Plants and Greater than/Less Than

We learned about labeling and the parts of a plant. At my school we have do to displays in the hallway. Last year the hallway displays took up way too much time so this year I decided that I would hang clothespins up with the kiddos name so that each time when we changed displays all I have to do is just slip the kiddos work in their pin and go! No more tape rolls and staples!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is our language Display

We are studying nouns right now so we did Nancy Noun! ( My team mate did Victor Ver but I forgot to snap a pic!) The larger green slips are proper nouns so each child just wrote their name on the slip. The round circles at the top of Nancy’s dress are persons, the longer green slips on her dress are things and animals, and the stockings are places. Each child had to come up with 2 of each kind of nound that we talked about and they glued it on her dress. The students then picked on word and wrote a sentence with that word on the sentence strips
Lastly are our displays for math

I did not make these but I thought this was super cute. These are from the pre-K classroom at my school

*** A cute way to do a Go Chart**** ( More info on Go Chart Here)
Now for a random bit of cuteness! I just had to buy this cute little guy! I have a thing for things that are weirdly cute!

Shuna P

Our Plant Writing

So we just finshed out plant unit last week and I thought that I would share our writing. I sure that you have seen some of these charts floating around on pinterest! They are so cute and can easily be adapted.
At my school we use the four square method for teaching writing.  You can read more on 4 square here. One the first day we discuss our topic in depth and write our topic on our 4 square chart.
On Tuesday we talk about the first column which is can. We make a list of what plants can do and then on the four chart chart we say Plants can and the kiddos pick one of the words for the can column to complete their sentence
On Wednesday we do the next column which is have and lastly we do the are column.

Here is a look at the students chart

Have a great week!
Ms. Patterson

Math Stations

Here is a quick snapshot of what some of my math stations look and how I organize all the manipulatives inside their math bucket for ease of use and access.

Each math bucket has a station number that matches the number on the student rotation cards 
Inside each bucket are the materials for each station
Here is a look at some of the center buckets and how the materials are organized as well as the center in use
For a more detailed explanation of each center you can go here
Number Pattern Blocks and Counting
Counting using a 100s chart, beans and clothespins.
Students then get a bag and find the numbers on their slips and color the number on the chart
Ice tray counting

Number Words and counting

Students spelled number words and practiced counting.

Egg counting and clothespin numbers 

 To elimate arguing over what get what I also try to color code the manipulatives that the kiddos get. Each students material will have a color dot.

Domino Parking Lot

All about Centers! ( Organization and Centers in Action)

I love, love love  doing centers. As I have posted before I have 27 kiddos with 13 groups. I have two students per group. Each student has two group names, one for independent group stations and one for guided reading and writing. For independent group stations the students have jungle animal names and for guided reading and writing they have color names.
Here is a picture of what I use to display centers
Here is my center chart. I know its not all that cute but it is very functional!
Here is a close up of the chart. This are two of the kiddos groups. The Lions and the Hippos, the two number beside each picture tell what station the kiddos go to. The green number is the first station and the read number is the second station
At the top of the chart, the books show  the groups that I will meet with for Guided reading and writing.
Here is a pic of my station posters that I hang in each station
Under the station poster are the I can statement for each center
After the kiddos go to their station the center captain for that station is responsible for going to get their bucket. Here is a pic of how I store my center material for reading and math
I use crates for storage. These are located in the back of my room under a white board. I stacked two crates on top of each other. The top row of crates hold reading center materials and the bottom row of red buckets hold math materials. Each crate holds two center bucket. The first crate hold materials for station 1 and 2 the next crate holds material for 3 and 4 and so on.
This is a picture of the individual reading baskets.
I label each basket with the name of the station and all the materials for that station are included in the basket.
Now on to the acutal centers. Warning! It gets very messy during center times but the kids are learning sooo…………………………………………..

