Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Freebie

Pumpkin math, pumpkin science, pumpkin literacy---so many great pumpkin ideas! Here's my contribution. My students are working on writing letters that fit in a small space. This was a fun way for them to do that. To play, students draw a letter card from the pile (I used cards I already had) then write the letter on the pumpkin in alphabetical order. This involves some critical thinking as they figure out where each letter will go. Click on the picture to download the file.
 Be sure to click on "download original" because the font is way better in the PDF version. (Anybody who can tell me how to fix this??) Enjoy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Everything's Batty!

Lots of "bat" fun this week! I used a bat-shaped notepad with sight words on it to "hide" bats around the room.
Students then went on a "bat hunt" to find all of the real and the "batty" words. Even my little guys could read and copy these words! If you'd like to use the recording sheet, click on the picture below.

(Once you get to the link, download the original. The font is just way too cute!) 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pumpkin Fun to Share

Here's a game for your literacy center.

Directions aren't included--it's self-explanatory, I think. I will use it with each of my four small groups, differentiating slightly based on what they need. One group will simply roll, say the letter and sound, put a unifix cube on it. Other groups will say the letter name, sound and a word that begins with that sound. A final group will do all of that AND use the word they come up with in a sentence. If they roll the letter again and can name it, etc, they can "crown" the cube and that cube cannot be bumped. First person to have all of his cubes on the board wins. I like to use these cubes as dice:

If you haven't used these, you don't know what you're missing! They are SO handy! It's great to be able to make them into ANY kind of dice, for any game. Plus they're QUIET! Happy rolling!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Firehouse Sight Word FREEBIE

Use your own sight words or the ones attached. You could also use letters, phrase cards, etc. I use the Photo Cube Blocks (click here) as the dice. I love these! I don't know how I ever taught without them! If you think this game is something you can use, click on the picture above to download.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Firefighters Rebus Poem

I have used this rebus poem for 28  years. The kids LOVE to act it out. It has a great rhythm to it, too. Hope you find that it's something you can use. Click on the image to download.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Apple Games FREEBIE and a Birthday Request!

This week has been Applicious in kindergarten! We've had so much fun with all the great apple activities from everyone who has so generously shared. I'm also going to share my Crazy Apples game, in two versions, at the end of this post.

Would you help me wish my 85 year old dad a Happy Birthday? He is one of the few of his generation who have embraced the latest technology. He LOVES working on his computer and even regularly visits Facebook to keep track of what's going on.

I am asking one simple thing: If you download my games, would you PLEASE send my dad an email with the subject line "Happy 85th Birthday, O.C." It would just THRILL him to receive 85 emails on his 85th birthday!

His birthday is today, October 1, but if you read this and download my game after that, please go ahead and send him an email anyway. He won't mind if it's late---and I might earn a few brownie points!

Here are the games, as promised. And if you download them, please send a birthday wish to:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back to School With Dr. Jean

Dr. Jean has some GREAT "Back to School" activities for kindergarten! Check them out!