Tuesday, December 29, 2015

3 Great Deals at the Dollar Spot

Target Dollar Spot Deals, January 2016. Great deals for reading.
Who doesn't like the Target Dollar Spot?

I do...and today I LOVE the Target Dollar Spot.  I haven't been in Target since Christmas.  I didn't really need anything Christmas related, so I kinda avoided the "after-Christmas" sale craziness. Someone else posted some scores for the classroom, so when I went in today my hopes were high.

The bins were bare...I know I missed some good stuff...but I still found some good stuff, too.  Here are my Top 3 finds today at Target.
Target Dollar Spot Deals, January 2016. Great deals for reading.

1.  Cards

You know I love cards.  I always see TOPIC CARDS like dollar signs when I see these.  As for topic cards, I see two possibilities:  1.) leave the picture alone and let the students write about the object without giving them the word and 2.) write the word with a marker (like I did).  This set is good.  One side has the capital and lowercase.  Notice the lowercase "a" on the box!  YAY!  The other side has an object for that letter.  The good news:  a hard c (camera) and a hard g (gift).  It also has pictures for short vowels a (apple), e (elephant), i (iguana), and u (umbrella).  The bad news:  o is an orange.  Wah- wah-wah.  The pack also comes with 16 missing letter puzzles (8 cards back and front).  BUT...I still love the set and I'll forgive them one letter.
Target Dollar Spot Deals, January 2016. Great deals for reading.

2. Sequencing Puzzles

There are 16 puzzles (the "fronts" are seen above).  Half of the puzzles are sequencing puzzles that can be used as a model for "First-Then-Next-Last" sentences.  The other half of the puzzles are AB pattern puzzles.  I think students can be given these AB patterns and asked to extend the existing pattern OR to "up the rigor" of the patterns they can add puzzles to the pattern to create other patterns (AAB, ABB, AABB...and so on).
Target Dollar Spot Deals, January 2016. Great deals for reading.

3.  Writing Stuff

I LOVE the dry erase boards that look like a sheet of paper.  Fun, fun, fun and can't resist.  I also bought the only set of 8 fillable books left on the shelf.  The 8 books were $3.  I would have gotten more...but I will survive.
Target Dollar Spot Deals, January 2016. Great deals for reading.
Finally - GASP - Seriously?  NOT YET...I will not discuss the amount of Christmas cookies I have consumed in the last 2 weeks.

Run, don't walk to Target and see if you can find these exciting things...or more.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year. Here are a few activities to get the new year off to a great start. Post includes a Shared Reading Poem, Vocabulary, Writing Paper and more. Give your emergent readers a way to celebrate the new year!
Hello, All.

2015 is quickly coming to an end.  It's going to be busy right up until the clock strikes midnight.  I'm going to a party with my hubby and one of my oldest and dearest friends and her husband.  It's a themed party...we've been trying to get our 1920's costumes ready.

I'll be driving back from Pennsylvania Sunday the third and heading back to school on the 4th.

Need a Poem for your Shared Reading?

I've got it.  It's a quick poem (I believe in a 4 line poem for kinders).  
Happy New Year.  Here are a few activities to get the new year off to a great start.  Post includes a Shared Reading Poem, Vocabulary, Writing Paper and more.  Give your emergent readers a way to celebrate the new year!

Need a Word Bank?

I've got that, too.  I love word banks.  Use them as Topic Cards.  Use them for activities, like ABC order or syllable sorts.  Use them any way you want.  
Happy New Year.  Here are a few activities to get the new year off to a great start.  Post includes a Shared Reading Poem, Vocabulary, Writing Paper and more.  Give your emergent readers a way to celebrate the new year!

Need some Story Paper?

Yep.  I've got that, too.  There are several story paper with sentence starter options.  Let them use the word bank while they complete the story starter.
Happy New Year.  Here are a few activities to get the new year off to a great start.  Post includes a Shared Reading Poem, Vocabulary, Writing Paper and more.  Give your emergent readers a way to celebrate the new year!

Want More?

