Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Daily 5 in Kindergarten Chapter 6 and an editable Pokey Pin freebie!

Word Work is so much fun to do!  I don't even know where to start because it is such a wide open arena for kindergarten teachers to provide a variety of instruction and to differentiate as well.  You will rarely have two students at the same exact level when it comes to playing with letters and sounds!
I am so excited about the newest way to encourage my students to learn their letters fluently and to learn them FAST.  Marsha from A Differentiated Kindergarten has just released her newest product and I felt like she created it just for my students because it features my favorite animal, my favorite fruit and just an all round fun way to monitor letter learning:  It's called Who Will Be a Top Banana? and its purpose is to motivate and celebrate students learning their letters.  How perfect is that?  She has it marked down to $3.50 for now, so I would get it while you can and make sure you grab all of her awesome freebies while you are there, too.  Click here to read more about how she uses this unit in her classroom or click on the picture to go buy it.

 If you have been following my blog, you know that one way to work on letters and words in my classroom is by Pokey Pinning.  I introduce Pokey Pinning every year with the students' first initial.  Here, I have created an editable, simple way for you to do it with me.  Just type in the first initial  of each of your students and print!  You can have the kiddos with fine motor difficulty just focus on the staying between the lines of the letters, children with adequate fine motor ability do that AND the borders, and children with excellent fine motor ability can do the outline of the letters.  If you do not have ABC print font on your computer, you may just have to use your own font of choice. 

I use a variety of Pokey Pins (letters, words, popcorn words, even numbers!) throughout the year in my word work centers.  It is a great way to practice letters, sounds and words, as well as to develop the students' fine motor strength and ability.

Here are some word work stations that are inviting, fun and versatile in their use:

To encourage interesting words, I use Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor.  We read the book and then start hearing and seeing "fancy" words everywhere. I have an awesome poster drawn by a former student's parent that we add words to as we find them.  I will have to take a picture of it and add it later for you to see.
Whenever the students  hear or see a "fancy" word, we
discuss the meaning and add it to the poster above on
post it sentence strips.

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  1. Krissy, thank you for posting your freebies :). I tried to access the pokey pin alphabet, but it keeps telling me I don't have permission...:(

    Love all your ideas---keep 'em coming! :)


  2. I had the same problem... I sent a request to you asking for permission :(

    Love the pokey pin idea! Never used it in my class before, how do you introduce them?

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

  3. Well I was glad to see I wasn't the only one! No access. :( Thanks for the cute idea though!

  4. still no access to the freebie, but thanks for when it starts working!! :) Can you explain how you do the light bright words? Do they "eyeball" it?

  5. I've just decided to start blogging & have been checking out k blogs (I've taught k for 25 years). I love your blog!! I'm waiting on my copy of The Daily Five, but I'm enjoying the linky on this book. I'm in the beginning stages with my blog, but would love for you to check it out & offer suggestions! mrsseitzkblog.blogspot.com

  6. Guys, I promise I am working on it. What I need to know is if there is anyone who CAN access the google doc freebie?? I can, so I don't know what is happening.
    Lite Brites: I photocopied the blank paper that comes with the Lite Bright and use a highlighter to write whatever word/letter I want them to practice. Works like a charm and the bonus is that there are 4 sides, so 4 children can do it at once--awesome! Thanks for stoppiing by everyone and I hope to get this google docs problem fixed ASAP! Krissy

  7. For sharing your google document you have to change the share settings from private (only you) to a more public setting (anyone with link or public). I tried to access and cannot get to it. I get the sign in page.

    Love the push pin idea- haven't tried that one before!!

  8. I love your push pin centers! They are amazing! Thanks for sharing your ideas! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  9. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas! I was able to download the freebie. Hope that this helps

  10. Pokey Pinning sounds awesome! I'm working on making engaging word work activities and this will be great! I can see them doing this over a piece of aluminum foil too, so it looks like those punch tin slates in old jam cupboards. They could even color over their pinning with sharpies or dry erase crayons on the foil. I am inspired!
    The Meek Moose

  11. I'm thinking I am going to have to use the poky pins this year. They seem like a great idea! LOVE YOUR BLOG! :)

  12. Pokies are always great for the kinesthetic learners!

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