Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hh Phonics Activities

 I give out weekly phonics sheet covering my school's new letter order.
(We are using Recipe for Reading, C, O, A, D, G, L, H.)
Here is a quick glance at my freebie phonics sheets.
But, this week I had NOTHING to teach the letter Hh with, so I made this sweet pack!
Head {here} to my blog to grab your freebie phonics and to see more about the letter Hh pack. I added TONS of common core elements, including MATH- but kept everything with the Hh theme.
  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Brain research tells us that adding the element of "fun" and adding a social element helps the learning happen.  Therefore, I have my students play a lot of games to develop their skills. I love games for practicing and developing skills, and most of my games are focused on skills from the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

I've made a few football themed activities for the kids. The one pictured HERE is a freebie.  It is focused on  CCSS.Math. Content. 2.NBT.A.2 Count within 1000.

This set includes the game with the freebie that focuses on CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.2 Count within 1000 along with another game that focuses on the same standard.  It also has 2 literacy games, both focusing on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.FS.2.3a  Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.

Follow THIS LINK to find a few more football themed games, that address these Standards:

 ELA Common Core Standards 1.RFS.3 and 2.RFS.3 - Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Math Common Core Standard 2.NBT.8:  Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number 100 - 900 and mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number 100 - 900.

ELA Common Core Standards 1.L.1, 2.L.1, and 3.L.1:  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Numbers to 1,000

Counting to 1,000 is tough, yet it's in the Common Core Standards for children as young as second grade.  These are the related Common Core Standards in second:

  • 2.NBT.2 Count within 1000, skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • 2.NBT.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • 2.NBT.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons. 
Come on over to Elementary Matters for your freebie and lots of ideas on how to use it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kindergarten Common Core Curriculum Maps Book Study and Freebies

Over the last 7 days our Kindergarten team has done an amazing job summarizing each Kindergarten 6 week Unit from the Common Core Curriculum Maps Book. It has been an amazing journey for only 3 teachers  to not only summarize each unit but to give you the ELA CCSS and Objectives for each unit and many creative ways for you to navigate through each unit with your students. You don't want to miss all the Freebies that each unit offers so make sure you read each one. I was amazed at how much I learned about integrating the standards and what standards were the focus of each unit to create a continuum through the year. A special thanks to Michelle, the 3am.teacher, who singled-handily managed to do 4 units by herself!!!!  Be sure to head back to Unit 1 and 2 where you can begin your journey through the 6 Kindergarten Units, starting with Kathy and then Units 2-5 with Michelle and finally Unit 6 with Arlene. Just click on each picture below to start your journey.


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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.

It's LMN Tree

Common Core Book Study and Freebies

Do you know about this great book resource?

A few bloggers have gathered together to do a book study and share resources from this book.  The First Grade and Kindergarten studies are going on now.  Most of the posts also include freebies!  You can get started on the Kindergarten study here and with the First Grade study here.  Second grade completed their study a few weeks ago, but you can still get all the information by starting here. Other grade levels will be posting soon.

I'm part of the First Grade team and shared Unit 3 and Unit 5.  Unit 3 has the theme of Life Lessons and uses fables and non-fiction texts about historical figures to compare.  One of the writing objectives includes sequencing.  I included a free plant sequencing page on this post to use along with learning about George Washington Carver.

Unit 5 has the theme of American Contributions and uses some stories and non-fiction texts to learn about history through the historical figures.  One of the objectives includes fluency.  I included 2 pages of songs by George M. Cohen that can be projected for class practice or laminated for student practice.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

ABCs: It's All Sorted Out

Letter sorts for learning the ABCs

Besides being on the common core for Kindergarten, learning your ABCs is one of the starting blocks for children starting out their reading and writing careers.  And it makes it a lot more fun to have lots of different activities to get those letters learned!

I like using sorts for lots of different subjects as it is requires higher levels of thinking to sort and categorize items.  And sorting works GREAT for helping students to recognize and name all upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet- K.RFS.1d

One great sort is the Name Sort where 2 students get to compare the letters in their names to see which letters are in both names and which are only in their own name.  This sort has almost endless possibilities as you can pair and repair students with new partners so it is always a new sort.  And students will be engaged and excited because they are using their own name.  They LOVE activities that center around them and their name!  :)

Sorting letters in your name and a friend's name to see what letters are in both names.

