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Hey all and thank you so much for hopping over to see me!  Today I will be sharing all about my brand new Pre-K centers SET TWO!  You guys have been BEGGING for a set two since I posted set one last summer!  I get emailed a lot from Pre-K teachers that are desperate for appropriate Pre-K materials!  I think Pre-K teachers are complete SAINTS to start with to work with out littlest learners but then to constantly take kinder curriculum and knock it down a few notches– well they are SUPER SAINTS!

In today’s post, I will take you through one of the themes so you can really SEE just how MUCH is included for each theme!  I will also be hosting a Pre-K giveaway at the end of the post so be sure to keep an eye out for that!

Before I get too far into the post, I would like to take a couple of moments and explain these centers and the range of students that can benefit from them!  The Pre-K themed literacy and math centers bundle includes 20 themes and a total of 200 centers WOOT!!!!  Each of the themed center packets include 5 literacy centers and 5 math centers!  Each of the centers come with an “I Can” card, recording sheet and a self-check sheet!  Along with these included sheets, each bundle also comes with teacher observation check lists!  This is perfect for teachers and aides that need documentation for student work!

What is included?

– 20 THEMED packets
– 120 total literacy centers
– 120 total math centers
– 5 Pre-K LITERACY centers and 5 Pre-K MATH centers per theme. That is 10 centers per theme!
– Themes include: hands-on centers, recording sheets, teacher checklist skill trackers, “I can” cards and self-checking sheets!

The Pre-K centers are not just for Pre-K students!  Let’s take a quick walk through kindergarten!  Have you ever had a kiddo or group of kiddos that just struggle through the year… the rest of the class is on CVC words and they are still working to master their alphabet.  It’s at no fault of their own but they just aren’t able to keep up!  As teachers we work hard to provide fun activities for all of our kiddos but if they aren’t able to use the kinder centers then what do we do?  These centers are PERFECT for these kiddos!  It’s important that I note that the only place Pre-K” is mentioned is on the cover!  None of the student material is listed with Pre-K!  Along with kinder students, ELL and SPED students across the grade levels can also benefit greatly from these centers!  All kiddos love learning and especially when the material they are learning with is on their level!

Now before you get too far into the post– I have a video for you!  Sometimes we are more auditory learners than visual!  I hope this video helps to show the centers in action along with explaining them!

Pre-K Centers Set Two - Vimeo

I surveyed the Facebook group to make sure I was covering the most common themes in the bundle!  Below you can view the full list of the 20 centers!

What themes are included?

School
Buildings
Fall
Dragons
Halloween
Spiders
Dogs
Gingerbread
Snowmen
Winter
100th Day
New Year
St. Patrick’s Day
Spring
Giraffes
Frogs
Lions
Butterflies
Camping
Summer

Now let’s head into one of the center themes– Dogs! (Ps. This theme pairs PERFECTLY with Hairy the Dirty Dog– a week from Pre-K Literacy and FREEBIE)

Puzzlin’ It with Puppies- in this activity, the students will match the cut up pictures onto the letter mat.  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Sniff Sniff Letter Fun- in this activity, the students will match the nose to correct dog. There are multiple versions included so that the students can work on capital to lowercase, lowercase to lowercase.  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Barking Bone Sort- in this activity, the students will sort the bones to the correct mat (letters vs. numbers vs. words).  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Beginning Sounds Clip It- in this activity, the students will clip the correct beginning sound.  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Pup Pull n’ Stampe- in this activity, the students will pull a card and stamp it onto the recording sheet!

Doghouse Color Fun- in this activity, the students will sort the dog and bone to the matching color of doghouse.  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Puppy Spin and Cover- in this activity, the students will spin a board (numbers to 5 or numbers to 10) and cover the matching number.  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!



Puppy Treats- in this activity, the students will play puppy treat “memory”.  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!


Dog Gone Number Sense- in this activity, the students will work on their number sense skills by matching the bone to the dog.  Students also have the check-it sheet to make sure they have the correct answers!  Students will follow up with a recording sheet!

Doggy Fine Motor- in this activity, the students will work on their fine motor skills by using fine motor tweezers and pom poms.  *This is a FREEBIE. Click HERE to download*



Try out these ADORABLE Dog centers by snagging these fine motor mats! Click HERE or on the image below to download them!

Below you can see an overview of all 20 sets in the center bundle!






