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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Celebrating Day 100 FREE Lesson Plans

Day 100 has become a much a part of kindergarten as crayons and pencils! I'm sure you celebrate this milestone, too! Do you do it all in one day, or spread it out over the week---kinda like celebrating your birthday for a whole week! At the bottom of this blog post you will be able to grab free lesson plans for celebrating it all in one day OR spreading it out over the week. 
First thing--find a Zero the Hero! This dad has twins so what better person! He dressed up like Zero the Hero and his kids were the zeros! He led our whole kindergarten team in exercises---100 of each!
Each of our children make a 100 collection in a water bottle. We bring those with us to "shake" during our exercises.
After that, we head to our special day 100 breakfast--a sausage "1" and "0" donuts!
Pictures of teachers dressing up like 100 year old people pepper social media. I dress up like a 100 year old man. I grabbed the wig at a party store, but the rest of the outfit came from the Goodwill.
Then, we get busy with our 100 Day activities.  For this activity, I used our letter stamps. The kids spin the spinner (0-10).  
Whatever numeral it lands on, the kids stamp that many of ONE letter into the tens frame. Then, they use a different letter to finish filling in the tens frame.  Below the tens frame, the kids write the combination for 10. Repeat 10 times. 
Circle cereal is perfect for making Zeros!  For this fun, tasty activity give each child 10 fruit loops of one color and 10 fruit loops of another color.  Have them select a numeral card (0-10). On the game board, they place that many fruit loops of one color. Fill in the game board with the other color of fruit loops.
Using the numeral cards, fill in the number bond.
Fill in the number bond book. Repeat 10 times.
This Zero the Hero glyph is a fun way to collect data.  The kids answer the questions as they build their own Zero the Hero. For example, if they like math that have a black mask, but if they like reading they have a blue mask.  Once the kids have built their Zero the Heros, gather on the rug to collect the data. You could ask, "How many people in our room like math best?  How can we figure that out?" (Count the black masks.)
Another fun way to use the fruit loop cereal is to make a 100 necklace. Invite the kids to put 10 fruit loops, all of one color, onto a piece of string.  Continue using different colors to make sets of 10 until you have 100 fruit loops on the string. Tie together to make a necklace.
Another fun activity is to make 100 Day Snack Mix.  Collect 10 different small food items.  Invite children to select the first food item and count 10 of them onto the given 10's frame.
After counting it onto the 10's frame, add it to your baggie. Move to the second food items. Continue counting onto the tens frame and adding to your baggie until you have been to all 10 food items. (100 snacks)
These Day 100 hats are the best! Invite each child to count out 10 strips that have been divided into 10 boxes. Using bingo dotters or sticky dots, put one in each of the divided squares.  This will give the kids 100. Staple the strips around a band to make a hat.
A must read for Day 100...The Wolf's Chicken Stew! In this book the wolf is coming to eat 100 chicks.  I used candy kisses (the chicks give the wolf 100 kisses) and added a yellow sticky dot on the bottom. 
 I numbered each of the chicks.  I made a 100's board using wolf clip art.
(Sorry about the blurry photo.) Then, I hid the chicks around the room.  The kids had to search around the room to find the chicks. Once they found one, they bring it back to the group area to find it's location on the 100's chart. Keep searching until they find all 100 chicks!
 The chicks love "uncle wolf" and give him 100 kisses. Then, he makes them 100 cookies. I wrote this fun poem about the event.
Then, we used cookie clip art to measure different items in the room.
As a culminating activity we have a school wide 100 Day Assembly.  Earlier in the month, we sent home a letter inviting families to donate requested items for a homeless shelter.  Each grade level collected one of the requested items. Kindergarten kids were to bring bandaides.  Over a few weeks we collected them.  Right before we went to the assembly, we count our bandaides. We want to have 100 boxes! If we are a few short, I make sure and pick up some extra boxes from the Dollar Tree. If your classes are small, put 2 classes together.  We also sorted, graphed and measured with the boxes throughout the week. 
You can grab this ideas in this Happy, Happy 100th Day Unit
 Want some easy to follow lesson plans? You can grab them for FREE.
Here is the plan for Celebrating Day 100 all in one day.
And here is the plan for spreading it out over the week.
You can grab them both below.
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Monday, January 14, 2019

FREE Lesson Plan for Learning About Dr. King

I love teaching kids about Dr. King. He had such a positive message of peace and acceptance...things that are important TODAY! Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate:
One of our favorite activities to is to make Dr. King. The kids use simple patterns to cut, paste, and assemble.
Then, the kids write a nonfiction piece All About Dr. King. It always amazes me the things they learn!
Here is our hallway display!
Another fun activity is to make Dr. King a birthday cake. After making the cake, the kids do the simple "cut a sentence" activity for the Happy Birthday song.
Here's the finished product.
During math we did this fun story problem where the kids have to figure out how to share the balls when there aren't enough of them for each child to have their own. What a great life lesson!
Another fun fact about Dr. King---he had 4 children.  He had 2 girls and 2 boys.
Then, we explored other ways to make 4 children and made different combinations for 4.

