Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Centers

This week has been crazy busy.  Monday and Tuesday were Teacher Workdays.  On Tuesday, we had a Parent Conference Day from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  I had a really great turn out of parents that came.  I worked on a few Halloween Centers in-between conferences when I had a minute (which wasn't very often).  
Here is a look at a few of the things I made:

The first center is a Write the Room Activity.  There are 12 different words included that can be hidden around the room.  I let my kids use a clipboard, pencil and recording sheet as they walk around searching and recording the words that they find.  I also included a blank candy template if you would like to practice different words than what I have included.

For the next activity, there are 10 bats that have numbers on each wing.  The students choose one bat at a time, and then look at the two numbers on the bat.  Whichever number is the largest, is the one the student records on his/her recording sheet.

Next up, is Mummy's Middles.  Students pick up one mummy at a time, look at the picture on the mummy's belly and decide what sound they hear in the middle of the word.  Once they decide, they record the answer on their sheet.

And lastly, my students have struggled writing numbers in the correct order if they see a set that is scrambled up.  So, I created these pieces of candy corn to have 3 different numbers.  The student has to look at the numbers and then write them in the correct order on their sheet.

To see these Centers in my store, just click on the picture below.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What Can You See on Halloween?

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  Here is a look at a Halloween themed emergent reader I created for my students to practice reading and writing the word "on".

You can see it in my store by clicking here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Emergent Reader and FREEBIE

This week I introduced the word "one" and we practiced writing it in a Halloween Themed emergent reader.  Here is a look:

You can grab this item here.

And here's a Halloween count, cut and paste freebie I hope you can use:

Grab it here.  Have a great night! :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

More with Nocturnal Animals

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share five activities from my week.  We have been learning about Nocturnal Animals.  I created 2 emergent readers that are nocturnal themed.

The first reader has children practice writing the word "is".

The second reader has children write the word "has" and also count and write how many acorns.

The kids are doing an awesome job learning sight words, however, they are struggling with Math skills.  On Friday, we created spiders and practiced putting numbers in order on their legs.

This is not a great picture, but the kids cut out shapes and glued them together to make a spider.  Then they wrote numbers in order on the spiders legs.  Ex: The spider may have 1, 3, 2, 0 and they would write 0, 1, 2, 3.  They solved 8 of these number order problems.  I let my students use stickers for eyes and a white crayon to draw the mouth and fangs.  They turned out really cute!

Each day we read non-fiction books about nocturnal animals, and then the kids wrote about them.  Here is a look at some of their writing.  Aren't they so great?!

 Owls eat flying squirrels.

 I like flying squirrels.  They jump off of a tree in the night.

I see an opposum.

I like opossums.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nocturnal Animals

This week we have been learning about Nocturnal Animals.  It has been so much fun.  Here is a look at some of the activities we have been working on.

We have read a lot of non fiction books about nocturnal animals.  This prepared the students to be able to sort animals by whether they were nocturnal or not.

Each morning we review the alphabet together through songs.  After reviewing as a whole group I give them independent work.  This ending sound practice was a cut and paste activity in which the children had to listen to the last sound and then paste the correct letter under the picture.

This week we added "yes" and "no" to the list of words that we know.  The kids answered the question, "Are these animals nocturnal?" by writing "yes" or "no".
The "Foxy Counting" is an activity that I put in station work.  I copied the fox onto construction paper and then added different amounts of stickers to each fox.  The students had to count the stickers and then write the number in the circle and color the fox to match. 

""Owl" Read It" was another station activity.  The students practiced reading and writing sight words and coloring the owls to match.

For the beginning sounds activity, the students had to write the correct beginning letter.

"Skunky Addition" was tricky for most of the kids.  It comes with cut and paste addition sentences that the students must glue under the correct skunk.

"Counting with the Fox" was also tricky.  The students counted and then cut and paste the correct number under the fox.  Although it was a little difficult for them, it was great practice.

For the syllable count, the kids just colored the number of moons to match how many syllables they heard.
 "Animals at Night" was a fun Write the Room activity to practice sight words.
And for this activity, students simply sorted the words as to whether there were 2 or 3 letters in the word.

All of these activities and MORE can be found in my Nocturnal Animals Pack.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Crafts and Printables

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is one of my all time favorite stories.  I enjoy using Goldilocks and the Three Bears to teach characters.  After reading the story, each student decides which character is his or her favorite and completes a cut and paste craft.  I have templates for each: Goldilocks, Papa, Mama and Baby.  I always read the story and then write down each student's response of favorite character.  Then I run the templates onto construction paper so they are ready for the next day.  Students cut and glue the craft together and then complete the writing.  It is always fun to see which character each student likes the best and listening to their reasons why.
This Goldilocks packet also comes with printables that are suited for Kindergarten and First Grade.  I will share a few of them.

This is a hot and cold sort.  Students just look at the picture and then complete the sort.
This activity has students listening for the missing middle vowel.
There are also activities to practice sight words.

Lastly, I wanted to share this porridge craft.  I think it is so cute!  I included 2 options.  One of the crafts practices the letter p and there is also a craft to practice the pl blend, for students needing something more challenging.

More Porridge, Please!
To see a better look of everything that is included in this unit, click here.