  I'd love to share it with you!

You have probably realized by now that my district uses Reading Street.  Next week we will be covering one of my favorite stories, Armadillo's Orange.  I love how you can bring in so many skills with this book.  I will be reviewing and assessing my students on positional words next week so I thought I would work a little practice up that revolves around our story.

My thoughts are that you can combine it together like a book or use the pages separately as posters for positional words.  You could even use them for retelling or sequencing the story.  Click on the cover page image to download a copy.
If you haven't read the book before, I highly recommend it.  Check out the link below to look inside the book on Amazon.

 I'll be back tomorrow with my visual plans for next week and hopefully some apple recap! :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Visual Plans!

Happy fall, y'all!

Here are this week's visual plans.  Apple week! You will find many freebies and great products sprinkled throughout so make sure you download the file so the links will be active for you.

Here are some 5 frame cards I made last week to help us with composing and decomposing within 5. I forgot to add them into the plans! (That's what happens when you wait until Sunday night, right?) You can click the image to grab them for free if you would like!

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mm & Tt Fun Days and Sign Language Primer Words Freebie!

I am totally going to try and squeeze 3 posts into 1 so bear with me.  There will be a freebie at the end so hang in there. :)  Oh, and prepare yourself for cuteness overload because my kids are ADORABLE!

The week before last we celebrated the letter Mm (my favorite!).  On Tuesday of that week we read Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Moose a Muffin.  We had a little non-fiction lesson on moose and made antler hats.  To tie it back into our literature focus I gave my little moose some mini muffins.  If you look close at the picture you will see a mini muffin in her hand.  Cute, right?

That Friday our entire kindergarten dressed for Mickey & Minnie Day.  This is a yearly tradition at our school and every year the kids get cuter and cuter.
 After all of that M excitement we moved on to the letter Tt last week.  Did you see this tractor craft I made?  I posted about it last weekend.  You can still grab it for free {here}!

We ended our week with a little "Ties & Tiaras" fun.  Don't they look precious?

 Next week is letter Aa...perfect timing for fall and our apple study!

Last but not least I have had many requests to finish up the next set of Sign Language sight word cards.  I wrapped up the Primer ones today!  I love teaching my kinders to spell their sight words in Sign Language.  They love the challenge and it appears to my different types of learners.  They are FREE just like the Pre-Primer set.  Click the images below to head there now.
 I'm off to work on my visual plans.  I will have them posted tomorrow. :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Apple-Themed 5 Frame Cards {FREE}

I'm thinking ahead to next week when it will officially be fall! We will celebrate the new season with a little apple fun! Yes...homemade applesauce is in the near future for my little learning detectives!

Here are some festive 5 frame cards that I made this evening to help us with next week's skill of composing and decomposing within 5.  Click the image to grab them for free.  I hope you can use them too!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Letter Tt Craft Freebie & Peek at my Week! (Visual Plans)

Last week was super busy!  I promise to post pictures of all our letter Mm excitement in the next day or so.  :)

For this week we will be learning about trucks and machines that help us, letter Tt, numbers 0-5, and living and non-living things.  Take a peek at my week below but first I want to share a little craft I made to go along with our reading story and letter this week.

My husband helped me figure out how to create a tractor out of the letter t.  He even made the steering wheel t-shaped (isn't he clever?).  Download a copy for your class by clicking one of the pictures above.
Between our Moose and Muffins and Mickey and Minnie Day we didn't really get to our poetry, reader's workshop, and writer's workshop the way I had planned.  I'm re-using some of that again this week so I can cover those things more thoroughly.  We have parent conferences on Thursday evening and an in-service day on Friday so it is going to be a jam-packed 4 day week.  Click on the images to see my visual plans in a Googledoc.  Make sure and download the file if you are interested in making the links hyperactive (where they will lead you to where you can get your own copy).
Have a great week!

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Can...Subitize!

Let me just say that my student teacher is awesome.  She did her first solo lesson today and for real, this girl is a natural!  I snapped a few pictures during her math lesson so I could share them with you!

