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Monday, January 30, 2012

Spelling Station Printables: Freebie # 4

This is a spelling station idea that I use in my classroom. I previously posted some creative ideas that I use in my spelling station to help my students master their spelling words as well as help them become better readers and writers.

Here are two word searches that I have made from two previous weeks spelling words.

If you would like these freebies click here and here to download them

Happy Teaching
Ms. Patterson

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Look at Reading Centers: Jan 23

This is a look at some of the centers that I had in my classroom this week. I have not been able to take pictures like I want to because I recently cracked the LCD in my phone and had to put it in the shop so these pictures where taken with the with my pre-k teachers phone! MY phone has been in the shop for almost three weeks but thats another story

ANyhoo on to the pictures and activities

MY spelling station: Kiddos read the word, write it with a pencil, write it with a marker and finally stamp the word

This is my sensory tub. kiddos practice spelling spelling words then write them on the magna doodle board
*** you can grab the recording sheet here***

This is a picture of my pocket chart station
Students first read the poem and then match the correct picture card to the sentence
Kiddos then use their recording sheet to fill in missing words or letters

*** you can grab all the materials for this station here****

Buddy REading Station
Kiddos select a decodable book that they would like to read. Kiddos can either read to each other or read by themselves using the whisper phones
***Listening Station Next to it***

Phonics Listening STation
I have some phonics skill boards that come with a cd and tape that I love! These are great because they it takes the student step by step and explains each skill. The students just follow along and answer the questions. Lakeshore makes these as well as another company that I can't remember

sentence Stations
Kiddos practice making sentences

The last station is Magnet station. Kiddos match picture magnets and use magnetic letters to spell the words
Happy Teaching

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Ms. Patterson

Is buying clipart and graphics really worth it?

Like most of you I am a sucker for cutesy things! I will buy almost anything, even if I don't need it, because it is cute. I love clip art and graphics and I have been thinking about buying some for quite some time now but have never really purchased any.

I have not interest in selling anything and I only create things that I use for my classroom and share them here on my blog and proteacher

I have heard and read about most of the companies changing their tou's so it makes it very hard to share or sell anything with their graphics on it

So is it really worth it for me to buy clipart if I have not intentions on selling anything?

Is there a company that you can buy from that will let you use their graphics on free products as long as it is in pdf form?
for your help!

Pocket Chart Station: Freebie #3

This is going to be a short post. This is another station that I have as a center in my classroom. I have a pocket  chart Station where students practice various skills. This week the students are practicing reading and comprehension. Students must first read the poem. Students then match a picture card to each sentence. STudents then complete the response sheet where they have to re-read the poem and fill in the missing word or letter(s).

Click here to get the freebie

Here is the recording sheet
These cards actually have a green border but somehow the did not convert but when you go to download they will show up correctly

Click here to get these!
Click here to get the pics that go along with each sentence strip

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Parent Communication: GEtting Ready for First Grade

I just found this document while searching through my jump drive and thought I would share. many times I find that my parents don't know what is exactly expected of their child and what they need to be able to do so that they will be successful in first grade. Here is a checklist that I created to send home to my parents so that they are better able to help their child

Hope this is something that you can use.

Happy Teaching

Ms. Patterson

Friday, January 27, 2012

Simple Spelling Word Station Ideas

Here is another easy station that I use in my kinder classroom. I rotate several different activities in my spelling station so that my students don't get bored.

In my classroom my kiddos struggle with spelling words/sight words. So in order to make this station more fun I have the kiddos first sing their spelling word song from

1. Students write their words with a marker down the side of their paper. Students then use a small square sheet like the one below. Students cut out the letters and place them in the correct order to spell the word
( I make the sheets in word. I just insert a text box and type the scrambled letters)

2. Students use a keyboard, I have 2 from old computers,  to practice spelling their spelling words. Students then write the words on a sheet of paper.

