April 2018 - Miss Kindergarten

Subtract & Reveal {subtraction fluency practice

We have been working on our addition & subtraction fluency a lot in kindergarten! Earlier in the year, I introduced Add & Reveal and my kiddos went bonkers over the cards! They already loved our Read & Reveal cards, so they were really excited about these! Once we started working on subtraction, I brought out Subtract & Reveal! I wanted to share a little more about these cards with you!

One of our kindergarten standards is to add and subtract fluently, so we practice lots! These cards make the mundane task a lot more fun!

Here's how they work:
The students choose a card {depending on what skill they're working on, more on that below!} and read the equation.

In the beginning, when we are learning, I do not expect my students to solve these fluently, which is why I included visual support. In this example, they will read "4 minus 1 is". They will use what they know about subtraction to solve this problem. They can use a dry-erase marker to cross out the number they are subtracting to help them see the answer {another reason to laminate the cards!}.

Once they are confident with their answer, they will unclip the card to *reveal* the answer!

Once they become more confident with their subtraction fluency, you can take away the visual support and use only number symbols.

I have included cards for several subtraction skills!
Subtraction minus 0

Subtraction minus 1

Subtraction from 5 and minus 5

Subtraction from 10 and minus 10

Doubles Subtraction

Mixed subtraction from 10 and 20

Helpful Tips:
*Print the cards on thick cardstock and laminate them for durability! They will be handled often so you'll want them to stay intact!
*You can also print each skill on a different colored cardstock so they are easy to organize by skill.
*Store the cards you aren't using in plastic bags or small plastic bins with labels! {see how I organize my Read & Reveal cards here}
*Find fun clothespins on clearance at Michaels or Joanns after holidays, or pick them up in the Target Dollar Spot!

Looking for Add & Reveal fluency? You can find those in my TpT shop as well!

Try Count & Reveal for FREE!


Super Blends Practice! {learning to read words with blends}

 Our CVC centers and CVCe centers have been a HUGE hit in our classroom...I knew I had to make some fun centers for blends! The kiddos love the interactive, hands-on activities they get to use during center time and they're truly becoming great readers and writers. It really makes me one happy teacher!

Since most of my students have mastered their CVC words and CVCe words, we needed something a little more challenging so I created fun games to practice reading and writing words with beginning blends. They are very similar to the other games and centers, so there wasn't a lot of re-teaching that had to go on. My students understood how to play right away!

Match it Up
This game is really great because it is scaffolded so ALL my students feel successful. They match the picture cards to each other and then practice blending the onset and rime to read each word. They also see the blend isolated which really helps them in decoding.

I also created some fun printables to reinforce the beginning blends. They cut out the letters, glue them at the beginning of each word, and re-write the word on the line. These would be a great center activity, but you could also send them home for homework or use them at the end of the unit as a spiral review!

Build a Word
The students choose a word card and finds the letters to build each word.
They can use magnetic letters, bottle cap letters or a dry-erase marker to build them.

Then they will practice sounding out each word on this page and writing the letters in each box. These word well in write and wipe pockets so that they can use it over and over again in centers, but it would also be a great formative assessment!

And another cut and paste activity! Throw in fine motor practice anywhere you can!

Sorting Blends
This is a fun pocket chart activity to help your students sort the picture cards by their beginning blend. Each blend {l blends, r blends, and s blends} are different colors so they're easier to differentiate.

And of course, a couple printables for them to show what they know.

Lastly, I included the POP! game that is so popular in my other word work centers.

This is a fun 2-4 player game. Each kiddo can have their own playing card of they can work as a team. They will take turns picking a gumball letter from the bag and placing it in the correct spot on their board. If they can't use the letter, they will put it back and skip their turn. If they pick a POP card, they can take any letter from the other team. First team to build all their words wins! 

If these look like something you could use, head on over to my TpT store!

You an also find centers for CVCe practice.

As well as CVC practice too.

If you would like all of these centers for your classroom, you can grab the bundle at a 20% discount!


Read & Reveal {simple sentences}

My students have been doing such a great job reading use our Read & Reveal cards! So I knew I needed to create something to help them transition into reading simple sentences. I introduced these to my reading groups and they ate them right up! They felt so proud of themselves using their reading strategies to read the sentences. And they just LOVE opening the flap to check to see that they read the sentence correctly :)

Today I want to share with you how I use Read & Reveal in my classroom and how to get it up and running!

Setting Up
Print the cards you need on card stock and cut apart. I use this paper cutter and it makes the cutting easy and quick!

I also suggest laminating the cards for durability. This way you won't need to reprint and replace them so often!

Once the cards are cut and laminated, fold the flap on the dashed lines. Sometimes I find it easier to fold the cards before laminating, especially if you are using a thick lamination. 

You can secure the flaps with mini clothespins, paper clips, or even velcro dots. I love stocking up on mini clothespins at the Target dollar spot or when Michaels has sales!

How to Use
Place the cards in a basket and have your students choose one card at a time. You can also hole punch the corners and use a binder ring to hold all the cards together. Have your students touch each dot and read each word.

Once they feel confident with the sentence, the unclip the clothespin to reveal the picture under the flap!

What's included?

This download includes 111 simple sentences that focus on CVC words. There are words for all short vowels! 

In this download you will find 93 simple sentences that include common sight words along with blends & digraphs with short vowels.

In this download you will find 72 simple sentences that include common sight words along with magic e words.

Vowel Teams

In this download you will find 92 simple sentences that include common sight words along with the following vowel teams:

**Sentences using r-controlled vowels will also be added to the bundle!

You can find the Read & Reveal {simple sentences} bundle in my TpT shop!