Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Buggy Graph the Room

My students have really become accomplished at reading and analyzing data. It's amazing how engaging using a clipboard and "cruising" the room collecting information can be.
Common Core Analysis
Measurement and Data Analysis

Monday, April 29, 2013

Buggy Counting

Here's a favorite Math Work Station with a "Buggy" theme.
Common Core Aligned:
Count to tell how many objects. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

May Smartboard Calendar

I can't believe I'm uploading the May calendar, where has the school year gone? Thank you all for the positive comments you make on the calendars. I am so glad you enjoy using them! 

Buggy Addition

One of my student's favorite math workstations is the addition sort. They sort all the addition cards and then choose two fact families to record.
Aligned to Common Core Standards:
Understand addition as putting together and adding to.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Just a Reminder

If you haven't entered the Joy Cowley Giveaway, you have less than 24 hours to do so. Just click on the link to enter. Also, I am busy working on my Insects unit and there will be lots of freebies posted this weekend and next week.  I am preparing Insect Discovery Bags that I'll share next week. Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tops and Bottoms

Here are some ideas for one of my favorite books. There's color pictures for retelling the story (I'm going to put the pieces in my Retelling Center) and a response sheet. I take a half sheet of light blue construction paper, have the students color half brown, color, cut out vegetables and paste in correct place on sheet. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Little Seed Emergent Reader

Next week we'll be finishing up our Farm Unit focusing on plants. I created an informational guided reading text for my students. After reading the text, students will use the text to complete the life cycle response sheet.  I hope you'll enjoy using it.
Common Core Aligned:
With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Barnyard Subtraction Puzzles

My students have had a great time with the subtraction workstation this week. I had them work in pairs to put puzzles together and then had them choose four puzzles to illustrate on plain paper folded into fourths.
Common Core Aligned
Understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Farm Word Work Station Update

My kindergarteners love love this literacy word work station. I hope yours will, too. After placing this in my literacy centers I decided my kiddos needed a little more accountability. I made a response sheet and they can choose what ten words they want to make and record. So far they've chosen to make and record all the words!
Aligned to Common Core Standards


Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Farm Measurement Math Workstation

Here's one more math workstation for your Farm unit.
Common Core Aligned:
K.MD.1 Describe and compare measurable attributes. 
1.MD.2 Measure objects with shorter lengths.

Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway

 I recently received an email from Hameray Publishing asking me to review a Mrs. Wishy Washy title from the Joy Cowley. I have always loved  Mrs. Wishy Washy and I am delighted with title I was asked to review. It has all the structures needed for a guided reading lesson and the back cover contains a detailed lesson plan for you to use. The most exciting part is that Hameray Publishing is having a great giveaway that you can nominate a classroom to receive. You can find more information about the contest at:

You can also order from Hameray Publishing (20% discount until 6/30/13 using the discount code: ZJCC13

But, wait Hameray Publishing is letting me have a giveaway of one of the big books in the Joy Cowley collection.  I hope you'll be the winner!

Disclosure: I received complimentary products for review. All opinions are my own and this is not a compensated post. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Farm Count Math Workstation

This is great practice in data collection and analysis! I continue to use themes in my classroom while aligning to Common Core Standards. 

K.MD.3  Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
1.MD.4  Represent and interpret data.

Farm Write the Room

For those who have followed my blog for a while, you know I am writing a book based on my great great grandfather's letters written during the Civil War. I have been writing and researching this week (my spring break). I am hoping to have the book ready at the end of the summer. There are many sad stories about the men and their families, but also survival! This continues to be a fascinating journey. But, I meant to upload my farm literacy and math work stations earlier this week and time got away from me! Have a great rest of the week and watch for more workstations!

Aligned to Common Core Standards
K.RFS.3Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.