KinderGals: February 2013

Search This Blog

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are you Ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

Slide2
Here are some of the ideas from my Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day Unit. We made a paper plate leprechaun and wrote a how to piece for How To Catch a Leprechaun.
Slide3
 Slide4
Do you believe in Leprechauns survey graph during math centers….
Slide5
Slide6
Spin an ordinal number St. Patrick’s Day Parade also during math centers…Slide7
Slide8
How to make green science experiment….
Slide10
Slide11
Shamrock Shakes Cooking and Procedural Writing Activity…Slide9
Making ock family words during literacy centers….
Slide12
Slide1
This number line mystery game is super fun. The kiddos pick up a number card. They look at the card and have to determine where it goes on the number line. Once the figure out where it goes, they pick up the card that is laying there and put their own card in it’s place. Now they have to figure out where the new card belongs. They absolutely love this game! 
Slide13
I have other math games available in the St. Patrick's Day Math Game Pack.
Pin It!

Friday, February 22, 2013

It’s Finally Done—Reader’s Workshop Unit 7 Building Foundations

Slide1
Can’t believe it; but, yes it is finally done! (Be sure and read ALL the way to the BOTTOM for a surprise!)Every time we finish a unit, Michele sends me an email and says, “Okay, I think this is the best one yet!” Is it because we are excited about teaching it? Is it that it is like having a baby? Aren’t all babies the best? Or is it just because we are DONE?!!!!!
I just love the clip art by Nikki at Melonheadz! She is the best! This unit uses her tool clip for a building theme to teach the reading strategies. We’re kinda over the whole animal themed reading strategies and wanted something new that our reluctant readers, who are mostly boys, would make a connection to! I think we hit the nail on the head…no pun intended!
Slide5
Some of y’all might wonder how we split up the work load. Well, first we meet together at a local restaurant and hammer out the unit…what it will be, what will be the theme each week, what are the mini lessons, what do we need for the teach and active engagement portions of the lesson, and what pieces we need to make it all fun and exciting for our little readers. (We tend to take up the table for most of the day, so we try to be REALLY nice to the servers!) In the units Michele has scripted the mini lessons as well as the monthly overviews. I think she is a gifted writer and has a way of explaining things very clearly. My job is to make all the “pieces”. I make the anchor charts, the games, the celebration, and any other items we need to support our readers.  Michele sends everything to me and I proof read and add clip art! Yes, we both read it and yet we still seem to make a few mistakes!
Slide2
Here are two of our games for stretching out words and for looking all the way through the word!
Slide3
We also spent two weeks teaching author’s craft! This is one of my most favorite things to teach during Reader’s Workshop. I love how they start using the craft in their own writing.
Slide4
We finish the unit with this fun craftivity where the kids actually make the tools and a little tool box to hold them! Super fun!
Slide6
Recently Michele and I bundled units 1-3 and units 4-6 for a discounted price. So from now until midnight Sunday, 25th unit 7 will be at the discounted bundle price for a single unit—$8 instead of the normal $10! Click on the cover or follow this link to see the unit:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Readers-Workshop-Unit-7-Building-Foundations-Aligned-to-the-Common-Core
Pin It!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rekenreks, Smart Boards, and Number Sense

This is a rekenrek…just in case it’s a new term to you. When we started common core, a rekenrek was one of the new tools I learned how to use. They aren’t new, I just had never used one before.  You can learn a lot about where they came from and how they can be used just by using Google!
I saw this idea on pinterest to make a large teacher sized one. It is made with pvc pipe and pool noodles! So, you guessed it….Andy had to make me one…along with about 6 others for friends that put in their orders. The small white card, is the student sized one!
Here are a few things about Rekenreks….
image
To use them…Always start with all the beads pushed over to the right. The kiddos push their answer over to the left. Then, they are able to read their answer from left to right.
IMG951062
So while I was in Chicago last week, my friend Kathleen wanted me to model how to use them. Now here’s the tricky part…she has a smart board! I never used one when I had my own classroom so this was an opportunity to try it out.  I can’t believe it, but I made a smart board lesson for teaching the rekenrek. It was super funny to make and do. I had made the slides the night before. The next  morning, My friend Kath and I each had a pen and were both trying to add the “movable” shapes at the same time, each of thinking we knew how to do it best!!! We finally got a much younger teacher who was able to show us our simple mistake and we got it all done! Then, during the lesson I used the tool to drag over the shapes and write the numerals. Can I say, I was just a little impressed with myself? SmileIt doesn’t take much, I am so challenged when it comes to technology!
First I modeled how to move all the beads to the right side of their card. (Each of the children had their own card.)
IMG950897
We were working on whether an equation was true or false. (This is a first grade common core standard.) So first I made an addition sentence and we moved the beads to the left to figure out the sum. Then, we put another addition sentence after the = sign and moved the beads on their cards to the left to figure out that sum. Were the sums equal? We did start with “turn arounds”, commutative property, as they had been working on those and I thought it would be an easy place to start.
In my lesson, I had made the first addition sentence using both rows, then the kiddos made the second addition sentence using both of their rows. We compared the sum on their cards to the sum on the smart board.
One teacher suggested having them do the first addition sentence on the top row and the second addition sentence on the bottom row and it would be easier for them to compare the sums! Totally makes sense! (Teachers from Kath’s school were observing while I was doing the lesson.)
The way I did it helps them to see the different equations and her way would help them see the sums…so that would be 2 different lessons!
Then, it was time for Math Centers and Small Groups. I pulled a small group to do a different rekenrek lesson---Make a 10. Here the kids in the small group each had a rekenrek.
Slide4
Then, we would spin the spinner. Whatever numeral it lands on, the children move that many beads over to the left. Now look at the beads on the right side and that is how many to make a 10! This activity is from my Yeehaw! Wild About Numbers! Unit. (Not the smart board, just the small group lesson.) We practiced, conceptually a few times, then we started writing our combinations on the recording sheet.
Slide5

