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Monday, December 4, 2017

Kindergarten Math Center at Christmas [Counting, Number Sense, Writing Numbers]

Counting, Number Sense and 
Writing Numbers 0-9

Christmas Math Center - Writing Numbers
Spin and record math centers engage students in activity, following directions and working beside another classmate. Children enjoy the spinning action and this spin and record is 'All About Christmas' and counting.

This math center for Christmas time will provide practice in counting, number sense and writing numbers from 0-9. Pages and spinner show clip art that is in a Christmas style; however, the number pages can be used anytime.   And you can make these pages readily available all the time.
Themed centers can heighten your students interest.  However, these math centers need to accomplish your teaching goal : providing opportunity and practice in a skill that you have already taught.  Math stations can also be an excellent way to immerse some of your students with a task that reinforces direct instruction while you are teaching another small group a similar skill.  Learning can be fun and certainly is when brains are thinking and students can have some directed movement that allows them responsibility in their own learning. 
Your goals for a math station might be: 

  1. Learning
  2. Practice, review and reinforcement in skills previously taught
  3. Independent skills to complete a given task

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Classic Christmas Read Alouds - Jan Brett

MrsQuimbyReads, reader response pages, wild christmas reindeerJan Brett's illustrations will grab you immediately.  She is a well-known children's author and her stories are poetic, beautiful and humorous. 
 The Wild Christmas Reindeer is about young, Teeka.  She lives in Norway and has the important task of training the reindeer for Santa's sleigh.  Things don't go very well the first time around as she tries to teach cooperation and organization to the reindeer. Christmas is approaching and Teeka learns a lot about how a method of teaching makes a big difference to the learners. 

Jan Brett inspires good quality traits and habits.  Children learn kindness, patience and tenacity

Friday, November 17, 2017

2 Picture Books for November that Teach Math and Literacy Skills [Beginning Readers]

Nuts to You, by Lois Ehlert is a perfect read aloud for this time of year.  Squirrels, nuts, birds, windows and screen doors.  This squirrel is roaming about in summer but it is a perfect addition to animals and nature for the fall.  Read along to find out the many math and literacy skills you might teach using these 2 November favorites. 
Nuts to You!  is an engaging story about a frisky squirrel who explores the bird feeder, then up to the window box and right into an apartment through a tear in the screen. Ehlert's collage style illustrations are a springboard for children to make their own. Read in a slow pace so children can view these marvelous illustrations.  There is much to see on each page.  Squirrel climbing, exploring and even upside-down at times.  Reading pictures and illustrations are a must to comprehension of the whole story the author writes.  The author chooses pictures to enhance

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Veterans' Day Writing Prompts [November 11]

Make some time to teach about Veterans' Day.  Read about the reasons why we celebrate this day on November 11.  In the United States, Veterans' Day is November 11.  This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I.  We thank all the soldiers who fought in the wars on Veterans Day.  Many, many soldiers lost their lives fighting for our freedom.  These writing prompts and pages were created for beginning readers and writers to

Sunday, October 29, 2017

149 Teaching Resources that Engage Students and save Teachers Time

It's a great day to find teaching resources that engage students and save you time.  

 You can take a closer look at or at my TPT Store.  See all the teaching resources I have created for learning in the primary grades.   There are over 140 resources.   

 Study the Pilgrims and Wampanoags.  Group project, each group focuses on what part of history and then reports to class.  Reading passages included... questions for discovery.

Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert - Reader Response pages include counting
learning ABC's, math centers, literacy center, addition-subtraction pages,
writing numbers to 20, addends to 10, patterns, craft ideas

Groundhog Day 
All About Snow Literacy and Math Printables

Frog and Toad Reader Response Pages - 3 stories

Alphabet Sound-Letter Match

 More examples below but be sure to go to my store to see all 149 teaching resources...

Here is a partial list of the teaching resources that I have created for students to engage in reading, writing, math and numbers, Social Studies, Science, Classroom Management...

