Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sight Words!

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When I first started teaching kindergarten the report card that I was using didn't really even cover sight words!  It was part of the standards but I just don't remember it being on the report card.  Slowly but surely things have changed.  For a long time students had to know about 25 words by the end of the year.  I felt like this was a pretty good minimum number considering some kids come in knowing zero letters.  But, this wasn't a good number for all kids.  I solved my issues with the Dolch Kit from a website called The School Bell.  This sight has tons of great ideas and I really love the sight word program.  Not to mention it's free, you just have to download and print.  The best part of this program for me is that it allows students to work at the pace that is best for them.

This year our district gave us a list of 100 words.  Students need to know the first 50 to get meets standards and they work on the second 50 to exceed standards.  Most of the words are in my beloved Dolch Kit, but they are pretty spread out.  So, to end this super long story, I made this game to practice the first 50 sight words on our list and you can get it for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  It might not be exactly the same list you are working on, but I find that once they get about 50 words they start to pick up words really fast.  Not to mention it's a fun way to practice sight words!

Hope you like it!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Penguins and Polar Bears!

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It's been a while!  Sorry about that!  This has been one of those years that I'm just on my toes, running around and working like a dog!  Thanks for hanging around this little blog and not giving up on me!  We've been working so hard!  We started daily 5 but we are taking it very slow.  One of the lessons in the book might take me 3 days to get through.  But, we are up to 6 minutes of reading to self and 8 minutes of reading to someone.  Not to mention that my students groan on the days that I tell them we aren't doing daily 5!

We have also been working very hard on our writing!  We read all of the Tacky the Penguin books that I could get my hands on, then we wrote about Tacky.

My bulletin board could have used a title, but reality shows that I am not the bulletin board queen.  Sorry!

After writing about Tacky we starting our non-fiction penguin study.  Next year I think I'll do Non-fiction first, I think it might flow better.  But this way worked fine too.  I used a tree map with the kids but I can't find it anywhere (otherwise I would share)!

This past week we learned about Polar Bears!  We brainstormed our schema on a circle map.  Then we used a tree map to organize our thoughts.  After that we wrote our "reports" and even made covers for them.  We celebrated by watching the movie Arctic Tale.  The kids loved it so much.  So, next week we will be learning about walruses (because they were so cute in the movie and Deana Jump has the most adorable unit that I should have bought before I taught polar bears)!

I love how this little boy wrote "I love polar bears because"!  Almost my whole class can spell the word because, because we use it everyday when we write to our star student!

Here are the thinking maps!
Polar Bear Circle Map
Polar Bear Tree Map

Sunday, January 15, 2012

We've Got Winner!

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Thank you so much for entering my giveaway!  I am so excited!  Here are the the winners!  Please let me know what items you would like!

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Stuff and Giveaway Reminder!

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Don't forget about my giveaway!

Here is a sample of some of my newest stuff that's available on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Thanks for following my blog and entering my giveaway!!!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Thanks for Following Giveaway!!!

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I could not even believe it the other day when I opened my blog and found that I had reached over 200 followers!  Thank you so much.  This year has been a tiny bit tougher than I had anticipated and so I have to admit that my little blog has suffered.  That makes me all the more grateful!  So....I think that 200 followers is a perfect reason to have a giveaway!  

I will choose a winner on Sunday, January 15th with the random generator thingy.  The winners can pick 2 items from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I am thinking 2 winners! I'm all about making things easy, so I here goes..

1 entry- follow my blog and comment about it
3 entries-blog about my giveaway and comment 3 times

Yay!  And thank you all for following!!!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Feel the LOVE-Valentine's Day Freebie!

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I've just finished my Valentine's Day Write the Room center.  There is one version for writing the numbers and another version for writing the number words.  They are both free on Teacher's Pay Teachers!  My kids love this center.  I hope your's will too!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Please Let The Honeymoon Last Forever!

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You know what I'm talking about right?  That first day back after a break or long weekend when you open the door and let in those sweet little angels, and they actually stay angels!  I actually had that day today, well for the most part anyway.  I think they must have missed the place. NOBODY had to turn their card... well, one kid did, but not until the last hour of the day.  Plus they read for FIVE whole minutes during daily five (we just started about 2 weeks before break).  I changed our schedule up a bit.  We have specials in the morning so I moved math to the morning and put just about everything literacy in the afternoon.  Close to the end of the day one little sweetie actually said "I can't believe how fast this day went"!   Please let the honeymoon last forever!
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