November Arrival Bins…Part Two!

I posted these arrival bins earlier this week and I’m so excited for you to see them! They are the perfect addition to your morning tubs!

Here is a closer look at the reading and language arts items. You can check out the math items in this blog post: November Arrival Bins Math.

I loved all of your suggestions last month. These letter/sound/sign match-up cards are perfect for your students!

I’m excited for my intervention students to use these acorn onset and rime puzzles. Picture clues are included to assist your emergent readers. Twelve different puzzle cards are included.

We have been busy clapping our syllables in our classroom. These fall syllable clip cards will be perfect for my students. Twelve different cards are included.

Now that many of my students have learned their letter sounds, we are planning on moving on to digraphs. These digraph punch cards can be used all year.

There are two different levels of the November word cards. Twelve different words are included. The picture below features the cards where students fill in the missing beginning letter. The other version simply features the word that students can practice building on their own with magnet letters.

And last, but not least, are the letter tracing cards! There is also an editable version. This would be great activity for practicing sight words as well!

I forgot to tell you that there are color and black and white versions of all of the activities, AND editable student direction cards.

You can purchase this ELA arrival bin separately here: November Arrival Bins ELA Version or you can purchase the bundle with all of the math and literacy activities here: November Arrival Bins–the bundle.

Thanks for checking out this post! I’m excited to start working on the December Bins this month!

October is here!!!!

Yay!  It’s FINALLY fall!!!  I’m so excited!  This is one of my favorite times of the year! October is off to a crazy busy start, but I’m having a TON of fun in the process! My students are loving our new additions to our arrival bins. I added these to my TpT store a few weeks ago.

There is a total of 12 activities that focus on the following skills:

  • 2D shapes
  • Counting
  • Number recognition
  • Number sequencing
  • Number formation
  • Rhyming
  • CVC patterned words
  • Ending sounds
  • Letter formation
  • Sight words

AND there are editable items!!! I tried to create activities that require fine motor activities as well. I try to sneak in any fine motor practice where I can! Here are a few of the ELA items:

And here is a closer look at the math items:

Would you like to win a FREE copy of this bundle?  I will be giving away 3 sets of my October bins!  Click the link to below to enter.  All you need to do is answer one of the following questions (or answer both for more entries).

  • What is your favorite fall activity?
  • Leave a comment about what types of activities you would like to see in the November arrival bins.

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Little Quack’s New Friend…

We just recently had Open House at school and we created an entire bulletin board with a friendship theme inspired by the book Little Quack’s New Friend by Laureen Thompson.

In this story Little Quack, who is a duck, makes an expected friend with Little Ribbit, who is a frog.  I love this book, because it teaches students that although we may be different (i.e. frogs and ducks), we are still all the same (i.e. they both like to play). We brainstorm and discuss things that we like to do with our friends and also talk about things that we like to play.

So–after we read this story in class, we made paper plate ducks and frogs.  For the paper plate ducks, we painted a larger paper plate yellow.  Then cut out feet and bills out of orange construction paper, and then eyes from black construction paper.  We also cut out a smaller yellow circle from yellow construction paper for the head.  Here is a picture of the finished project:

For the paper plate frogs, we painted outsides of two small desert plates green.  Once that dries, paint the inside of one of the plates red.  This will later be the inside of the mouth for the frog.  I have a pattern for the frog legs, from the Mailbox’s April Art book for Preschool and Kindergarten.  I copied this pattern onto green construction paper.  Students cut out the arms and legs and then fold them accordion style.  Next, students glue the arms and legs to one of the green round plates (I tell students that this is going to be the frog’s tummy).  With the plate that has the red inside, fold this in half and glue to the ‘tummy’.  Finally, glue white cotton balls to the top of the head for the eyes and add black construction paper circles to eyes as well.  Here is a picture of the finished project:

I love the way these turn out!  So cute!

After the frogs and ducks were all finished, then we painted and decorated paper dolls to represent the students.  I love this project!  The students always get so excited!   First, we paint an outlined shape of a person with paint that matches the student’s skin color.    After these are dry, then we can add the clothing.  I have a pattern for the jeans and t-shirts, and I copy these onto construction paper.  Students then pick what color they want and cut them out and then glue them to their people patterns.  Finally, we just add the finishing touches, such as eyes and yarn for the hair.  Here is a picture:

Finally, I asked students to tell me about their friends and I gave them the following prompt, “My friend is ____.  We like to play ___ together.”  I later typed their responses and added them to the bottom of the board.  Here is an example:

And now, I won’t keep you in suspense–here is a picture of the complete bulletin board!

I hope that some of my ideas have inspired you!  Feel free to let me know of any other great read-alouds that have a friendship theme that would be appropriate for preschool aged students.

Phonic Instruction…is there a certain way to teach letter sounds?

Someone recently posted a question on the KinderKorner email group regarding what order to systematically teach letters and letter sounds.  This is an interesting question, considering that many basal reading series do have a specific letter order in mind when teaching these concepts.  This really got me thinking and questioning the sequence of how I teach and introduce letters within the classroom.

Here is a great article on the sequence of teaching letters on Reading Rocket’s Blog:  Article, “What Sounds to Teach When?”

Here is some more information from the Standard’s Site:  Phonics and Early Reading

So what do you think?  I found this to be very interesting.  Also, I have been working lately on some new alphabet sound recognition worksheets.  I will also post these on the ABC page later.  I haven’t completed all of the letters yet, this is sort of a work in progress.

Update (9/4/2010): I have since removed the Letter Recognition practice pages.  They are now available for purchase from Teachers Pay Teacher

New Assessment Page…

I just concluded parent conferences a few days ago, so I’ve had assessments on the brain!  This weekend I recently added an Assessment page under the Teaching section.  I have included links to many wonderful, free assessment resources on the web.  So far, I have only included links to English Language Arts assessments that are appropriate for students in grades K-1.  This page is a work in progress, and I plan on adding more information in the future.

Here is a link to this page if you would like to check it out!

Mrs. Kilburn’s Assessment Page