Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Character Traits

We have been studying character traits for the past couple of weeks.  I developed a Reader's Workshop Mini Unit to help with our studies that is leading us into Realistic Fiction in Writer's Workshop.  We have been learning that characters have traits and the difference between the types of traits that characters possess.  We learned that Character Traits are how the character thinks and feels and  Physical Traits are how they look. Then we moved on to creating our own characters to use in our Realistic Fiction Stories.  It has been so much fun and the kids really got into developing their own characters!  Here are some pictures of their creations.

We began this unit talking about what a trait can be using the anchor chart below.
The mini lessons, anchor chart pieces, graphic organizers, and craftivity can be found in my unit at Character Studies
This was a great way to break down and understand characters even better for my kiddos.  What are some things you have done to increase the level of understanding of characters and their traits?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Building Words in K

As we dive into Word Families I bring out my trusty bag of letters.  This is the BEST set of letters out there.  It is from Lakeshore Learning.  My kiddos absolutely love using them.  It comes with 20 individual bags of letters with the consonants blue and the vowels red.

I bought them several years ago but they have been used over and over and over again!  One of the activities that my kiddos play with them is Match Mime (a Kagan game - you can learn more about this game at their website).  Basically there are 2 partners. They put a divider of some sort between them (I use old boxes that the Mac books for our school came in). Partner A will say a word and they both build it. Then Partner B will show a thumbs up sign when they are finished building.  Then partner A removes the divider to see if both partners built the word the same way.  The partners then switch roles and continue play in that way until time runs out. We stick to whatever word family that we are learning that week. Below are some photos of their fun.

Have you found an awesome set of letters? Do you have a favorite teaching tool in your room?  Would love to hear your thoughts! Have a great week!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Plants Freebie

We will be beginning our Plant unit in a week.  I am so excited about it that I just had to share some joy. Here is a leaf rubbing freebie that is part of my Plant unit.  Have a great week!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Kindergarten Chats

I change the teams in my room frequently.  When the kiddos move they need to get to know their new teams.  Here is a Freebie that I use to help them do that. (Directions are included in the document.) **It also includes activities for B/M/E and problem/solution. Enjoy!

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