Thursday, February 28, 2013

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish....what is this book about??

We read this book yesterday.  The first few pages are good but the last are just weird.  I am more and more convinced that Dr. Seuss must have been on drugs. 

But the kids love it!

We make this really cute project afterwards...

I used the Ellison Press to make the hands and had the kids round off the corners to make fish.  Too cute!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Read Across America Week!


Read Across America week is THIS week!

No, seriously.  It is THIS week.

This snuck up on me.  I was totally expecting it to be later in March, further away from the crazyness of the 100th day of school and President's Day. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Here are some of my favorite crafts!

The Lorax mustache!

read across america week

read across america week

Grab this FREEBIE, courtesy of The Teachaholic !

Fox in Socks puppet!

read across america week

read across america week

Grab this FREEBIE, courtesy of Storytime Crafts!

Cat in the Hat nose!

All you need is popsicle sticks, black paper cut into strips, and a red puff-ball (is there a technical term for that?? lol).  Easy!

read across america week

read across america week

read across america week

Read Across America

How adorable are all of these?  My kiddos LOVE reading the Dr. Seuss books and have a great time making the crafts to go along with them!

The 100th Day of Kindergarten!

100 days smarter banner

One of my absolute favorite school events is the 100th Day of School!  I love being able to do fun Art projects that help them learn math!

Here are some of my favorite projects!

My 100 is a....

Students use the numerals 1 0 0 to make something else.  I love that they could use their imaginations and create something new and different!

my 100 is a

my 100 is a

my 100 is a

my 100 is a

my 100 is a

100 Leaves On a Tree

Students use Q-tips to paint 100 leaves on a tree!

100 leaves on a tree

100 leaves on a tree

 In 100 Years...

Students draw a picture of what they think they will look like in 100 years!  I love the white cotton hair and old lady clothes!

in 100 years

In 100 years


100 Cereal Bead Necklaces

Students used their 100th day counting mats to count out 100 pieces of cereal.  I taped a string to the middle so that they could string the "beads" for their necklaces!

100 cereal necklaces

100 cereal necklaces


100 Gumballs for 100 Days of Kindergarten!

The students help me glue 100 gumballs onto our gumball machine, too cute!

100 gumballs

We had a blast this year for the 100th Day of School!

What fun activities did your class do??

Here are some FREE 100th Day of School writing and counting activities!

FREE 100th Day of School Writing and Counting Pages!


Alphabet Handwriting Practice Pages

So, in my Kindergarten class we do a letter a week.  Old school, I know.  But it works for us. 

I love to have a variety of activities for them to work on, so here is a set of worksheets with all 26 letters to practice handwriting and identifying the letters in different fonts. 

Students can trace, write, and circle the letters.  They also can draw 3 pictures that begin with that letter. 

Here you go!

Alphabet Handwriting Practice Pages

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guided Reading - The Key is being Organized!

One 6
Five 4's
Three 3's
Four 2's
Ten A's

Any of the Kindergarten teachers in the house know what that means?  

Yep, lots of different reading groups to manage.  

Guided reading in Kindergarten can be tricky depending on the variety of reading levels (or even reading readiness levels!) in your class.   In the years I've been teaching Kindergarten I realized that the organization of planning and keeping track of my reading groups was harder than anything else. 

Literacy centers guided reading

This planning and note taking chart has pretty much saved my Literacy Centers/Guided Reading group time.  I could never keep track of my papers because everything looked the same.  And I got tired of having lots of sheets of paper to keep track of one group.  

So here is my solution!  I copied this Kindergarten Guided Reading Group Notes paper in different colors to correspond with the color of my reading group.  The Yellow Group has yellow forms, the Green Group has green.  Now I can see right away what group I am working with and keep track of what skills that group needs to focus on!

reading group notes

color coded guided reading notes


Free President's Day Goodies!

Happy Belated President's Day!

I love any holiday that means we get to do fun extra stuff. 

We made these really cute Abraham Lincoln hats today. 

Abraham Lincoln hat

 The kids were coming up with cute/funny/ridiculous answers to what they would hide in their hat. 

A toy cat?
Money (pennies, of course).
A Law book (huh?)

 Anyhow, here is the If I  had a tall hat... freebie!

Seriously, Kindergarten is Crazy.

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 I love teaching Kindergarten. 

But sometimes they make me crazy. 

I think anytime you have 22 5 year olds in a room, crazy things are going to happen. Right now I have a student who is constantly doing what I tell his neighbor NOT to do.  I know he is looking for attention, but man it drives me nuts. That has to be my teacher pet peeve. 

Me:  Jack, don't stomp your feet.
Danny stomps his feet.
Me: Susie, please stop humming.
Danny hums. 
Me: Melissa, don't clean the toilets.
Danny cleans the toilets.

Ok, that last one didn't really happen.  But his "I'm going do do the opposite that the teacher says" thing makes me want to trick him into cleaning my room for me. 

That was my rant of the day.  Now let's  add some fun stuff!