Thursday, January 22, 2015

What's My Word?

This is a quick little game that we play in our classroom to help practice our sight words and our spelling words. The kiddos have so much fun playing that I thought I would share their excitement and just maybe introduce you to a new game (or remind you of an old good one) for your own class. {And parents if you are reading, this is PERFECT for you to do with your own student at home!}

1. First post the words somewhere that all the kiddos can see them. Then assign someone to be the "teacher/Partner A" and someone to be the "student/Partner B". Next have the "Partner B's" get whiteboards, expo markers, an eraser, and then bring it back to the floor.

2. Then the "Partner B" should sit with their backs to the words and have the whiteboards in their laps. Next "Partner A" should read a word (in their head)- from wherever you posted them - and quietly draw one letter at a time on the "Partner B's" back.  {You should model the correct amount of force to use when drawing and how to use the TIP of their finger and NOT their finger nail......let's just say we learned that one the hard way!!}

3. As Partner A draws a letter then Partner B should be writing it on the board.  I ask Partner A to draw the letters large, to go slowly-one letter at a time, and to NOT move on to the next letter until Partner B has written the correct letter on their board.

****To make this game more difficult take the board away and see if the kiddos can track the letters in their mind and then say the word.

Short and sweet tonight! I hope you can use this in your room!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gingerbread Fever FREEBIE!!

I love using the Gingerbread Man Stories at Christmas time to teach compare/contrast, sequencing, characters, settings, retelling, and really just about everything!  This year I am doing 6 different stories with my kiddos.  We use a graphic organizer to keep track of all of our thinking and then glue it into our reading journals.  Then we will practice a Reader's theater and perform it for other classmates and other classes in our school.  Here are the stories that I LOVE to use for this unit.

This is adaptation of the original version of the story.

This is another adaptation of the original version of the story.

 Meet the Gingerbread Man's sister!  The kiddos LOVE the twists and twirls in this story (especially at the end).

Meet The Gingerbread Baby! The kiddos love the surprise ending in this story.

Of course the Gingerbread baby needs some friends! This story tells about how he gets them.

Oh No! Santa is coming! How will the Gingerbread captain save his pirates and his ship? The kiddos love seeing how the day is saved in this adorable story!

These are just a few of my FAVORITE Gingerbread tales.  There are many more out there!

As a class we go through each story and chart the story elements on the following graphic organizer. I model and they copy at first, then we begin to share the pen, then they begin filling out the class chart alone, and finally by the 6th story they are able to complete the entire story row independently. If you would like to try this out, just click Gingerbread Organizer

(In the download, one chart has lines and one chart does not. You can choose which one you prefer to use with your class.)

And finally we put on a reader's theater.  This pack is not on my store just yet but will be soon so keep an eye out for it!  If you love the Gingerbread units as much as I do, you will want to see this Readers Theater and Retelling pack!

Here is a preview:

2 different styles of Reader's theater to save paper...........


Plus a retelling storyboard and characters activity!  So much fun!  Do you have any favorite Gingerbread stories? I would love to know if there are any good ones out there that I might be missing!

Have a FABULOUS Christmas break everyone!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cyber Sale

Click Merry Christmas From Kindergarten Boom Boom to head to my store!

My shopping cart is FULL! I am so excited to finally be able to unload some of my wish listed items. Are you? (Alright that was a silly question!) Don't forget to add the Promo Code TPTCYBER at checkout for even more savings!! Happy Shopping!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Florida Blogger Meet Up 2014

I had the wonderful privilege of meeting up with some VERY FABULOUS teacher bloggers on October 11th.  We met at Sea World and got to chat about our classrooms, learn new management techniques, and just plain ole have a good time.  It was so great to meet these lovely ladies.

Meet Eylse from A is for Apples and Dana from Teaching With Southern Style

Meet Meredith from Creativity To The Core

Some more great new friends!

These are the fabulous ladies that put this whole shin dig together! (Melissa, Bridget, Amy, Mary) Thanks so much ladies it was so great to finally meet you!

And I don't wanna forget all the fabulous prizes and sponsors of our FABULOUS get together. We were so excited to get all this FREE stuff! Teachers LOVE LOVE LOVE Free stuff!! :0)

These cupcakes were to die for!! YUM!

And the best card ever.............

And that about does it for my Quick trip down memory lane.  I hope that if you are a Florida Blogger and you didn't get a chance to join us this time that you will be able to next year!! Great fun ladies!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ABC Order

ABC Order is ALWAYS a difficult skill to teach little ones.  I have been doing it a little differently this year and I have found that they kiddos have caught on much faster.  I found this AWESOME little song on you tube. It is from It is perfect for describing why it is important to put things in ABC Order.  First, we listen to, sing, and participate with the song using whiteboards and expo markers.  Then we take our words of the week and work with our partners to put the words in ABC Order. (The kiddos sit at tables so to make this lesson a little competitive and game like, I put dividers down the middle of the tables.) Once the partners have their words in order they remove the dividers to see if their word order matches the other set of partners.  After checking our word order, coaching and praising our partners, we write our words down.  Here are a few pictures of our fun:

This group decided they liked their privacy that the divider gave them so they put them back up to write their words! LOL!!

Have you found any other helpful, engaging, or fun ways to practice ABC order? Would love to hear about it!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

First Grade Book Talks

Do you have your kiddos partner reading yet?  We start off the first week of school learning how to read independently in our book nooks. We are learning how to care for books and to protect our reading time by staying focused on our stories, not walking around the room, and being very quiet.  The second week of school I introduce partner reading.  We learn to EEKK (Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee, Book in the Middle so we BOTH can see) read with our partners.  Along with partner reading we spend another couple of weeks really learning how to talk about books with our partners and the different things we can share with our partners.  The kiddos learn how to use stickies to track their thinking. After about the third day of this practice, I begin calling partners to my table to show me how they have been talking with each other.

This year I decided to record a few of their book talks. If you listen closely in the videos there are some good examples and some good non examples (where the partner is talking but not listening to what his partner is saying and others). I used these videos with them whole class to see if they could figure out what was going good and not so good in their book discussions.

By critiquing themselves and offering advice to each other it brought a whole new personal meaning to their learning.  I thought I would share these videos with you guys in case you wanted to use them also.  (Of course the personal meaning won't be there for your class but the examples/nonexamples will be there for them to find!)

Here are the links:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm So Excited (FREEBIE!!!)

Ya'll I made my first TpT Milestone!!! Whoop! Whoop! 
In order to celebrate I am having a Sale (Sept 14-17), a Giveaway (Sept 14-17), and a Flash Freebie (free for 7 days Sept 14-21)!

Here are the prizes for the giveaway:
Force, Motion, And Gravity Science Unit
Star Light, Star Bright Science Unit
Earth's Surface and Natural Resources Science Unit
Water is All Around Us Science Unit
A $25 Gift Certificate to TPT!!

Combined it is a total of over 8 weeks of Science plans done FOR YOU in detail!!! You can click on the links above to check them out!!

Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below.

Thanks so much for entering!  Now for the FLASH FREEBIE!!
For 7 Days only ( September 14 at 12am - September 21 at 12am)

Here is a great way to preview how my Science Units work.  This one is all guessed it, the SUN!!
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Thanks so much for celebrating with me and good luck in the giveaway!!!

P/S What other type of Science Units would you like to see??
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