Saturday, April 12, 2014

Moose Games

This blog post will share with you some of the MOOSE games 
I have students play in my class. 

Students shuffle the cards and place them face down.
Players take turns taking a card and reading it.
If the student reads it correctly, they keep the card.

If you get a MOOSE card, you need to 
put all of your cards back in the pot. 

Alphabet Moose
Alphabet Moose 

{Recording Sheet} 

Sight Word Moose
 Sight Words List One
Sight Words List Two 

Word Family Moose

Moose AM, AT, AM, AP 

Word Family Moose 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Doubles Game

Two children play together.
Students share one game board.

Players take turns rolling the die and doubling the number.
Record the number sentence and color in the box.

Students can play until someone gets four/five 
in a row or play until blackout.
For the game board below students can roll two dice and double the number.
Click Here for DOWNLOAD

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Favorite Nonfiction Books

 I always try to read a balance of both fiction and nonfiction books to my students.  As a class we have many conversations about the similarities and differences in these kinds of texts.  Because we are learning about the features of fiction and nonfiction, I find when students begin writing in this genre it becomes easier. 

This post will share with you some of my favorite books to use when teaching nonfiction.  

The first books are animal books by Kate Riggs.  Right away, I fell in love with her bold, big, photographs and layout. Students can easily “picture walk” these stories and gather lots of information.
When my class looks closely at these books with a writer’s eye this is what we noticed.

·      Kate always begins and ends her books saying Hello and Goodbye.
·      She writes simple sentences on each page.
·      She often begins sentences with the name of the animal.
·      She puts important words in bold colors
·      She always has an animal label/diagram at the back of the book. 

Cathryn Sill writes an amazing animal series called THE ABOUT Series 

For kindergarten, I want my students to hear books that they can envision themselves making and this series is perfect for that.  The ABOUT series is written with just the right amount of text.  I can see kids thinking, “Hey I can write a book called “ABOUT DOGS “.

The left page has a simple sentence with lots of white space and the right side has water colored illustrations of an animal. The flow of the information is perfect. When looking closely at the lay out, students can quickly see that Cathryn begins by telling us where the animal lives and what the animal looks like. Cathryn Sills words flow beautifully from page to page.
I love that my students can return to her books again and again and learn something new. The back of the book has an afterward that gives facts and information about each animal featured in the book.   

Happy Reading and Learning!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Color Word Game

Here is a new board game I plan to teach 
my class called  Rainbow Fun
This is a dynamite game for teaching color words. 

You need to print the game board on 11X17 paper. 

Players start at home and draw cards in order to race around the board.
When you draw a "terrible trouble" card, you have to do what 
it says. 

This game comes from the book Games for Reading by Peggy Kaye. 
This book has LOTS of great games!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

How To Writing

Some new 
How To Books teachers have  shared with me:
{Thank You Stef}
How To by Julie Morstad
{Thanks you Susan}

This book will spark the imagination of
 any five year old. 
The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL.
The text is a simple pattern on each page.
The ending of this book is perfect too. 

Transition Words
For this lesson the children had to help me put the transition words in the correct spot. This lesson comes from Linda Hoyt Mastering the Mechanics

After the lesson, I glued the words into a class big book.
Students helped illustrate the pages. 
{I need to fix the second word in the 
sentence to make it lowercase}
Work Work
Students practiced making transition words.
Transition Word Cards
Students can bring the word
cards back to their seat during writing
click here for Transition Cards 
How To Anchor Charts
{Lucy Calkins}

I love how this anchor chart connects with the mentor text!
Mentor Text

click here to see some class How To Writing 

Classroom Checklist for How To Writing
I put a + for goal and a circle around the +
if the goal was achieved

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Winter Poems

It is soooooooo cold in Massachusetts right now! 
For Shared Reading this week I plan to introduce some of these winter poems.