Saturday, August 31, 2013

Center Saturday

Here is a picture of my weekly work centers!
 Click on the picture or {here} to check out more info about these centers. 

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mice Squeak, We Speak Literacy Center FREEBIE

Doves coo. Pigs squeal. Horses neigh. But I SAY! 
My smart kids enjoyed this book this week—we have the big book version—and here's what I have to say about it! Get it and try out some of these simple ideas...

*Read the book and let the kids make the animal sounds.
*Compare the animals by size.
*Take a closer look at the pictures. What would each animal be saying if it was speaking in a human language?
*Which animal would you be? Write your name on a sticky note and put it on that page in the book.
*Make a class bridge map display.

* Explain that sentences having naming parts and action parts. Once the students are familiar with the text, let the boys and girls take turns reading each part. Mice (boys) squeak (girls). 
*Use this freebie to make puzzle cards. Match the sentence parts as a group or with partners. Later place the pieces in a center so that students can write and illustrate their own sentences. Click the picture to get it free!

Center Saturday from Sharing Kindergarten

My name is Mary and I blog at Sharing Kindergarten.
Each week, I post all about my work centers in hopes to give you some ideas to make your own center time better than ever. 

Here is a picture glimpse of my weekly work centers...
And if you want to know more, simply click on the picture or {here} to head to my blog to read a quick description of each activitiy.
Since I know we are all just starting our year off, I am going to post all about the management of my centers tomorrow as well... so stay tuned. 

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Saturday, August 17, 2013

How to Create a Faux Leather Journal

This school year, I am really going for the rustic look.  If you are looking for ways to spice up your student writing, think about having the students create their own journals.  I am creating an entire set of fake leather journals for my students to use during journal writing time.

Best of all, I made them for free with paper grocery bags! See step-by-step how to create the journals.Click Here

1st Grade Weekly COMMON CORE Applications!!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR COMMON CORE RESOURCES FOR YOUR KIDDOS TO ENCOUNTER ON A DAILY BASIS!!!  Well, these mini-lessons were designed to do just that.....
Take a look at some samples below...

GUESS WHAT? It only takes about 10-15 minutes a day!!!!



Included are......

Weekly Informational and Literary Passages

• Each week contains.....
o Mondays ~ Foundational Skills
o Tuesdays ~ Language
o Wednesdays ~ Vocabulary (Tier 2 words)
o Thursdays ~ Comprehension (Informational/Literary)
o Fridays ~ Writing (Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, Opinion)
o Available in Colored or Non-colored versions

• Transparencies (Demonstration Purposes)
o Color-Coded Strategy Transparencies
o Writing Transparencies

• Student Record Sheets 
• "Words to Know" cards
• "Ready To Print" Tier 2 word per week (can post on your word wall)
• "Quick Reference Grade" Sheet
• Suggestions on how to use the applications

You can implement as...
  • Morning Procedures
  • End of the Day Procedures
  • After Lunch
  • Homework
  • Review
  • Guided Reading
  • Literacy Centers
  • Whole Class, etc.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Recyle Crayon Boxes into Color Words Books

Ahhhh...the smell of new crayons. It must be back to school time! On the first day of school, my kiddos dumped two boxes of brand new crayons into their plastic boxes. I just couldn't stand to throw away 50 empty crayon boxes. After all, I'm trying to do my part to keep the world green...and pink and recycling. Now just what could those boxes be used for?

Ta da! We are going to turn our boxes into little flip books. Begin by cutting off the sides, bottom and top flaps from each box. You can cut blank paper to fit inside your crayon-box covers. Bind the pages between covers by punching holes and using metal rings. Provide color-word flash cards so students can write a different color word on each page. 

I made up some cutie pages to give my students practice writing and reading the color words. If you are interested, I put them in my TPT store for a buck. Click here:

This package includes pages for the eight basic colors found in a box of eight crayons along with pink and white. The books look like this:

Here are examples of the pages:

What ideas do you have for reusing crayon boxes. I'd be tickled pink if you'd leave a comment!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Common Core Starter Kits: 200+ of Pages of Worksheets, Activity Cards, Rubrics, Task Cards and More in One Bundle!


These bundles are more than starter kits.  Many of the resources can be used throughout the school year.  The entire bundle includes thematically organized worksheets that provide practice with specific Common Core reading standards, 10 weeks of daily Common Core practice that can be completed in 5 minutes, test prep activity cards that teach and review specific reading standards, Common Core math and reading task cards, rubrics and more all in one convenient bundle.  

Click Here For Grade 4
Click Here For Grade 5
Click Here For Grade 6

Monday, August 12, 2013


Hello Everyone, 

I've been working rigorously on making sure I'm up to speed on the COMMON CORE STANDARDS! One thing I know for sure is that there is no easy way of learning the standards.  You must dive into each standard head first and learn/understand it one standard at a time. 

The COMMON CORE STANDARDS are compiled into ONE ENORMOUS document.  I find it more feasible to break it down standard by standard.  Since the majority of us will take the COMMON CORE test soon, I am pretty sure your administrators will really look for some evidence of the COMMON CORE STANDARDS being implemented in your class this year.  Hanging the COMMON CORE STANDARDS in your classroom, and tagging the particular standard you are teaching that week will make sure you are covering what is expected on the upcoming test.  In addition, it will help your students understand the standard being taught that week.  When your students understand the goal each week, they will start to take more ownership of their learning.

Below, you will see sample posters of the COMMON CORE STANDARDS you could hang in your classroom.

CLICK BELOW to obtain a copy of the  posters for K-5 COMMON CORE STANDARDS.  I love this because it will save us a lot of time looking up each standard for every lesson and it will help us use our time more efficiently!!  6-12 posters for  COMMON CORE STANDARDS are coming soon!




Saturday, August 10, 2013

Free Daily 5 Posters For Your Reading Block!

Hello! It's Emily from Education to the Core! I would like to take this opportunity to share a freebie for your reading time! This year, I will be implementing the Daily 5.  I have made these posters for my classroom, so hopefully you will find them useful as well. Or click on any of the pictures to get to the link.

This product is an "unofficial adaptation” of the Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser”. It is not endorsed by the 2 Sisters. To access official resources, check out The Daily 5 Cafe.

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