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 we began a new school year and we began the same way we did last year. We split the class into two groups and one group comes in the morning for a half day, and the second half comes in the afternoon with both groups together during lunch and for an hour before the first group goes home at 1. The first few weeks of school for kindergarten should focus on routines, procedures, getting to know each other, and getting over those first day of school jitters! For our first half day of school we started with exploring a few of our math tubs and making patterns.
We also sang songs on http://www.gonoodle.com using the YouTube channel; such as The Colors song by Patty Shukla and If You’re a Kid by Harry Kindergarten. These songs help them practice following directions and remembering their colors.
We also read stories Kindergarten Rocks and the story Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and made connections to the story. Then students mad first day of kindergarten hats and “How I feel about the first day” hanging banner.
This Friday was our Valentine’s Day party and we had great time! We started out by handing out the rest of our Valentines for the end of the day and read Valentine’s Day books. We then colored and completed books called I Love…
For shared reading and writing we read the book Will You Be My Valentine and then made a list of Valentine’s Day words. We picked our favorite words and made Valentine’s Day mobiles.
For Math we enjoyed candy hearts math centers. We graphed with our hearts, sorted them by colors, and estimating the number of candy hearts that can fill a bigger heart. We also enjoyed Valentine’s Day snacks.
For science we used alca-zeltzer tabs and water to make candy hearts dance. Students learned how to make hypothesis on simple science experiments. They guessed what they believed would happened to the hearts.