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Week 3 of Kindergarten

Week 3: We talked about Transportation (mainly the bus) this week.  We are still focusing on asking and answering questions. We used the book "The Little School Bus" by Carol Roth and one of my favorites "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus." We asked and answered questions about "The Little School Bus" and it was fun to see all the different things the illustrator did in this story.  Here are the questions I used: The Little School Bus Preview: What do you think this story will be about?   Pg. 3 What is this (point to bus)   READ Pg. 4-5 What is the first animal to get on the bus? READ   What is the goat wearing? Pg.6-7 What is the second animal to get on the bus? READ   What is the pig wearing? Pg. 8-9 What is the third animal to get on the bus? READ What is he wearing on his feet?   What is he missing? Pg.10-11 What is the 4 th animal to get on the bus? READ Who took the fuzzy chick to the bus stop? Pg. 12-13 Wh

Week 2 of Kindergarten

Here is a recap of my week in Kindergarten. We studied our names this week and what makes us special. We took the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and read it on Monday.  Here are some questions from my lesson: During Reading:  Ask the students some of the questions below. Do you think all of the letters will be able to fit up in the top of the tree?  Why or why not? Have you ever climbed a tree?  What was the experience like? What might happen as more letters climb the tree? Why do you think the letters all fell out of the tree? What happened? Have you ever fallen down? What happened when you fell? Did someone come and help you? How did they help? What happened to the letters when they fell down? Where do you think the letters are going as their families help them get up from the letter pile? Why do you think this? Explain the difference between a letter and a word. Write "Chicka, chicka Boom Boom, Will there be enough room?" on the board.  Ask students to f

Kindergarten Week 1 Pete the Cat

Here is a peek at what we did in Kindergarten during the first week of school. The first day we went over many procedures and got to know each other. We read Pete the Cat Rocking in my school shoes. The next day we read Pete the Cat I love my white shoes.  All week we said "Do we get upset? Goodness No!" Here is a peek at my lesson plans: Introduce the parts of the book: Cover, back cover, title.  Who is on the cover?  Where do you think Pete will be going in this book?  How can you tell?  When we read we make connections.  A connection is something that makes you think of something else.  I can make a connection to Pete the Cat going to school to our class going to school.  Let's read to find out what happens when Pete the Cat goes to school. During Reading:  Stop at bus picture and ask the class: Who is in this picture? Where is Pete?  What is he doing?  We are going to make a connection.  What does this picture make you think of? Thumbs up if you rode the

Letter Fluency with Brain Breaks

I love Brain Breaks!   We use several throughout the day and it keeps my students energized and focused.  I decided to combine our concepts with brain breaks in a PowerPoint.  This way students will drill and practice their concepts and have a short 10-20 second brain break in between.  My students love this and it really keeps them motivated to drill those letters and sight words. Check out the video demonstration. The PowerPoint is editable so you can move the slides around to keep your students guessing what is coming next.  You can also edit the timing of the slides if you would like to give your students more time or less.  There is a slide for each Uppercase and Lowercase letter. There are 6 fun Brain Breaks that will get your students moving as they learn.  Each Brain Break is paired with a quick song that goes along with the activity. To purchase the product click the image below!

RTI Interactive Intervention: Lowercase Letters

Intervention are essential to helping your students become proficient in fundamental skills for reading and math.  As you assess your students and gather data you find some students who need extra support in gaining the skills you taught.  Taking these students in a small group to reteach the concept allows students to get individualized and intense support. The Interactive Intervention packet  (Lowercase Letters)  includes activities and interventions that help students become confident and help keep them engaged. These are activities I use in my small group that have helped my students master their lowercase letters and sounds. My favorite activity is the Cover Up Cards .  Students each get a card with letters on them.  You can choose a red or blue card.  The red card focuses on the first 13 letters (a-m) and the blue cards focus on the last 13 letters (n-z).  There are also blank cards that you can write the letters your students need to work on. There are some diff

Dollar Store Finds!

I love the Dollar Store.  You can find some great things and of course it is all only a $1.00! Here are some items I found this past week. 1. Puzzles!    Tons of puzzles all for $1.00  Great to use on the first day of school. 2. Table Baskets These are perfect for my tables.  They hold everything I need.  There are some other colors at Walmart. I am doing some primary colors this year on my tables so these are perfect! 3.  Chip Trays I am super excited about chip trays.  I am going to use them to sort letters and count out objects. 4. Chalkboard Stickers These stickers are super cute.  I am probably going to cut them and use them as labels. 5. Aprons  Great for that messy project! 6. Window Markers Decorate your windows with sayings and drawings. 7. Decorative Tape Dress up your bins, bookcases or walls with this cute decorative tape.  8. Finger Paint Perfect size for this thumbprint projects. 9. Fabric Bins Bright colors t