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We're in the home stretch! As you see the finish line, are you losing steam? Are you finding yourself in a pacing slump? Fear no more! Kinder League's Pacing Plan is here!!! Download for 50 cents at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-California-Treasures-Pacing-Plan-1138390
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RTI, Response To Intervention, is an essential component in the kindergarten classroom of the 21st century. Children walk into the classroom with an array of school readiness skills, and teachers need to have a plan to be able to meet diverse student needs. For example, some children are eager and ready for story comprehension questions, while others have difficulty just sitting through the story. Some children are ready to skip count by 10s, while others are just learning to identify numbers 1-10. Teachers don't want to put one group on hold while they catch up the other and they don't want behavior issues to arise as they challenge a select few. RTI is the answer, but it requires thorough planning and grade level buy-in.
This is the form we use to make our RTI groups. We go through many versions of this form throughout the school year. Our goal is always to move students out of the "intensive" and "intervention" group and into "grade level" or "enrichment."
ACADEMIC FOCUS: Counting & Cardinality
In order to establish groups and manage them effectively we utilize the 7 Steps of Data Analysis throughout the school year. We feel our students are ready to participate in our RTI rotation the second semester of kindergarten. This is mostly due to exposure and maturity. Below you will see the 3rd math assessment we use for screening purposes (pretest/post test). Since our groups are "fluid," this kind of screening confirms correct placement and adjustments are made as needed. Check out the assessment we are using this month (CCSS aligned):http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Assessment-Numbers-to-30-1190082
These four photos show what our "enrichment" group worked on during RTI last week. Although money is not a kindergarten standard, skip counting is and that was the focus of this lesson (skip counting by 10s was the focus the previous week).
I should mention that notes go home for students in either "enrichment" group or "intervention" group. Both of these groups receive math homework that is leveled to meet their needs. Students that work below grade level, the "intervention" group, are expected to complete extra math homework over the weekend. We explain to the families that the classroom practice is not sufficient for their child and that additional practice time is essential.
"Helper of the Day" writing activities are always a popular topic at our conferences/trainings. I thought I'd share the progress our TK class is making with this writing activity. This is what they did today:
The students are ready to write more than your basic "I see...." or "I like..." sentences. The details that we are giving attention to are: who are you writing about, where are you in your story, and what are you doing there? I picked up a box of these writing details at Lakeshore. It's set up as a mystery box game, and the students love it. I have been using this Lakeshore teaching tool for the past few months just so students could practice verbalizing these types of details (mostly as pre-teach mini lesson for my ELD students).
The illustrations & penmanship might reveal that these little ones are in TK, but the writing content is definitely above grade level!!
So, what did you do in school today?
"Nothing. We just talked about the helper and then wrote some stuff about her."
We are kicking up the rigor this time of the school year. The challenge of today's accelerated kindergarten is to maintain high expectations while preserving the magic (the fun). This week we are hitting the vowels hard, with special attention to that elusive "u." This is also a great way to review rhyming and demonstrate visually why words rhyme (since at the beginning of the year it's mostly through listening).
Next, students drew their own bug and cut it out. They then wrote words from the ladder game 3 times each in different colors while I walked around and cut slits on the ladybugs (for strips). Students inserted the letter strip and glued "___ug" on the bug. Students practiced moving the letter strip up and down, as they read the words from their word machine. Words on the word machine are in the same order as the words on the ladder game. No, I don't have an aide.
Finally, we carried this lesson over into Workshop and did dictation using the CVC words from the Bug Word Machines. My groups are leveled. Some students get more scaffolding then others, depending on their individual needs. (Helpful hint: blend CVC words on the arm- beginning sound is on shoulder, middle sound is on middle arm (where it bends), and ending sound is on the palm of the hand)
"What did you learn in school today?"
"Nothing. We just made these cool word machines and practiced reading easy words. We just had fun."
Our kindergarten classrooms spent the week with the beautiful book Sunflower House (week 3 of Treasures- Plants Unit). So when students learn how a sunflower seed grows, write describing sentences about a sunflower, and play sunflower seed adding games (see March 14 FB post),...the only thing left to do is learn about the sunflower master himself: Vincent Van Gogh!
Students painted their own sunflowers. They focused on the "mammoth" size of a sunflower and added texture with thick paint or the tip of their paint brush. Students then wrote about their sunflower using our writing graphic organizer (TPT).
(Art instruction provided by Art To Grow)
These sunflower activities are cross-curriculum. Check them out at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sunflower-Activities-Pack-1176067
Have you ordered your FOSS bugs yet? If you haven't, you might want to start looking for those cool backyard beetles and snails. Treasures Unit 9, Amazing Creatures, is coming soon. Stay on top of your teacher planning by checking in with TPT over the weekend. Kinder League is posting a cute Cool Creatures Extensions & Activities Pack.
Are you dragging through those "compose/decompose" math lessons? The math program repeats each lesson in,... the,... same,... monotonous,... way,... day,... after,..... day. And students are STILL having difficulty making the connection between number combinations AND number sentences! Yes, frustrating,... we know. Try this approach: flip books. It worked for us. These flip books ask students to do the thinking, rather than feeding the thinking to them. Minimal prep makes it even better!
We get many questions about managing student behavior. Kindergarten teachers can't get any quality teaching done if student behavior is not put in check.
"Brag Tags" are one management system. Each student is issued their own necklace at the beginning of the school year. They are able to earn beads periodically for following directions and demonstrating proper classroom behavior (these beads can be seen in container on the table in photo).
Special tags, found at imagestuff.com, are issued for completing special assignments such as 100th day project, leprechaun traps, specials writing assignments, etc.
These Brag Tags are displayed on a permanent bulletin board for all to see. It makes a great conversation display for Open House. Students get to wear their Brag Tag necklaces on Fridays at school. They also know they will be able to take home their Brag Tags at the end of the school year.
I know this tiny, little, barely-pink strawberry does not look very appetizing. But our kindergarten students are ALL over this little "morsel." Let's just hope those squirrels don't find it before it's ready to be picked! This is our first strawberry of the season that is looking the slightest bit red(ish). We created this simple planting bed over the summer with the help of our aide. It was hard work getting the boards to school and hauling in all that soil. But now that we see all the excitement from our students, we know the investment was well worth the effort!
Our hope is also that planting and watching strawberries grow in our own kinder yard will give our students (especially our ELLs) enough background knowledge and vocabulary to make our upcoming field trip to the strawberry fields much more meaningful! Plus the continuous lessons about nature and nutrition are sure to make a life-long impression for healthier living in their future!
Yes, even teachers wanna have fun! Here we are pumping our selves up as we get ready to run a 5K Mud Run! This was so fun & empowering! Go team!!!
Team work got us through this Mud Run: About a year ago the three of us made a decision to get healthier. We love our jobs but we also realized that the classroom is a place that can take over your life and foster unhealthy eating habits (you know, with so many birthday parties and staff celebrations every month). Completing this weekend's Mud Run is just one more accomplishment that our future selves will thank! Go Kinder League!
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!