Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wonderful Winter Activities and a FREEBIE!

Winter can sometimes drag on, but I try to capitalize on the wonderment that snow and ice hold for most little ones.  Here are a few of our wonderful winter activities that also sneak in learning fun!
After reading "Snowballs" by Lois Elhert, each little one decided what type of snowman he or she wanted to make.  They then chose from a whole host of collage materials to help create their masterpiece. Sometimes preschoolers get caught up in wanting to add as much stuff as they can without planning out their project, and that approach is perfectly fine.  After all, it's the process and not the product that is important.  But, before I let them loose on their snowman, I tried to talk through what I would be looking for if I were making a snowman.  For instance, what would I use for eyes?  Do I want my snowman to have arms or hair?  If so, I need to find something those items?  I let them come up to the table that held the collage materials as many times as they wanted to exchange, to get more things, or to get different materials to use.  They absolutely loved the activity and could have spent hours and hours creating.  Some of my little friends did exactly as I expected and loaded their snowman up, but many thought out and planned what they wanted to use and where.  I thought I had more pictures to share, and I promise I will post them later.  However, I did want to share what I have now.
I am absolutely in love with this snow baby!  Check out the face, the hair, and he even made a heart by cutting up straws.  I wish I could keep this masterpiece, but if I were the parents I would want this at home with me.  :)
Here are more snowmen on my door.  I am bummed the picture is blurry, but you might be able to make out a snow boy, snow dog, snow cat, and a snow mom, along with the snow baby.  L.O.V.E.
If you would like the snowman body pattern, click HERE  Clipart is courtesy of Creative Clips.
To add a fine motor element to this fun snowball activity, tongs were used to pick up white pompoms that represented snowballs.
Two students at a time each had a pail and tongs.  The rest of us counted to 30, which helped with our rote counting to 30 (a kindergarten objective for first quarter).  While we counted, the two students used their tongs to pick up one snowball at a time to put in their pail.  The objective was to get as many snowballs as possible.
When we stopped counting, each little learner dumped out their snowballs, lined them up, and then counted them.
Lining them up and making sure to touch each one while saying the number helped them with one to one correspondence.  
 Young learners often rush through the counting process.  This helped them slow down enough to count each object.
After each learner counted their snowballs, the pair had to choose which sign represented their numbers correctly.  I made sure to use the correct terminology of "greater than", "less than", or "equal" to expose them to this concept.
The next day in my small groups, we completed this cut and glue student sheet to reinforce what they learned the day before.
 Who knew so much could be learned with snowballs? ;)
 I filled our sensory table with Insta-Snow and added cups, bowls, spoons, and arctic animals.  This is the most requested activity in the room!  They love playing in the snow.  Little do they know how great pouring, dumping, and scooping are for their motor development.  Plus, there is the added benefit of working on language skills, social development, and intellectual development by fostering imaginative play.  :)
We have also done some super fun painting with ice.  Also a great fine motor, creative activity!
Besides the book "Snowballs", we have been reading LOTS of other snow themed books.  We did this student comprehension sheet after reading "Snowmen at Night".  It's from this pack.
It's available HERE.
The other pack used in this post is available HERE.
If you want to find more ideas and read about other bloggers' week, be sure to check out Doodle Bugs Teaching and Five for Friday.
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Groundhog Day!

It's hard to believe that January is already half over and it's time to look ahead to February activities.  This year has flown by!  Groundhog Day is a favorite "holiday" of my little learners.  After reading, learning, and talking about groundhogs and Groundhog Day,  we watch Phil being pulled out of his burrow to tell us if there will be six more weeks of winter or if spring is on the way.  I can usually find a video on YouTube or the news stations.  Since Groundhog Day is on a Thursday this year, I made additional activities to go along with our fun.  I plan on using them the week of Groundhog Day.  Here are some of the activities we will be doing in my room.  They are from my newest pack and is available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Groundhog Day Activities
·      Groundhog Color Matching Activity: Students match the groundhogs by color.  To add more of a challenge, use the color sight words.  Use with coordinating color cups and pom-poms and have the groundhogs “hide in the matching burrow.  A black and white ink saving option is also available.
·      Groundhog Colors Student Sheet:  Two versions are available, depending on the level of your learner.
·      Groundhog, Groundhog, What Color Do You See? Emergent reader that focuses on color words in the same repetitive text as Brown Bear.  Two versions are available.
·      Groundhog Shadow File Folder Game:  Students match the groundhogs to the correct shadows.  Can also be used as a cookie sheet activity instead.
·      Groundhog Shape Shadow Match Memory Game: Students match pairs of groundhogs by shape and shadow in a memory type game.  The cards can also be used in a pocket chart.  Print on cardstock, laminate, and cut apart.
·      Groundhog Shape Match Student Sheet:  Students cut and glue the matching shape on this take home sheet.
·      “Will Phil See His Shadow?” Graphing Activity:  Two versions are available.  One with the word Phil and one with Groundhog.  Class Chart pieces are included, as well as individual student graphing sheet.
·      Groundhog Ten Frame Cards:  Students match numbers 0-10 with ten frame cards.
·      Where is the Groundhog? Positional Word Activity:  Practice positional words “on, under, between, above, below, and next to” with this fun cut and glue the groundhog activity.  Choose from color or black and white.
·      Groundhog Day Emergent Reader: A simple reader to explain Groundhog Day to little learners.
·      Groundhog Crown:  Pattern and pictures for students to make their own headband/crown announcing whether the groundhog saw its shadow or not.
·      Groundhog Alphabet Recognition Game:  Upper and lowercase groundhog cards are provided, along with groundhog cards to play in a pocket chart.   Students who name the letters correctly or name a word that has the letter in it will check to see if there is a groundhog hiding behind the card.  Students can trade the cards in for a reward of your choice!

