Sunday, October 13, 2013

All Sorts of Sorts & a HUGE Sale & a Giveaway!

First things first.....Tpt hit 100,000 followers on Facebook so they are having a 10% off Flash Sale using the code FB100K.  So I decided to kick in my own sale of 20% off.....that is 30% off all my products in my TpT store!  I can't wait to go shopping myself :) 


If any of you have been to my TpT store, you know I love a good sort activity.  One reason I like them so much is that they're easy to explain to the kids.  After the first couple of sorts, kids know how to do it so I don't waste a lot of time explaining how to do an activity.  I use them  a lot during Daily 5 word work.  

We've been super focused on letters and sounds as a lot of my students didn't even know one letter or sound coming into kindergarten....I'm sure you can relate.  So for word work and early finisher activities, they've been working on Beginning Sound Sorts.  Here are the ones I've been using...kids actually beg to do these!  I put my sorts  in a tupperware container in my Word Work center.  I do not start with all of them in one container....that would overload most of them.  We learn 2-3 letters per week and I put them in the bag as we learn them.  Once I get about 6-8 in the bag, I divide them into two bags, and so on....  I'll try to remember to take some pictures of the kids doing these tomorrow.

Beginning Sounds Sort
Beginning Sounds Ice Cream Sort
Beginning Sounds Bubble Gum Sort
Beginning Sounds using paint stir sticks......this is definitely the most popular with my kids
Now of course some of my kids know most of their letters and sounds and are ready to start to put the sounds together to READ...so exciting :)  The following sort is a popular one in my classroom because they love to either get the letter tiles out or use a "special pen" (dry erase marker) to fill in the blank spaces.  In this sort there are 4 different kinds of differentiated cards:
-missing all three cvc letters-
-missing medial cvc letter-
-missing initial cvc letter-
-missing ending cvc letter-
There are 112 of each card in color as well as black and white. This file is a big one but definitely worth the laminating and cutting.  I have a parent cutting mine out at home.....score!

Differentiated CVC Letter Tile Activity

By using all of these, my students are really understanding isolating the beginning sounds of words.  While we were going over our phonemes, I realized that they were really struggling with hearing the ending sounds in words.  For Dibels they have to differentiate the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in cvc words so this concept is important.  So I've been working on an Isolating Ending Sounds sort.  I want to ending sounds before introducing the medial sounds as this is the most difficult for them.  Here are two new products that teach isolating the ending sounds of words.



Isolating Ending Sounds Sort (CCSS)
This sort contains 15 different mats with 4 cards per mat.  There's a picture in the middle of the mat.  The objective is to find 4 cards that match the ending sound of the picture in the middle.  I know how busy we all are this time of year so this activity is super easy to prepare. The mats don't even need to be cut and the cards are all straight lines and can be cut with a paper cutter.  

Lastly, I had to do something Halloween because my kids are all over it!  So because I'm working on ending sounds, my Halloween center does as well. 



Now for the giveaway....the first three people to leave a comment will get one of the above activities for free.  Remember to include which product you would like and your email address!


Hope you all get a lot of goodies at the TpT sale!  Adios 













Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween & Nursery Rhyme Freebies

Today is a non-paid Professional Day so I've been relaxing all day.  I can't tell you how much I needed this day off!  I need to be cleaning and I'll start in a bit (I'm a definite night owl) but I wanted to give you a Halloween freebie first.  These are just two Halloween banners:  one says Happy Halloween and the other says Trick or Treat.  I usually put one of these in the Hallway and the other in my classroom so that I can use both of them....I love cutesy banners..don't you?  Just click each picture to grab these as they're each in a different file.

Happy Halloween Banner

Trick or Treat banner
I've been working on updating some units of mine.  One of the ones I updated was my Nursery Rhymes Unit.  This has been flying off the TpT shelves so I thought I'd update it since I have some newer clipart now.  I've been doing this unit all month....the kids love the activities!  In fact, I'm going to start a Nursery Rhymes 2 version this weekend.  I have some clipart for some other Nursery Rhymes and the kids love it so much that I want to continue on for longer.  I'll bundle them together as well when I'm finished.  My first Nursery Rhymes Unit includes these Nursery Rhymes:

Little Miss Muffet
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Hickory Dickory Dock
Little Bo Peep
Hey Diddle, Diddle
Humpty Dumpty &
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Here are the activities in the unit..








