Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thinking and Writing with Pictures FUN FREEBIE


If you could have been a fly on the wall...

Hello from Jayne at Smart Kids.
Yesterday I put this thinking prompt on the screen for my smart kinders. 




Ooooh! Ahhhh! The critical, creative and precious thinking of my kiddos.

Who is the owner of these shoes?

Pete the Cat! He already stepped in lots of things.

Pete the Cat's brothers and sisters. There are different sizes of shoes.

They belong to a farmer. That looks like the things in a barn. The stalls.

They are in Africa. Some people in Africa don't have shoes, so these are out so that people can come choose their shoes to match their shirts.

The shoes are in New York City. They are at a market. You can buy them. They don't have matches. See the price tag?

Clowns. Clowns wear them in a circus.

Now it's your turn to try this out with your kids. Go get your freebie.

Wouldn't these be awesome in a writing center? So much good conversation! The possibilities of great writing!



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Math Centers

Hiya there peepers

Shuna from Pocket Full of Kinders here

Come on over to my blog to check out some super easy and fun math centers



Peace Out Peeps


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inference Close Reading Task Cards (Differentiated)



Students highlight, underline, or circle details that help them infer the answer directly on the task cards.  I really wanted a way to reinforce close reading and inference skills when students work independently at my literacy center station.  The fact that students identify the text clues directly on the task card and write a written response on the card too is really helpful.  Students become more aware of their own strategy use.  This gives me more information as an educator so that I can help students learn about inferences.  I can match their annotations and responses to the special answer key, wipe, and reuse the cards.  This has made teaching close reading skills and inferences much easier.Click Here To Access Them

Preparing a Center Chart from Sharing Kindergarten

Hello Lovely Center Fans!
This is 
 from a little old blog called

http://www.sharingkindergarten.com/2014/08/the-return-of-center-saturday.html

Very week, I post my center ideas for you to read about and 
hopefully to INSPIRE you to create fun and  
meaningful centers in your classroom.

I call these weekly posts...

http://www.sharingkindergarten.com/2014/08/the-return-of-center-saturday.html

This week, I am sharing how I make my Center Chart
 and Durable Clips...
http://www.sharingkindergarten.com/2014/08/the-return-of-center-saturday.html
and I even give you a peek into the two work centers we did this week.
http://www.sharingkindergarten.com/2014/08/the-return-of-center-saturday.html

http://www.sharingkindergarten.com/2014/08/the-return-of-center-saturday.html

So head over to Sharing Kindergarten now to read all about it.

Sunday, August 17, 2014



Mathematics language can either be a dead language, a foreign language, a confusing language or a familiar, useful language.  Many time, students are frustrated by mathematical language because they are never formally taught or introduced to it.  For example, many teachers will have children sit on the circle when in fact, the children are sitting on the circumference of the circle.  What a wonderful, concrete way to introduce children to the concept of circumference!  Yet, this teaching moment is often missed.

Plane Geometry + Number Tiles
Because I like to find different ways to introduce math vocabulary, I just posted my newest product for Teachers Pay Teachers entitled: Geometric Math-A-Magical Puzzles.  It is a 48 page handout of puzzles that are solved like magic squares. Number tiles are positioned so that the total of the tiles on each line of the geometric shape add up to be the same sum. Most of the geometric puzzles have more than one answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.

Before each set of activities, the geometry vocabulary used for that group of activities is listed. Most definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations. In this way, the students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome words. These activities vary in levels of difficulty. Because the pages are not arranged in any particular order, the students are free to skip around in the book. All of these activities are especially suitable for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner. Check it out!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Using Augmented Reality During Center Time

Hey everyone! My name is Jennifer from the blog Tech with Jen. This is my first time to post to Simply Centers and I am super excited to get to know everyone! As you can probably tell from the name of my blog, I write a lot about technology. I have been using technology with my students for a long time. I have seen firsthand the power it can bring to the classroom. However, technology can never replace good teaching. For me, technology just adds that extra spark to an already fabulous lesson or center activity. Take the example I am going to show you today. Several weeks ago I flew to Texas to present at a conference. My session was on augmented reality. Haven't heard of AR? Well there are a lot of great resources and apps on the market. At its core, AR is when you scan a "trigger image" and some type of overlay appears on your device. It might be a picture, a video, or even some type of 3D image. I like to think of it as QR codes on steroids.


When I arrived in Texas, I realized I forgot to bring my scissors and tape. I needed them to cut out my AR paper dice I had made for my session. I didn't want my paper dice to get damaged on the flight. To make a long story short, I learned about a fabulous idea for creating my dice using a wooden block and Mod Podge. I was super excited about the idea and rushed out to purchase a package of blocks when I got home. If you use paper dice in your classroom, you might want to make these. I know my firsties were not always careful with the supplies I added to centers. I just ended up having to make new copies of my dice all the time! So you might be thinking, "What does this wooden block have to do with AR?" Well rather than tell you let me show you.


So what do you think? Really cool, huh? If you are interested in learning how to make your own AR resources check out my Google site. If you would like the trigger images shown in the video you can click here. Hope this information helps you! I love to share ideas for using technology in the classroom. Come visit me sometime @Tech with Jen.

Friday, August 8, 2014

**Free** Reading Level Conversion Chart




Are you ready for the new school year?  I can hardly believe that it is just a few weeks away. I am back with a freebie.  There are so many leveling systems out there.  This four-page conversion chart shows kindergarten to eighth grade reading equivalents for guided reading, Lexile, and equivalent grade levels.  Stop by my blog to access this free chart.Click Here


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