Saturday, January 25, 2014

Center Saturday

Mary here form Sharing Kindergarten
{I hope you like my new button, in fact I have a whole new blog look!}
I have share some new and fun centers from this past week at school to hopefully inspire hands on learning in your own classroom.
Click on the picture or {here} to check out my work centers.

Free February Writing Prompts

Need some ideas for your February writing centers? Grab these lift-the-flap writing prompts FREE this weekend…January 25-27. You'll find four prompts—one each for opinion, narrative, descriptive and persuasive writing. There are two Valentine's Day prompts, one for President's Day and one for Groundhog Day. 

Here's an example. (This is from the winter prompts pack, but you get the idea.) The prompt says, "Frosty must go or he'll melt to the ground. Can you convince him to stay around?"
We can build a snow castle and put him in it.

I will take you to the north pole.
Just click here to zap over to my Facebook page to find the link to your freebies! Happy Writing! Jayne

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Psss... wanta actually USE your computer at center time?

I have a secret... that YOU NEED TO KNOW.

How do you manage a student computer center in your classroom without actually sitting next to a student?
 How can you guide their play on set topics, get them to specific activities and videos to play? 
Who has time to preselect games and activities and memorize the link anyways?
What do you do when they click off the activity they are on? 
ARE YOU Frustrated? Are your students MORE frustrated?
You guys know how much I love technology. 
But sometimes we teachers are working too hard and our efforts are not working. 
My computer center was leaving me frustrated and my students frustrated. 
It is sad to see students choose to "play" something else because waiting on me to help them at the computer was a waste of their time.
Check out this blog post WITH A VIDEO TUTORIAL asap...
then come back here and start thanking me.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Star Words follow up worksheets

Word recognition is an early skill that helps your children identify new words, associate words and pictures and consolidate word structure. 

What can you do with a word? If you are looking for ideas download this free set of 75 cards with activities ready to print and use with your kids here:
Star words! 75 task cards

and this set of follow up worksheets to work with any list of vocabulary. 

How to Make an Inference Board

An inference board is a great way to help students learn how to infer.  It is simple to make and can be created using materials that are most likely already in your classroom. Click the link for step-by-step directions.Click Here

Literacy and Math Ideas

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Grade 2 Reading Street Bundled Unit 4

Here is a look at my Grade 2 bundled set of reading centers.
These were created to go along with the 2007 Reading Street Series stories.  They are still great centers to use during Daily 5 and to help reinforce the skills even if you do not use this reading series.

Each simple center file contains the following centers and directions:

*Simple Sorting Center 
*Puzzle Center
*Card Flip Game
*Race to the Finish Game

This set includes the following 5 simple centers:
The Quilt Story {consonant + le}
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin {vowels oo, u}
Frogs {vowel diphthongs ou, ow/ou/}
I Like Where I Am {vowel diphthongs oi, oy/oi/}
Helen Keller and the Big Storm {vowels oo, ou, ew, ui}

Click on the pictures to check them out!!



Monday, January 20, 2014

Valentine's Day Syllables Center

As we all pull out our February files and begin preparing centers for the plethora of special topics in that month, I thought I would share about my syllables center for Valentine's Day.  

Friendly Frog is my students' syllabication friend.  He appears frequently in our centers, helping everyone learn the somewhat tricky rules for using syllabication skills in decoding and recording words.  For Valentine's Day, he is helping my students to focus on prefixes and suffixes.

Using these work mats, students sort Valentine cards.

There are 24 cards and a recording sheet, as well as labels for the center folder.  

This activity is aligned with the CCSS and is most appropriate for grades 1 - 3.  Did you know there are syllabication standards for EVERY elementary grade?  There are! To help my class retain the syllabication rules, I have a permanent display of 16 rules. Naturally, they feature Friendly Frog and are available in Friendly Frog's Rules of Syllabication (Out of this World Edition).

If you are interested in introducing Friendly Frog to your students, you can find these products in my TpT Store and my TN Shop.  Try them.  You'll like them.

Friendly Frog's products include:

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Center Saturday TIME

Hey all you center fans!
Are you ready for a late but great center saturday post?
Click on the picture or {here} to read all about the center ideas from my classroom to yours. 

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Writing in a wheel! Freebie

This is a new pack for Writing in a wheel collection. It aims to write about personal information.
Kids can move 7 different wheels to make sentences about different kids. Children use a clip with the wheel and write sentences such as ..

She is my friend.
Her name is Ana.
She is 10 years old.
She has got a warm hat.
She can iceskate.
She lives in Canada.
She likes snow!

Download a free set of  writing wheels!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Research for the Primary Kids

How do you cover your research standards with your kiddos? {Head on over} and see how we researched our states with these handy dandy, easy-to-read state books and organizers. Your kids will ROCK their presentations and meet CCSS standards for writing, speaking, and listening to boot!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Susan Hardin's Valentines Day Activities

Valentines Day will be here before you know it.  I like to plan ahead so I have enough time to make copies, laminate, cut out and sort. 

I'd like to share two Valentine products with you.  Both make wonderful centers, and both provide games for great learning fun!

1. Puppy Love Multiplication Flash Cards
and Board Game

If your like me you have so many student that don't know their facts and need practice.  My daughter had be reluctant to learn her facts as well.  Then I made a set of flashcards that she enjoyed using. I also added a game that we could play together.  My students love it as well.  Click on one of the two images below to go check them out.
2. Claim Your Valentine
Multiplication Fact Game
Once my daughter began to learn her facts, she needed practice.  Here is another great game to practice her 3's and 4's facts.  My kiddos in my class love playing these games as well.  Click on either of the images below to get your FREE copy.

3rd Grade Grapevine

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