I am sharing a sneak peek of my Winter Literacy & Math Unit that's currently in the works. This free download is a matching activity that will be included in my finished Winter Pack. It includes numeral ID, pictoral representations, and tallies for numbers 8-15. I hope you find it useful.
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Writing is probably my most favorite thing to teach in the whole wide world. I love it even more when I can use it to reinforce learning in other content areas. This is a lesson I did with my group of firsties from last year. After learning about space, (stars in particular) I knew the next most natural step was to write about our learning. I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and write about stars from the perspective of a star. I used rain as my modeled piece, which we wrote together using prior knowledge from our weather unit. We had to practice what it meant to tell about something from that object's persepective. I thought this would be a bit challenging, but they caught on super quickly.
Next, I sent them off to create a list of words describing stars based upon what we have learned in class. We went through the whole writing process until we had our finished pieces. I was super excited about how they turned out. I think their hard work paid off.
Please share comments and suggestions on how this could be extended or improved. I would also love to hear about how others incorporate nonfiction writing in fun ways. Here's a little freebie of the starburst template that I copied onto yellow paper. Click here for the starburst writing template.
I am always thinking about how I can trick my kinders into learning a concept by making it seem like a game. We all know we learn best when an activity is fun. That's the foundation of this whole blog. Don't you early childhood teachers just love to be told that it must be so much fun to teach little ones? You know, because we just play and have fun all day. My response is two-fold:
1) Absolutely! Teaching little ones is incredibly rewarding. They are so excited about the learning process and want to please the teacher oh so badly. Not to mention the enormous growth that occurs during these years.
2) There is a lot of play involved. Here's the catcher though. All that play took a lot of work to think-up, create, laminate, cut, glue, included atleast 2 visits to Dollar tree or Target. All this to make the learning standard look like a game to an unassuming five-year-old. Some may call it deception. Us early childhood teachers call it hands-on instruction and skill reinforcement.
Here are a couple of activities that I have been using this year.
This is a beginning sound sort that my kids love, love love. The chip & dip tray came from good ole Dollar Tree and I use the Lakeshore letter tub objects. When we began I only used two letters sounds and gradually built up to four. The middle compartment is used to place objects with a beginning sound that is not represented in any of the four larger compartments.
This is from my Sight Word Make-It Station. Kiddos pull a sight word, read it, build it with magnetic letters, and write it with a dry-erase marker. The cookie sheet came from Dollar Tree and my letters were purchased from Lakeshore. I actually have a class set of cookie sheets and letters because it was a great way to practice spelling words in first and second grade. This year in kinder, I introduced it in a small group and then made it a partner activity in stations.
My awesome kinder team wanted to combine our love of all things Fall with Red Ribbon Week. This is the result. I think it turned our pretty stinkin' cute. That adorable scarecrow is the work of the oh so talented Ms. Rousse.