Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Thanksgiving To Remember...

Hey Kinder Friends,
I can't believe it is that time again. Thanksgiving time is one of my favorite times inside a Kindergarten classroom. All the hustle and bustle getting ready for a Kindergarten feast and talking about all things that make us feel so thankful inspires me to want to create a classroom where...
Being thankful is something to remember.

As we prepare for our celebration in Kindergarten we share the stories about our own customs, celebrations and traditions. One of my favorite stories to tell my class is how I remember preparing for my Kindergarten Thanksgiving when I was five. And we talk about what we are all looking forward to this Thanksgiving.

The story of the first Thanksgiving is something we talk about in class. We use this event in history and put the events in chronological order, discuss the similarities and differences in family customs and traditions and retell the story of the first Thanksgiving.
One sure fire way to get the kids retelling is through story retelling bracelets. This way they have the visual reminder of each part and it makes remembering a lot easier. We always have fun making these in class and wearing them home. This activity and lesson is by far one of my favorites and it is a great way to begin the season of all things thankful.
Standards Addressed:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10 Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.2 With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

TEKS Objectives:
Language Arts
K.2(B) identify syllables in spoken words.
K.2(H) isolate the initial sound in one-syllable spoken words.
K.4(B) ask and respond to questions about texts read aloud.
K.8(A) retell a main event from a story read aloud.
K.10(B) retell important facts in a text, heard or read.
K.11(A) follow pictorial directions (e.g., recipes, science experiments).
(B) ask and respond to questions about text.
(E) retell or act out important events in stories.
K.10(B) identify parts of plants such as roots, stem, and leaves and parts of animals such as head, eyes, and limbs.
Social Studies
K.3(A) place events in chronological order.
K.2(A)  count forward and backward to at least 20 with and without objects.
(B)  read, write, and represent whole numbers from 0 to at least 20 with and without objects or pictures.
(C)  count a set of objects up to at least 20 and demonstrate that the last number said tells the number of objects in the set regardless of their arrangement or order.
(D)  recognize instantly the quantity of a small group of objects in organized and random arrangements.

This 138 page Print & Go Download Includes:
Classroom photos and directions
4 Blackline turkey headband printables with and without writing prompts
6 Color and blackline printables for a class big book I Can Set The Table
1 Blackline printable What’s Missing number line
1 Blackline cut and paste I Can Label The Table Setting
26 Blackline printables for creating Story Retelling Thanksgiving Placemats
1 Color printable for Thanksgiving Story Retelling Cards
1 Blackline printable for Large Thanksgiving Story Retelling Cards
1 Blackline printable for Small Thanksgiving Story Retelling Cards
8 Color printables for The First Thanksgiving Big Book
6 Blackline printables for student sized The First Thanksgiving emergent reader-The Pilgrim…
6 Blackline printables for student sized The First Thanksgiving-Alternate version
7 Blackline and color printables (different versions) of Thanksgiving Story Retelling Bracelets
1 Colored printable recipe card directions for Thanksgiving Snacks
6 Colored printables for I Can See The Pumpkin Parts Big Book
6 Blackline printables for student sized I Can See The Pumpkin Parts emergent reader
3 Colored Syllable Sort printables
1 Blackline Thanksgiving Blessings writing prompt stationary printable
1 Blackline Thanksgiving card printable
3 Blackline printable number line What Is Missing pages
6 Blackline cut and paste I Can Label The-Pumpkin, Indian Girl, Indian Boy, Pilgrim Girl, Pilgrim Boy, Turkey
4 Blackline printables for Beginning Sound Matching
4 Blackline printables for How Many counting with a ten frame
3 Blackline printable Roll Cover 3 versions/levels
Please note...MANY of the printables are Print & Go but some do require a little teacher prep!
Native American/Indian alternate text included...
Thanksgiving Blessings!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Freebie!

Hey Kinder Friends,
It is hard to believe it is this time of year again. I think it al happened so fast. Each year Veteran's Day seems to sneak up on me and I scramble to find something appropriate for the occasion. Each year I search high and low for just the right book to help me explain and discuss this important day with my class.
Sometimes those specific books are hard to come by especially on our level. So I decided to create a few resources to help get the message across and reach my objectives in a kinder appropriate way. And once I started, I really didn't want to stop because all things patriotic are just too much fun. Besides a year in Kindergarten there are so many patriotic celebrations and holidays.