You will be able to find writing prompts and reader response pages  for Children's Literature:
You will be able to find Math activities for:
  • arrays and early multiplication
  • Multiplication - USA [learn your facts] game
  • number grids
  • I have, Who Has? multiplication
  • Scoot games for multiplication 
  • Listening Activity for Place Value
  • Scoot game for division
  • perimeter is around anchor chart
  • Numbers to display [primary grades]
  • Valentine's Day Math pack
  • Hello Spring, Literacy & Math Pack

Holidays and Seasonal - So Much Fun!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

How Stellaluna Inspires Children to Be Kind

by Janell Cannon

Reader Response Pages to Use with this Book

Poor Stellaluna! 

Stellaluna is a bat and she is separated from her mom during an owl attack.  Luckily, she does end up in a bird's nest where the family of birds take her in as their own.  She now has a mother bird who cares for her and the baby birds become her friends.  As she grows, she begins to do bird-like things.  Later, she meets up with other bats and becomes reunited with her mother.  The bats teach her bat-like things and she finds out that life is better sleeping upside-down!  And she tries to teach her bird friends to do bat things. But they aren't very good at being a bat and it is troublesome.  They wonder how they can be so alike yet so different
From the very beginning, children are engaged in this wonderful story.  Suspenseful pages

Friday, October 20, 2017

How to Make a Story Elements Booklet for Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

by E.B. White

Make a Story Elements Booklet

This story booklet enhances the reading experience for children.  It is a flap booklet which gives space for writing about the story elements for Charlotte's Web.  Readers write about the characters, setting, problem, solution and ending.  This booklet is very easy to assemble... no cutting, no glue.  Simply download, print on 
2 sides, fold and staple.  I usually add a bit of duck tape to make a nice binding so no snags on the staples.  

Get your story elements booklet here for Charlotte's Web.  

And if you need more reader response pages for Charlotte's Web; they are here.  Two choices: 

Both literacy packs include the story elements booklet.  This wonderful book teaches friendship, values, kindness and loyalty all set in a beautiful farm setting.  

"From three to four, [Wilbur] planned to stand perfectly still and think of what it was like to be alive." Taking time to immerse yourself into deep thought and contemplate your existence isn't such a bad way to spend your time, really."

So many lessons to learn from Children's Literature...

See you next the meantime...keep reading... to yourself and to children...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Literacy Lessons with Children's Literature

How can a picture book be cancelled?

Michael Hall is one of my favorite authors.  He teaches us to be creative.  He teaches us to think.  Frankencrayon is entertaining and fantastic!  He sets the stage with the characters who are a group of crayons.  They are ready to read a picture book about "Frankencrayon"; however, oh my! what has happened!! the unthinkable! Someone has scribbled on the opening page.  The crayons, of course, try their best to erase this horrible scribble, but cannot and the story is cancelled!  Or is it?  Read this hilarious story to find out who saves the day and be sure to read it to some young people who can relate to seeing a scribble in a story book.  You may also like the book, Red, a Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall.  This talented author and illustrator engages readers from the first page.  You can find reader response pages HERE for Red, a Crayon's Story.  

If you wish to extend your reading experience for Frankencrayon,  I have included some links below.   
Download this pdf from Greenwillow books.   HERE
Oh, no!  Who made that scribble?

This book is an excellent choice to teach:
  • prediction skills 
  • point of view

Being creative is welcomed here!  Construction paper and crayons, cut some shapes for your kindergartens to make their own Frankencrayons!!  Materials needed: paper, glue sticks, crayons, pencils, paints, shapes and thinking!

for Kindergarteners

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

for First Graders
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Themes and Key Discussion Points:
  • acceptance
  • relationships
  • humor
Before Reading Questions:
  • Have you heard of Frankenstein? What do you know of this story? If not, discuss the different crayons and the way in which they create a new ‘taped-together’ character. 
  • Have you read Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall? If so, what expectations do you have about this book? What do you recall about the author’s style?
  • Meet the cast and crew on the first page. Make predictions about the book. What clues do readers get from this page? 
  • Turn to the title page. Were your predictions correct?

Find some reader response pages to enhance your reading experience... 
Find your reader response pages HERE