We just finished up our Animals in Winter mini unit. This is the bulletin board we made. We are studying seasons in science. We started off with winter because it goes along with our Reading Street story, Where are my Animal Friends?. The kids had a lot of fun with this unit.
The kids favorite center activity is the readers' theater basket. I use it as part of the reading station because it's not very long. Over the years, I have collected lots of different toy animals and puppets. I put a new readers' theatre once a week. Sometimes I turn our stories into scripts. This week was Frog and Toad: The Garden. It's a little late but I just found another frog puppet. I like to use figures because one student can act out all the parts by herself or with a partner. This is a little clip I took today.
Last week was Where Are My Animal Friends? The week before that was The Frog Prince. I didn't get pictures of it.
This week we finished up Where Are My Animal Friends? It's such a cute little story that's actually a play. In the reading station, there's a readers' theatre each week with different characters for the story. I just put them in a binder. Last week was "The Frog Prince" (I typed that one up myself). You can find it here on TPT.
I used a topsy turvy frog prince puppet. They LOVE those kinds of puppets. I also have a puppet like that for Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. I had a little Red Riding Hood topsy turvy puppet when I was little and I used to love that thing.
This is the EXACT same one I have, except I got mine for $5 at a teacher workshop. Score!
Anywho, I printed this week's story from soundcityreading.com which, if you don't already know, has all of the Reading Street stories. I've been gathering animals for a long time in different places- Parent-Teacher Store, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Michaels- so I have a whole bucket full. Usually pretty easy to find all the characters for each story. I took pictures today. They were having a really good time with this activity. I had a really great hummingbird but somebody lost it last year. So we made do with a parrot :(
I forgot to remove his tag.
Also, for this story, I created some comprehension questions and a cut and paste writing activity. We will probably do that on Friday. You can find it here.
Have I mentioned I really like Dollar Tree? Here are a few of my finds from today...
teeny tiny bags for manipulatives- 50 in a pack
I like to use these beads for counters. The kids can use them while they do their paper and they have enough room on their desks. Not so with unifix cubes. I am going to make small ten frames to go with these.
More pirate "gold"
The little counters in the teeny bag. I like all things smallish. There are 22 beads in this bag.
This is going to be super short. I am all about saving some money. I was at Walmart yesterday and saw these adorable pirate napkins. I think they were 99 cents. So I bought them and took them home not sure what I was going to do with them. Then I saw my super cool laminator I got for Christmas from my most awesome husband. Who is great at getting hints, by the way. Everytime we'd walk by a laminator - "ooh, what a great gift that would make for someone who's wife is a teacher..." Anyway, I've never tried to laminate a napkin before, but it works! I did have to leave about a quarter inch border so the layers wouldn't come apart. I'm going to use them for On/Off game with "gold" coins I got from Dollar Tree. How cheap is that?
Speaking of pirates, this is the anchor chart I made for the /ar/ sound. "Arrgh, arrgh! I'm driving me car!" The kids thought that was hilarious.
I love hearing my girls (and sometimes a few boys) outside chanting rhymes. One of their favorites goes, "If it's a girl, I'll give her a curl. If it's a boy, I'll give it a toy. If it's twins, I'll wrap em up in toilet paper, send them down the elevator..." Anyway, we're doing r-controlled vowels ir, ur, er this week, so I made this chart to go with that rhyme. I think they will like it. I made a decoding practice page also and uploaded it to my tpt store. It's free. Hope you can use it in your classroom.
Verbs that add -s.
I also made an anchor chart for verbs that add s. My little people have a really hard time with this, so maybe this will help.
This is an anchor chart for compound words that I forgot to post earlier.
A little noun/verb sort activity I found on tpt. I made the Mcdonald's carton. It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but it was worth it. Most of my kids can sort nouns and verbs now. They really paid attention. What kid doesn't love Mickey D's?
This is my first year teaching kindergarten. I taught first for ten years and loved it. I also taught second for two years. I love teaching and can't imagine doing anything else. I'm married to a wonderful man and we have an adorable daughter we just love to pieces.
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