There is more.  You'll have to download it here.  
Happy New Year.  Here are a few activities to get the new year off to a great start.  Post includes a Shared Reading Poem, Vocabulary, Writing Paper and more.  Give your emergent readers a way to celebrate the new year!


If you would like a Happy New Year set, please CLICK HERE to link to my TPT store.

If you'd like a FREEBIE sample, CLICK HERE.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

On the TWELFTH day of December...


December Ready-made centers. Day 12: Word Families
Word Families!

The set has 10 cards with 3 words from 10 different word families.
December Ready-made centers. Day 12: Word Families
If you would like the last FREEBIE, CLICK HERE.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.  Enjoy the time off...breathe slower, laugh quicker, smile longer, and love deeper.  ENJOY!

Friday, December 11, 2015

On the ELEVENTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 11: Blends.
Blends!

The 10 card set has 3 blends on a page.  Use the stars to make the blends!
December Ready-made centers. Day 11: Blends.
For a set of FREEBIE blends cards, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On the TENTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 10: CVC words.
Unscramble!

There are 10 mats with cvc words scrambled.  Let your students be the detective and unscramble the words.
December Ready-made centers. Day 10: CVC words.

If you'd like to enjoy the FREEBIE, CLICK HERE for CVC words!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

On the NINTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 9: Beginning Sounds.
Beginning Sounds!

Enjoy the 10 mats of beginning sounds...using letters b, f, h, j, and k.
December Ready-made centers. Day 9: Beginning Sounds.
If you'd like to download the FREEBIE...CLICK HERE for beginning sounds!



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

On the EIGHTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 8: Vowel Sounds.
Vowel Sounds!

Each of the ten pages contains a picture representing each of the 5 short vowels.
December Ready-made centers. Day 8: Vowel Sounds.

If you would like to enjoy the FREEBIE, CLICK HERE for vowel sounds..

Monday, December 7, 2015

On the SEVENTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 7: Ending Sounds.
Ending sounds!

Use the stars to match the ending sounds with the pictures.
December Ready-made centers. Day 7: Ending Sounds.
To enjoy te FREEBIE, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

On the SIXTH day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 6: Beginning and Ending Sounds.
Let your students think about the beginning and ending sounds of the pictures.

(The vowels are the same on each page, so they don't have to be confused by the middle sound.)
December Ready-made centers. Day 6: Beginning and Ending Sounds.
If you'd like today's FREEBIE, CLICK HERE for letter cards.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

On the FIFTH Day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 5: Letter Order Mats
Letter order mats!  There are 10 mats to let students explore letter order.
December Ready-made centers. Day 5: Letter Order Mats
If you'd like today's FREEBIE, CLICK HERE for letter order mats.

Friday, December 4, 2015

On the FOURTH Day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 4: Sorting  Mats.
Sorting Mats.  Have your students look at the letters carefully and sort them accordingly.

There are 7 different mats.
December Ready-made centers. Day 4: Sorting  Mats.
If you'd like the FREEBIE, CLICK HERE for sorting mats..

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On the THIRD day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 3: Holiday Vocabulary Cards.
Holiday Vocabulary Cards.

You can use the star letters to add the beginning of each holiday vocabulary card!
December Ready-made centers. Day 3: Holiday Vocabulary Cards
CLICK HERE for 26 word cards, if you'd like to download it.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On the FIRST day of December...

December Ready-made centers. Day 1: Letters
Letters!  Here is the first FREEBIE of December!

A set of letters.  CLICK HERE to get a free set of red and green letters  (or click the picture below).

You'll have to check back tomorrow to see what you can do with them.
Aren't you glad it wasn't a Partridge in a Pear Tree?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I WANT you to NEED this post!

Ok...so that's a silly lead, but my post today is about WANTS and NEEDS.  This can be a really fun unit for kinders.  They understand the concept of "want," so you really just need to help them think about what they need.  I like to teach this unit between Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

What do you want?

A great introduction to our unit is using the Black Friday ads to let them have fun with "wants." I put out the ads from Black Friday and they get a piece of paper to cut out 2 things they want for Christmas, their birthday, or as a special treat (depending on the beliefs in our classroom).

What do you need?