Another sort I like is the Line Sort.  This sort focuses students on each letter's distinguishing features of straight or curved lines.  This sort can really help struggling students begin to notice the differences and similarities in the shapes of the letters.  A couple of good things to use with this sort are macaroni pieces and pieces of spaghetti.  They can use these to lay on top of the letters if needed to physically see the straight lines and curves.

Sorting letters according to straight or curved lines

The next sort I want to feature is the Letter Size Sort.  This particular sort helps students to notice the size of letters and how they are formed.  Students will categorize letters as tall, small or letters that fall below the handwriting line.  

Sorting letters according to if they are tall, small, or fall below the bottom handwriting line.

My last sort that I want to show you today is the Look Alike Sort and it will help students to learn capitals and lower case letters by whether they look like each other or if they look different from each other.  

Sorting letters according to if their capital and lower case letter match each other.

I have included with each of these 4 letter sorts 4 different sets of ABC letter cards with both capital and lower case letters.  

These sorts can be used individually or in literacy centers.  You can even send sorts home with students who may be struggling with a particular aspect of being able to learn their letters.

I hope these sorts will help your students to have fun with their names and with learning their ABCs!  This whole pack is available here if it is something that you or your students are needing.  Might as well have fun as we learn our letters and build our higher level thinking skills!  Enjoy!

Don't forget to come by and visit me at Conversations in Literacy!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Constitution Day : Free Picture/Fact Cards

Next Monday, September 17th is Constitution Day. Although there are websites that have information and activities such as Word Searcher and  Unscramble  the Words they weren't activities that helped younger students understand why we celebrate it and why our constitution is so important. I made some Picture/Fact Cards which you can download by clicking on the picture. They can be used as a Word Wall, Picture/Word or Fact Match or Memory Game for a Literacy Center. There are a few Websites you can check out or other activities such as Constitution Facts, and Scholastic. If you are looking for on-line lessons for K-12 you can go to  K-12 Constitution Day Lessons. If you would like to find out more about materials for Grades 2-3 just click on the picture below.
Although Constitution Day is celebrated for 1 day,  we need to celebrate it in our classrooms all week long!

Thanks for making a difference for your students.
It's LMN Tree

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Nuts About Fall

Psss... I have a secret.
It is going to be posted to my blog tomorrow, but you guys are getting the first peek at it today!
here on TN, here on TpT

This pack includes:
Book Ideas
Squirrels can/have/are Charts
Ordering Numbers
Nutty Words
Color Word, Number Word Match
Number Word Matching
Tally Mark and Ten Frame Puzzles
Top It Off
I Am Nuts About Writing
Write Me 3
Acorn Art
Squirrel Art
BINGO Cards and Cover Ups

I know this will be a HUGE help with Fall with so many common core standards.
I included base ten frames, noun, verb, and adjective writing, and so many more elements to really allow learning to take place in a fun and hands on way!

  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Playing Math Games to Strengthen Important Skills

I find games to be a great way to learn and develop skills.

Brain research tells us that adding the element of fun connects the memory.  Isn't that a great reason to play learning games?

I tend to teach a game during small group instruction time, so I can watch the children play and make sure they are focused on the learning goal.  I'll have them play a couple of times with guidance before I let them  play on their own.

After a game has been introduced and practiced, it will be available as a choice during math stations or centers.  There are times when certain children are assigned a particular game as well.

It's a good idea to allow the children to play games below their level, as these are important skills that should be mastered in order to perform the higher skills with ease.  Just because the skills are easy, doesn't mean they don't have value!  In fact, if the game isn't somewhat easy, it won't be fun for the children.  Also, if the game isn't somewhat easy, the children will be more likely to make mistakes which won't help them master the skills.  I've learned "practice makes permanent", and we don't want to make incorrect skills permanent, do we?  If you've ever had to unlearn a bad habit, you'll know what I mean!

Please see THIS POST I did a few weeks ago on Raki's Rad Resources for some ideas on using a regular deck of cards for practicing fast facts.