Just click HERE or any of the pictures above to check out this unit.

And I just can't complete or update a unit without giving you a little freebie so.....click HERE or the picture below to get my Mary Had a Little Lamb poster and sequencing activity.  Enjoy!


I hope you enjoy your freebies today!  I'd love it if you like something to go ahead and pin it....I'd really appreciate it :)  See you tomorrow!





Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Shape Unit Freebie

Boy....I haven't been sleeping well at all.  Like 9 hours in 3 nights.  Today I was feeling it.  I came home to work on my next letter activity packet because I need it by next week for my class too.  The next thing I know, I'm waking up and it's dark.  I slept from 3-7.  I feel so much better!
So this post will be a little short but it includes a freebie!
I'm almost done with 2D shapes.  Well..not done because it will spiral all year but done with the major portion of them.  I will assess it next week but it's been so much fun.  I've been doing all the activities from my You Better Shape Up:  A Differentiated Shapes Unit and they kids just ate it up....literally!

Every activity in this unit is differentiated to meet the needs of different learners in your classroom. It is CCSS correlated with I can...statement posters (for your learning target/goal) for every activity. Just like the CCSS, this unit focuses on shapes in our environment as well as regular shapes.

Here are the activities my kids and I did: 
-shape printables to practice tracing, drawing, and attributes of shapes-
-four different shape sort printables with shapes in the environment as well as regular shapes-
-Ready To Go I can... Statements for your Learning Targets for each individual lesson along with CCSS correlation and directions for each lesson-
-two Write the Room activities...kids adored this-
-marshmallow/toothpick shapes....way too fun!-
-attribute sort-
-shape sort center activity-
-Shape Monster Craftivity with a compare & contrast writing activity to accompany it-
-anchor charts-
-shapes in our classroom & school hunts-
-playdough mats-
-curved -vs- straight activity-

I have also included a variety of differentiated assessments to use as formative assessments throughout the unit or summative assessments at the end of the unit.  Here are some previews of the unit: 













The Marshmallow Shapes Fun activity was a big hit in my room!  Here are some of the little cuties making their shapes. 


It was a great way to teach corners and sides because it was very concrete...the sticks were the sides and the marshmallows were the corners.  They even realized really quick that they could not make a circle or oval....so a discussion continued that circles and ovals do not have corners or sides....good stuff!

So.....I would like to give you the Marshmallow Shapes Fun Activity from my unit!  Click on the picture below to download this for free.  I would love it if you would pin some of the previews of this unit....I would really appreciate it :)

Marshmallow Shapes Fun Freebie
Time to go back to sleep!  Feel free to ask if you have any questions...I'd be glad to help in any way.





Monday, October 7, 2013

October Giveaway with a Freebie

Wow!  What a busy...but great day :)  As you know I transferred schools this year as well as grade levels.  I can't tell you how nice it is to love going to work every day!  I now look forward to each and every day along with the surprises and challenges each day may bring.....what a great feeling!  I'm completely and totally in love with my kindergarteners....they have stolen my heart!  My principal and I were joking about my "high energy" today....kindergarten is my best excuse to just jump into song and dance and they don't think I'm nuts :).....in fact...they join in!  Don't get me wrong...kindergarten is the most difficult grade ever and I've never worked so hard (bless you long term kindergarten teachers:) but I've never enjoyed teaching more.
We progress monitored my "yellow and red" kids in Dibels today and every single one of them went up in levels....Yipee!  All that hard work is paying off.  Now that back to school activities are coming to an end and fall/Halloween is drawing near, I stayed up until the wee hours of the night last night to finish my 