We usually wear our red, white and blue clothes on this day but we are always looking for something to make us all look united. Our hero badges do just that and they are super simple to make. All you have to do is print these on cardstock and color and cut. They look great laminated but it is not necessary. We pin these on to our clothes with safety pins and have no problems with that.
Click on the image above for your freebie!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOOM! Number Talking


Hey Kinder Friends,
We are moving right along and having a little fun with Number Talks during our math block. I wrote in the beginning of the year that boom we came back to school with a mandated block schedule. Boom, boom, boom just like that.
For a while I struggled with exactly where in that block I would put my Number Talks. I finally decided to add it to the last 15 minutes of my block schedule so that I could always end our math block with some discussion and discussing what we noticed and how we all arrived at our thoughts. It works for me because I do not want to miss this time so I am on the lookout and ready when this time approaches each day. And I love that I need just a few simple things to get ready for this each day.
Chart Paper
Or A White Board
Markers or Dry Erase
Math Tools
In the area that I Number Talk, I have these materials on hand.
So, where are we with Number Talks and what are we doing exactly.
 Let me back up a minute.
We have had Number Talks going since school started but it was a bumpy ride in the beginning. We had a big, large, gigantic class until a few weeks ago. So, in the beginning we were getting used to the routine of Number Talks. In the very beginning we started each session with a book but now it depends on what we are doing during Number Talks. Sometimes I have a book that fits and sometimes I just don't but one thing is for sure...I am always on the lookout for books that could help build our math discussion.
But the focus is on the mathematical discussion and building a math community.
So that we can learn new ways of thinking and looking at things, new strategies for approaching mathematical ideas and problems, building mathematical fluency and understanding that numbers are flexible. I did spend a lot of time in the beginning just getting to know the children and I spent a lot of time just listening to their thinking. I also invested time in discussing our math community and setting up the expectations for the talk.
 We sit and we listen to each other respectfully and share our thoughts with each other.
Yes, it was just that simple in the beginning. I knew my large class would eventually break down and I didn't want to wait for that to happen before introducing this part of our day. I always begin with telling the kids a story of how I loved to count everything as a kid. We then discuss useful ways we count in the classroom and the children guide it from there.
I haven't formally introduced our Number Talks hand signals yet. Like I said, I had a large group until recently so I waited. No big deal. I think we are ready for it now. I am already dreaming of the day when our signals are in place.
Our Number Talks do not always coincide with our current math topic...and that is ok. But sometimes it does and that is ok too. As I was in the library I found a new book...
Boom! Boom! Boom!
At first glance, I was going to use this book for Science and talk about sound but as I was taking a look at it, all I could think about was the math topic more. We were deep in discussion about one and two more last week when our math vocabulary words were more and less. During our math block we are comparing numbers and still discussing more or less. So the book does a nice job to help facilitate a discussion about 1 and one more, 2 and one more and so on.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
 You will need to read this book before using it in Number Talks because there is a great opportunity here right inside the book. Reading this book before being with the kids helped me to generate a few guiding questions. Because this book has so much to offer to a discussion, I might jot a few ideas down and place on a sticky note inside a few pages of the book before reading with the kids.
Did you notice one more?
How many end up in the bed before it breaks?
How do you see it?
How do you know?
How did you figure that out?
What could you do to be sure you knew exactly how many ended up in the bed?
What math tools could help you out?
How did the math tool help?
Some of our favorite math tools are number lines, ten frames and we are moving on to rekenreks.
So, where do we go from here?
As we move forward with Number Talks we will be learning our hand signals and we will begin recording our talks on chart paper during our sessions. We will also incorporate more math tools and continue building upon those foundational discussions. If you haven't started Number Talks this year you are not too late. It's never too late! You can join in the fun.
 Even when I am out of the classroom Number Talking can still take place and this is one of my favorite ways to keep it going if I have to be gone. What I love about it is that there are several rounds of these images and the guided questions are on the slides. Anyone can advance the slides and ask the questions. The kids love it when you go a bit faster than before!
By request printable student number lines are now included and programmable hand signals as well. If you have not downloaded these updates please download again and grab them! For more information click on the images above.


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