Friday, February 27, 2015

Pre-Primer and Primer Sight Word Slide Shows

We have been working feverishly on our sight words in every way possible in Kindergarten! We have been writing them, coloring them, spelling them, searching for them in books and poems and building them in sand, with clay, magnets and so much more!

At this point in the year, it is time to get serious. I want to really stress the importance of recognizing sight words instantly. Research shows that sight words should be recognized within 2 seconds! To support this theory, I created a slide show of the Pre-Primer words that I am using throughout the day. Here's a peek!

Each word appears on the screen for 2 seconds before it slides to the next word. All 40 Pre-Primer words are included. The slides move from left to right helping to reinforce concepts of print.

All you have to do is press play! It plays automatically and loops back through the list continuously, until you choose to end the slide show.

The file editable, in case you need to add in any extra words. :)

I show this every morning as my students come in to unpack, check in and begin their morning work. It is a great way to keep those early birds and fast finishers occupied until morning meeting!
It is also a great activity for snack time, transitions and dismissal time. My class, like many, is very competitive and they love the challenge of saying the words as quickly as they can!

If you would like to check this set out, click here or on the pictures above.

Has your class already mastered the Pre-Primer words? I created a Primer set as well!
These words also appear on the screen for 2 seconds before sliding to the next word. All 52 Primer words are included.
Here's a preview:

If you would like to check this set out, click here or on the picture of above!

Would you like to win these slide shows? I will be choosing 2 people who will each win a copy of both sets. You can enter in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Daily Weather Station

One (of the many) parts of our Kindergarten morning meeting routine involves the discussing weather and the temperature. To simplify this process I created a weather station:

One helper comes up and chooses the weather card for the day. I laminated each card and added a Velcro dot to the back of the cards and to the front of the poster it attaches too.
Once they have displayed the correct weather card, they write the weather word on the line below.

After we return from February break, we are going to begin using the wordless weather cards. This will allow my students to challenge themselves to sound out, and spell, each weather word correctly using the strategies they have been learning this year.
Since we like to graph whenever we can in Kindergarten, I included weekly and monthly graphs for tracking the weather. We have been using the whole group larger graphs throughout the year.

However, I think they are ready for the challenge of their own weekly graph now!

Including the temperature has been the most interesting component of all. We use the internet to get the most up-to-date temperature. I have noticed that it has made them more congnizant of the weather and changing seasons.

Being in New England, we cannot go outside for recess if it is below 20 degrees. This activity has helped to give them a heads up as to when we will be staying in for recess - that is a lot more pleasant than me having to tell them! ;) It is definitely helping them to be aware of the world around them!

Click the pictures above for more information - or you can head over to my TpT shop to learn more!

How do you incorporate weather into your classroom? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

100th Day of School

We are rapidly approaching the 100th day in our class, well we were until we were stalled by two snow days. Nonetheless it is lurking around the corner!

I decided to spend my snow days (the first of the season!) creating activities that would be fun, yet still stick with the objectives we are focusing on in Kindergarten.

For Math, I wanted to focus on counting, graphing and patterns. There are 3 games:

Roll to 100, with one dice and two dice options. The two dice version allows students to add for an extra challenge. They also get to predict how many rolls it will take to reach complete a hundreds chart!

Graph It, where they will graph the number of times that they rolled each number on. This includes a one dice and two dice graph template.

Daub a Pattern to 100 - this has 3 options, AB, ABC, or ABCD. This allows your students to self differentiate based on ability and the challenge they seek.

Daub a pattern has the students explain the pattern they created, as well as write a number sentence to go with their pattern.

Each activity comes with samples!

For ELA, there are 3 writing topics: If I had $100, I would buy..., 100 Things I would like to do this summer and 100 School Moments.

Each writing activity comes with graphic organizers to help beginning writers gather their thoughts and generate ideas.

These graphic organizers can be used as a final piece. Students can also choose to write a few sentences about their favorite school moments, or what they hope to do the most this summer, on the writing template paper.

Now I just need 100th day to arrive so we can celebrate!

For additional information, click here, or on any of the pictures above!

How will you be celebrating 100th day? Let me know in the comments below!
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