Setting the stage is crucial:
The Tip List has 74 tips. I'd love to make it all the way to 100 giving teachers more fuel to put out those "rip-your-hair-out" fires! So take a moment and send me what works for you! Thanks in advance and have a great day getting the ants out of your students' pants!
Here's Some Ideas!
October is Fire Safety Month and what a great idea to plug that in to your fall activities! Just last year one of our kindergartners saved the day when his family’s trailer caught fire and he was the one who ran next door and dialed 911 because of what he had learned two months before! Wow! Really makes you stop and say “That lesson was time well spent!” when life gives you a reality check!
Here are some things that I do:
Well that’s just a few of the things I do to prepare my students and their families. I’d love to hear from you and what you’re doing in your classroom. So feel free to comment and share ideas with us! Wouldn’t it be great if like the little boy above you saved a life by posting an art project or idea that helped a little one remember the numbers 911 or an aspect of fire safety? All I can say is WOW!
Happy Fire Safety Month!
Do You need some Sight Word help for your kindergarten kids? I've got some great ideas for you! How about 72 pages of Sight Word Skill Sheets with my kid-tested, teacher approved system? Students TRACE the word, WRITE the word, COLOR the word and then become ABCDe-tectives and "unjumble" the word, by CUTTING out the letters in their easy-snip rectangular boxes, ARRANGING them in correctly -spelled order, then GLUING them to their matching boxes on the skill sheet, where they can then READ the page! Students enjoy figuring out these simple puzzles and being detectives!
Do one sheet each day, or choose whatever words you want from a 52 alphabetical sight word listing and make a booklet for your class to work on. AND for this week only 'til the 14th of October, I'm offering this outstanding 72 page book FREE!
It may sound silly, but I'm giving you the Sight Word Book FREE in celebration of my successful cataract surgery! So enjoy. Just click on the link and print which ever sight words that you use in your class, or print the entire thing. After the 17th of October the book will sell for only $1.99. There's a two-page tip sheet that lists other things you can do with the cards as well.
Besides the Skill Sheet Book I've also made Mini Flashcards perfect for little hands! I'm sure you can think up all sorts of fun things to do with them. A pack of 52 is only .99 cents! Click on the link to check it out.
Here’s Some Other Things You Can Do With The Flashcards:
Finally, besides the Sight Word Skill Sheets and Mini-Flashcards, I made two Easy Reader Sight Word Booklets. Your students will enjoy completing their booklet and then taking it home to share with their families! You can imagine how excited they'll feel when they can read it all by themselves!. My I CAN Booklet uses 10 sight words; My LOOK Book incorporates 20 sight words! They also use the READ, TRACE and WRITE formular to really get those sight words in their heads in a fun way. I post new things EVERY day so please pop by often. It's my goal to write 8 more booklets. Click on the links to check them out. A little more advanced booklet incorporates shape, color and number words + 19 sight words. It's called My Look and See Shape Booklet. I include traceable flashcards and 5 skillsheets for practice so that your students will be reading the booklet in no time. It also include an ABCDe-tective progress-praise certificate. Click on the link to check out this booklet that packs in lots of skills and standards in a super-fun way!
If you're looking for a Dolch Word List for Kindergarten, click on the link. I also have a Pre-Primer Dolch Word List that I also use for my Y5's. Click on the link for that if interested. If you teach 1st grade I've also compiled a Dolch Word List for first grade as well. Click on that link for a copy. Dolch Word List for 1st Grade.
The biggest bonanza is over 300 traceable flashcards and all the Dolch Word Lists all the way up to a 3rd grade Dolch word list in a book I call Dolch Word Help. Click on the link to view/print a copy. I've included a Dolch noun list as well as Dolch noun flashcards and their Dolch Noun matching picture cards + a tip list of how you can use all of this! I even found a fairy tale online that includes all 220 Dolch words from ALL of the Dolch lists! WOW! Click on the link for this wonderfulf reebie! FREE DOLCH WORD HELP BOOK
If you're looking for a fun read aloud to go with your kindergarten Dolch Word list I have just the thing. When I was working on my Masters in Elementary Education one of my reading class assignments was to write something creative for a kindergarten class using the Dolch Word List. I chose to write an ABC book. I really challenged myself because I wanted to see if I could incorporate the entire Dolch Word list, not just the kindergarten Dolch word list but the first grade Dolch Word List AND the second grade Dolch Word List !!! I also wanted it to rhyme and include all the vowel sounds. I'm a big fan of Dr. Seuss so I wanted it to be a silly sort of book using his format that my students would enjoy hearing. Wow! What a job! But so fun to create and my students LOVE LOVE LOVE this booklet. Lots of giggle time. So check it out by clicking on the link. It's entitled Awake To Zleep and is a real tongue twister so prepare to have fun!
