Gingerbread Man: A Christmas Book Inspired Craft
9 hours ago
|I love anything rainbow colored!|
|Now this is a HUGE leaf.|
|Cayden thinks you can't see it very well because of the "leaf's veins".|
I'm wondering if it would work better if I let the leaves dry out a little
before pinning them??
|I was so excited because this was the first time my baby (well, |
he IS 4) showed any interest in a Pokey Pin project. Look how
great he did as his little hand muscles got strengthened AND he
practiced naming the letters in his name.
So, I did go out and help Mr. Miner with some raking, but, have no fear, my classroom and blogging was not far from my mind as I did so:
Can you believe that all of these leaves came
from the same exact bush? It doesn't seem as
odd until you put them together like this!
I was excited to be able to gather 20 HUGE leaves like Cayden found so that I could do our regular Pokey Pin session on leaves instead of boring, old paper! I think we will write "We Like Fall" to make sure we are practicing our popcorn words while we strengthen our little hand muscles.
I would be remiss if I didn't include the other things I was thinking about (and watching) as I raked leaves on this beautiful fall day!
|Mrs. B already has her book all laminated and binded! This will|
be a classroom favorite (even after the holiday) because it is repetitive
and based on Brown Bear, Brown Bear
|I never even thought of this! Mrs. B printed out the themed word|
wall cards and is going to hang them around the room (like a write the
room center) for a read the room center. After the children have
read them several times, she is creating a center to match up the words
(without the picture clue, of course!) to the monkeys based on their costume.
|Reading books on the big screen give Big Books a whole new meaning!|
|The work together word problems were made much more|
kindergarten friendly when Mrs. B added pics of the
characters to the flipchart!
|This is my favorite activity in this kit. It gives the children the |
power to give out awards for the costume contest. This is a
great way to practice ordinal numbers. You can do it together
whole group, but then each child can make their own decisions
back at their seat with their own paper!
Anyone who purchases my Costume Party can get this companion flipchart (compatible for Promethean Boards and any other board that can read PB files) FREE by emailing me their TpT name and date of purchase. This is also for people who have already purchased this kit previouly and are interested in having the flipchart as well! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Go see The Teacher Wife if you are interested in the ABC Popcorn Boxes!|
My wall looks even better with several popcorn pieces that we have
already added this year!
I have done popcorn words for years, originally finding out about them from Building Blocks Literacy Framework for Kindergarten (same as 4 Blocks Literacy Framework). It makes SO much sense to the children and is just tons more fun than saying, "Let's practice our sight words." I do use the real words for these words interchangeably so they don't get in any arguments with their 1st grade teachers ("Well, Mrs. Miner said they were popcorn words, not high frequency words.").
I have a couple of sets at TpT that could either help you build a new spelling program for kindergarten, restructure one you have, or follow along with a mandated spelling program (like Treasures, that I have to do).
I have added a new product that I think will be very helpful to many of my readers. It is called
Building Popcorn Words and looks like this:
It includes weekly cut, build, and glue activities that follow along with my Monkey Popcorn Word Fun Unit. Here are some of my students' completed pages for the first week. (The first week is very easy, it gets progressively more difficult for students as the weeks go on).
Also included in the kit is a pocket chart header and pictures (if you want to make it a pocket chart center, this would come in particularly handy):
But, the most important piece of the kit are the following pieces. The blank word cards are placed on the pocket chart and then the children "build" the words based on what they know about the words they are building (How many letters does the word have? Does it start with a tall letter or a hang down letter?) These boxes correlate with the boxes on the independent center sheets as well.
children and we built them whole group. Below, is how I
have the center set up.
I am posting my free popcorn word template once again because it has been so popular:
Tell me your sight word activities going on in your classroom!