March 15, 2014

How to Writing in Kindergarten!

We recently started our unit on informational writing. It's so fun to see the wonderful ideas the kids come up with! They love writing for a purpose and are so eager to teach others about things they know so much about. We started the unit  by exploring some different informational texts. One of my favorite mentor texts for this unit is "How to Heal a Broken Wing" by Bob Graham. The illustrations are breathtaking and my students really connect with the little boy in this story. If you haven't check it out, make sure you do!!
Since, we've started this unit, I feel like my students' writing has become so much better!! It's amazing how a new topic can get the kids so excited and focused. After we explore mentor texts and talk about the difference between informational and narrative writing, we take a look at the planning sheet. I think the planning sheet is key because it helps them see each separate step. I start everyone out with 3 step stories. As my higher writers become ready, I offer them planning sheets and booklets without the numbered steps.
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How to Stories
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Have a fabulous weekend!
I plan on watching my buckeye basketball team take on that team up north! Let's Go Bucks!




March 9, 2014

Hello!
Some of my kinders are still having trouble with teen number identification. I added this game to my math stations this past week. This game encourages students to find the word match to the teen number. Included are number lists that allow the students to check themselves. 



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Over the past two weeks, we finished up our unit on measurement. I created these measurement mats for students to measure the length and height of various objects. Students measure each object twice, once with counters and once with paper clips. A recording sheet is also included. There are arrows on each mat to remind students which way they will be measuring. 


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Magnificent Measurement