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Welcome back my All-Stars followers!  I realize it’s been a longtime since I’ve done a regular blog-post.  I’ve been super busy with workshops, family, and summer projects.  However I return with a commitment to bring you more updates and ideas.

Let’s first start out with the biggest update; I have been moved back into a multi-age kindergarten / 1st grade classroom.  Still located in the city of Kenai, Alaska.  It has definitely been challenging; but I love the change in dynamics and am excited about a few changes to my classroom that I’ve made this year.

This week is our first week in back to school and like usual we are talking about school expectations, rules, and classroom procedures.  Our first days we’ve been reading some of my favorite back to school books like No David by David Shannon.  Then students made No David puppets to retell the story during free choice centers time.

 

We’ve been also singing some of our favorite songs that we’ve remembered from preschool and dancing to them using the website http://www.gonoodle.com.  Today we sang and danced to 5 Little Monkeys.

We read the story Curious George: Goes to School, created a craft using t-shirt template ideas from this website and taking individual pictures.  They turned out very cute!


Today as we continue our fall science unit we read the book Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington.  Pumpkin Pumpkin is a book that follows a boy that found some pumpkin seeds that planted them and watched the pumpkin grow.  Students learned different pumpkin science vocabulary and the life cycle of a pumpkin.  Finally students retold the sequence of the story by putting in order the life of a pumpkin seed in a A-Z Teacher Stuff craft.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


We did not have school in Martin Luther King Jr day, so we spent the rest of the week celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.  We started by watching a Reading Rainbow reading of a picture book about Martin Luther King Jr.  Then we created an anchor chart and wrote about what our dream is.  (“My dream is that everybody would get along.”  “My dream is that people all would be nice.”  “My dream is my brother would be nice to me”)

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Finally we watched a Martin Luther King Jr. video on Brain Pop Jr, and played a sequencing game where we put parts of MLK’s life back into the correct order.

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We read the story Christmas Kitten and made a connection with the story by talking about what we want for Christmas.  We made hand print cut outs and wrote what we want for Christmas on the hand print.  We then took the hand print and made them into a Christmas tree.  Finally we made a Santa Has sight word book.

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We read one of my favorite Christmas stories to kick off our Christmas unit, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  We discussed the problem and solution of the story, created construction paper Grinches and wrote about how we would make the Grinch grin.

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