3. Students use individual bags of ketchup, shaving cream and jello to practice their words

4. Students use sand to write their words.

5. Kiddos use markers, pencils and stamps to practice words,.

6. Students use bottle tops to spell words

7. Old shoe laces and letter beads are a fun way to practice words. I use an old tackle box to store the beads.

8. This one is one that I use whole group. I give each student a letter and we play pop up spelling. I say a word for example jump, the first student with the first letter pops up quickly and says their letter then the next student pops up and says their letter.

9. We play Sparkle and Around the World to practice for spelling test.

10. Kiddos can paint their words in the spelling station. I hate having paint everywhere but the kiddos love to paint so I sometimes let them paint with q-tips and water on a chalkboard or have them use q-tips and color paint on construction paper

11. I have a large set of blocks in my classroom that I put tape on and write a letter. Students then use their spelling word list and spell their words using the blocks.

12. I have old clothes and teddy bears that they students use to dress up as the spelling word. Students pick a word card and they can either dress themselves as the word or a doll or teddy beaR. Each item has on letter on it and the student puts on the item in the correct order as the word is spelled. Students sometimes test each other and they have to figure out their partners word

13. Another idea is word searches and cross word puzzles
( I also make my own word searches too! I is very hard to find word searches for kinders that is large enough for them to see so I make my own in word. I just insert a text box and use Cheri Liney font to make them)

14. Letter magnets, blocks, titles are used to spell words.

15. Sensory tub with letters in them to practice spelling words. ( I have used cut up straws, beans, rice, sand, rubber ducks ( have letters on the bottom), cut up paper, beads, cereal, bugs, math counters to name a few to fill my tub)

16. Playdough and letter stampers

17. I have some letter cards and wikki sticks that students use to spell their spelling words.

18. My students are big on hand games so I use them to help the students practice spelling words.  Think Miss Mary Mack, Slide, or Shame Shame Shame I don;t want to go to Mexico

19. One of my student spelling center is the cork board center. Students first write their word on index cards. Students then use a push pin ( I have a long talk before they are allowed to use them) or a paper clip,unfold it, or a pencil and let the students push the letter on the cork board. If you don't have a cork board you can use carpet squares or an old shoe box

20. Basket Ball /  Bean Bag Toss
I have a set of foam ball that have letters on them students must first read the spelling word on the flashcard. Students then toss the basketball/foam balls in the basket spelling the word. For example students must first read the word jump on the flashcard if they get it right they then shoot the word in the goal, trashcan, first starting with the j ball then the u ball and so on.

I hope that you can use these ideas! If you have some new ideas leave a comment and I will gladly try them.

Happy Teaching

Ms. Patterson

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Center Freebie #1: Scrambled Eggs

This is one of my centers that I have in my classroom right now. In order to make this center you will need some plastic Easter eggs, crayons, small picture cards and a recording sheet.

Every year my kinders have an Easter egg hunt and they are so excited to find out what is inside they just take the treat from inside the egg and throw the egg away. So I started having my kiddos save the eggs and I use them for many centers inside my room. I also wait time after Easter time to get the large bags of eggs for as little as .25 cent a piece.

Any hoo, on to the center:
I have the kiddos to pull an egg. They look at the picture inside the egg and sound out the words on their recording sheet to find the word that matches the picture. Students then color the egg on their recording sheet the same color as the egg that they have pulled.

The is an easy game and the kiddos stay actively engaged in their center. This is a easy center that you can use to help students with long and short vowel sounds.

You can get the recording sheet here
a blank copy is also included so that you can add your own skills!

Click Here to get this sheet

Hope that you can use this idea. Happy teaching!
Stay tuned for more freebies!

Shuna P

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I am Alive I Promise

Hello all my blogger friends. I just looked at the date on my last post and it has been almost 4 months!
I have been so busy that I have neglected you. I am so sorry.

I have recently started back paying my loans, which are kicking my tail by the way, so I have to started tutoring after school as well as getting a part time job.

I am also getting ready to move into a new house in the middle of a school year which is adding to my stress level.

I have finally got into a rountine with all the extra things that I have going on and I promise that I am going to do better.

As a way to thank all of my lovely followers I will be posting free downloads everyday for the next week.

Shuna P


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