Saturday, September 26, 2015

Five For Friday

I cannot believe we have already been in school for 6 weeks!!! Wow, it is flying by.

Today, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 for Friday.
First, we made this simple counting apple tree. The kids colored the tree. Then, they were allowed to pick 5 apple stickers. They counted how many they had of one color and how many they had of the other color. It was their first exposure to sums of 5. I got the apple stickers in dollar bin at Target. You can get the template FREE HERE.

We also made these adorable Johnny Appleseed crafts from First Grade Blue Skies. You can get it HERE. We also watched Disney's Johnny Appleseed cartoon.

We introduced 2 new centers. Roll a Letter and Roll a Sight Word. This is a simple, no prep game that your kids will LOVE. The Roll a Sight Word game not only has over 200 words, but it also has an editable version so you can put the words in the order you teach them. It is 50% off TODAY! Grab it HERE.
Roll a Letter is FREE. It includes a print version, d'nealian version, and a blank version.

This week, successfully ROCKED Guided Reading!!! We spent four LONG weeks of practicing rotations, but  it was WORTH IT. My groups ran BEAUTIFULLY! I know a lot of you have questions about what I do in the early days of Guided Reading in Kindergarten. I am working on a post for you.
This summer I grew some pumpkins. Then, the squash bugs came. UGH. I had to pull all of these out. I am a little worried they won't last long. But, still, I GREW THESE! I am going to take two of the small ones to school and then I think I paint the rest with glitter. Or something. I don't know. Do you have any ideas???

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What Worked Wednesday - Shared Reading

Hey everyone! I am linking up with Kinder Tribe for What Worked Well Wednesday.
This year, I have been introducing a new poem every week for shared reading.
I have always done shared reading...sporadically.
But now, we are reading the poem EVERY SINGLE DAY.
AND, I have been changing the poem EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
I have been doing this for 5 WHOLE WEEKS.
 My class has seriously been loving it. And so have I. We have been working on so many reading skills in just 5 minutes a day. We have been working on directionality, one to one correspondence, fluency, and letter/word id. This poem came from this amazing FREE in this September Poems and Songs pack I found on TPT. It is to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. 

On Monday, I point read the poem twice. Usually, the kids start to read along by the second time.Then I pick a few students to point, while everyone else reads. I ask each student to find a letter or word they know. On Tuesday, I point to the poem one time, and then let the kids point. Wednesday-Friday, just the kids point.By Friday, everyone has had a chance.
This popular poem is all over pinterest. I typed it up and you can grab it FREE HERE. The apple clipart comes from Creative Clips.

I like my shared reading poems to be cut up word by word. I think this helps with one to one correspondence. With this poem, I gave kids :special picture" pieces. When we read that word, students got up and put the picture on top of the word. They had a lot of fun with this. I found this poem in Tara West's Kinder Literacy Units

I think the pointers are the kids FAVORITE part of shared reading. I am always misplacing my pointers. I can never find them when I want to. So, last night, I went to Michaels and bought this cardboard container. An oatmeal tub would work just as well. I decorated it with some washi tape and VOILA! A beautiful pointer holder.

Be sure to stop by Kinder Tribe to see what else Worked Well this week.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Apple Fun {FREE CRAFT}

Oh, Hello teacher friends. Do you remember me?
Long time no blog.
This past month has been crazy with back to school. This year I am working with Kindergarten and First grade. 
It has been hard.
Did I mention I am 18 weeks pregnant?
With our first boy.
Life is good.

I had to break my blogging silence to talk about one of my favorite things.
. I love teaching apples because that means it is basically fall. I LOVE Fall!!! The air is cooler and just smells fresher.
We made these adorable tear paper apples with the apple life cycle on the back. They look so nice hanging from the ceiling.

{Yes, I  fixed the falling Christmas lights after I took this picture!}
If you have never made tear paper projects, be prepared to tear some paper yourself and it will still take FOREVER. We spent about 3 days on these, working 30-40 minutes a day.

We first read a book about the apple life cycle As we were making them, I realized the tree should NOT have apples. I corrected it. You can get the template FREE HERE.

Looking for some Apple Math and Literacy ideas? I have some more FREEBIES and I put all of my apple products ON SALE!

Apple Math and Literacy Centers has 12 fun activities. It is on sale for 20% off TODAY only.

September Word Work is also apple-tastic! This has 7 different apple word work centers. It is also on sale for 20% off TODAY ONLY.

This is a little freebie I put together last year. You can grab this FREE on Facebook. To get this, like my Facebook page and click on the Facebook Freebie button.

One more FREEBIE for those who stayed until the end. This is just an easy apple printable. Kids count and color apples and subitize! Grab this FREE HERE.