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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Post #1!

Christmas is just around the corner!
My students enjoy making all kinds of Christmas related projects. Here are just some of them:
Painting Rudolph
Children first drew Rudolph using pencils. They went over with sharpies before painting Rudolph.
Christmas Trees
Another fun project was making Christmas trees out of painted paper plates. Children first painted the paper plates. After we let them dry, we cut each plate into three pieces. 
For decorations, children used colorful sequins. For snow, they used cotton balls. For the snow on the ground, they ripped white construction paper.
 Gingerbread Houses
We used graham crackers, lots of frosting and candy to make some very yummy and cute gingerbread houses!
I gave each child his/her own plate of frosting and candy knowing that they will be licking their little fingers! So, fun and sanitary, all at the same time! :-)

 Here are some of my Christmas products: from practicing and mastering nonsense words, to LOTS of comprehensive, differentiated and engaging Math and Literacy - ELA activities.
Help your students improve their reading, writing, vocabulary, comprehension skills!

Christmas Literacy and Math Activities Galore. CCS Aligned.

This product (105 pages) is aligned with Common Core Standards and offers many differentiated and interactive learning activities.
Mathematical Concepts Covered
Subtraction, addition (including dice and dominoes addition pages), number words to 20, counting and writing numbers to 100, base ten numbers, missing numbers, before/after numbers, ten frame numbers to 20, tally marks, telling time to the hour and half hour, “fewer” and “more”, fewer than/equal to/greater than, one-to-one correspondence. 
Literacy Concepts Covered
Number words, ABC order, beginning letter sounds, ending letter sounds, proper conventions of writing, writing, reading, Christmas related vocabulary, punctuation, graphic organizers, 5 Senses graphic organizer, compare and contrast using Venn Diagrams, end marks, CVC words, sorting by number of syllables, sight words, correctly reading a Christmas emergent reader and finishing sentences.

Nonsense Words Activities – Christmas & Winter (supports AIMSweb and DIBELS)

Christmas - Writing and Patterning Fun. CCS Aligned

Christmas Writing and Patterning Fun! CCS Aligned
This product is a great addition to your Christmas stations / workshop. It can be used as Morning Work or part of the Literacy/ Math centers.
Students work on: improving vocabulary, reading fluency, use their schemata when describing Christmas related pictures, patterning, improving reading and writing skills. Differentiated approach based on your students’ skill level.

Christmas. Math & ELA Task Cards...and More! CCS Aligned

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thanksgiving Projects Post # 2!

Here are more projects that my students love!
We will make a collage using two pilgrims (woman and man) projects and two Native-Americans (woman and man) projects.

Children used construction paper, paper plates, glue.
For each of them, they will complete a writing prompt "If I were a _____ (pilgrim, Native-American) I would…."
For journaling, children will illustrate and label their pics. The subject will be: "What I learned from _______(pilgrims, Native-Americans).
Native-American man and woman!

Scroll down for more Thanksgiving projects ideas!

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Activities are differentiated, interactive and engaging. Students work on reading, writing, sorting, segmenting and blending nonsense words.

Also, we made necklaces using colorful penne pasta. I painted the pasta using food coloring and mixed it all in a Ziploc bag. I let it dry overnight before the children used it.

Check out my very comprehensive Thanksgiving Unit. It has everything you need to teach many literacy and mathematical skills, all CCS aligned.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Projects - Post # 1!!!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year when we express our gratitude for all the wonderful people, experiences and things in our lives.
In Kindergarten, we have lots of fun learning about the First Thanksgiving, pilgrims, Native- Americans, accurate yet age appropriate historical information about dwellings, types of food, crops, daily life and activities that people experienced.
Here are some of our projects:
Children made cute turkeys using construction paper. This project is great for eye-hand coordination, symmetry, and small motor development. They turned out very cute!

We also made several versions of pilgrims and Native Americans.
For the pilgrims, we used construction paper, paper plates, ribbon, buttons.

We made placemats. We used handprints for turkeys and shapes for patterning. Students had fun drawing the turkeys and creating different patterns.

We made "indian corn" and painted with Q-tips. For the Mayflower we used handprints for the sail and construction paper for the ship itself.

Are you looking for a very comprehensive Thanksgiving product that incorporates Math and Literacy interactive activities that are all CCS aligned?
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FROM: sight words, long vowels, writing prompts, reading, graphic organizers, addition, subtraction, tally marks, word problems, patterns, digraphs, opposites, and more.
Everything shown is included AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
This is quick preview of the Thanksgiving interactive book included. Children learn useful and accurate information while practicing reading, sight words, and improving vocabulary.