Sunday, September 30, 2012

Handwriting/Writing Center Idea

One of my consistent centers is my Handwriting Bucket.  In the bucket are 26 envelopes (one for every letter of the alphabet!)  The kids write each of the words from the envelope into their dictionaries during center time.  
Their goal is to practice and perfect their handwriting but also to expand their vocabulary (hopefully!)

I've been using this as as Handwriting Center for YEARS and decided it needs an update for next year!

I kept the "easy" pages with the lines like you see in the pictures:

But I also added a little bit more challenging version where the kids have to use the 3 handwriting lines:

AND and even more challenging page with a writing component (kids pick one of the words from the envelope and write a sentence/draw a picture about it):

I also added some fun picture cards (8 for each letter of the alphabet):

And there are also labels for the envelopes to keep the cards in:

Normally $6.00 on sale through September for $4.00!

Once this center is set up it will last the whole year!  Love simplicity!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Create Cause and Effect Kits

Cause and effect kits are a high-motivation strategy to use  during guided reading.  Stop by my blog to learn about how you could use this strategy with your class.Click Here

Center Saturday

Welcome to Center Saturday. Each and every week I share pictures and descriptions of my weekly work centers.
 Here are this week's centers:
To read the description and how to grab these ideas for yourself, head {here!}
  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Research is a Great Center

The Rock Project - A Research Project for your Literacy Centers

Research projects are a great literacy center for upper grades.  Students can move through research projects at their own pace, while working on literacy skills, and allowing you integrate science and social studies skills too.  This research project is centered around rocks and minerals and it is always a hit with my students.  Grab a copy to use in your literacy centers for just $2.00 at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Number Sense

There are so many things we can do in the classroom to build number sense in our children.

I've had the opportunity to do several activities in my classroom this fall!  Come on over to Elementary Matters to download this number grid freebie and see a few more great center activities for building number sense!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Differentiated Main Idea Resources

Common Core Learning Center for Teaching Main Idea!  Students often read and comprehend at different reading levels.  This document is here to help!  This collection includes THREE differentiated sets of task cards, a main idea learning center game, bonus main idea worksheets plus answer keys. The entire document is for $4.50.   Set A is for students reading at first to second grade levels.  Set B is for students reading at third to fifth grade levels.  The third set of task cards is open-ended and can be used with any book or magazine.  The complete document is aligned to the new Common Core Standards. For more information, click the link.Click Here

Let's Play a Math Game!

Don't you just love workstation activities that feature great math and don't require a lot of prep time?  That's exactly what you'll find with these three games for making combinations of 5.  Head over to my blog to read more and grab your freebies.

Math Coach’s Corner

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rockin Out with the Hundreds Chart

Number sense is a skill that is built throughout kindergarten and first grade.  With continued exposure and practice, children begin to understand how numbers relate to each other.  They begin understanding place value and how that relates to actual objects and to addition and subtraction.  The hundreds chart is a tool that is really helps to build place value.  Students begin to see place value positions as they move around the hundreds charts.

I created this hundreds chart unit with a rockstar theme.  It uses number lines, the hundreds chart, and hundreds chart puzzles. Each activity is tiered so that you can differentiate for your students.  There are 8 pages free or you can purchase the complete unit.



Click on any of the pictures to come download your freebies or find out how you can purchase the complete Rockin unit.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Football?

I love making games that my children enjoy and want to play!  I have several football fans in my classroom, and I put together some football games for them to play and develop their skills.  Come on over to Elementary Matters to see this freebie and several more football themed centers and games!

Fry Sight Word Phrase Baseball

The Fry sight word phrases are becoming more and more common in classrooms.  When I was teaching struggling readers, I used a Powerpoint to have them continually practice and build their fluency with them.  I loved having something they could use to independently practice.  I also started creating games that could be used in centers.  This baseball game is one version.  I have the game with List 1 of the phrases in my TpT store for free.  I also have games for the rest of the lists of phrases.

Click on any of the pictures above to come over and download your free copy of the game and find out more information about the others as well!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Use Karaoke to Teach Phonics and Advanced Word Patterns

Did you know that Beat It by Michael Jackson repeats -ea, -igh, and -an word patterns?  The classic song Stand by Me by Ben E. King is great for teaching consonant blends.  Many of the popular songs that older students love are great for teaching prefixes and suffixes.  Stop by my blog to find out how you can use karaoke in your classroom to teach phonics and advanced word patterns.  Click Here

Center Saturday

Check out my weekly center ideas...

Click {here} to see my post and info about these FUN and meaningful centers.

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pollmo - A Free and Interactive Polling Tool

Pollmo is a free and extremely easy to use on-line polling tool.  The unique feature of Pollmo is the visibility of a poll on any website.  To see how it works, try the poll below:

In these three simple steps, an interactive poll can be created.
1.  Visit the Pollmo website and complete the form.
2.  When ready, click on "Add to my website"
3.  Copy and paste either the embed code or URL onto your website or blog.  You are now ready to collect results!

Sample Classroom Activities:

1. Introductory Unit Activity - teachers can use a Pollmo poll to gather information about what students already know about a topic.

2.  Formative Assessment tool - teachers can use a Pollmo poll to determine whether or not students are understanding new material.

3.  Students can create a Pollmo poll to research a particular topic.  E.g. a Psychology class can determine patterns of behavior from among their classmates to see if they are similar to published results.

4.  Professional Development - to better cater to the needs of the attendees, workshop presenters can use a Pollmo poll to gather necessary information to potentially adapt their presentation.

This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Making Words in Guided Reading

Come check out one of my favorite guided reading activities

And how I use one of my favorite sites to help plan!


A rustle of leaves

One of my blogging friends asked me to make some Fall related filefolders so she can add her own pics.
I made 2 for her, you can download them from my store at CurrClick.

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