Saturday, December 31, 2011

Peek at my Week-Snowman Fun

It is about that time... time to get ready for next week.  I must admit that I am ready for to get back with my sweeties!

Here are some awesome resources I am excited about.

I bought this one last year, but she has added to it... Yay!
 Cute! Cute! Cute!

Here are my stations for next week. Click on any of the pictures below to download my plans with source links.

Have a safe and wonderful new year!

Friday, December 30, 2011


I while back someone asked if I would make a Write-the-Room for color words.

Here ya go!
Click on the image for your FREEBIE!

You can find a whole-lotta FREEBIES over here!

Freebie Fridays

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A little of this and that

So, my family decided to all meet up in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a ski Christmas vacation!  What a beautiful place. My sister and her husband joined us from San Diego.  My parents were there...
Sounded like a great plan until...

Yep! Dear Mr. Wills broke his leg and got to ride down the hill in the "special sled".

Mr. Wills and I left early and we (I) drove 16 hours back to Missouri to see the orthopedic specialist today.  

Anyhow, the gem in this story is... With 16 hours behind the wheel my mind had a chance to wander.  I thought up a new activity/game for my kiddos to use for initial sounds.

Click on the image to go to my TpT store

Once I got home from the doctor's office today and got Mr. Wills comfy
I  finished my Writing Work Stations for January.
Click on the image to go to my TpT store
 AND... January's Daily Math Journals
Click on the image to go to my TpT store
As a thank you for listening to my sad, sad story.  I would like to send a copy of each of these new items to the first 5 people who comment on this post.   Please include your email!!!

You can also get these on Teacher's Notebook.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Idle hands? Hardly!

What have I been up to?  Some great time with my family and a a few updates!

First,  I had promised a copy of my students' gingerbread houses.   We decided to go BIG!
 Actually, this is a gingerbread house from the La Fonda Hotel in Sante Fe, NM!   Amazing!

This is how ours turned out.
Here are some updates and new items.

This is one I created last year. I went in and updated it.  If you already purchased it, you can download the updated version for free!  Just go to "Your Purchases".

To find these on Tpt, just click on the images.   You can also find them on Teacher's Notebook
 This fluency station has 26 alphabet cards, 90 high-frequency words, and 36 Dolch phrases.
I added a common core correlation sheet to this packet to make things simple.
 My kids love this game.  Number ID or simple addition/subtraction
 Happy New Year!!!

You can also find these on Teacher's Notebook

I am about 85% done on my Writing Station for January.  I am waiting for some clip art so I can finish it.  I hope I will have it by the middle of this week.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We are only going to have a few days with students this week, so my stations will remain the same this week.   Here is last week's "Peek at my Week".

However...  I have been pinning like a crazy person.

Parents: Don't look at this post!

This came from Little Bit Funky... Hello?? Adorable! I will do these on red Christmas ornaments.

We may attempt these if time permits.  These are from The Elementary Art Room. C-U-T-E!

We are going to continue to play this super fun game as a whole class.  They go crazy over it!

I almost forgot!  We will be making gingerbread houses!  This is from the FAB-U-LOUS Freebie from Deanna Jump (it is her picture too).   With a little luck, ours will look something like this!

With assemblies, parties, and what-not we will have a full two days.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A Little Makeover and Snowman FREEBIE!

Just a quick note to let you know that I have updated one of my very first Teacher Pay Teacher products!   It now has 63 high-frequency words (plus a blank page so you can add you own).   If you already purchased it from TpT, you can download the update for nothing!

Click on the image to go to my TpT site.

While I was at it, I made my Snowman Bingo product a FREEBIE!

Grab your FREEBIE by clicking on image!
I have some students who need a little extra sight word practice.  I plan on sending these games home, so their parents will have a fun way to help them during the break.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Writing Assessment

This week we gave our writing assessment. Each kindergarten class performs the same assessment in the same manner.

Our prompt is,  "Write about something you like to do in the snow".  Teachers do not confer with students during this assessment and we do not give a writing mini-lesson before the assessment.  This is an independent task. Students are permitted to use classroom resources like our word walls or the writing center.

I love how Mrs. Parker showed her students progression in this post, so I thought I would do the same.

The October sample was also an assessment (same hands-off rules applied). 

As a district, we will score our student's work together next week during a PD day.  However, I included what I anticipate their score to be.  Grab a copy of the scoring guide here.

NOTE:  These images are small, but if you click on them, you will get a bigger image and you will be able to read the kid's handwriting.

 I think these samples are pretty indicative of my class population.   I am not convinced our scoring guide is rigorous enough.  As a district, we are committed to not making any changes, but I would love to hear your opinion.

On another note, during writer's workshop we co-created this anchor chart.  
It was very helpful with our book writing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

So... How are my station going?

My kiddos are loving their If You Give a Mouse themed stations!  Such fun!
Click on any image to find the source.

Do you remember I talked about these from Learning Resources?

I love these!   Now when I set out a station, I simply review the task with the kids.  We decided on what the simple instructions for the task should be. I quickly flip these little babies over and record the directions.  Then if the students get to the station, but forget the task, they can press the button and hear them again.   LoVe it!

Ok... my kids have been playing a variation of this game all year. But as soon as I give them a new theme (such as Snowman Soup) they CAN'T WAIT to play the new game... Same words... Same task!  This has been a great way for them to over learn their CVC words.

On another note,   I gave my end-of-semester writing prompt today.  I thought I would post some student samples with the way they were scored.   Interested?  Let me hear from you!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Peek at my Week-Laura Numeroff Author Study

Sheesh!  We had a full week. I managed to finish up the end-of-semester assessments and dive into our Laura Numeroff author study.  Here are a few pictures.

Click on the image to go to Erica's TpT unit

Click on the image to grab the sequencing sentences.
 I grabbed these great ideas from Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog.  She has the BEST ideas posted on her blog... don't you think? She also has the directions on how to make these cute mice!  LoVe!

The First Grade Parade also has some adorable pictures on her blog (she makes my drawings look pitiful).

These response pages are also from Erica Bohrer's Unit.

 We even talked about circular stories in Writer's Workshop.

Onward! Here is my Peek at my Week.  You will notice that some of my stations have two options (yes... I am nuts). I did this to help accommodate one of my students who does not celebrate holidays. If you are in a school that does not permit Christmas themes, perhaps this will help you.

Click on any picture to download my plans with product links.

Have a great week!
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