We also learned about Rosa Parks and how Dr. King led a boycott following her bus experience.  For this activity, the kids roll the dice and count out that many kids. (Since there are 3 windows, the dice has all multiples of 3---3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18. After counting out that many children, the kids decide how many kids need to sit on each seat by sorting them into the windows.
During literacy we learned how to spell Dr. King's name. Then, we made a cheerleader book. Each flap lifts. Under the flap we sorted pictures by their beginning sounds.
Then, we used the onset and rime to make other ing words.
Here's what it looks like...
Then, the kids made their own "ing" book.
To finish up, we made this multi-flow map. First, we talked about what was wrong. Then, we talked about what Dr. King did. Last, we talked about what happened.
All of these ideas are included in this resource.

Do you celebrate Dr. King "all in one day" or "over a week"? It can be done either way--what works best for you! I have written a plan for each way!
Would you rather do it all in one day?
Or...maybe do just a little bit each day and spread it out over the week. You can grab both of these FREE below!
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Monday, January 7, 2019

6 Ways to Use the Pocket Chart in January

Do you have a pocket chart in your room? Do you use it as a center? Do you struggle with ways to have the kids use the pocket chart independently? Then, I am your girl! This blog post is full of 6 ways kids can use the pocket chart!  Each month we have 6 different activities, but many of them follow the exact same directions! Those that are different, are very similar to ones from previous months!
1. Poetry Activity
Each month there is a different poem for the pocket chart.

  • First, the kids sequence the sentences into the pocket chart. You might want to number the strips on the back to help kids with this. 
  • The kids read each of the 4 sentences and select the correct picture to match the text.

  • Sort the 4 cut apart sentences by color.
  • Use the words to build the 4 sentences.
  • Reread the poem.
  • Make each child a poetry book by stapling 4 blank pages behind the title.
  • Invite the children to cut apart the pictures and the sentences.
  • Sequence and glue them into the booklet.
  • Add the booklet to their "bag of books" for repeated reading.
2. Seasonal Word Building
Another activity that repeats each month is the word building center.
  • Invite the children to place the pictures in the pocket chart.
  • Now, place the word card beside each picture.
  • Use the letters to build each word.
  • There are words of various lengths so that you can pick the ones best for your kids.
  • If your kids are ready for a challenge, remove the strip with the word. See if you kids can make the words without looking at the word!
3. Find the Hidden Picture
ANOTHER activity that repeats each month is the Find the Hidden Picture center.  Each month simply change the standard by what you put on the game pieces. You could easily use letters!
To play the game:
  • Place the cards in the pocket chart in an array.
  • Hide the "picture" behind one of the pictures. For this activity we hid a picture of a little boy in a snowsuit.

  • Invite children to read one of the words on the snowflakes.
  • Now, turn the card over.

  • Is the hidden picture behind it?
  • If not, pick another word.
The kids can use this recording page as they play the game. As the kids turn over words, invite them to find it on the recording page and dab it with a bingo dotter.
4. Sound Match (Ending Sounds) 
This activity is similar, but not exactly the same as previous months. Each month I have a matching game. It could be beginning sounds, ending sounds, blends, etc. For January we made an ending sound game. Here's how we play:
  • Put all of the mittens with the pictures in an array in the pocket chart.
  • Place the letters along the bottom row of the pocket chart.
  • Invite the kids to name each picture.
  • Isolate the ending sound.
  • Look at the row of letters and find the correct letter to match the ending sound.
As a follow up activity, invite the kids to complete the recording page.
5. Sorting (Vowel Sound Sort)
Another activity that is similar, but not exactly the same is the sorting activity. Each month I change the type of sort. One month could be to sort pictures by syllables or by another given category. This month we are sorting by vowel sounds in the middle of the word.
To play:
  • Place the igloos in a row across the top of the pocket chart.
  • Invite the children to name the picture on each of the penguins.
  • Identify the vowel sound in the medial position of the word.
  • Place the penguin in the column under the correct igloo.
As a follow up, invite the children to complete the cut and paste sort.
6. Word Family
While this center is a word family sort, prior months had rhyming activities. These two are very related. There are also a few different ways to play this game.
The first way:
  • Place the snowmen word families in a row across the top of the pocket chart.
  • Invite the children to sort the pictures into the correct word family. 
OR
  • Place the snowmen word families in a row across the top of the pocket chart.
  • Invite the children to sort the word card with the pictures into the correct word family.
  • Place the letters in a row across the bottom of the pocket chart.
  • Name each picture and identify the beginning sound.
  • Find the correct letter and place it on the line in front of the word.

OR
  • Invite the children to match the word card to the picture card.
  • Place the letters in a row across the bottom of the pocket chart.
  • Name each picture and identify the beginning sound.
  • Find the correct letter and place it on the line in front of the word.
You pick the way that works best for you!
Invite the children to complete the cut and paste as a follow up activity.
These activities should keep your pocket chart busy!  You can find all of these activities made for you in this resource: Pocket Chart Activities for January.




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