Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Flashback & Freebie

Having an entire week off of school for Thanksgiving break was wonderful but golly it was hard to get back into my school routine! I don't do well with down time...I thrive on having a daily schedule. This week we did one of my favorite units of the year, The Gingerbread Man! Here are few pictures of the different activities we did! 

Math Stations
Count, tally & graph gingerbread kids activity from Kindergarten Smorgasboard's Gingerbread Pack! Get it here by clicking on the product picture! Thanks Mr. Greg!

We also practiced our teen counting using my "Gingerbread Cookie Counting Book." My kids do such a good job counting this year and they love using colored pencils to color their book once they are done counting!  This book is part of my "Gingerbread Literacy & Math Pack". I have a picture with a direct link at the bottom of this post. Go get it so your kids can enjoy all my great gingerbread activities!

We also practiced identifying ordinal numbers and positions with this great cut & paste activity! Again, the kids are allowed to use colored pencils once they've completed their paper.(included in my "Gingerbread Literacy & Math Pack")

Not gingerbread related, but we practiced identifying 3D shapes with my "Spin to Win" game. (Click on the 3D Shapes pack below to get your own copy!)

Gingerbread Daily Five
Daily Five has been going great! We spent the first few weeks of school building our stamina and learning about each element of D5. Now, we are rocking it Here are a few activities we did this week. One of our independent activities was my "Gingerbread Words Match-Up." This activity helps build vocabulary and matching words skills. 

Another activity we did this week was Gingerbread "Stamp It". This activity is differentiated to meet the needs of all my lions! Some are stamping the entire CVC word while others are still working on beginning sounds. (My stamps are kept organized in a tackle box from Walmart...I used letter stickers to label each compartment. We never have any letter mix ups because the kids know exactly where the stamps go!)

 We also used my "Gingerbread Man" emergent reader for our guided reading lesson this week! My little "word detectives" identified and color coded all the sight words in this book! They are becoming such good little readers!

My lions love poems so of course I had to incorporate one into our activities this week. This activity is also differentiated...some lions located sight words in the poem while others located letters. Guess what....this activity is my FRIDAY FREEBIE!! Grab your own copy by clicking on the preview pictures below!

Grab your own copy of all these gingerbread activities HERE! Click on the cover picture and you'll be sent straight to my TPT store!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber SALE on Teachers Pay Teachers

If you're like me and you prefer to use your computer to shop, make sure you head over to Teachers Pay Teachers and fill your wishlist up for Cyber Monday! I know lots of us are going back to school tomorrow so wouldn't it be easier to shop tonight and buy tomorrow? 

Click this button to visit my TPT store!

I've also linked up with some amazing Top Teacher sellers! If you'd like to join this linky party, simply click on the 3AM Blog button below for details.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Georgia Kindergarten Conference Linky

If you're attending the GA Kindergarten Conference in December, I'm pretty sure you're starting to get excited! Well, wouldn't it be fun if we knew who all was going to be there? So, I thought I would start up a linky party to find out! Please add your blog to the list and make sure you take the cute picture with you so you can blog about the linky party too! I look forward to meeting some of you in December!

Thanksgiving Math Stations & Feast 2012

I don't know about you but having an entire week off for Thanksgiving is exactly what I needed to get my head back into the game! I've had creator's block for the past few weeks but with the help of a few of my favorite tunes I'M BACK! But before I share my new unit...let's take a quick step back in time! 

Math Stations
I'm so blessed to be part of such an awesome "Bloggin' World"! I have met so many wonderful people who are so willing to share ideas and materials! This past week my lions practiced their counting and graphing skills with one of Mr. Greg's (Kindergarten Smorgasbord) activities from his amazing Thanksgiving Pack! (Whoever drew the clip art for this activity is pretty awesome too!)

We also practiced identifying 3-D shapes using Kristen's Kindergarten game! The kids LOVED "flicking" the paperclip!

 And of course, math stations just wouldn't be the same without a few of my own creations!
Number Word Thanksgiving Puzzle
Thanksgiving Ordinals
Mayflower Pictures (Great following directions activity!)

 Thanksgiving Feast 2012
Our completed Thanksgiving Turkey placemats!

The icing on these cupcakes was at least 2 inches thick! You can tell from the pictures below what my kids were thankful for at our feast! I was thankful that our feast was at the end of our day!

New for December....
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Thank you for visiting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Placemats, Guest Speaker, Freebies, & Clip Art

Wow, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here! My kindergarteners have been working hard trying to prepare for our annual class feast this Thursday. Today, we started working on our turkey hand print placemats. The first step is to create a base for our hand prints and poem. I gave each child a big piece of brown construction paper and LOTs of little squares to create a colorful border. Some of my friends create patterns while others just simply glued random colors together. No matter what they decided to do, the placemats always turn out cute! You'll have to wait until Thursday to see the finished product!

We also had a special guest speaker today, Peter Bonner. Mr. Bonner is a traveling historian that does a great job teaching the kids about the Pilgrims & Indians. He brings tons of items for the kids to learn about and explore!
Don't we just look so awesome wearing our class shirts?

Here are a few other activities we'll be doing this week for Thanksgiving! If you see something you like, simply click on the picture and you'll be directed to the product! (FREEBIES)

 And finally, here's a Thanksgiving freebie from me!

In other news, I've created 3 new sets of clip art for the holidays! I hope you like them! (If you do, simply click on the pictures and you'll be directed to my TPT store.)
These cute letters are FREE in my TPT store!

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