Sunday, September 27, 2015

Centers: Week 4 in Kindergarten

We are starting centers this week in my school.  We don't start until after Labor Day, so we are only on Week 4.  Our kindergarten teachers have worked hard this week to prepare their students for a rotation of 10 centers over 5 days.

The class is divided into 5 groups.  Each group will have 2 centers a day to complete.

The Schedule

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Group 1

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

Listening Center is a center that will build as the month progresses.  This book has been shared in the classroom, so this is a second listen.  After listening quietly, students will get a folded sheet of manila paper and create the cover of their booklet.  They will write the title and illustrate their cover.  For a full explanation of listening centers, click the link to a post at Adventures in Literacy Land.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

Students need lots and lots and LOTS of practice with word wall words, writing sentences, and reading predictable text.  This writing activity combines all 3.  After the Listening Centers, students will progress to the Writing Center.  Here they will use a copy of Elkonin box predictable text and a reduced by 50% sound chart to create repetitive sentences.  These sentences can be easily "read" by even the most novice of readers.  This center will remain for the next few weeks.  Each week a new predictable sentence containing newly introduced word wall words will be substituted in the center.  

Group 2

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

At the ABC Center, students will get a back of letter tiles and a sound chard.  Students will use the sound chart to match tiles containing capital/uppercase letters.  This activity will be repeated next week using lowercase letters and the following week using both capital/uppercase and lowercase.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

The Rhyming Center will last a few weeks.  Using the rhyme puzzles in the picture above, the teacher has put 3 sets of rhyming puzzles in a Ziploc(R) bag.  Students will take a bag and a paper.  Students will put the puzzles together (which does not show if they can rhyme), and choose one pair to write and illustrate. 

Group 3

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

Our students only have a half-day of school.  In an event to provide practice time for math, science, and social studies, these centers are added to the center rotations.  The math objective for the nexe few weeks in sorting.  This week students will have a Ziploc (R) bag of attribute blocks and a manila paper divided into three colors on a sort mat.  Next week, students will be given new mats with size sorting columns and the following week, the mat will be divided by size.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

As a great companion to the Math Center, the Word Wall Word will be a dice game.  Students will roll the dice and write the word wall word a rectangle on the corresponding column.  Students will continue to roll and write until a column is full.

Group 4

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

The Art Center is still a viable center, even in the times of test, test, test.  We make the art relate to the Shared Reading from the previous week.  Students will construct a bus witht the shapes provided and affix a copy of the poem to the art work.  They are asked to read the poem to a friend and to the teacher, teacher assistant, or parent volunteer.  This center is consistently related to the Shared Reading the week before.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

The Poetry Center is a companion center to the Art Center.   We have all the centers copied in a Poetry Folder.  Students will find the poem of the week, circle the word wall words (from a model at first) and color the words yellow.  They will illustrate the poem.  Finally, they will read the poem to a friend first, then the teacher, teacher assistant, or parent volunteer.

Group 5

Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 1

The Science/Social Studies Center is always related to the lessons from the week before.  Students have been discussing their 5 senses.  This week in the center, students will make a flip book to match the body part associated with the sense and an object that can demonstrate this sense.
Centers or Literacy Work Stations start early in our kindergarten classes. We have 5 groups doing 2 centers a day.

Part 2

Students will work cooperatively to create floor puzzles.  Social skills, cooperative skills, and part-to-whole skills are demonstrated and practiced.

That's it.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

For a sample of some of these center plans, CLICK HERE.


Check back to see how it went and what future plans are.  Have a great week.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What Can They Do? First Formative Writing Assessment

Quick formative assessments are important, especially at the beginning of school. This assessment is done the first week of school.
Sorry it's been so long...I've been busy with Back to School.  We have been "making our lists and checking them twice."  Heehee.  I'm not Santa...but we've been trying to make sure we know all about our kinders and can give them what they need.

Our first assessment is a little different from the typical "Draw a Man."

I am Austin.

The first week of school we introduce I, am, and a for word wall words.  We do this with our first assessment in mind.  After a read aloud about names (see books ideas on Adventures in Literacy Land), we ask the students to complete the word wall word sentence:  "I am ..."  Once everyone has said their "I am..." sentence, they are asked to go back to their table.
Quick formative assessments are important, especially at the beginning of school. This assessment is done the first week of school.
Each student is given a white piece of paper, a blue square with "I" in the middle, and a yellow square with "am" in the middle.  Students are directed to complete this assessment.

Teacher:  Find the square on the white paper with a circle in the middle.  Use your glue stick to make 2 circles on the circle in the square.  Now, find the blue square with the word "I" on it.  Put it on the glue circle.

Now, find the square on the white paper with a "x" in the middle.  Use your glue stick to make 2 x's on the x in the square.  Now, find the yellow swaure with the word "am" on it.  Put it on the glue x.

Next, write your name on the line.  You may use a model if you need it.

Finally, draw a picture of your self.  Include details.

The assessment is just about the word wall words and their name.  It's also about locating shapes, recognizing shapes, gluing procedures, and fine motor skills.
Quick formative assessments are important, especially at the beginning of school. This assessment is done the first week of school.
Here is the sample.

Let's see what 2 students did for us.

Quick formative assessments are important, especially at the beginning of school. This assessment is done the first week of school.
Karina did a nice job writing her name.  She will need penmanship lessons for the letters "a", "r" and "n."   She understood the need to keep the letters on the line so she extended the last letter "a" to reach all the way to the bottom.  The teacher provided a guided illustration, showing her students how to make a circle for the head, a rectangle for the body, and adding arms and legs.  Her illustration is nicely detailed.  She also included 5 fingers on each hand and eyelashes.  Coincidentally, she knows 48/52 letters and shows emergent reading skills.

Quick formative assessments are important, especially at the beginning of school. This assessment is done the first week of school.
Tyler had some difficulty.  He glued the word "am" upside down, even though the teacher was providing a sample using the document camera.  He also had difficulty writing his name.  He started his name correctly with a capital T.  He added a "l" and an "e."  He attempted his last name, but the "w" was upside down.  He made the "w" a second time, but it was still upside down.  He followed the guided illustration by adding a circle, rectangle, arms and legs.  He didn't add all 5 fingers.  He did attempt to draw a hat on his head.  Likewise, Tyler knew 8 letters on his Kindergarten screening:  c, e, l, o, t, w, x, and z.  He does not consistently recognize the letters "y" and "r" in his name.

These assessments are placed in their writing folder for the year.  I can't wait to see their growth in January and in May.

If you would like the Name Writing Assessment FREEBIE, CLICK HERE.