Goodness gracious!! What a week!!
These past two weeks, I’ve had to be out of the classroom for some pretty important professional events.
It will feel good to be back on a regular schedule next week!
When I’m out like that, I realize how important it is to keep my students on a regular routine, because that is what I like as well.
Being on regular schedule in my life is just….well….comforting….and we all like to be comforted….right?!?!
TIEKS!! Yes !
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During the month of January, we did a lot of informational reading on Martin Luther King, Jr., penguins, and polar bears. Part of my writing activity for this is to write using a graphic organizer with Can, Have, Are. For Martin Luther King, I made up an organizer using Had, Was, Helped.
After we completed the chart, then the students wrote an informational piece in a mini book.
Here is a picture of the organizer I created for our kindergarten teachers to use with their kinder cubs.
If you click anywhere on the pic, it will take you straight to the freebie to download. Also, in that set is a Had, Was, Helped organizer.
This week, while I was gone, the kinder cubs worked on many things Valentine!! Our focus book was Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat using the Guiding Readers Series from Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills (LOVE them!!) . In this unit, the kids learned about problem and solution in stories. In their writing they connected to the story by writing about a time they did something nice for someone. I love the sentence study in any of the Guiding Readers Series. We talk about the sentence: How many words?, What are the verbs?, What are the nouns?, What are the adjectives?. Then, we chat about the punctuation. Then, they take the mixed up sentence and put it in the right order and illustrate the main idea of it.
For Valentine craftivities they created a Valentine Selfie (from the Guiding Readers February Resource), a Valentine alliteration writing piece, and their Valentine Critter Carriers. When I came back on Friday, my classroom looked just LOVEly!!
I have made these Valentine Critter Carriers for years!
I put them outside the classroom and then on Valentine’s Day, the kids bring their cards and “feed” each child’s critter the card that is for that child.
Then, they take their critter home and open the bag and enjoy all of their cards and goodies they received!!
Click HERE to find my post about how to make these super cute bags!!
One of the math stations this week was to put shapes that were cut for them into a Valentine’s Day picture. I love doing these! However, for kindergarten, it is best if we cut out the shapes for each child and keep them in sets. It is difficult for them to cut out the shapes and take on the spatial relationship work it takes just to put it together! They all did a great job with it this week!!
This resource comes from, Christine Maxwell Hand to Heart! Click HERE to get to this awesome resource.
On Valentine’s Day, I plan on using conversation hearts or a graphing activity.
Even though you have probably seen a million jillion of examples of this graphing activity, I have one that is geared towards kindergarten that is FREE!! Click on the image below to download a free one for your file!!
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Please enjoy your weekend and I wish for much love to come your way on Valentine’s Day!! God bless you!!