Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kindergarten Word Wall

When I found out I was headed back to Kindergarten last year I was so excited! I loved teaching 5th grade, but Kindergarten is definitely where my heart is.

As soon as I saw my new room (at my new school) I could not take my eyes off this bulletin board.

It was the length of the entire room and I knew just what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to create a word wall that was clean and easy to read, that would become the focal point of our classroom.

The picture above actually only shows you two-thirds of the board. The shadow on the far right is my TV, then the alphabet, calendar, morning meeting center, mini whiteboard and our rug is right in front of it. It is impossible to get a photo of the whole board, it is seriously that big!

I knew that I wanted this to be the area that my students could go to for any information they needed throughout the day. What I did not expect was how much they (and I) would love it!

Any time they needed to write numbers, shapes, days, colors...they new just where to go. I kept our clipboard bin directly below it so they could work independently whenever they needed too.

As the year went on, I did realize that I needed to modify a few things. I did not include the 3D shapes and numbers through 20. I revised both sets this year to include those.

What amazed me was how often they would sit at the rug, just reading and talking to each other about all the things they noticed on the wall. It made my teacher heart so happy!

If you are interested in any of these sets, just click on the pictures below for more information!

Weather station -
Calendar -
Numbers -
Shapes -
Colors -
Seasons -
Days -
Months -
Alphabet -
Word Wall Letters -
Bundled set -
I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your summer!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Memory Book for K-1

I wanted to make a memory book that would suit all of my Kindergarten writers needs. I know that open responses can stress out a lot of early or reluctant writers, so this set will suit them perfectly!

This Memory Book includes:
Both graphic organizers and open response templates, to allow you to differentiate based upon each student’s needs, and abilities. 

The open response templates allow your students to free write their own ideas. Each template includes a sentence starter to get their ideas flowing. 

The graphic organizers feature 3 picture boxes and a small sentence box to go with each picture. This is a great way to help your students complete the book without feeling overwhelmed!
Graphic Organizers
• 3 Field Trip Moments
• 3 Friend Moments
• 3 Recess Moments
• 3 Lunch Moments
• 3 Books I Love
• 3 Math Moments
• 3 Science Moments
• 3 Specials Moments
• 3 Best Moments
• 3 Summer Hopes
Open Response Templates
• Best Field Trip
• My Friends 
• Recess
• Lunch
• Stories We Read
• Math
• Science
• Specials
• The Best Day
• Summer
Also includes

• Cover pages for both Kindergarten and 1st grade
• All About Me
• My Favorites
• My class 
• My class graph (bar graph)
• An autograph page where your students can collect each other’s signatures

These responses are a great morning work, or writers work activity for those last few weeks of school. If you would like  to see more, click here or on any of the pictures above!

I hope you have a wonderful last few weeks of school!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TpT's Teacher Appreciation Sale!

One of the things I love most about my room this year is my word walls. I wanted to create signs that were easy to read and would actually be useful to my class.
I have one long bulletin board in our morning meeting area that has the majority of our signs.

It features shapes, numbers, color words, months, days, seasons, our calendar, weather station and sight word of the day.
Running above our windows, I have all the past sight word posters we have learned this year.
My students utilize all of these posters more than I could have imagined! It has made a positive impact on their writing and really helped them to be more independent. During writers workshop many students will move to the rug with a clipboard so they can be near the words they need.

If you are interested in any of these items, they are on sale May 5th and 6th in my TpT shop. You can save 28% if you use the promo code: ThankYou

Just click the pictures for more information!

Looking to save some money? You can get all of these sets in one money saving bundle! Just click the picture below!

Now I'm off to do some shopping! :) Have a wonderful week!

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