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Hi there and thanks so much for stopping in this mid-June week! I hope you are enjoying your SUMMER and you’ve been able to relax and take a teacher breather!  Today I am here with something super “light” and FUN! Today’s post is all about hands-on exploration in our classrooms! A few years back I implemented explore/fine motor tubs in my classroom after I saw a drastic decline in my students’ fine motor skills. Oftentimes, my students were coming to school in August with little to no fine motor skills. I swapped “Read to Someone” during my Daily Five time with EXPLORE and it kept it there all year! I started with very hands-on and eventually added in academics to the explore tubs as well! You can read all about those original explore tub ideas *HERE*

This summer, one of my main to-do’s was get together a set of comprehensive exploration tubs so that you could go to ONE document for all of your explore needs and not have to track down items here and there! A lot of teachers asked me to create a set of exploration tubs for their morning work! Many teachers are wanting to go paper free for morning work and explore tubs are PERFECT for that! However, I also wanted the exploration tubs to be a great addition to any and all classrooms– not just those that do morning work! I actually LOVE what Mindy had to say about the exploration tubs implementation,

 “I’m a kindergarten teacher, BUT… in my school there is not a lot of time for “play” type of activities. We do breakfast in the classroom and I don’t see why students wouldn’t LOVE many of these activities while they are waiting for their peers to finish eating. I could see them being used as an inside recess option, or to have in hand for students who are always working hard and just need something different. These could be used as a brain break.”


Mindy summed up many different ways that hands-on exploration tubs can be used beyond my use of them during daily five and that of morning work! My set of Hands-On Exploration Tubs are designed to offer an engaging and FUN way to explore! The packet can be used to strengthen fine motor skills, explore during morning work or used as supplemental math centers. The packet is broken down into 10 different activities. The activities are each designed to maximize student engagement and offer a chance for students to show their creativity.  **Be sure to read to the end of the post where I give you a free sampler of all the activities below AND host a $100 manipulatives giveaway!**

View this DETAILED video of my new Hands-On Exploration tubs below or by clicking **HERE**

IMG_6485[1] - Vimeo
 

The Hands-On Exploration Tubs packet includes 450+ task cards/mats. Each of the cards or mats are labeled with the manipulatives needed to complete the task. This packet uses a variety of common classroom manipulatives (snap cubes, pattern blocks, teddy bears, building blocks, fuzzy pom poms, geoboards and play dough).

The Hands-On Exploration Tubs packet includes two different sizes of labels for your containers. The containers used in the pictures can be purchased at the Dollar Tree. Each of the activities also include a detailed “I can” statement card. This card can be included in the tub to increase accountability. The task cards/mats are best used once printed on cardstock and/or laminated. You can place the smaller task cards on a metal binder ring. You will want to determine if you would like to offer all of the task cards at once, or you can introduce them over time to not overwhelm the students.



The tub I used are from Dollar Tree and can also be purchased online! The larger container is  14 x 10 and the smaller container is 10 x 10! A lot of teachers want to know if full size paper will fit in the larger container! It does but it will have to be in there slanted! If you want the paper to go in flat, just print it at a reduced 95% on your printer. I actually go over that print tip in **THIS** print tip video!

What is included in the Hands-On Exploration Tubs packet?

– 450+ task cards/mats (detailed list found below)
– activity labels (offered in two sizes)
– activity “I can” cards

This packet uses ALL real-life photographs! 

What activities are included in the Hands-On Exploration Tubs packets?

Activity One: Build It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using pattern blocks. They will view the included picture card and recreate the “scene”. **50 cards included**

Activity Two: Band It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using geoboards and bands. They will view the included picture card and recreate the “scene”. **50 cards included**


Activity Three: Dough It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using play dough and play dough tools. They will view the included prompt card and then complete the task. **50 cards included**

Activity Four: Match It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using a variety of manipulatives. They will view the included prompt card and then “match” or “copy” the card with the exact creation. **50 cards included**

Activity Five: Pattern It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using a variety of manipulatives. They will view the included prompt card and recreate the same pattern using their manipulatives. **50 cards included**


Activity Six: Manipulate It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using pattern blocks. They will use pattern blocks to recreate the picture on the mat. **50 mats included**

Activity Seven: Tweeze It In this activity students will get an opportunity to explore using tweezers and fuzzy pom poms. They will use fuzzy pom poms to recreate the picture on the mat. **50 mats included**

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Hi there and thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your summer to discuss my new Writing Center Extension packet! This packet is on sale for 50% off through Sunday 6/10 so I wanted to make sure you go to see a sneak peek of it before that offer expires! A lot of you have my K-1 Writing center or 2nd grade writing center! This packet is an extension to those! However, everything I show you today can be used as a stand alone packet! That means you could snag this 50% off packet only and still ROCK your writing center! If you haven’t spotted my  K-1 Writing center or 2nd grade writing center then you can read all about them at the bottom of the post! You will also want to enter my GIVEAWAY while you’re here! Win my adorable writing center setup!

What is the Thematic Writing Center EXTENSION RESOURCE Packet (K-2)?

