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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Silent E Videos, SmartBoard Activities & Freebies

Last week we were working on reading and writing words with a Silent "e".  We found two great videos on YouTube.  The first one is called Super "e"!!!!  by Harry Kindergarten and the second one is The Magic E Song by KidsTV123.  You can find both of these on our video playlist.  We also used our SmartBoard and worked on the Magic Silent e and CVC words notebook.  The students had so much fun changing words by adding a silent e, moving a magnifying glass over CVC words and seeing how they magically change.  The last activity we did on the SmartBoad was sort CVC and CVCe words.  

Students add a silent e to change the word

Just move the magnifying glass over the CVC word and a silent e appears
Sorting CVC and CVCe words
We wanted the students to do a follow up activity during independent group time and Mrs. Pollard has this great Silent e freebie.  It comes with a set of word cards, silent e's and a recording sheet.  We copied each of the cards, glued them on construction paper and then laminated them for durability.  Her cute Silent e's get taped or glued onto popsicle sticks.  Each of the cards comes labeled with a number so students have to find that number on their recording sheet write the CVC word and then write the new CVCe word.
Mrs. Pollard's Silent e Word Activity

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day our school will be having a Read-a-Thon this coming week. To make ours really memorable we have a Dr. Seuss Pajama Party Read-a-Thon Day! Students come to class wearing their pajamas (the teachers too) which already makes it so much fun! We invite parents to come in and read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories. In between the guest readers we have students travel to different Dr. Seuss centers.

Here are examples of the Dr. Seuss centers. You can find more games and coloring pages at

Parent Letter
Fun game played in pairs with dice.

Hat from A to Z Printables
Thing 1 & 2 "ing" family hats.

Dr. Seuss bow ties, color and  just add yarn!

Dot to dot

Dr. Seuss Th "ing" and C "at" Hats!

Dr. Seuss Pajama Party Read-a-Thon Day!

Read Across America Flash Mob Video

For Read Across America Day and to start off our Read-a-Thon with a blast, our entire school will be participating in a Flash Mob Dance . . . this is a first for us!  Here are the videos we are watching and using to practice in case this is something your school, grade level, class may want to do as well!

Part 1

Part 2

Roosevelt's Read-a-Thon Flash Mob Video

Dr. Seuss Freebie

Thanks to Maya from for her Dr. Seuss freebie!

Monday, February 20, 2012

American Symbols Freebie

Thank you to Growing Kinders for the great freebie!

   I'm planning on using it to play Quiz-Quiz-Trade with my kids as a review at the end our our study on the American Symbols! To play Quiz-Quiz-Trade, each student is given a card. Students pair up, quiz each other about their cards, trade cards and then walk around and find a new partner.

America I Love You!

These next few weeks we will be learning about the American Symbols. Each day we introduce a new American symbol with a video from Discovery and then review what was learned with a Notebook file on the SmartBoard. 

Students make a page in their America I Love You Books of the symbol that was discussed that day. The book has 7 pages including the front cover: American flag, White House, map of the U.S.A., Lincoln, Washington, Liberty Bell & Bald Eagle.

America symbols book front cover
Abraham Lincoln page

White House page

Hip Hip Hooray It's Our 100th Day!

100 Men
This is our sign we hang on the door.
The 100th Day of School is a huge milestone in kindergarten for the students and the teacher.  We spend a whole week getting ready for this celebration.  We start off the week by having each student make a 100 Man.  They count his body by 10's and when he is all complete he makes 100.  You can find him in our Winter Pack.

Each student also makes a 100th Day of School Book.  In the book, they are learning what is equal to 100 cents, making a personal connection by drawing 100 things they could eat and what they will look like when they are 100 years old.  These books are so much fun and because the text is predictable, the students can't wait to take them home and read them to their families.
This is what I will look like when I am 100!
I can eat 100...

Our 100th Day Celebration would not be complete without reading Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff.  When we are done with the story, each student sorts their own bag of 100 items just like in the story.  Click here to get this free sorting mat. 
Sorting the 100 items each student brought in from home.

100th Day Snack
Our last and final 100th Day activity is making our 100 item snack.  Each student gets to count out 10 Froot Loops, 10 chocolate chips, 10 raisins, 10 pretzel sticks, 10 pieces of popcorn, 10 marshmallows, 10 M & M's, 10 goldfish, 10 teddy grahams and 10 Kix.  We have them put it all in a Ziploc bag with a tag that explains what the snack contains.

Happy Presidents Day!

Honest Abe