This is the alphabet egg station. The kiddos pulled and egg and found its match on the sheet and colored it the same color as the egg they pulled. The kiddos were working on matching upper and lower case letters

Word Wall sTation. The kiddos first got their baggies and the list and spelled the words on the list. Next the got their white board and marker then wrote the word on the board. Lastly the kiddos found the word on the wall and picked a chant to practice the word. * For a challenge the kiddos had to tell their partner why the word was a centain color. ( Red=Word Family, Orange=math, vocabulary=Popcorn Word Green=Popcorn Word and so on )
next is the journal writing station

We learned the words see, I  and a. The kids made I see a sentences using the fall words poster. I found this idea on here. Students wrote the sentence for each picture on the poster.

Library Station
Students picked a book from the book basket. On their sheets of paper I wrote a letter that I wanted them to find. Looked through their book to see how many words they could find with their letter
letter Build Station

Pocket Chart Station
Sensory Tub
Students used spoons to scoop out letters and match them to their sheet

Spelling station
Kids used their pencil or finger to write the word in the floor. Students then filled out their response sheet.
Word Fam and Listening

Click here to read a more detailed post about my center and get the printables that I used

Carpet Bags

So if you have been following my blog you know that I started the year off with 33 kinders! I have never had that many students and did not have room for all of them. I have limited seating with only 5 tables so I did not have enough room for all the kiddos and there stuff. I don’t know about you but I literally can’t function with clutter and junk thrown everywhere and we all know that kinders are very messy! One way that I cut down on the mess is to use crate seats, click here to read more, and the other way is to use carpet bags.
I love these carpet bags and the studnets have everything on hand that they will need. My plan is to have these grow with our needs. Eventually I want to have math manipulatives in them, flashcards for the skill that we are covering, baggies of money, (don’t you have having to pass out the conis each day when teaching money, IT DRIVES ME NUTS!!1),clocks and whatever else we might need.
Here is how I store the carpet bags
I got the black bucket from Walmart for $4.oo
The bucket sits on a bookshelf in my whole group area
A closer look at the bags. I got these from Walmart for .97 cent
Each bag is labeled with the student’t name. I could not find the badge clips so I used binder clips (the small ones were .88 cent for a box at, Wally World)
I made the name tags using decorative paper that came in a package of 7  different patterns for .97 cent.
I typed each student’s name in word, printed and laminated the sheet
* Here is a closer look*
Here is a look at what is inside the carpet bag at the moment.
folder, binders would be stronger but the kiddos bought 10 folders a piece so I just had to find a use for them, pencil pouch that holds their eraser, dry erase marker, sharpie, and pencils and their dry erase hand board.
I use these for word work on the carpet, spelling, sentence writing, math. These are a lifesaver b/c they allow me to see if the students are getting a concept and allows me to check their thinking while we are on the carpet.
 Student’s writing journals that I got with my Donor’s Choose grant
math Journals
Here is what I include inside my carpet folders
I put the papers inside the folder in the same order as we cover them during our morning meeting time. I find that it is easier for the students to get a concept like recognizing numbers 1-100 or the letters of the alphabet when they actually point along with me instead of watching me point. It helps them connect what they are saying to an acutal letter or number
Alphabet chart that we say each morning. One day we might focus on the sound, A-a apple, B-b ball and so on or we might do letters. We also play I-spy where I tell the a sound and they have to tell me the picture, or I will say a word and they have to find the picture with the same beginning, ending sound or rhyming words. These are laminated so the kiddos can just use their marker to circle the answer
next is the word wall of words we will cover this year
A 100’s chart where the students point to the number as we count.
Ten Frames chart where the students build the number of the day or mystery number from the 100’s chart. Later on the kiddos will get a chart with 10 ten frames on it.
Word Attack Strategies
* OUr traveling word wall. Sorry the pic is sideways*
Kiddos make their own word wall. They add the spelling/sight words to their chart each week. Kiddos use these during center time in the post office and journal stations
Word Family chart, same concept as the word wall chart. The students write the words from the word family in the box. The kids fill one box for each word family, we have gone over 3 word Families so the students have written in 3 boxes. The students also have a word family journal, I forgot to take a pic of it, anyhoo they draw a picture of each word family word in their journal during stations
Does anyone else use this idea? What do you put in yours?
Coming up next Reading Logs/take home books
Centers in Action
Letter Stations
Math Stations
Happy Teaching