This pack is 50% off through the 19th of January.  You can find my pack HERE.  Or click on the picture below to take you to my store.
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to Introduce Number Bonds in Preschool + a FREEBIE!

One of the best things about working in an elementary building is being able to see just what the older grades are doing first hand.  Last year I was introduced to the concept of number bonds, so I wanted to integrate them into my pre-k math curriculum.  These number bond activities are part of my larger Snow Day! Winter Themed Math and Literacy Activities.
I wanted to give you a glimpse of how I used them.  Target Dollar Spot had some mini snowman erasers that I had picked up some time back, but you could use floral beads or any kind of small counter or manipulative.
We looked at the numbers in each snowball and started off by putting the number of snowmen from the first snowball into the snow globe.
Then we added the number from the second snowball into the snow globe.  Some immediately understood that those two numbers in the snowballs added together to make the larger number in the snows globe. 
Some were not quite at that step developmentally and needed to physically count the snowmen in the snowballs and then move them over to the snow globe.  I then wrote the total in the snow globe to make that last connection.
I have taken some of my number bonds from my pack to let you download them for free.  You can find them HERE.  I would love some feedback to let me know how you liked using them in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowmen at Night!

I just finished my Snowmen at Night Pack and wanted to share what is included:
There are lots of retelling options in this pack.  There are comprehension questions, vocabulary cards, yes/no questions and rhyming pages.  Snowmen at Night is a favorite read-a-loud and this pack utilizes student interest to help with language skills.  You can check it out HERE!  It will be 50% off through the weekend.  :) 
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

$1 Deals on TPT!

Happy New Year!  All year long I give thanks to my readers and TPT followers.  To show my appreciation and the appreciation of other SPED teachers, go to TPT and search #spednewyear to find all the amazing dollar deals available for two days.
The products I have chosen for the $1 Day Deals are my newest pack: 
Snow Day! Winter Themed Math and Literacy Activities
and my revised pack: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
PLUS, everything else in my store is 20% off!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Snow Day! Winter Themed Activities!

I've been working hard over break preparing for January activities when school resumes next week.  My newest pack is huge and contains all the skills I plan on teaching my little love bugs.  Since my class was changed last year I am able to really challenge some of my learners with harder activities so I needed to create and add to what I usually teach.  This pack is very comprehensive and allows for lots of differentiation.  It ranges from colors and shapes to number bonds and segmenting sounds!  There's a little bit of everything in here!

 Segmenting and blending sounds (two versions);

Alphabet Snow Globes (two versions; one with letters and one without);
 Student recording sheets (four versions; two uppercase and two lowercase) that can be used with the alphabet cards for letter recognition activities to letter sound cards;
Rhyming Activities, with student practice pages;

Number Bonds with student practice pages;
Two different type ten frame activity cards;
with a student practice sheet

 Missing numbers in a sequence cards and student practice pages;
 Greater than and less than cards and student practice pages.

 Lots of different shape activities;

Color Recognition and Color Word Activities;

Building Name Activities;

Plus, patterns to have students make their own snow globe craftivity!
This is just a sampling of everything that is included.
Here is a more detailed list:
Build a Snowman Sequencing Activity: Students cut, glue, and color the pictures in order to show the steps to build a snowman.

Snowball Shape Match: Students match mittens by snowball shapes.  Shapes included are: circle, square, rectangle, and rhombus. hexagon, triangle, oval, trapezoid, octagon, pentagon, heart, and star.  A second set with shape words is included for students working on sight words.