Slide6
Thanks to the teachers at Morton Gingerwood! You were a great bunch to work with…I know good things are going to happen in your school because you were eager, reflective, and fun!
Pin It!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Teaching Young Children About President's Day

Maybe you celebrated President’s Day last week in your room. but, if it is in your plans for this week, here are a few ideas you can use.
****UPDATE This unit has been updated. I am adding the current pictures to the post so that you can see them.
Abe Lincoln's Cabin and George Washington Craftivities
Slide3 
We made these cute craftivities with “cut a sentences” about George Washington and Abe Lincoln. These are the updated ones. I added easy to use patterns!
Here's what they did...
  1. First, they cut off one sentence.
  2. Then, they cut between the words.
  3. Next, they put the words in order to make the sentence. They put the word with the capital letter first and the word with the period last. Then, they manipulated the other words to figure out what made sense.
  4. Last, they found the picture to match the sentence and glued it under the flap.  
 Comparing George Washington and Abe Lincoln
Slide4
We compared the two presidents on a double bubble map. Here is the updated version. I added pictures to make it easier for the kids. I read each statement. The kids had to decide if it was true of George Washington, Abe Lincoln or both. Then, we placed it on the double bubble map.
As I was putting the things on the big map, each child had their own map to create.
Where do You Live GraphSlide5
During math the children did the survey graph and interpreted their data. They absolutely love doing this center. Here's what they do:
  1. First, they walk around the room and ask their friends where they live.
  2. Then, they make a tally mark in the correct column.
  3. Next, they use the tally marks to create a graph.
  4. Last, the analyze the data.
This is the updated version.
Farmer Story Problem
Slide1
To complete this story problem, the kids used clip art that I reproduced and cut apart. This allows the children to work at the conceptual level of understanding.  Conceptual means the students are able to manipulate. The clip art pictures become a manipulative. However, she is also showing her answer abstractly by adding numerals to her recording page.  Learning should always begin conceptually! This is the only way we can ensure that real understanding is occurring. It allows children to build mental images of their thinking and not just memorize facts!
Slide2
Here the child solved the problem by drawing his thinking. He is working at the pictorial level of understanding. This is when children draw a picture to show their thinking. 
I updated this just be using crisper, clearer clip art, fonts, and frames.
Sharing Cherries...Fair Share
For this activity, invite the children to roll the dice and count out that many cherries. Then, they share the cherries between the four trees to see how many cherries can be shared fairly.
President Numbers
For this activity, the children build important numbers associated with president's day on the tens frames. Then, they record their thinking in the book by coloring in the tens frames and writing the number sentence.
Making Words
For this activity, give the children the letters to spell "Washington". Using the letters, the kids see if they can make each word on the recording sheet. Then, they check either yes or no.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-v30-199840
Ideas are from the Hooray for President's Day unit.
 
Pin It!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

You can learn something new everyday!

Slide1

You know the old saying, “You can learn something new everyday?” Well, I know I am at least learning something new every week! Last week, I learned that you should take a coat to Missouri when you go there in the winter! Ya’ll I nearly froze to death! So what have I learned this week? First of all, I learned from last week and I took a coat when I flew to Indianapolis yesterday for the  Destination Common Core Training. But that’s not all….today I met this cute, young teacher at the training who teachers 12 deaf kindergarteners. That’s her in the picture! We were talking about the Reader’s Workshop Units that Michele and I are writing and how she has been using them with her kids. During the seminar, as I was sharing ideas from Unit 2, Powerful Partnerships, she shared a great idea!Slide2

I was talking about the flow map and the sticky note folder and how we can use them to mark something we want to share with our partner during partner reading time. Then, she shared this idea:

She reduced the size of the poster board flow map to fit on a half sheet of paper. Then, she glued the flow map inside their sticky note folders! Oh my word, why haven’t I thought of that? Now the kids have a reminder right there in front of them of how to use the sticky notes! Love it!

What did you learn new today?

Pin It!
 
Pin It button on image hover

Receive All Free Updates Via Facebook.