Friday, January 26, 2018

Living & Nonliving

Our Living & Nonliving unit will be coming up soon, and I wanted a few new things to use with my class this year. 
I had a pocket chart sort that was made quite a few years ago, but most of the pictures were of cartoon-like objects, people or animals.  I wanted a new one with real-life photographs that would be easier for the students differentiate between living or nonliving.
Living & Nonliving Pocket Chart Sort, www.JustTeachy.com

In our Science center, I have this sorting mat for the students to sort different 3-dimensional objects.
Living & Nonliving Sorting Mat, www.JustTeachy.com

We search through magazines to find living and nonliving items to add to our Science journals...
Living & Nonliving Science Journal Labels, www.JustTeachy.com

 ...and write about what living things need to live.
Living & Nonliving Science Journal Labels, www.JustTeachy.com

I also created this cute little Emergent Reader.
Living & Nonliving Emergent Reader, www.JustTeachy.com

There are 3 pages of living items, 3 pages of nonliving items, and 2 pages with a fill in the blank sentence for either living or nonliving.
Living & Nonliving Emergent Reader, www.JustTeachy.com

All of these activities and more are available in this "Living & Nonliving Mini Unit" on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Living & Nonliving Mini Unit, www.JustTeachy.com

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow Globe Writing FREEBIE!

I have always loved snow globes.  There is just something so magical and relaxing about watching the snow slowly drift down.
Today we read, The Snow Globe Family, by Jane O'Connor.

The Snow Globe Family book, www.justteachy.com

Then we made our own snow globes!
Snow Globe Writing, www.justteachy.com

I told the kiddos they could draw whatever they wanted inside the snow globe.  Most of them chose snowmen, but a few chose a penguin.
Snow Globe Writing, www.justteachy.com
 For the writing, we discussed simple sentences they could write about what was in their snow globe.  I didn't give any assistance on spelling because I wanted to see what they could do by using the word wall and sounding out words on their own. :)
Snow Globe Writing, www.justteachy.com


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Penguin Craft & Bulletin Board Display

Who can resist an adorable display of cute penguins made by students!?
Penguin Craft and Bulletin Board Display, www.JustTeachy.com

My Kinders used patterns to trace, cut out, and create their own penguins.  They also used extra construction paper to add bows and bow ties if they wanted.
Penguin Craft and Bulletin Board Display, www.JustTeachy.com Penguin Craft and Bulletin Board Display, www.JustTeachy.com

Then I printed the words, "Kindergarten is SNOW cool!" to display with their penguins out in the hall.
Penguin Craft and Bulletin Board Display, www.JustTeachy.com

Penguin Craft and Bulletin Board Display, www.JustTeachy.com

I've added the patterns for the penguins and the words in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store, here.  
If you don't teach Kinder, no worries!  I also included "Pre-K", "1st grade", "2nd grade", "3rd grade", "4th grade", "5th grade," "School", and "Our class."


If you create a bulletin board, I'd love to see it!  
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter in our Room

Here in Texas, we don't always get a lot of winter weather.  However, this year we have actually seen SNOW!  I'm talking INCHES of snow that stuck to the ground and was perfect for making snowballs and snowmen!  And we even had a few straight DAYS of freezing weather a couple of weeks later.  Now when we talk about winter and snow in class, the students can actually personally relate to what we are learning about.



Family Snowman Project
Before we get out for Christmas break, I send home our Family Snowman Project.  It is just a letter of instructions for the parents, and a blank snowman outline.  The students work with their families to decorate the snowman using any items they would like.  When I introduce this project, I like to start off by reading Snowballs, by Louis Ehlert.  This book gives tons of great ideas on items the families could use to decorate their snowmen, or snowgirls.
Snowballs Book, www.JustTeachy.com
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Family Snowman Project, www.JustTeachy.com

Family Snowman Project, www.JustTeachy.com


Letters in the Snow (FREEBIE!)
This is a quick and easy center activity for the kids to practice letter recognition and letter writing.  I filled an empty bottle with letter beads and epsom salt for the snow.  The students turn the bottle around to reveal the letters and then they trace the letters they find on the recording page.
FREEBIE!! Letters in the Snow, www.JustTeachy.com

Click here for your FREE copy of the recording sheet!