I have a series of BINGO games that I designed to go along with second grade Common Core Standards.  (They all have a sports theme, which is my class theme this year!)  I find once they learn the format of a particular game, it takes less time to teach a similar game, meaning more time practicing each skill!

The one to the left (Par 3, with a golf theme) is designed to support CCSS 2.OA.1  Add and subtract within 20.  Click HERE for the freebie which includes 4 game boards.  Click HERE for the full set, which includes 9 game boards.

Here are a few other math games, links, and the CCSS standards for which they are designed:
  • Hat Trick Place Value - (BINGO with an ice hockey theme) CCSS 2.NBT.1 Understand that the trhee digits of a three-digit number represents amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones.  
  • Strike Telling Time - (BINGO with a bowling theme) CCSS 2.MD.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • Home Run 2 Digit Addition - (BINGO with a baseball theme) CCSS 2.NBT.6 Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
  • Touchdown Add and Subtract Ten - (BINGO with a football theme)  CCSS 2.NBT.8  Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number 100 - 900 and mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number 100 - 900.
Come on over to Elementary Matters to see more games to practice Math skills!
Games are a great way to build skills AND have fun!  Enjoy!

Fall Math and Literacy Unit

Hello Common Core world!  It is Michelle Griffo, from Apples and ABC's, and I want to share a new unit that I created for the fall, that is completely aligned with the Common Core Standards for Kindergarten.    I wanted to make a unit that could be used during the fall that includes centers, independent work, and work that can be used for whole group instruction!  Here is the unit...

This pack is aligned with the Common Core Content Standards for Kindergarten:
It includes-

8 math centers:
-Number recognition and printing number practice (1-5, 6-10)
-Ordering numbers 1-10
-What number comes before?
-What number comes after?
-More or less than (3 variations)

6 Language Arts Centers
-What letter comes before? (3 variations)
-What letter comes after? (3 variations)

-5 cut and paste letter matching
-2 can, have, need, sheets: pumpkins and leaves
-2 describing maps: describing pumpkins and leaves
-1 graph: What is your favorite fall leaf color?
-1 cut and paste sorting activity: fall things vs. not fall things
-2 dice games: roll and color: one more and one less

You can pick up one of the Fall Math and Literacy Units at my TpT Store!  

Come visit my blog anytime! :)

K, 1st, 2nd Sight Word and Fluency Lesson

Have you heard of secret decoders?  You tape two notecards together leaving a small space between them.  This helps beginning readers focus on the words they are reading.  You can add a little color to your lessons and students love the name "secret decoder".

Secret decoders work great with my Buggy for Reading lessons.  I have several packets on different levels in this series.  I just finished a new fall-themed packet and have a sample for you to try.  Click on the picture to download it.

Aligned with K, 1st, and 2nd Common Core Standards

Monday, September 10, 2012

Teaching Kids about Internet Writing

Hi, there! It's Farrah, from ThinkShareTeach, to share a writing lesson with you that worked wonders with my class today. With the beginning of school upon us, many of us are introducing Internet literacy activities and websites to our students. After introducing my kids to Edmodo and letting them make ToonDoos last week, I realized that we needed a lesson on appropriate grammar and usage for writing on the Internet. After some thought, I came up with this anchor chart:

The goal was to help students see that an author's purpose for writing and the people who will be reading the writing determine the rules for what and how they compose. I did this lesson before having students begin posting on KidBlog, and it was a huge help! What was great about this lesson is that instead of ME telling them it was unacceptable to use symbols or lower case letters on a blog post, they came to that realization themselves! Here's a picture of what our classroom chart looked like:
Many of my students had no idea that their blog posts or projects could be viewed by anyone! That really started to put things into perspective for them. Once they started writing their first blog posts, they were very conscientious about spelling, punctuation, and capital letters. These were probably the BEST (most correct) first posts I've ever had! This is something I will definitely repeat year after year.

Now, on to your FREEBIE! I created a file for you (in two formats) to use to teach the lesson: Promethean flipchart and PowerPoint. I also included the PowerPoint file I used to create the words and pictures for my anchor chart. Feel free to change and adapt as needed! (Please link back to my blog if you post about it).

You can download the entire zipped file here.