is a sheet I made a few years ago after attending an Indiana State Kindergarten Teachers Conference. I print it out and laminate it and the kids use it with a magnifying glass. They read the words outloud. This year I will have them use it in conjunction with a adidas zx flux letter discovery bottle. They will need to look at the word, and then roll the discovery bottle around to find the letters inside that spell it and cross it off the sheet with a dry erase marker. I carry it with me where ever I go! I been using it for about 6 years now and I have developed lessons beyond those listed in the book, so I will post them as I use them in my classroom this coming school year.
Journals simply cannot so a math or science activity without having my students write about it (when I say write means to the best of their abilities (drawing is acceptable too!)).
This is the letter I send home each time with my student baggie books (essentially a Wright Group little book in a ziploc baggie). I designed this simple book report form for my students who are reading short Level 1 and above chapter books. I wanted them to get something out of their reading and also check their comprehension levels. I print out all the pictures of the animals/insects in the book and use them with sentence strips. I label the strips with the times written out in words and then use hand clocks in a pocket chart to show the differences in times. I send homework on a weekly basis (when I taught 1/2 day Kindergarten it was vital). I use pages from The Education Centers Helper Magazine and change the pages out yearly. I also differentiate my homework packets. I have 3 different levels of homework packets, Easy, Meduim and Hard. The children are placed into fluid groups and can move from one level to the next at any time. Each day includes time spent reading their baggie book, reinforcing skills from school (calendar concepts), and then practicing a new skill.
Sight Word List
We adopted the Scott Foresman reading series this year and use it as a resource in our classroom. Included in this download/file are the pictures to help your students sequence this story. We play this game on Dr. Seuss birthday, in honor of The Cat in the Hat. The children each need a copy of the family dice toss board and an family die (made from 1 lumber cut into cubes and labeled with a Sharpie pen).
What does a typical day look like in your room? I guess a schedule of your day or a copy of your lesson plans for a day is what I am looking for. You have a lot of wonderful ideas but wondering how you complete everything in a day. Hope you don mind sharing. I work in a district that has a reading series and have assessments that need to be given weekly seems like there is no time for themes and fun activities. Trying to make it as fun as I can for Kindergaten. I am a firm beleiver in hands on and a variety of ways to touch all types of learners but seems like its a rat race to get everything done and never time for math or science. Hope you can help!!
During our Literacy Work Stations time (in the AM) there are also 2 students per station. These Stations are: (some over lap with Discovery Centers) listening station, writing work stat adidas zx flux ion, computer work station, leap pad work station, big book work station, drama work station, library work station, games and puzzles work station, ABC work station, work with the teacher station, name work station, overhead station and handwriting station.
All of the children visit these stations and centers everyday. I have a pocket chart set up for Literacy Work Stations with the names of the Stations and the childrens names. I move their names everyday to the next row in the chart and we just keep rotating them.
For Discovery Time, I have library pockets laminated and hung on a cabinet. I have a picture of each center on the pocket and I use popsicle sticks with their names on them. I have also written on the pocket the adidas zx flux maximum number of children who can visit the center (in the event of a sub). There are also arrows showing the rotation order (so the kids aren at the same center all week or 2 days in a row). My assistant moves the sticks each day and when th adidas zx flux e children are done with their snack, can come to the cabinet and find the center they need to go to.