Snowflake Letter Match
Here's another easy-to-make center activity.  Students match the uppercase letters to the lowercase letters.  They can also put the letters in alphabetical order or even play a memory game.
Snowflake  Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Match, www.JustTeachy.com

Snowflake Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Match, www.JustTeachy.com


Winter Sensory Tub
Winter Sensory Tub, www.JustTeachy.com


Where's the Snowman?
These "Where's the...?" pocket chart games are our favorites!  On this one, the students are trying to find the snowman that is hiding behind one of the snowflakes.  The students have to point to a snowflake and say the number on it.  Then they look behind the card and see if the snowman is hiding back there. (This "Where's the Snowman?" packet also included number words and color words.)
Where's the Snowman? Numbers 0-20, Number Words, Color Words, www.JustTeachy.com          Where's the Snowman? Numbers 0-20, Number Words, Color Words, www.JustTeachy.com

Where's the Snowman? Numbers 0-20, Number Words, Color Words, www.JustTeachy.com

You can get your copy of this game in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Where's the Snowman? Numbers 0-20, Number Words, Color Words, www.JustTeachy.com


Winter Count Around the Room
Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room, www.JustTeachy.com
In this activity, I have the ten frame cards hung around the room.  The students move around the room looking for the cards and recording the number of each object in the ten frames.

Winter Ten Frame Count Around the Room, www.JustTeachy.com


Winter Vocabulary Match and Write
This page is great for learning the vocabulary of the season.  Students cut out a picture and read the word written with the picture.  They then match the word on the picture with the one on the recording sheet and write the word themselves.
Winter Vocabulary Match & Write, www.JustTeachy.com

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Sentence Dictation

When my class is ready to start writing simple sentences by sounding out words and using the word wall, I like to introduce Sentence Dictation. This guided approach to writing helps to boost their confidence so they can become independent writers.

Sentence Dictation: handwriting, spaces, capitalization, punctuation, sounding out words


We take this slowly and start out with the "Teacher Assisted" page so the students can have guided practice and build their confidence before they are expected to complete it on their own.

 We work together to write the sentences and will complete one sentence a day until the paper is finished.  I will read the sentence aloud a few times and we will count how many words we hear.  Then I will read the sentence again one word at a time as we work together to sound out the words.  I write the sentence on the board as the students write it on their own papers, remembering to start with a capital letter, leave spaces, write neatly, and end with the correct punctuation.

 When the students are ready to move on to the “Independent Work” paper, we use the same procedure, I’m just not writing the words on the board, or helping the students to sound it out.  I will still read the sentence out loud a few times and we will count how many words we hear.  Then I read the sentence one word at a time, while they write it on their papers.  
    

For both the "Teacher Assisted" and the "Independent" papers, we will only complete one sentence a day.  The students turn in their papers after each sentence so I can make corrections for them to see before they write the next one.  This way they can see what they need to work on.

Sentence Dictation: handwriting, spaces, capitalization, punctuation, sounding out words

Friday, December 29, 2017

Magnet Pathways and Mazes

Science is always a favorite subject for students.  I mean, who wouldn't love a great hands-on Science experiment?!  But I love watching the amazement on their faces when they are exploring magnets!  I think the two biggest allures of magnets is that they are something students can manipulate and explore without a lot of teacher guidance, and how magical they seem.  The squeals of delight when a student figures out how to repel one magnet with another, never gets old.  

When I first introduce magnets, I like to set out a tray of different types of magnets in the Science Center for the kiddos to freely explore.  I'll also add different types of objects they can test to see if they are magnetic or not.  This year, I created some pathways and mazes for the students to use with the magnets. 

Magnet Pathways and Mazes, great for a Science Center, www.JustTeachy.com

 The kids use a magnet underneath the maze to manipulate another magnet, or magnetic object, on top through the maze.

Magnet Pathways and Mazes, great for a Science Center, www.JustTeachy.com

Magnet Pathways and Mazes, great for a Science Center, www.JustTeachy.com


I like to use these magnetic wands.  

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My Magnet Pathways and Mazes can be found here, on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Magnet Pathways and Mazes, great for a Science Center, www.JustTeachy.com


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Birthday Sale!

It's almost my birthday so I thought I'd celebrate with all of you by throwing a SALE!  
From now until Dec. 28th, my whole Teachers Pay Teachers store will be on sale 20% off.

Happy Shopping!