Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sight Word Hunt

My school gets newspapers for educational purposes, and I was looking for some different and fun ways to review and enforce sight words that didn't involve worksheets.

I'm also big on recycling, and I have a pile of colored sheets that used to be announcements/lunch menus/newsletters for home. Taking some of those sheets, I wrote three sight words at the top, and gave a sheet to each table. I also gave each table two sheets of newspaper.

First table to find 5 of each word and glue them to their paper won!

Note! If you don't have newspaper, catalogs work well, too!

Monday, April 14, 2014

3-D Shapes Hunt

This was a quick and easy, and FUN way to review our three-dimensional shapes. For each table, I drew a cube, a pyramid, and a sphere (don't make fun of my artwork, lol!) on a sheet of construction paper. Each table had to find 5 real life pictures of those shapes in catalogs, cut them out, and glue them to the paper. First table to finish won!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Math Stations for the Weeks of 4/7 and 4/14 - With a Freebie!

Station #1 - Pom Pom Count and Color
Fill up the trays with the correct number and color of pom poms using the tweezers.

Station #2 - Match It Mathematics
Got this game with my school funds.

Station #3 - Bunny Grid Game
We're using the number word die, and using some cute springtime erasers to cover what we roll.
You can get the freebie game here.

Station #4 - Tangram Puzzles
I found this oldie but goodie in the math coordinator's closet. The kids love matching the shapes.

Station #5 - How Much Is Your Name?
Using some old scrabble tiles, the students lay their names down and add up the "points" to see who has the most. We also did our surnames.

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Language Arts Stations for the Weeks of 4/7 and 4/14

Station #1 - Guided Reading and Sight Word Drilling

Station #2 - Computer Labs and Listening Center
These two weeks we'll be listening to

Station #3 - Highlight-a-Letter
These next two weeks we'll be focusing on S and T.

Station #4 - Find a Word 
Find all ten words in a bottle of beans.

Station #5 - Sight Word Die Dinosaur
I made this game using a sight word die I bought at the dollar store (they came in a package of 3). I then used a coloring page to make the game board.

Basically, they roll the die and place one of their markers on the board. Once all the words are covered, the person with the most words covered wins.

I'll be posting a "How To" on making your own game boards using coloring pages at a later date.

Friday, April 4, 2014


We're studying Equal and Unequal this week, along with Equal Parts (aka Halves) in math. I came up with this quick little study that the kids enjoyed.

Each table was given a tub of manipulatives. We did a practice run using the number 3. Each child got 3 pieces and placed them on the table in front of them. Then, using the old familiar "one for me and one for you" trick, they set out dividing up the props. Once they learned that if both sides got the same amount, it was EQUAL, but if there was one left over, the amount was UNEQUAL, I then put a set of numbers up on the board. On scratch paper, they wrote down the numbers, got their manipulatives, and tried to determine if each number was EQUAL or UNEQUAL. 

In the end, we compared our answers. To "spice things up", we rotated our tub of items between tables, to give everyone a chance to use different props.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Taking Advantage of the Spring Weather

It's getting warmer, and we're finally able to go outside without needing our coats. Just to take advantage of this spring weather, I took the class outside to do some journal work. I had my portable, lap-size whiteboard. We spent a good 25 minutes doing our journaling, and the time felt like it flew by. The experiment was such a success, we'll be doing it again.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Special Days - April

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Friday, March 28, 2014

My Math Stations for the Weeks of 3/24 and 3/31

 Station #1 - Spring Friends Roll and Cover
We're playing this like a bump. You can get this freebie here.

Station #2 - Yahtzee
We first used the version with numbers. Now we're using the version with number words.

Station #3 - Giant Floor Puzzle
This one is called Traffic Jam.

Station #4 - Copying the calendar for March

Station #5 - Match and Learn Count It!
This was the math game I bought with my allowance.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Language Arts Stations for the Weeks of 3/24 and 3/31

Station #1 - Guided Reading with Me
I've also added sets of sight word cards on a ring, so the children can flash them at each other.

Station #2 - Match and Learn Spell It!
The school district gave me a small allowance to spend on classroom supplies, and I bought a few items. Like this Match and Learn Spell It! puzzles.

Station #3 - Number Words Dominoes
Using numbers zero through six. I'm thinking about making another set using seven through thirteen.

Station #4 - Highlight-a-Letter
These two weeks we'll be highlighting the letters Q and R.

Station #5 - Computers and Listening Centers
Our book and CD this time around is Never, EVER Shout in a Zoo.