2013 - Miss Kindergarten

January Math and Literacy Centers {updated!}

I spent some of my fabulous winter break updating my January Math and Literacy Centers {and far too much time taking pictures of them! I am a complete perfectionist and it is not a good thing!!!} Here's a look at the math centers included in my unit, and I thought I'd show you guys how I differentiate each center! I'll be back later this week with a post on the literacy centers!

Scooping Snowballs:
This activity can be used to practice one-to-one correspondence by having your students scoop "snowballs" onto the mitten and count how many they scooped.

To differentiate, I also included a recording sheet for your students to identify the partners and the sum of the snowballs {you would just want to have them use two colors for manipulatives instead of several colors}

Cold Weather Counting:
Match the objects to the numbers 1-10.

To differentiate, have your students match the tally marks too!

Spinning Snowflakes:
Have your students spin the spinner {using a paperclip and pencil, or a spinner if you have one} and record the number of snowflakes they spun.

To differentiate, have your students spin the spinner twice and add the numbers together!

Or, spin the spinner and subtract from 10.

Cocoa Cover Up:
My students love to play these fun partner games. They can either practice adding with the dice together, or practice adding with number cubes. I made the number cubes from foam cubes I found at the Dollar Tree!

Slip n' Slide:
This is a fun activity to practice number order with numbers 1-20. After the kiddos put the penguins in order, they can use the recording sheet to trace the numbers 1-20.

To differentiate, have your students write the numbers on their own.

Before and After Boogie:
Using the penguin number cards, your kiddos can pick a penguin number and identify the numbers that come before and after it. They can use the recording sheet with the number line to help them.

Or, for more of a challenge, use a recording sheet with no number line!

Snowman Ten Frames:
Have your students match the numbers 1-10 to their ten frames.

Or, teen numbers if you're working on those!

I stick all of these centers in our math tubs and slide the recording sheets into write and wipe pockets {or sheet protectors}. This way my students can visit the centers more than one time, and we aren't wasting paper!
If you've already purchased these centers, you can download the updates for free! These centers are available in my TpT store!

I hope you all have a fun New Year's Eve!


Transition Task Cards!

Right before break, I introduced transition task cards to my class. They absolutely loved them! What are transition task cards you ask?? Well, let me tell you!

Transition task cards are a fun way to review key concepts while transitioning to a new task! In our class, we transition a lot. Every 15-20 we're on to something new; that's quite a lot of moving if you ask me! So I thought, why not use this time to review some of the important concepts we're working so hard to learn!?

I typed up 48 question prompts that I wanted to review with my students and made sure they were hitting those important common core standards. I printed the math questions on red card stock and the language questions on yellow card stock so that I had some idea of which type of question I was picking out of the basket.

After my students clean up and line up for the next activity, I pull a task card out of the basket and read it aloud. My students answer chorally while moving on to their next spot! Some of the questions only have one answer, but some of them are also open ended giving your students more opportunities to use their thinking!

My favorite thing about these cards is that I can adapt them to fit the needs of my students. For example, the week before break we were working on the letter B. I was able to adapt the questions I picked to fit with that concept.

For this card, I said, "Tell me the first sound in bat." My students all answered, "/b/" and transitioned to their next spot! It was awesome!

We also have been working on plurals, so they did a great job when I pulled this card out!
I was also able to use the task cards when we transitioned from math to snack!

We're working hard on counting on from a given number, so when I drew this card, I just choose a number other than 1!
These task cards are quick, easy to use and are a great review throughout the day. It also inadvertently {maybe??} helped my students line up as quietly as possible so that they could hear the question I was asking! Win, win!

If you're interested in using these task cards in your classroom, you can find them {here}!
Download the preview file to get a more detailed look!

They will be discounted for the next few days!

13 in '13 {linky party}

It's hard to believe that 2013 is soon coming to a close. To be entirely honest, I'm sad because this has truly been one of my most memorable years yet. It was full of fun and lots of personal goals; I can only hope 2014 is even better!! To remember all the fun times we've had in 2013, my blogging besties Kristin, Traci and I are throwing our annual End of the Year Linky Party!

