Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ready to go Science File Folders for Centers!



Grades 2-3: Science File Folder Games by Carson - Dellosa

If you ask my students to name one of their favorite classroom activities, they'll more than likely tell you about our workstations.  During the last hour of our day, each student partnership rotates through a series of three stations.  Our stations range from technology to word work.  Most of our stations have a digital component.  We try to integrate technology as much as possible.  However, if a station doesn't have an engaging gadget, it most likely has a fun interactive component like the Carson-Dellosa science file folder games.  


My students really enjoy the science games included in the kit.  The games are all easy to understand, student-friendly, colorful and interesting, and standards aligned.

{click here to read more & see pics of the games!}

Kleinspiration

Vowels {aw, au}


The vowels {aw, au} are the target skill in this simple center.
Students will sort, record, write and then play a board game to learn, practice or review this skill.


Alexander Graham Bell center
Click pic to go to TpT Store.
Click here to go to TN Store.
This center game was created to go along with the Reading Street Series
Unit 5 Week 5 story Alexander Graham Bell.

This center contains the following:
*cover
*directions for 2 different ways to play this game (sorting center and Race to the Finish)
*2 sorting mats
*18 –aw cards
*18 –au cards
*2 –aw words recording sheets (1 for recording the words, 1 for writing 6 sentences)
*2 –au words recording sheets (1 for recording the words, 1 for writing 6 sentences)
*Race to the Finish game board

Even though this center was made to go along with the reading street series it would still be a great center to learn or review –aw and –au words.
Heather

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Center Saturday

Here are my weekly centers!
 
Click on the picture or {here} to  see all my center ideas and descriptions!

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

http://sharingkindergarten.com/
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cause and Effect Practice

For many of us, the year is beginning to wind down.  Some of you have finished your state testing and need something to involve the students.  Others of us are gearing up for the state tests and need something to liven the students' minds up!

Look no further!  Head over to my blog to see a fun Cause and Effect Game in action!  My students really had fun playing it! 

Plus, check out a bundle of great comprehension games to keep everyone involved!

Click here to head on over!
Andrea

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Earth Day Number Sense Center

Help your students to develop their number sense understanding with this fun Earth Day center.  Students use task cards and several digits to create different numbers.  Check on this post at the Classroom Game Nook to grab your own copy of the center!



Classroom Game Nook

Monday, April 15, 2013

Teaching Long and Short A

Need a great little sort for long and short A?  You're in luck- I have one for you!  Click below to see it in my store.

Here's what's included:
-a word sort for long a spelled ay, a_e, and ai
-long and short a word sort
-long and short a picture cards (color and a black and white version)
-word cards to match the pictures
-Examples-
I keep these cards in a little Ziplock container like this 


A quick and easy way to label the containers is to cut the sticky part of a Post-it note off, write the name of the center activity on it, and slap it on! 

Enjoy!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Two Math Games

It's important that children spend some time in conversation.  Brain research proves that, and as classroom teachers, we know we need to let them talk... sometimes!

Brain research also proves that getting the emotions involved helps the memory.  (Think back to those very emotional times of your own life... they bring back strong memories, don't they?  Think:  weddings, babies, holidays)

For those reasons, I make sure my kids play plenty of math games.  There are so many math skills that need to be repeated to be strengthened, and games can be played again and again!

Come on over to Elementary Matters to download these two math freebies!

Vowel Diphthongs {oi, oy}




Want and engaging and hands-on center to help your kiddos with {oi, oy} vowel diphthongs?  Here it is!
Your kids will have fun playing this game as they learn this skill.

Simple Machines Center
Click on pic to go to TpT Store.
Click here to go to TN Store.
 

This center game was created to go along with the Reading Street Series
Unit 5 Week 4 story Simple Machines.

This center contains the following:
*cover
*directions for 2 different ways to play this game (sorting center and Race to the Finish)
*2 sorting mats
*18 –oi cards
*18 –oy cards
*2 –oi words recording sheets (1 for recording the words, 1 for writing 6 sentences)
*2 –oy words recording sheets (1 for recording the words, 1 for writing 6 sentences)
*Race to the Finish game board

Even though this center was made to go along with the reading street series it would still be a great center to learn or review –oi and –oy words.
 
Heather

 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Freebie Earth Day Reader from Education to the Core

As you set up for your Earth Day Canters, here is a helpful freebie so you can build your students' background knowledge and literacy skills.  This also includes a very fun reflection writing piece at the end.  Students will love having their very own book at the end of the project.  








Wet-Dry-Try App for Handwriting!




Wet-Dry-Try

I'm so excited because the HWTears Wet-Dry-Try app is now live!  Having been to the HWT two-day training and teaching the program since I started teaching, I'm over the moon about this app.  

While it's not your content creation magical app like Toontastic (one of my favorites), it's so very powerful for little learners.  Having a four year old, I know what it is like to work on letter formation and fine motor skills.  Even more so, having taught in 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th grade, I know the impact that poor grip and improper letter formations can have on a student. It's best to develop good habits early.

Regardless of the handwriting debate, putting pencil to paper will be around for many years to come.  I am a believer in teaching typing and handwriting.  While I don't think the focus on handwriting should be emphasized as much as it may have been in prior years, I do value the importance of being able to properly know how to make letters that form words.  This is an important skill to launch the development of young readers and writers.

Great for Centers & Extra Practice!

Click Here to read More!

Kleinspiration

Center Saturday

Are you ready for center Saturday!?!
Here are my centers from this past week...
 Click on the picture or here to check them out and see how I made them. 


  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

http://sharingkindergarten.com/
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Milk Lid Math







Milk Lid Math
Tired of those expensive manipulatives that you are constantly replacing because they are lost, misplaced, or damaged? Have your class start saving milk jug lids because this five page handout contains numerous math activities that utilize this free manipulative.

Milk Lid Math includes 15 main activities with a variety of mini-lessons under each topic. They are appropriate for a whole class, small groups, or as a center and most incorporate differentiated instruction.

Math topics include graphing, probability, sorting by attribute, patterning, identifying and writing numbers, greater than, less than, writing equations as well as many additional ones. These activities are appropriate for grades K-5 and take into account the multiple intelligences of visual, logical, and kinesthetic.



FREE topic cards!


FREE topic cards!
You can use them for writing or speaking time.
Download your free copy here!

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