Once they know what they "want" we talk about what they need.  Of course, we have a song to sing about "needs."  The song is to the tune of "Three Bling Mice."  This song introduces the concept of need to the students.  Needs are what we MUST HAVE to to stay healthy and safe.
In addition to shelter, clothes, and food, students are also taught we need visits to the doctor, medicine when we are sick, glasses, and even plenty of sleep to stay healthy.  

Wants v. Needs

Using picture cards, we sort through wants and needs.  We can even sort the needs into shelter, clothes, food, and other things to keep us healthy and safe.  We can make tree maps for things we needs or things we want.  We can use the cards to do many activities like ABC order and syllable sort.  We can look at magazines  and cut things that we need.  

ICLICK HERE for the Wants and Needs FREEBIE or click on the image below.

If you are interested in the full pack, CLICK HERE for my TPT Wants and Needs Set or click the image below.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Snow Dog, Go Dog...Rhyming as we Grow Dog


Hello and welcome to our second annual Winter Wonderland link up!  Last year, The Reading Crew sponsored a winter literacy hop, but we decided to run it a little different this time. Instead of hopping with the potential of dead links, we decided on a closed link up. What this means is that there is a "map" of the blogs at the bottom of each post, so you can hop through them all at once, visit some today and some later in the week, or see what best matches your literacy needs. 

On each blog, you will see a word in blue font. This is the blog's mystery word. Please be sure to record them because you will need each word for a five point entry in our raffle. To help you keep track, you can print and use [this form]. We are raffling off two wonderful prizes. We are giving away a copy of each book featured in our posts to two winners (K-2 group) and the (3-up group). Each prize package will include 12 books (K-2) and 13 books (3-up). 

On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading skill (comprehension or writing typically, but some at the primary level may target vocabulary, fluency, or word building).  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Again, we welcome you to our blogs and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

I love Tinka and his excitement about the snow.  He reminds me of kindergartners...except, we all remember how long 5-year-olds actually play in the snow. As soon as they are cold, or slip in the snow, or get hit with a snowball, they are done.  It took longer to dress my son for his first outing in the snow...than his actual outing lasted.  
Tinka loves the snow.  From the first flurries to the piles of snow, he is ready to go, go, go.  Along with his boy, he runs, slides down a hill on a sled and on his belly, and even plays with another dog in the snow.  Unfortunately, he doesn't pay attention to wear he's running...and soon he's lost his boy.  Will the boy find him?  (Of course, he will.)  Will they get warm and cozy at the end?  (Of course, they do.)  You'll be all warm and cozy at the end, too.  BUT, my favorite part of the book is the language.  The text is rhyming, but it's a fun rhyming.  

This book is perfect for rhyming fun.  Introducing real rhymes like, "A glide dog, a ride dog, a body-sledding-slide dog." The rhymes are initially single word rhymes like chilly and silly, while the final rhyme is a multiple linked word rhyme like "a wants-to-romp-with-Millie dog."  This can set the students on a rhyming frenzy.  

My freebie includes "paint chip" rhymes from the story.  I LOVE paint chips.  I even wrote a whole blog about paint chips, Obsessed with Paint Chips.  Using the paint chips, students need to find new rhymes for the rhyme string in the story.

To kick up the rigor of this activity, your students can try to make a hyphenated rhyming phrase for the ending rhyme.

"A fun dog, a run dog, a run-until-we're-done dog." 
There are 2 other activities in the FREEBIE.  Writing Papers can be a fun addition to the rhyming phrases or students can tell about their day in the snow.  A summer paper is also included.  Why not move Tinka to the sand?  What could be more fun.

"A sandy dog, a dandy dog, a keep-a-bucket-handy dog."

Using the graphic organizer can help your students sequence the story.  What did Tinka do in the snow?  It will help with a retell or a summary.  They could also use Tinka's organizer to decide what they like to do in the snow.  


If you would like the Snow Dog, Go Dog FREEBIE, CLICK HERE or click the image below.


Before you go, I will remind you that my mystery word is flurries. You can enter it onto your sheet or into the rafflecopter below. Good luck to you, and I hope you'll come back soon.