This is the assessment we will use to gauge our students' learning at the end of the year. We like it because it's teacher-friendly and easy to share with parents. Feel free to grab yourself a copy by clicking the link below.
TK assessment version is here!
Our fluency passages measure a combination of cvc blending and sight words. The passage is also the perfect length for this age group. We use the results of the fluency passage as one component of the student reading grade at the end of the school year.
We are making our "All Vowel" passage available to our Kinder League followers as a free download! Our experience has been that kindergarten students should be able to read this passage by the end of the school year with minimal errors. Most of our students are able to read it in less than one minute. Simply click the link below. We'd love to hear your feedback and how you use them with your students.
The ladybugs have moved into kindergarten! It's that time of year to head on over to your local nursery and pick up a container of these adorable little beetles. Kids love them! Our Treasures Unit introduces this insect and we run with it!!!
Now that we are at the end of the school year, students are really digging into their Tree Maps. After giving the students an opportunity to observe the bugs in bug boxes and watching the episode of The Magic School Bus: Insects, they are ready to describe the cute beetle. This Tree Map is composed in a whole group discussion. Utilizing the different colors is important in helping students separate their ideas and finding their way around the Tree Map during their independent practice.
The next step after creating the Tree Map whole group is to have students select a detail from each branch (have, can, are). They "pair share" their ideas with their neighbor using complete sentences. This is a helpful activity for our ELD students. "Pair share" also decreases student anxiety by supplying modeling and validating their ideas. Teacher scaffolding may include direct modeling, restating the sentence in correct form, or utilizing sentence frames (using the appropriate color). You will also notice that this Tree Map does not include pictures next to the words. This class does not need pictures anymore.
Dr. Jean's Insect Song is a must when kindergarteners are learning about insects. This cute pattern song teaches students about the head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, etc.
Finally, it's time to create the ladybug cover. Wax paper is used for the soft wings and construction paper for the rest. Super easy and super cute!
So what did you learn in school today?
"We just looked at ladybugs and wrote about them. The Tree Map helped organize my ideas. Oh yea, we also learned a song about insects. That's it, not much!"
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