The Thematic Writing Center Extension packet includes word cards, story prompt rings, story starter cubes, resource books, nonfiction readers, word lists, write the room activities and writing paper.

All of these items are available in all 90 themes. The packet includes 12 word cards per theme for a total of 1,080 cards. This packet can be used in conjunction with my Thematic Writing Center packet or completely stand-alone without the Thematic Writing Center packet.

This packet is offered in a differentiated format to cover skills for K-2. The readers, write the room, writing paper, story prompt rings and resource book are differentiated.


EVERYTHING in the picture above is found in my NEW writing center extension packet! Awesome right? Well, what’s even more AWESOME is that everything you see is included TIMES 90! Yep! There are 90 themes included so everything you’ll see her is X 90! WHAAAT!

View the view below to “see” and “hear” more about this new writing center extension!

Writing Center Extension Packet - Vimeo

Below I will go over everything that is included!

What is included in this Thematic Writing Center EXTENSION RESOURCE Packet?

– 1,080 fiction word cards (12 word cards per 90 themes)
– 90 thematic posters (color & black/white)
– 90 resource books (fact sheet, 5 page story w/ picture clues, word bank sheets)
– 180 nonfiction readers (90 lower leveled, 90 advanced leveled)
– 90 picture/word reference sheets
– 180 story prompt rings (90 lower leveled, 90 advanced leveled)
– 90 story starter cubes (inserts for the “see through” cubes)
– 150+ pages of differentiated writing paper
– 180 write the room activities (90 lower leveled, 90 advanced leveled **see skills below**)

What themes are included?

Just a reminder that the themes are independent of one another! You can swap the themes to any month you need!

September:
Apples
School
Transportation
Fairy Tales
School Helpers
Park
Family
Feelings
School Supplies
School Subjects

October:
Halloween
Fall Animals
Fire Safety
Owls
Fall
Pumpkins
Jungle Animals
Three Little Pigs
Three Little Bears
Three Billy Goats

November:
Thanksgiving
Baking
Then and Now
Scarecrows
Veteran’s Day
Maps & Globes
Community
Bees
Reptiles
Mammals

December:
Reindeer
Gingerbread
Christmas
Holidays
Needs
5 Senses
Polar Express
Winter
Colors
Manners

January:
New Year
Arctic Animals
Snow
Bears
Winter Sports
Woodland Animals
Hibernation
The Mitten
Penguins
MLK

February:
Dental Health
President’s Day
Valentine’s Day
Germs
My Body
Friendship
Groundhog’s Day
Castles and Kings
Western
Travel

March:
St. Patrick’s
Dinosaurs
Moon
Snakes
Spring
Pond
Pets
Construction
Exercise
Healthy Food

April:
Easter
Frogs
Butterflies
Plants
Weather
Farm
Bugs
Space
Ponies
Chickens

May:
Zoo
Ocean
Community Helpers
Pirates
Beach
Summer
Bedtime
Koalas
Picnic
Camping

What activities are included in the writing center?

::Resource Book::

The resource book is included for all 90 themes. The resource book includes a cover sheet, nonfiction fact sheet, differentiated nonfiction reader and reader word bank sheets. Place the resource book in a binder or spiral bind it.





::Story Prompt Rings:: 

The story prompt rings are a way to give students a “jump start” to their story. Choose between the two differentiated versions. Place the story prompt rings in the writing center along with writing paper.



::Story Starter Cube:: 

The story starter cube is a way for students to engage in the writing process in a fun and hands-on way. The students will roll the story starter cube and then write a matching story.

::Readers:: 

The readers are available in two differentiated levels. The students can read the kid-friendly nonfiction reader and apply the facts in their writing. The “easy” version stays around a level B! The “harder” version goes between and E and H! The books are meant to be “quick” reads so students can access factual material!


::Write the Room:: 

The write the room activities are a way for students to add movement to the writing center. You can choose between the two included differentiated versions. You can also print and place the cards on a ring as a stationary option.

Write the room skills covered:

September Themes:

“Lower Level”- Alphabet
“Above Level” – CVC Words

October Themes:

“Lower Level”- Alphabet
“Above Level” – CVCe Words

November Themes:

“Lower Level”- Beginning Sounds
“Above Level” – Digraphs

December Themes:

“Lower Level”- Beginning Sounds
“Above Level” – Blends

January Themes:

“Lower Level”- Final Sounds
“Above Level” – R Controlled

February Themes:

“Lower Level”- CVC words
“Above Level” – Vowel Teams

March Themes:

“Lower Level”- CVC words
“Above Level” – Diphthongs

April Themes:

“Lower Level”- Final Sounds
“Above Level” – Long Vowels

May Themes:

“Lower Level”- Digraphs
“Above Level” – Special Sounds


::Writing Paper::

The packet also includes over 150 sheets of differentiated writing paper! There are literally version after version so that you can select what works best for YOUR kiddos!


