Shelters and Landforms
Holidays -I love to incorporate Holidays around the world into my literacy and Social Studies lessons. I have the students create several art activities, which are then placed together to make a “Christmas Around the World” keepsake book. Below are little snip-it’s of how each country celebrates Christmas and other special holidays. I usually cut out one label and add it to each child’s art paper for each country. You will find these below.
Take Home Reader Books-These contain CVC words
Predictable Chart – Whole group
This is an example of a “Predictable Chart” that I do with my class. I love it because it is a great way to make sentences with the sight words that we are focusing on for the week. “I” and “like” were the sight words that we focused on in this chart. To begin, the teacher writes the sentence and lists what he/she likes. As you can see, I wrote: “I like coffee.” Then, I wrote my name in parenthesis. Then, I let another student say their sentence and I write down exactly what he says, emphasizing spaces between words, letter formation, capital and lowercase differences and correct ending marks. This would take almost 30 minutes to go through a class of 20 students, so I go through 5-7 each day, taking only 3 days for everyone to have a turn. The repetition of the sentences encourages fluent reading and sight word recognition. On the 4th day, I cut apart the sentences and words, for each child and have the children put their sentence back together again, then write it and read it back to me. On the 5th day, I have them write their sentence all by themselves. This is a great way to see if they have learned to read the words, as well as write them.
Morning Message – Every morning for every day of Kindergarten, I start my “carpet time” with a letter to my class. I always call them a funny name, like bears or elves or elephants! I am sure to include the sight words of the week along with previously learned ones too. Then, when the message is written, I call up the students one by one to circle a sight word that I name.