It's time to start thinking about those Leprechaun traps!
This is the project note that goes home on March 1. The trap will be due on Friday, March 16 this year. Those tricky Leprechauns will visit our classrooms over the weekend and we will discover the party aftermath Monday morning.
Oh my! They get us every year.
We want to use this blog post to point out the importance of graphing lessons in kindergarten. Please don't downplay these lessons simply because your students are five! Graphing activities allow you to get more bang for your buck when it comes to your teaching.
In this first step, students need to sort their candy hearts by color. They need to prepare their sorting mat and handle the hearts. This step is not to be overlooked. Hands-on activities are huge for the 5 year-old child. Remember, experiences like these are a precursor to the abstract lessons of first grade.
(we like to get the smaller candy heart boxes from Target)
Many of our hands-on sorting & graphing activities can be found in our own Mega Sorting Pack. We used manips that are fun, seasonal, and simple to find. These lessons can be followed with similar homework/center activities, which are included because we are big on immediate reinforcement of our lessons. Have fun!
It's that time of year again,....report card time! And that means we need to get our assessments in order. This is the version we came up with to measure the learning our kindergarten students have made using our new reading program, Wonders. We also begin to dig into number composing & decomposing along with counting so came up with this comprehensive summary sheet (2 pages) for those math lessons.
Feel free to grab yourself a copy if you think it can simplify things for you.
We are happy to share the assessment we created ourselves and use for our reporting period. We like this assessments because is takes a sample of various skills which it easy for us to share with our families during parent conferences. Feel free to grab yourself a copy!
We love our Rainbow Word Mini Books so much and we KNOW you will too! You might just need to get your hands on one to really see what the whole fuzz is about. So we decided to give you a couple of freebies so you can see for yourself. The video below shows how our mini books work.
Taa-Daaa! Super cool and super easy, right?!
We have created three versions of our Rainbow Words Mini Books: Wonders Aligned , Benchmark Aligned , and Treasures Aligned. However, if you do not teach any of those programs, have no fear! Each version includes 60 sight words and can be printed in the order that you need. We suggest printing onto legal size paper. Simply click on the links below for you free download.
Yay! Our new school calendars are here!!!
Cessy has created the new school year calendars and she's offering them as a free download. Simply click on the links below. We have two versions available: 1) General Calendar 2) LAUSD Version Calendar
***Oopsie, minor correction has been made to original file posted. Thanks!
Be sure to follow Kinder League on IG & FB for future FREEBIE surprises!
"Here we come to save the day...."
Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, is a new grade level in the state of California. And actually, a number of other states are choosing to adopt the new grade level as well. So what is all the rage? Why are so many teachers loving the adoption of this new grade level? And why are so many students thriving and entering first grade better prepared? Well, I like to say that TK is the "gift of a year." Transitional Kindergarten allows students two years for the mastery of the kindergarten standards. Interestingly enough, the additional year also helps with emotional/social development which results in stronger leadership skills. So yes, TK is a win-win!
Happy Teachings in TK!!!!!!
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!"
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!