KinderGals: Vegas Week—Day 1—Here’s What’s Happening!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Vegas Week—Day 1—Here’s What’s Happening!

It’s finally here! Can you believe it?  Social Media has been full of talk about Vegas Week! Teachers have been finding roommates, planning meet ups, packing their clothes, and getting organized! And now it’s time for the fun! If you are here, I hope we get a chance to chat. BUT, if you aren’t here, each day I will post a little snippet from each of my sessions, give links to each resource used for a 20% discount on tpt, and at the end of the post…..A FREEBEE! Hopefully this will let you have a little virtual fun!
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One session I am doing today….Phonemic Fun! In this session I am going to share ways to work smarter, not harder! I am going to show them how to “recycle” game ideas. This means taking an older game idea and adding a little bit of a different twist to make the kids think they are playing a whole new game! Here is one game idea that I am sharing:
  • Take ANY abc bingo game and put it with a deck of beginning sound cards.
  • Say the name of the item on the card and the kids have to cover the letter the picture begins with.
Here are the units I used to help plan this session!
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The next session for the day is Literacy Games and More! In this session I am going to share ways to again work smarter, not harder! I am going to show them another way to “recycle” game ideas. This time I was share bunches of ways to play the same exact game, just change the clip art and they think it is new game! Here is one game idea that I am sharing:
  • Hangman is a great game! You can play it using almost any theme….build Santa, add flowers to a pot, build a house, etc.
  • Another easy way to play is just to use a wooden puzzle. As they guess a letter that isn’t in the word, put a piece of the puzzle in the tray. Can they guess the word before you build the puzzle?
  • REMEMBER….we are using hangman as a game to teach! It’s easy to get caught up in winning and losing when you are as competitive as me!
  • Here are a few ways to get more out of the game:
    • Give the children a list of the words you are choosing from.
    • Tell the children how many letters are in the word, and invite them to draw that many lines on their boards.
    • Proceed to read the words down the list, deciding which ones it could be.
    • Have the children write their guess on their lines.
    • Now, invite a child to guess a letter.
    • If the letter is in your word, write it in the correct spot.
    • Now, invite the children to look at their word and see if they have that same letter in that same spot.
    • If not, they erase their word. Read through the list again deciding which word it could be and write another guess down.
    • Continue until the word is figured out!
    • This calls more attention to actually READING the words!
Here are the units I used to plan this session:
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I love, love, love this science session. The main theme in the session is the scientific process. Each experiment will take them through the process:
  • Ask a question
  • Do research or ask yourself, “What do you already know?”
  • Construct a hypothesis, “What do you think will happen?”
  • Test hypothesis through an experiment.
  • Analyze your data and draw a conclusion.
  • Communicate your results.
So here’s how this lesson would go:
  1. First, read a non-fiction book about ducks and their feathers. You may only need to read a small section from a non-fiction book.
  2. Next, read “In the Rain With Baby Duck”.  In this story, baby duck doesn’t like to get wet, but the parents love it! Ask the children “Why do you think the parents are not getting upset about getting wet but the baby duck is?”
  3. Now use the scientific process to do the experiment. Remember…what is important is going through the steps not how elaborate the experiment it!
Here are the resources referenced in this session:
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The last session today is all about getting organized and now is the time to do it! To keep from stressing each day about what I need here is an idea:
  1. Use some kind of system, I use stacking plastic drawers, to make a drawer for each day of the week. (You don’t need Monday.)
  2. On Friday, collect EVERYTHING you need each day and put it in the drawer. Go ahead and put the things you will use on Monday out in the room where you will use them.
How about what do you do with the things as you are preparing and finishing up? Here’s what I do:
  1. Again, I use stacking plastic drawers. Make drawers for: To Make, Ready, Put Away.
  2. On Monday, place patterns for anything you need made for NEXT week  in the “To Make” drawer. This way, ANY adult that helps in your room can pull from that drawer. Parents will help too if you ask!
  3. As things are prepped, instead of them handing it to you, just ask them to place it in the “Ready” drawer. On Friday, you will take the things from this drawer to move to your “daily” drawers.
  4. The last drawer, “Put Away” is where I put things as I finish. Instead of just laying things on my desk, on the table, in my chair, or on the counter, I put EVERYTHING in this drawer. The kids can even do it for me! Then, when the drawer is full, I can take everything out, sort and put it all away at the same time.
Here are the resources that I referenced in this session:
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And here is the freebee!!! Print these to go inside of your drawers for organizing your daily materials! Click on the title page to download!
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4 comments:

Cole said...

Great ideas! Thank you for the freebie! :)

Bino said...

Thank you for an AMAZING session today! Can't wait to see you again tomorrow!

Suzanne Grisham said...

Thank you so much for the freebie! Love it!

Jan said...

Thanks for the great ideas and freebie!

 
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