Included are the following activities:
-Number, Number Word, Tallies, Tens Frames, and Pictures Match -1-20 (Halloween Themed)-
-Beginning Sounds Clothespin Wheels (Halloween Themed)-
-Pocket Chart and Emergent Reader (sight words is & a –Fire Safety Themed)-
-Spin and Graph (Fire Safety Themed)-
-Tens Frames/Number Match-1-20 (Fire Safety Themed)-
-Beginning Sounds Pictures and Letters Match (Fire Safety Themed)-
-Capital Letter, Lowercase Letter, and Picture Puzzles (Halloween Themed)-
-Pocket Chart (sequencing) and Mini Books (Halloween Themed)-

I love doing center activities and sorts BUT I'm a little of a control freak and like to have some sort of record of what they did during their time there SO.....I've included differentiated response sheets that go with each of the activities in this product.  After all....I have some kiddos who know all their letters and their sounds so they can do a more difficult response sheet than those students who don't know very many letters and sounds.  These kids will get a response sheet with more support.

I'm going to start these with the kids tomorrow.  I've been pumping them up about them so they are more than ready.  Next week we have conferences and these are the perfect centers/activities for students to be involved in while I'm assessing individual students for data for the parents.  I don't feel comfortable just letting them do something that is not the best thing for their learning so I tried to customize these according to the standards we are working on right now....they're just a fun way of practicing these skills.

Another thing I've been working on is Letter Activities for all letters of the Alphabet.  They are activities I've been using with each letter we have studied so far.  I believed they were working great but I wanted to wait until after progress monitoring today to make sure I was making the necessary gains using these activities.  Thank goodness they seem to be working so here are the two I've published so far.  I'm just fine tuning the rest of the Alphabet but they should all be finished by the end of this week.



Each Letter Activity Pack Includes:
-letter formation practice page-
-rainbow write-
-playdough page to use with playdough snakes or use as a torn paper collage if you don't want to get out the playdough....I've done both ideas and they work well-
-beginning sound picture sort-
-capital and lowercase sort-
-letter mini book for students to keep in their book boxes-
-beginning sound craft picture sort-
(Ll includes a crown headband with letter Ll pictures)
(Ii includes a bracelet with letter Ii pictures)
-beginning sound letter or not the letter sort (To Use as a Center)-


Click link below for a preview of each of the activities

Last but not least.  We're STILL working on names!  Most of them can at least write their name so now it's my chance to teach them how to write it correctly (instead of all capitals, or letters turned around...or left out).  So I just whipped up this quick name writing practice that has a spot for me to write their name correctly and a spot for them try it out.  I had some more space on the page so I also included a spot for them to do their BEST drawing and a spot for their BEST coloring.  I plan to show these to parents at conferences so they know how we are practicing their name as well as ideas of how they can help their child coloring in the lines, not coloring things all one color, etc...  
If you would like to use this, feel free to click on the picture below to download it from dropbox.

One last thing....I think I need to give some products away!  So...for the first five people to comment AND include their email address, I will send you one of these three products for FREE.  So....remember to leave your email as well as the product of your choice in the comment.


Thank you for being patient with me as my journey with blogging and kindergarten continues.  I will see you tomorrow with some discussion about Daily 5 and a Shape Freebie!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Currently & a Treat!

I'm mortified that it has been so long since I've blogged.  You know when you don't do something for a long time and it's difficult to jump back it....ya...that's me with blogging.  I blog hop all the time but this being my first year in kindergarten I want to know what I'm talking about before blogging about it!  So a Currently was my best excuse to jump back on the blogging wagon.  Stay tuned tomorrow to hear and see a little about my first year as a kindergarten teacher.....but here's a hint....I LOVE it!

So today I'm linking up with Farley for October's Currently.


Spook-a-Licious Differentiated Math Centers is my newest product.  There are 6 differentiated math centers for primary as well as intermediate with directions and response sheets for both.  This is the perfect way to spend your Halloween morning, afternoon, or spread them out to use all October.  Included in the preview is a FREE math center just for you.  Just click on the picture below.


I promise you (stick a needle in my eye ;) that I'll be back tomorrow with more fun in kinder along with a cute little Halloween freebie.  See you then!

Teaching Units Including Many Free Items