This week we are beginning number identification 0-5.  When I pre-assessed last week I learned that 100% of my students could already recognize those numbers.  Of course, we know that just because they can identify the number doesn't mean they actually understand it.  After talking with Kathryn, we decided that it might be best to take this week's math in the direction of subitizing.  If you are not familiar with the term, it simply refers to the recognizing of groups automatically without having to count the individual items within the set.  {Think dice.  You can look at the dice and know what number it lands on without having to count the dots.}  Subitizing is an important step in gaining true number sense.
She gave each child 2 sets of spoons: clear ones with the numbers 0-5 written on them and white ones that had dots in the amounts of 0-5.  She had the students lay all of their white spoons out on the table and hold the clear spoons in their hands.  She would call out a number and the children would find the spoon with that number on it and lay it on top of the spoon with the corresponding amount of dots. Adorable, right?  Simple. Cheap. Fun.  I LOVE it!

She also had index cards with dots on them for the kiddos.  She would call out a number and the kids would find the dot card as quick as they could and hold it up.  What I love about this is that the cards had the dots arranged in different ways.  So on one card "4" might be represented with 4 dots in a vertical row.  On another card the dots might be in the corners of the cards.  I can't wait to see what she will do with them next! :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekly Visual Plans, Sensory Fun & a Mm Freebie!

Happy Sunday evening!  Am I the only one who waits until the last possible moment to finish planning?  I'm proud to say that I have actually managed to clean my house, prepare for the week, grocery shop AND watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy this weekend.  It's been pretty non-stop but productive nonetheless.  :)
Here's a peek at my week along with a free memory match game to practice some sight words.  I used the words that my county tests for during the first quarter.  It is moose-themed since we will be focusing on letter Mm this week! Hope you can use it too!  Click the pic to grab it or download it from the plans below.

Does anyone have a quick fix for getting food coloring off your hands??? My hands are stained blue from dying noodles this weekend.  I needed some fresh noodles for our sensory tub activity this week.  We will be hunting through macaroni (for M, of course!) to find and review letters.  My 4 year-old insisted on trying it out.  Seeing as she helped color the noodles, I told her she could dig in.  (Yes...her hands are blue too! Yikes!)
Just like previous weeks, click the image to head to this Google doc file.  Once it opens, you can save it so that you can click on each link if you would like.  The hyperlinks are only active if you save it to your computer (the links do not work if you are just viewing it in the Google doc).

I hope you have a marvelous start to your week.  :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chicka Chicka....Boom Boom

Oh how I love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

I got into character for the reading of the story (note the pre-planned green top and brown bottoms...along with my palm tree glasses and green feather boa).  Afterwards, I let the kids take turns decorating me with alphabet stickers.  Every year the kids get quite the kick out of covering me from head to toe with stickers.  Funny thing is, I get a kick out of it too because I get to do a little assessing to see who knows their letters and who doesn't!
If you read my blog, I'm sure you know from last week's post about my students with severe allergies this year.  I had to scrap my usual coconut exploration/tasting but was still able to incorporate our edible trees.  Praise the Lord because I look forward to making this easy snack every year!  I modified a few things to make sure none of the ingredients were manufactured with or around any type of nut.  Honestly, I think I liked this version better!
 Easy peasy.  We used graham crackers for the trunk, pre-sliced and packaged apple slices for the leaves, Whopper candy for the coconuts and cheese "Scrabble" crackers for the retelling of the story.  Simple, safe, and scrumptious.  :)

Just's a picture from last year's fun:

Monday, September 2, 2013

Peek at my Week! (Visual Plans)

Who doesn't love a short week, right? With only 4 days this week we are going to have a little Chicka Chicka  fun, fine-tune some routines and procedures, and (hopefully!) visit our local fire station next door.  This week's plans are a little simpler than last week's because I want to make sure I leave some time for Grandparent's Day handprints and assessments too!

I've had some questions about how I make my plans each week.  I do not follow a specific format.  I created my own template on Microsoft PowerPoint just by adding my own table and color coding it so that it meets my needs.  I take screen shots of products/pictures and shrink them down so that I have a visual for myself.  You can click {here} or on either image to view this week's plans larger, download them or access the hyperlinks to the products I plan to use.  Several of this week's links will lead you to free items.  :)

Have a great week!