Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall Math Freebie

I love the book Fall is Here: Counting 1 to 10 by Pamela Jane and Steve Haskamp. I made a set of fall manipulatives with salt dough and tiny fall cookie cutters (look for them in the Wilton cake decorating area in craft stores and at Walmart. I use them with counting mats and for patterning. But, if you download the Fall Patterns powerpoint there's a page of manipulatives you can laminate and use as counters and pattern pieces.Click on the image below to download your fall patterns!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

November 2011 Calendar

November calendar  (ppt)
November is almost here! Here's the November Calendar. If you want the smartboard version just comment and leave your email address.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Schema Pocket Chart

I bought lots of the small pocket charts at Target this summer. I decided to use them in my guided reading area. I have one pocket chart with our current reading strategy, the others with reading vocabulary, reading fix up strategies and our guided reading information. (I purchased the Reading Vocabulary words from Kim Adsit  (Literacy Vocabulary Packet and Word Wall)  at Teachers Pay Teachers)

Double click on the posters and insert into Powerpoint. The font is Catchup, click on the font name to download.                                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Eraser Pattern Freebie

If you were able to find the Halloween Erasers from Dollar Tree or if you have other Halloween erasers, here's a set of patterns to use this week! Just click on the title below to download abab, aabaab, abbabb, and abcabc patterns.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Listening Work Stations

I have a listening work station filled with books and individual cd players. I have at least 6 choices for the children each week with a response sheet. Most of my listening stations come from Scholastic. I also record books using Audacity. Just click on the response sheets below to download.

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Goblin" Good Graphing Ideas and Freebies

I found these mini packs of Boo Mallows at Walmart yesterday (also saw them at Target today). I look for these every year and this year I was lucky! The children love sorting the marshmallows and graphing them.
Just click on the graphing sheet  title below to download it.

The Ghostmallows come only in large bags, but I use snack bags and make individual packs for the children.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Math Work Station Freebies and Ideas

I am loving math work stations and so are the children! They look forward to math time everyday. I am also enjoying designing activities for stations. I made a trip to Dollar Tree and Target last week and picked up some great manipulatives.

The jack-o-lantern erasers are from Target, you can download the gameboards below. In this game, students each have 20 erasers and a set of numeral cards 1-9, they each choose a card from the container and place that number of jack-o-lanterns on their board. The partner who has the most, gives their erasers to the other player. The player who ends up with all the erasers wins.
The acrylic pumpkins are also from Target, the gameboards can be downloaded below.The game is the same as the one above.
 I found these adorable ice cube trays from Dollar Tree, each student will have 20 pompoms (or you could use pumpkin seeds). Each player takes a turn shaking the dice and putting the correct number of pompoms in the pumpkins. The last roll must be the correct number of spaces left for the student to win.

I found this adorable pumpkin pattern on Kristin Poindexter's blog Kristen's Kindergarten. Students will spin a pattern block spinner and fill the pumpkin pattern. They will then count each shape and record on a response sheet. I use magnetic pattern blocks on a magnetic dry erase board. It helps keep shapes in place!!
(I made several sets of blocks by putting a magnet on the back of thin plastic pattern blocks on a magnetic dry erase board.)

I also found the erasers at Dollar Tree. This week my children will make sets and next week I will use them for patterning. I will be uploading the patterning strips next week.

Double click on the gameboards below and insert them in a powerpoint slide.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More Pumpkin Songs

Here are two of my kindergartener's favorite songs. I use poems and songs to teach sight words, decoding, rhyming.... I make a book of songs and poems and put them in my listening center. It's a popular choice during literacy work stations. Just click on the title under each picture to download the song. You can copy the song graphics and put them in powerpoint or Smart Notebook. Happy singing and learning!

Saturday, October 1, 2011