Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Reflections in Kindergarten

Like all Kindergarten teachers, my class is on many different levels when it comes to writing.  I wanted to create a Thanksgiving writing set that would allow all my students to reflect with ease, no matter where they are in the writing process!

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I included checklists, with reasons why both family and friends are important, to help them gather their thoughts.

This allows them to feel more confident when it is time to write!

Next, they can choose from one of three writing templates:

  • This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for....
  • This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family because...
  • This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my friends because....
I also included two different bulletin board display signs and black and white copies of all the pages. 
Happy writing!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fuzz Bugs Fever

Our current Kindergarten obsession (for the past month!) is Fuzz Bugs!

This game is on ABCya.com and it is adorable, and educational.
First you sort the bugs by color. But first you have to catch them! They are darting back and forth along the bottom of the screen.

This is REALLY hard for kids at first, but the more they play, the better they get!

Once you catch a bug, you drop it in the matching jar.

Then you count the bugs in each jar by clicking on each bug.
Then they have to click the jar with the most and the least.

Next up, drag the jar with the least, then the next smallest amount and so on...
 Now it is time to click the bug on the right and then the bug on the left.
Lastly, you click the biggest Fuzz Bug and then the smallest.

After that, the game restarts with all new colors!

I love all the skills this game focuses on: sorting by color, counting, greater than, less than, left right recognition and small versus big!

I have noticed that the kids who play this the most are having a lot easier time navigating the computer now! It is a great way to boost those fine motor skills, while having fun!

Is there an online game or app that your students are smitten with? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Role Model of the Day Freebie

We are always working on improving ourselves in Kindergarten. Here is how we are achieving this goal.

We have a behavior card system in class - everyone starts on green each day, yellow for a warning, orange for a time out (one minute at recess) and pink for a visit to the office.

In order to be the Role Model you have to keep your card on green the day before, by following our three rules:

#1 - Be Respectful           #2 - Be Kind               #3 - Be Safe

Having those 3 simple rules has really improved our classroom behavior. Anytime anyone is off task, I remind them of the rule they are breaking and they are up to switch their cards.

Card changes are never permanent either, if you completely turn your behavior around it goes right back to green!

A few weeks into the school year we started having a Role Model of the Day! I waited until we had our behavior system in check to implement this new daily routine.

This sign hangs right above the behavior card chart. Everyday during morning meeting, I write a new name up there. It is laminated to make it easy to change up each day.

I alternate by girl and boy to keep it fair. After I name the Role Model, the class raises their hands and shares out why they think that person was chosen.  And of course, we applaud our role model! 

It is wonderful to see how each student lights up, not only when they are chosen, but once they hear what their peers have to say about them! 

If you would like to use this sign in your classroom, just click here, or click the picture above for this freebie!

How do you manage behavior in your classroom? Let me know in the comments below!
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