We are gearing up for back to school here at Kindergarten All-Stars! I thought it would be a good time to create a digital version of one of my favorite back to school activities! Students create a cut & paste bus craft, then make their own version of the song with a phoneme substitution from the first letter in their name!
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We finished up our back to school unit last week with a lesson on cause and effect. We read the story If You Take a Mouse to School and labeled a cause and effect thinking map of the story. Then we did a cut and paste activity from Christine’s Stratzel’s TpT that illustrates the book as well.
The kindergarten all-star class got their first introduction to leveled readers using the Reading A-Z’s projectable books. We read the story The Classroom and learn the sight word ‘the’. Students learned how to use a picture to figure out unknown words. We used the smart board and read the book on the projectable version. We made a web thinking map outlining the main idea and details of the story. Students then sorted pictures of different items into three groups; school items, transportation, and clothes.
With the second week of school the Kindergarten All-Stars, we have been busy with learning procedures, the schedule, and basic skills such as letter / number recognition. Yesterday we read a story adapted from a song called Wheels on the Bus and we discussed the problem and solution of the story. At the end of the day we made school buses and made a new part of the song using students beginning letter of their name.
We have also been learning about the sight word “I” so we read a story called The Way I feel by Janan Cain. Then students made self portraits of themselves, paired up and shared how they felt. We talked as a whole class how feelings are important no matter what they are.
Well it’s a work in progress but I’m finally ready to announce the opening of my Kindergarten All-Stars TpT Store! Right now there is only two items on there; one freebie and one new phonological awareness pack. However new materials are in the works and will eventually be available.
My first item for sale is to celebrate back to school! It’s a no-prep phonological awareness pack that covers initial sound and ending sounds! There are several different activities like matching, cut and paste, letter writing, and picture matching.
This project has been a labor of love and will certainly help you in your classroom. These activities are perfect for morning seat work, literacy workshop, and extra activities for subs or downtime if students need something extra to do! Check out the Phonological Awareness Super Pack here!
As the first week of school wrapped up, we continued to learn about following rules / expectations and participated in getting to know each other activities. We read the story No David! by David Shannon. The students paired up and practiced looking for the rules that David was breaking as we read the story. After the story, students made David Popsicle stick puppets and retold the story using the puppets. You can find the No David! puppets here.
The next day we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Marin Jr. and talked about how letters make up words, and the most important word we know is our name! Students wrote their name in boxes, cut them up and put them back in the correct order. They counted the number of letters in their name and wrote the number.
Then we continued to get to know each other by sharing how many letters are in our name, and saying our favorite color. Then we graphed how many letters are in our name to as a little math extension!
Finally, one thing I’ve been really trying to teach my students this year is proper use of shared materials and not wasting. Students have been learning how to making good use of glue sticks and not wasting bottled glue. They have been taught the phrase “just a dot, not a lot”. I gave them a worksheet copied on card-stock where they glued on the dots of the worksheet, trying not to overuse the glue. To find out more about this idea go here.
Today was our second half day of school where we focused on kindness and learning how to get along together in the Kindergarten All-Stars classroom. We started by reading The Recess Queen and we talked about how Mean Jean wasn’t showing kindness, and Katie Sue showed kindness by asking Jean to play even though Jean was being a bully. Then we made a simple thinking map illustrating ideas on what we think kindness means. Finally we took what we learned about kindness and did our first time at free choice centers. Students practiced sharing, taking turns, and positively resolving conflict.
We also learned each others names by sitting in a circle and singing the song “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar” while students passed around behind their back a toy cookie. We tried to guess who had the cookie by saying each classmates name by singing the song. Then we created self portraits while I showed students how to add more details in our self portraits. For example I encouraged students to draw hair, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.