Sunday, November 12, 2017

Perky Turkeys! A Fun Rhyming Center!

Perky Turkeys! is a fun and exciting literacy center to help your children learn and reinforce their rhyming skills. 

We have included 36 turkeys with a picture on their belly. Each turkey is looking for a friend that has a matching rhyming picture on her belly. The children like to say that the turkeys are boyfriend and girlfriend. Haha! Gotta love kindergartners!

First the children lay the cards out in random order in front of them so they can see all the pieces they are working with. We like to put Velcro on the cards so they stay together nicely.

The children then work together to match the rhyming turkeys. We encourage them to say the word on the turkey's belly to help them find the match and hear the rhymes verbally. 

We have also included three recording sheets with twelve rhyming pairs each. This gives you three different sets of rhyming turkeys for your literacy center. It also helps to cut down on the number of cards the children need to manipulate. 

They will record their rhyming matches by drawing a line to the correct rhyming pair. We have our children use dry erase markers for easy clean up!

You can click on the image below to check it out in our store. 

Thanks for visiting! Have a great week!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sight Word Cans and a FREEBIE!!

Teaching sight words is an important part of the curriculum. So, why is learning sight words, or high frequency words, so important? Sight words help with fluency, comprehension, and confidence in reading and writing...which affect a child's entire lifetime!

In addition to working with them in the classroom, we like for our children to also practice at home. We send a "Sight Word Can" home for each child to store their sight words in for easy access. 

We make the sight word cans out of empty frosting containers.
We ask parents to donate them when they can. They send them in empty and clean which is a big help to us!

We also like to personalize them for all the children by adding a cover to the frosting container with their name. The can is then something that belongs to them and they have ownership over their learning! We have been doing this for several years now and our old students tell us they still have their can!

You can download these Sight Word Can Covers for FREE at the bottom of this post. These covers are editable so you can easily add your student's names and then print!

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to get your sight word cans ready for your children:

You can edit the font style, size, and color by clicking in the text box and changing the settings. 

Once you have all your names typed you can print them all directly from the PowerPoint. When printing go to Design, then Slide Size, choose Standard, and then Maximize to be sure the covers print true to size and will fit the frosting containers.

After printing, laminate and cut out the covers. 
You are now ready to begin assembling your cans!
We like to start by taping one edge of the cover onto the can.
We then wrap the cover and tape securely on the other edge. We usually use scotch tape but packaging tape would work as well!

We will then type the sight words into a word document and send home with the children after they have been introduced. The children will cut out their sight words and keep in their can so they are ready to go at any time!
We also like to keep a Sight Word Can in the classroom for the children to practice during center time!

Click the image below to get your FREE Sight Word Covers! 
We hope you enjoy them! 
Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fall Fun for Your Classroom!

What is your favorite season? Do you like cooler weather, football, pumpkins, and all the colorful leaves? If so, it is the perfect time of the year for you!

We wanted to share some of the exciting things we are doing in our classrooms to engage our students while learning about fall. 
One of the books we like to read is The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.
This book follows the life cycle of an apple tree through the four seasons. After reading, children make an apple tree that represents each season. Each tree starts as a bare tree cut out of brown construction paper and then glued onto blue construction paper. Children then add details to each tree using different art materials to show what an apple tree looks like during the different seasons. This is a lot of fun for the children!!

Spring Tree
We use tissue paper for the leaves and the apple blossoms

Summer Tree 
We use green paint for the leaves of the tree, which the children apply through sponge painting. Later the children will use a red bingo dabber to add apples to the tree. 

Fall Tree
For this tree we use different colors of construction paper for the leaves and children glue on in any way they want.  

The Final Products
After the trees are completed, the children label each tree. Some children simply write the name of the season and others will write sentences describing the tree. The fall tree says; 

In the story, we learn that the tree grows the best part of an apple pie: the apples!!! So of course we like to eat different kinds of apples and graph which is our favorite. 

Literacy Centers
Alphabet Apples
The children love to match the lower case letters to the capital letters in this fun and engaging apple themed center. 

Another alphabet matching activity the children adore!

Using various illustrations of scarecrows, children read sentences and then match them to the correct picture. Here is a picture of a scarecrow before, during, and after several variations of sentence matching. The children love this center because they're learning to read these predictable sentences by themselves at this point in the school exciting! 

 Our children are so excited to read on their we love creating these interactive readers where they can identify some basic sight words, add their own picture clues by matching underlined words, work on some coloring and cutting skills, and then build some confidence by reading the entire book independently! LOVE!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! We hope you enjoyed our fall activities as well as the freebie. Happy Fall!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (October 23rd - 29th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!

Link a product from your TpT store that you would
like to "markdown" until Sunday, October 29th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!

You can also put #MarkdownMonday in your product description as well to make searching for buyers easy!
Thanks so much and have fun!

If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! 
(Be sure to check back all week as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.

Counting on Candy Corn includes math materials for teaching addition with sums up to 10. This activity uses ten frames with pictures to enhance children's understanding of addition. We have included materials for modeling, cooperative group practice, individual assessments, and a follow-up center activity. We have also included different levels of materials for finding sums, writing the whole equation, and finding the missing addend. Read on to get a look into this fun and engaging activity using the very adorable candy corn clipart from Scrappin' Doodles.

Children will look at the candy corn shown on the ten frame to find the sum of the equation provided. Children can use a dry erase marker to write the answer.

These ten frames show two different sets of candy corn dressed up and ready for Halloween. Children are to write the equation that matches the picture shown. 

Here the children need to figure out the missing addend in the equation. You can use counters, candy corn erasers, real candy corn, or anything else you have available for the children to use to help them accomplish this task. They will fill the missing addend with a dry erase marker. 

You can use these cards in so many different ways. You can differentiate your groups by giving one group the finding sums cards, while another group uses the writing equations cards, and one group has the missing addend cards. You could also give each group a sampling of each of the cards in order to practice all of the ways shown.
We have included three different assessments for you to use to meet the needs of your students. Each one is two pages which we copy back to back. You can use them to check for understanding, for reteaching in a small group setting, or even for homework!

We like to use real candy corn while making different combinations to make a sum. The children love the added bonus of getting to eat them when we are done! You can also use candy corn erasers, counters, or anything else you would like to use! We have included two different ten frame mats for you to choose from and a recording sheet too.

The first mat is your basic ten frame. Children can use this mat to count objects, make sets, add with sets of ten or less, or anything else you choose. 

The second mat includes a place for the children to write the equation with a dry eraser marker after they have been laminated. 

The next ten frame can act as an assessment or recording sheet. The children can use the ten frame on the paper to build their equations and then record them in the spaces provided below.

Our children love this center! 
Children will match the top and middle sections of the candy corn by placing the correct numeral over the set shown. They will then add to solve each equation. We have included a recording sheet also. Children will record the equation next to the picture that matches their completed card. 

We hope you enjoy our Counting On Candy Corn activities!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

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