Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day

Happy Earth day! We started the day by watching a short video on Earth Day. Then we discussed what we could promise to do to help the earth. Then we made a poster with our ideas and handprints. The students picked one promise they wanted to make to the earth and wrote about it

I LOVE how they all came out! I got the idea for the handprint Earth from pinterest.

Yesterday I made a quick math lesson. You can get it for free on TPT by clicking here

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ladybug Math Fun!

This year I have really enjoyed teaching math. I think it is because I have a better understanding of common core. I created a fun math unit with a ladybug theme.

I made five and ten frames for this game. There are so many games you can play with five and ten frames.
  • For your beginning step students, they can just match the three to the three- K.CC.4
  • For proficient students, you can have them match a sum of 5 and sum of 10 -  K.OA.4, K.OA.5.
To make it easier, have all the cards up, for an additional challenge, have the cards down. I have also included number cards so students can match the number to the frame. Or they can just pull one card (number or frame) and tell how many more make ten.

This packet includes two recording sheets for making ten and a build and write worksheet.

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Ladybug Literacy Fun!

We have been having a lot of fun with ladybugs in my room this week. I created a ladybug siteword game. It is similar to a game I found on If you have visted her site, I highly recomend it. She is no longer teaching kindergarten, but has left up her site that is full of great ideas.
The game includes all of the words from the preprimer dolche word list. I just pulled out the ones we hadn't covered. This game is best played in a small group. Place all of the cards in a basket and have students take turns drawing the cards. If they can read the card, they get to take it. If they draw an extra turn card, they keep the extra turn card and draw another card. If they draw a skip a turn card, they put the card back and the next student goes.When the game over card is drawn, students count all of their cards. Whoever has the most cards, wins. I created recording sheets that can be used one on one, in small group, or large group. I prefer the small group. That way I can have an idea as to how many words they know, and what they still need to work on.

I also made a CVC lady bug game with graphics from

I first introduce this game by showing the kids the pictures to make sure they know what they are. Then I place the pictures in a pocket chart and students take turns drawing the word cards. First they read the word, then the match it to the picture.
Once I feel the kids have learned the words, I hide the word cards in the sensory table. 

Students find one match at a time, record the word, and then hide the lady bug again. After they have found all 12 matches, students can glue them in their travel logs.

After we played this for a week, I made the game a little tougher.

Students have to record the missing letter. I have the background paper color cordinated to make it easy to sort.  
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