New Year's Resolution Writing Activity

12/31/2014 / Leave a Comment

I have updated my New Year's Resolution - Goal Setting pack for 2016! 

My students and I have been having a lot of discussions about resolutions and goals for the new year. The biggest areas we need to focus on are being responsible for your work and cleanliness.

I have a few students who always go above and beyond to clean our room, but most times it isn't even their mess they are cleaning! Of course I, like all teachers I am sure, have several students who misplace work or frequently forget to pass in assignments.


Rather than just having my students brainstorm a goal, I decided to make a pack that would help them to organize their thoughts and self-assess to see what areas they need improvement in.

There are two checklists in this set - one for school goals and one for home goals. First they will read through and check off any goals they have already met.
Next, they choose 1 goal that they did not check off. If they have more than one, they will look closely to see which is the most important at this time.

Included are 2 graphic organizers, one with a sentence starter and one without. 
Lastly there are 2 writing templates; 1 goal and a 2 goal. I like to differentiate writing assignments by giving my class the option of completing a graphic organizer, or a writing paper for their final copy. 
I made the organizer and the writing paper coordinating, so they can be displayed on a bulletin board with the 2015 sign! I think this will be a great way to help my students to narrow down the areas of school and home that they can improve on. 

If you are interested in purchasing this item you can find it in my shop here, or just click on the pictures above!

Happy 2015!
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Calendar Display - Easy to Read!

12/28/2014 / Leave a Comment

When I was prepping my room for the changeover to Kindergarten this year, I set out on the quest for the perfect calendar. I found a background that I loved:
However I could not find any calendar date pieces and headers that I liked.

I knew I wanted a set that was easy to read, and that would incorporate patterns into our daily routine.

I decided to make my own set and it is working out perfectly this year. My students love the pictures and seeing the patterns progress in difficulty as the year moves on. They are always so excited when it is time for a new month to be displayed!
Each month features a header (10 inches by 2.5 inches) with thematic clipart for the month. The calendar pieces (2 inches by 2 inches) match the headers and they clipart coordinates with that month or season.
The patterns are simplistic in August and September, and increase in difficulty as the year continues on.
I also included Today is, Yesterday was, and Tomorrow will be signs (20 inches by 3.7 inches). This is a fast way to review the days of the week each morning. You can laminate and write directly on the signs, or use the typed words and attach them with velcro.
My class has a lot of fun with the patterns. In September and October we would read the patterns as a whole class and discuss what the letters would be for the pattern. 

Then we began writing the letters out on the board, so they could see the repetition of letters over the course of the month.  

Now everyone is comfortable with patterns, so they like to read it on their own when they come up. 

We make it extra challenging by predicting things too, like: what will be the last picture for the month? Or, what will next Thursday's picture be? 

Sometimes they will predict how the pattern will end (letter and picture) before the month is even half over! It is easy to differentiate this part of the routine to each students skill level.

I really love how this fast part of our morning routine has familiarized all of my students with what patterns are and how they can be interpreted. 

This set can be used with a pocket chart, or any standard calendar chart. I just laminate the pieces and add velcro to the backs!

If you would like to see more, you can check this out in my TPT shop! Just click here, or the pictures above!


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Christmas Tree Craftivity - A Number Bond Math Activity

12/14/2014 / Leave a Comment
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My class and I began exploring number bonds last week. They have been having a lot of fun building them with counters and unfix cubes.

I wanted to try something festive and fun last Friday. I always try to incorporate art into our math lessons whenever possible. You can never get enough art in Kindergarten!

We began by painting trees, I showed them the easiest three trees to draw, a giant triangle, three stacked triangles and a tree with branches that curve inwards.



Next we filled in our trees. I passed out a bunch of different choices for coloring: crayons, colored pencils, markers and oil pastels. I like to mix up our supplies whenever possible, it makes the bulletin board look more dynamic!
Then I passed out their number bonds. They had to come up and choose two colors of finger paints to decorate their tree. The top number of the bond is one color and the bottom was another.

After that, they just had to add all the ornaments together to solve their number bond equation!

The best part was how easy it is to assess, I just had to see if they painted the correct number of ornaments!

It was a great way to reinforce this concept this holiday season!  You can find this item in my shop!

How do you incorporate art into your classroom?

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