I've also compiled a list of consonant blends, digraphs, and long and short vowel words. They are in alphabetical order for easy reference with some tips of what to do with the word list, a song to help teach your students vowels, an art activity to help them sort consonants and vowels and finally, a movement-chant activity to help them conquer the concept of blends in a fun way! Click on the link for a copy. WORD LIST
Letters make up words and words make up sentences and they all make up an Itty Bitty Alpha-bit Book that's fun for your students to make and collect! What a great way to build a child's self-esteem on their road to reading bit-by-bit! Click on the link to learn how. You will LOVE the versatility of teaching with these mini flashcard sets! Learn number words with Numbits, and have a blast making Itty Bitty Number and skip counting books! Click on the link to see how you can join the fun!!
I hope these new sight words for kindergarten activities, and the Dolch word information, will help you and yours. I designed them to be time savers for you as well as great fun and good self-esteem builders. Hopefully they will help promote literacy in your classrooms.
Happy Fall Reading!
How will you be celebrating Columbus Day with your students?
Columbus Day is celebrated in Spain and America. We celebrate on the 2nd Monday in October.
A bit of history you may not know:
Columbus was turned down many times before receiving a thumbs up for his trip from Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. They promised much-- including land, 10% of all the revenues from the new lands, and he was to be dubbed “Admiral of the Seas” and would receive a portion of the profits, to name a few things in a very generous contract. They didn’t really expect him to return. Perhaps this is why they didn't really honor the contract. Instead, he was later arrested in 1500! After Columbus died, his sons Fernando and Diego took legal action. They battled through 1511! Court disputes continued ‘til 1790, almost 300 years from the time Columbus first set sail!
Between 1492 and 1503, Columbus completed four round-trip voyages between Spain and the Americas, all of them under the sponsorship of Isabella. These voyages marked the beginning of European Exploration and the colonization of our American continents. Columbus, however, always insisted, even though there was a great deal of evidence proving him wrong, that the lands he visited were part of Asia. His refusal to see otherwise, might be the reason that America was named after the explorer Amerigo Vespucci and not Christopher Columbus.
if you're wondering what to do with your students, I’ve made up a few songs you can sing. You can also try, 3 Columbus Day Art Activities + an Easy Reader that’s sure to be a hit. If you need to add a little geography to the day you'll want to print off my Columbus Day Geography Book. It's a Trace, Write, Cut and Glue activity. Use it in class or send it home. If you're looking for some table top skill sheets to round out your morning routine, I've got just the thing! A maze, word find, an ABC skill builder sheet, a dot-to-dot (you choose how to count), a trace-to-pre-write, a pinch & poke, a match the columns, 2 dice games, and a ship spelling sheet! To praise your students' efforts I also have a certificate. Click on the link to check out this 42-page packet Columbus Packet. This packet is free through July 2011 and then goes in the shopping cart for only .99 cents.
I save toilet paper, and paper towel tubes all year and have it on my "Save for me!" recycling list that I give to parents the first day of school, so when October arrives I have enough to make telescopes for Columbus Day. The children simply glue a pre-cut piece of brown paper on their paper towel tube. We sit on our Circle of Friends carpet and look through our telescope and share what we think Columbus might have seen on the Ocean, and on land. How was it different from what we see today. I bring in a real telescope for them to look in.
Get Ready, Get Set, Read!
Besides reading a few stories about Columbus (I have several selections from Scholastic) I show them books about astronomy and tell them that captains of ships used the stars to tell where they were going. Two books I also show pictures from are The Ships of Christopher Columbus by Xavier Pastor. It gives lots of details about the ships and includes some good pictures to share with your students. How We Learned The Earth Was Round by Patricia Lauber. It's also a great back ground book. The author explains how people viewed the shape of the earth in early times, and describes the reasoning that led the Greeks to the conclusion that the earth was round.
I show my students a globe and pass around objects that are sphreres. I explain to them that a lot of people didn't think that the earth was round. They thought it was flat, and that if you sailed far enough you would fall off and die! It was a very scary time when people didn't know that others lived far away. We take turns tossing a beach ball globe and sharing something that we are afraid of.
A fun snack if you have a parent who wants to fuss a bit, is to buy pears or peach halves. Insert a tooth pick in a marshmallow and then into the pear or peach and you have a yummy fruit boat.
To make a cute Nina, Pinta, or Santa Maria ship, Click on the link. Ships
To read a great synopsis of Columbus and view a neat slide show click on the link. This would be a wonderful computer center for the day.
To make a cool Spanish Ship click on the link.
For some outstanding Columbus Day coloring pages click on the link. You can print them off and use them for your class or have students go to the site as a computer center and color them online! My favorite is Columbus holding a scroll. I use it for name writing practice!
So set sail today on your ocean of blue
and have fun making a voyage in 1492.
Conferences are coming up soon,
so I thought I'd share some things that I do, that might be helpful to you.