My 13 in '13:

In February, I went to Cincinnati, Ohio and froze my nose meet up with some of my closest blogging friends! It was such a blast! I am so thankful that my blog has brought me close to other awesome teachers and bloggers all over the world!
I took my boyfriend at watch a Dodgers game for this birthday. Front row seats and all you can eat buffet!

I threw my best friend Ashley a bridal shower. Everything turned out gorgeous and it was a  lot of fun! I can't wait to stand up next to her and witness her marriage :)

My baby nephew turned one! I can't' get over how adorable, brilliant, caring and kind this little boy is. I love him to death!!!

I got glasses! #thankgoodness #icansee

I celebrated my 29th birthday in NYC with my boyfriend and my sister.

I went to Vegas with my best friends and got to meet even more blogging friends!

I was featured in TpT's newsletter!!! 
I also reached 3 personal goals and milestones :)
I started a new job at a new school with the most amazing team EVER!!!

I teamed up with Scotch Expressions Tape as a Blog Ambassador and created crafts for the classroom!

I got a new camera!! My goal for 2014 is to be better about taking more pictures!

In early November, my boyfriend and I attended one of his best friend's wedding. It was gorgeous and the most perfect weekend getaway!

My family and my boyfriend's family got to spend Thanksgiving all together :)

2013 was such a fun year! I'm glad I got to make all of those memories :)

Will you join us in the fun?! All you have to do is think back at your favorites in 2013 and add a few pictures. What a fun way to remember the year, huh!?

 You can use these prompts if you'd like, or just list your top 13 best memories {like me}! 
13. Favorite article of clothing:
12. Favorite movie you watched:
11. Favorite TV series:
10. Favorite restaurant:
9. Favorite new thing you tried:
8. Favorite gift you got:
7. Favorite thing you pinned:
6. Favorite blog post:
5. Best accomplishment:
4. Favorite picture:
3. Favorite memory:
2. Goal for 2014:
1. One Little Word:

How to link up:
Create a blog post sharing your favorite 13 things in 2013. Add the button to your post and link it to this blog post. Then link up below, making sure to link directly to your post, not just your blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


All Done! Now What? Part Two!

This past summer, I spent a lot of time working on developing an "I'm Done" station for my kiddos. Meaningful activities for my fast finishers was a must, and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! You can read more about it {here}.

Since then, I've had many requests from teachers around the world using my fast finisher activities and asking for more! So I put my thinking cap on and got to work! Here are the activities I created!

Students finish drawing the second half of the picture using what they know about symmetry. This is very challenging and sure to keep your kiddos engaged!

Have your students look for specific words in their books by giving them a focus before they start, or letting them choose a focus!

Provide your students with a clipboard and a write the room paper and have them find words to write around the room. Encourage them to use anchor charts, posters or your word wall.

Set out some stickers and have your students choose one. They place the sticker in the box and illustrate their story before writing it. I love sticker stories because they can be differentiated to meet all your students needs! Here's an example of some sticker stories.

This is a great way to have your students practice their sight words, spelling words or word family words. It is tricky at first, so I recommend doing a couple together as a class before making it an independent activity!
First, the students write the words they are including in the search on the lines.
Then, they write the words in the boxes {show them how some words can share common letters}!
Next, they "hide" the words by filling in random letters {secret letter formation practice ;)}
Finally, they leave the word search out for a friend to complete!

Students draw a picture in the frame and then label it the best they can!

Have your students decide what they want to graph {ex: letters, numbers, colors, sight words} and write the title in the box. They they fill in each part of the spinner and label the graph to match. They will spin the spinner ten times {using a spinner or pencil/paperclip combination} and graph each spin.

Students practice writing their favorite things, seasonal words, or any other words they need to practice and illustrate the words in the box.
{click the picture to try this in your classroom!}

Students can practice writing spelling words, word family words or sight words and stamp out each word they wrote.
{click the picture to try this in your classroom!}

Shew! I hope those ideas are helpful! If you would like to use these in your classroom, you can find my product in my TpT store! I discounted it to equal the price of the Bundle Pack for a couple of days in case you already purchased Part One

You can find Part One here

and the Bundle Pack here