Mitten Shape Match Student Sheet: Students cut and glue the matching shape snowball to make a pair of mittens for a take home sheet.  A second page with sight words is also included.

*      Mitten Snowball Shape Emergent Reader: Students listen to the clues of shape characteristics and glue the shapes in the mittens of this interactive reader.

Snowman Build By Shape: Students stack snowmen by shape {head, middle, and bottom}, then add the hat with the same shape ball on top and add the matching scarf.  The shapes are outlined in a square for easy cutting, but may by cut by shape instead.  A snowy outdoor scene is also provided, along with shape words to add a challenge for students learning shape sight words.  Ideas for use include: Place the snowy scene on a cookie sheet, add a shape word and have student find the correct shapes and accessories to build that particular snowman.  For younger students, place the bottom piece of the snowman and have students place the build the rest of the snowman by shape.  

Colorful Snow Scenes: Four snow pictures {snowball throwing, hiding, snowsuit, and snowman with scarf} coordinated by color (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, brown, white, black, and gray).  Students match the picture sets by color.  Add color pompoms and matching tins to a tub or sensory table, along with tongs to make it a fun fine motor activity.

Scarf Colors: Student color pages, one with color words in coordinating color and one with color words in black and white for students learning color sight words.

Snowman Memory Match:  Students play a memory game with snowmen by matching colors.  Instructions and ideas to make it a successful, fun, interactive game are shared.

Missing Snowballs:  Students figure out the missing number in a sequence of numbers.  Students place the snowball with the number or write the missing number with a dry erase marker.

Missing Snowball Student Page: Students complete this take home page to check for understanding or send home for extra practice work.

Snowball Fight! Students color in the correct number of snowballs in each column for one to one correspondence work.

Snowball Fight 2! A second version of the student page with number words instead of numerals for students working on number sight words.

Snowflake Ten Frame Cards: Students count the number of snowflakes in each ten frame and match with the correct snowball number.  Cards with numbers 1 through 10 are included.

Blank Ten Frame Cards: A set of blank ten frame cards are included to allow for students to use with manipulatives.  Students can roll a die, pick a number card, etc. Two students can play together and then compare numbers and/or figure out how many more are needed to make 10.

Snowflake Ten Frames: Students color in the correct number of ten frames according to the number in the snowflake.

Comparing Numbers/Greater Than and Less Than: Cards with snowballs on them from 0 to 15.  Students count the snowballs on two cards and figure out which one has more or less and then use the greater than/less than cards to make a number sentence.  A student-recording sheet is included for extra practice, to check mastery, or send for homework.

Snow Globe Number Bonds: Number bonds help your students learn to compose and decompose numbers and learn about number combinations.  The two smaller numbers in the snowballs, when added together, equal the larger number in the snow globe.  Print on cardstock, laminate, and cut apart cards.  Use manipulatives or drawings to represent numbers and make student learning hands on.

Mitten and Snowball Alphabet Cards:  Both upper and lower case cards are included to match, place in alphabetical order, figure out which letters are missing in a sequence, and use with Snow Globe Letter Sound Cards.

Snow Globe Letter Sound Cards: Snow Globes with pictures of items that represent beginning sounds for each letter of the alphabet.  Print on cardstock, laminate and cut apart.  Use to match upper and/or lowercase letters and use with student recording sheets. 

Snow Globe Student Recording Sheets: Four versions available (two uppercase; one in order and one out of order and two lowercase; one in order and one out of order).  Use the sheet(s) that work best for the level of your learner(s). Students find the letters on snowflakes in the snow globes and color are bingo dot the letters.

Snowball Rhyme Time: Students place snowballs on mittens and hat patterns according to the word it rhymes with.  A student-recording sheet is also provided for extra practice work.

Snowy Syllables:  Use a clothespin to clip or a dry erase marker to circle or color the number of syllables in each word.

Snowy Segments: Students points to each letter as they segment the individual sounds (phonemes) of the word. Then, using the arrow, blend the sounds all together to say the word.  A student-recording sheet is also provided for extra practice work.

Snowman Name Art Project: Instructions and patterns to build a snowman with student’s name.  Two sizes to choose from, depending on the length of the student’s name. A snow scene background is also provided, along with a hat and scarf pattern to dress up this adorable snowman.

Snow Globe Craftivity: Patterns and ideas for students to make their own snow globes.  

Easy prep and easy to use!  Many are print and go!

Click HERE to see it in my store!

Usually January is a hard month to get through, but this year I am super excited to see how my little ones do with these new activities.  :)
Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!