Sunday, December 11, 2011

It's Gingerbread Time!

We have been reading various versions of The Gingerbread Man this week.  The two books pictured above have definitely become class favorites!  We will continue to read more versions of The Gingerbread Man in the week ahead!

At this station students complete an activity called "peppermint push."  First, students select a picture from the basket.  All pictures are consonant-vowel-consonant words (cat, mop, fan, hat, etc.).

Students use the large peppermints to help them segment/stretch the word.  They write the sounds that they hear in the boxes on their recording sheet.  
(Source: Kathleen Pedersen at Growing Kinders)

Rhyming Gingerbread Friends- Students find the two gingerbread friends that rhyme.  They then draw the rhyming pictures in the boxes and label their picture with the word by writing the sounds they hear. 
(Source: Julie Lee at Mrs. Lee's Kinder Kids

Gingerbread Man Color Words- Students match the gingerbread men to the correct bow by reading the color words.  
(Gingerbread Men from Making Learning Fun)

Students then use the letter stamps to stamp their color word and color their gingerbread man to match.

The Stockings Were Hung- at this station students match the picture on the stocking to its word.

After matching the picture to the word, students write about their match on their recording sheet.  They write the word, draw the picture, and color their stocking to match.
(Source: Winter Math and Literacy Fun by Deanna Jump and Julie Lee)

Gingerbread Play Dough- Students select a play dough mat that is programmed with a popcorn word.  They use their own container of gingerbread play dough to make the word.

Finally, they write the popcorn word they made.
(Source: Kathleen Pedersen at Growing Kinders)

Rhyme House- in each bag there is a house and picture cards.  Students only place picture cards that rhyme in the house.

After finding all the rhyming picture cards students write/draw the rhyming words on their paper. 

Candle Sight Words- students select a popcorn word card from the basket.  They then make the sight word using the popsicle sticks and candle bases.  

After spelling the word, students write the word on their paper.  
(Candle flames and popcorn word cards from: Making Learning Fun)

Sight Word Trees- for this station students make sight words out of the puzzle trees.  

First, students find the word on their tree trunk.  Next, they put the green pieces in order to form the tree.  
(Trees from: Making Learning Fun)

Once their puzzle is completed they use letter stamps to stamp the word on their paper.  

Missing Letter Train- students place the correct missing letter card on the train.

Students then complete their recording sheet by writing the letter that is missing.  

Picture the word- Students use dry erase markers and erasers to write the missing beginning sounds on the cards.

They then write the word on their paper beside of the picture.  

Thank you for stopping by!  My next post will include pictures of our math stations.  
Please check back soon!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have been busy completing many Thanksgiving themed stations.  We will be finishing up these stations this week!

Here are some pictures of our literacy stations:

For this station students match pictures to their beginning sound.  

There are pictures for each letter of the alphabet.  Students find the correct picture for each letter card.

Students record eight of their matches on their recording sheet.  Students draw the picture and write the letter.  Students are also encouraged to write the sounds they hear for the word (yarn=yrn, vase=vas).  

At the next station, students are finding rhyming matches.

Every number is paired with a rhyming picture card.  

Students record their matches on the pumpkins on their recording sheet.  Students are asked to write the number on one pumpkin and draw the picture on the other (1-sun, 2-shoe, etc).  Students are also encouraged to label their pictures with the sounds they hear.  

This is another station that focuses on the skill of rhyming.  Students match the pictures that rhyme.

They then record their rhymes on their paper, including the picture and the word.  
Source: Deanna Jump and Julie Lee

At this station students get their own word ring.  The beginning letter of each word is missing.  Students use dry erase markers to write the beginning sound of each word on their word ring.  

Finally, students pick four words to write/draw on their paper.  At the bottom of the paper students select their favorite word to use in a sentence.  

Turkey ABCs- at this station students match capital and lowercase letters on the turkeys.  

They then complete the recording sheet by writing the missing letter.  

Here are some pictures of our math stations:

At this station students are matching the shape to the real life object of the same shape.  
Source: School is Fun Packet- Deanna Jump and Julie Lee

They then draw the shape on their recording sheet.  And color their flip flops to match.  

For this station students worked in groups of three.  They spread the scarecrows pictured above across the floor in the classroom.  Then each student got a bag containing cards to place on the appropriate scarecrow.  

Bag 1: number cards 1-10
Bag 2: number word cards one-ten
Bag 3: Dot cards 1-10

After matching the cards, students completed the recording sheet by writing the numbers or number words on the line and coloring their scarecrow to match.  
Source: Autumn Math and Literacy Centers by Deanna Jump and Julie Lee

At this station students are practicing the skill of more or less.  Students select a domino from the box.  They then draw the domino on their paper.  

Finally students determine which side of their domino has more dots.  They write this number on their paper.  

Thanksgiving Write the Room- At this station students walk around the room in search of Thanksgiving themed cards that have been posted throughout the classroom.

When a card is found, students record what they see on their paper using a number word.

Here are some of the cards currently posted around the room:

Last week students wrote about things they are thankful for.  It was so sweet to hear about the things/people they are thankful for that are in their lives. 

 With Thanksgiving being just around the corner I wanted to share with the parents in my classroom that visit this blog that I am thankful for all of your children.  They make me laugh and smile every day.  I am so very thankful to be their teacher.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Literacy Stations- Initial Sounds, Rhyming, and ABC order!

Some of our literacy stations this week had a spider theme.  This went along with our nursery rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  

At the car station students completed: Itsy Bitsy Knows Her Sounds.  Students selected a spider and determined the beginning sound of the picture.  

Students recorded the beginning sound on their paper and colored their spider to match the color of the spider they selected.  
(source Julie Lee's spider packet on Teachers Pay Teachers)

At the truck station students completed the sight word mystery recording sheet.  In order to complete this station students selected a web that had been programmed with a popcorn word.  

After students read the word, they wrote their popcorn word in the boxes that would correctly fit their popcorn word.  

 tall boxes = tall letters
short boxes = short letters

(source: Julie Lee's spider packet on Teachers Pay Teachers)

At the mail carrier stations students completed the initial sound sorting activity titled Pack a Backpack.  Students sort picture cards by their beginning sound (/c/ or /d/).  Students place the picture cards on the matching beginning sound backpack.  

After sorting the picture cards students selected four two draw and label on their recording sheet.  Students are encouraged to use invented spelling.  Students write the sounds they hear to label their picture.  

At the train station students completed rhyming puzzles.  

First students matched magnet puzzle pieces on their tray.

Then they completed the recording sheet that matched the puzzle pieces on the tray.  
(source: Carl's Corner)

At the caboose station students put the leaves that had been programmed with all the letters of the alphabet in ABC order.  

Students also practiced working with a partner and taking turns.  Together students worked to place the leaves in ABC order across the floor of our classroom.  

Finally, students used their leaves to complete their recording sheet.