Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Fun

This week we filled in a class fall poem. Since it is the beginning of the school year,  it would be too difficult for each child to fill this template in by themselves. I had students work in groups of three. One child was assigned to be the "Recorder". We had many conversations about working in cooperative groups. Each child had to share something in their group. All the students helped illustrate the sheets.

This Week
click here for templates

Halloween Math
   Roll Two dice Pumpkins  

 The pumpkins are a little fuzzy... sorry, it's free clipart!
click here for template

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I like Fall Leaves Book

Happy fall!
Here is a little emergent book I plan to share with my class.
The students will color in the leaves on each page.

I plan to work on color words too.

Book For an I PAD

If you use I PADS in your classroom you can download a 
color version for the students to read in iBook.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Alphabet

Here are some simple alphabet activities.

Making a Class Alphabet Book

Each child made an illustration or two for this class book.
This book is added to our classroom library.

You can see my
class book here !

click here for Alphabet book 

Making Individual Books
{small books}
Click Here 

Alphabet Charts
 {Fall, Halloween and Blank}
 Kids can make their own alphabet chart.
I have a couple of different templates below.
My son Owen, who is in first grade loved illustrating the Halloween
theme above.
Click Here 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Bus Problems

Here are some story math problems 
that focus on taking the bus!!

You can see above that we used math cubes to solve some simple  bus story problems. To begin with I told some story problems about students getting on the bus and off the bus. I photocopied the template on yellow paper and laminated them.

Working in small groups, the students took turns telling and  solving story problems.

Bus Problems 
Students solved some of the problems below 
using pictures, words or numbers.  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Songs

Here are some songs and poems 
I am teaching my class this week! 

This comes poem is inspired 
from Nellie Edge's poem
I like Hearts

Both of the songs below go to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle

Saturday, September 27, 2014


My class recently picked our class mascot to be the BUSY BUTTERFLIES. 

I was reading this book Questions, Questions by Marcus Pfister and it lead into the wondering question... 

Who teaches butterflies to fly?

As a group we talked about what a wonder question is and how in kindergarten, we hope to think about questions we may not know the answer to. During meeting time, we record some of our thinking. The following day, we returned to this question to think some more and share our thoughts. One child was thrilled to share that she knew the answer. She looked it up on Google with her mom. Before letting her share the answer, 
We talked some more about How Butterflies learn to fly? My emphasis was not on getting the correct answer, but listening and sharing with one another.  Some student thought the mom butterfly teaches the butterfly to fly, but another child posed the question what if the butterfly is a widow? 
Do butterflies have a mom and dad?

How do butterflies learn to fly? 
They learn by watching.
The answered, surprised everyone!

Science Concept Books 

These Science Clever Concept books are BEAUTIFUL and loaded 
with rich vocabulary words. They are very expensive, so check your local library to see if they carry them. 
I plan to use these books to create 
a word chart for my Science area.

For my first lesson, my class read
 Cold, Crunchy and Colorful Using Our Senses.
Before reading we talked about our five senses.
We were on the look out for 
color words
shape words
size words 
texture words
Many children in my class were unfamiliar with the word texture, so this was a great introduction to that vocabulary word. I look forward to sharing more of these books with my class. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Writing Workshop

Here are some of the anchor charts that 
I have been creating with my class
during writing workshop this week. 

 What tools do we need at our tables?
{We did some Interactive Writing}

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rules In School

This was my first week of school. It is great to be back. 
One of my favorite books I read this week is, Bella's Rules by Elissa Haden Guest.
Bella's Rule is a delightful story of why rules are necessary. 

I think there are lots of teaching possibilities with this book. 
For the start of the school year, my class read the book and we talked about some of the obvious classroom rules. 

At the end of choice time, you need to put things back.
When we walk in the halls, we need to use quiet voices because students are working.

Next week, I plan to have students draw a picture of themselves following a classroom rule. 

Next week we will be making and charting the classroom rules together. I often turn to the book Teaching Children To Care by Ruth Sidney Charney.  

Happy September! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Name Writing Assessment

Here is a quick tool I plan to use this year to assess name writing. 
At the end of each month have your students write their name on a Post-it and glue it to that month.
January will be a time to notice growth!
I will probably record students' thoughts because
the box is pretty small.
If you teach first grade you may assess
first and last name.

Click Here for Template 

When students come into school each day 
I use the Name Ticket Strategy from Nellie Edge's Site.
Click here to read about it

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guided Reading Books

This post will share with you some guided reading books I have come across over the years and thought they are worth sharing.


The KING School series are only a dollar a book!! 
I use these books in my classroom and think they are affordable and excellent!!! You can check them out on their site. 


I recently went to a workshop, and the instructor shared these little books called Tiny Treasures... I fell in love immediately! The books are small (4"x4") that is why they are called Tiny Treasures. 
The deal is you can get 48 titles for 70 dollars. If you click on their website, you can see that the book levels range from A/1 to E/7. Although small, the books are beautiful.
There is a great range of fiction and nonfiction, and I think the size of the book will be appealing to kids. 
Tiny Treasures 


I love the Penguin Young Readers series.
I am a HUGE fan because they use the Fountas and Pinnell leveling system, and it's right on the book!  I also think they are well- written stories. You can see above the level is highlighted. I have found these books at the grocery store, Barnes and Nobel and Amazon. They are reasonably priced around $3.50, and they are 32 pages long. 
For the level A/B books it is almost three little books in one. 
You can also find these books in the Scholastic book order. 


I was lucky to take a Teacher College Reading Workshop this summer, and the instructor Christine shared this great tip. When working on retelling with your kindergartners, you want to use books with strong narratives, but you should also use little guided reading books because that is what most kids are reading. 
I love that suggestion!