What is different from this bundle and the other writing center packet I just bought from you?

I wanted to create a writing center packet that could stand alone as a supplemental writing center or could easily be paired with my original writing center packet! If you own that original writing center and you would like to “see” how this packet can easily be paired with it… please view THIS VIDEO! 

Writing Center Extension Correlation with Thematic Writing Center - Vimeo

After posting my original Thematic Writing Center (Kindergarten and First Grade) and my Thematic Writing Center (Second Grade) teachers begged for more because their kids begged to take a turn a the writing center! I wanted to create a writing center packet that could stand alone..

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Well hello there and hello almost S-U-M-M-E-R! I know some of you lucky ducks might have already turned off the alarm clock but for others you’re still changing lives these last few days! Today I am here to talk about summer learning for our kiddos! I also have a summer slide parent flier FREEBIE for you!

Each year I was encouraged to send a packet of work home with my kiddos over summer break! It’s really hit and miss but some parents do LOVE having some type of learning tool to utilize over break! They at times aren’t 100% sure on what to work on so when we send home something it really gives them a starting point! I was always a little hesitant with the packets because I feared two things 1) The kiddo would sit down and complete the entire packet in one sitting simply because it was “easy” or “fun” to them. (I would have totally been this kid— school work equals F-U-N!) And 2) that the parent would forget about the packet until ummm the last couple days of summer and then have their kiddo do all of their summer learning in a cram session. Possibly these fears were not a reality but in some capacity I’m positive both happened! This year as teachers requested summer work… I really wanted to create something FUN, ENGAGING and required a smidgen of parent involvement! That is when I created my Summer Learning Mats!

**Just a special note that the mats are designed for the grade the kiddos are in RIGHT now! For example, if you teach Pre-K you’d get the Pre-K version! If you teacher Kinder and they are headed to first, you still get the kinder version!**


The Summer Learning Mats are a perfect balance of student independence and parent involvement! A lot of parents are busy over the summer and don’t have much free time but these mats are designed to be 100% appropriate for that kiddo’s grade level and skill focus! The parent can help their child get started on the task, but then the child can complete the task on their own! The Summer Learning Mats give students 10 weeks of practice of the summer! You would send home the matching number summer weeks you have! The kids get 5 days of explicit math practice and 5 days of explicit ELA practice! The mats also include a Three-In-A-Row board that provides additional learning opportunities throughout the week!


The mats do not need anything additional prepped by you! The entire week is also on one entire sheet so there are FEW copies needed! You can print double-sided for additional paper saving! The kiddos will complete the task each day and “X” out the box! For Pre-K and Kinder, the students also have a built-in incentive! They get to add an image to their mat once they complete a task! First grade and second grade have a built-in reading incentive! For every 20 minutes they read, they get to color in an image!


The mats are designed to have a certain skill focus for each day of the week! Below is a break down of the Kinder mats!

Move-Your-Fingers Monday (Math)- number writing (ELA)- letter, name or address writing

Tap-It-Out Tuesday (Math) Tap and count 1:1 (ELA) tap and write words

Whip-Up-A- Web Wednesday (Math) Show all the ways to make a numbers ie. ten frame, dot cube, fingers, etc. (ELA) Show words and illustrations that start with the given beginning sound

Think-It-Out Thursday (Math) Word problems (ELA) Story writing

Fast-N-Fluent Friday (Math) Fluency in addition, subtraction and teen numbers (ELA) Fluency in the alphabet and beginning sounds


You can also see the full list of Kinder skills below (each grade level has their skills listed in the TPT description!)

What skills are covered?

Week 1: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 5, word problem, addition fluency within 5, letter writing, writing words, beginning sounds, informational story writing, oral counting, writing CVC words, squares in “real life”, reading words, AB pattern, counting by 2’s, rhyming

Week 2: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 10, word problem, addition fluency within 10, name writing, writing words, beginning sounds, narrative story writing, oral counting, writing CVCe words, circles in “real life”, reading words, AAB pattern, counting by 5’s, rhyming

Week 3: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 12, word problem, subtraction fluency within 10, address writing, writing words, beginning sounds, fiction story writing, oral counting, writing digraph words, triangles in “real life”, reading words, AABB pattern, counting by 10’s, multiple meaning words

Week 4: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 15, word problem, subtraction fluency within 10, letter writing, writing words, beginning sounds, how-to story writing, oral counting, writing blend words, rectangles in “real life”, reading words, ABBA pattern, counting by 5’s, multiple meaning words

Week 5: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 16, word problem, teen numbers fluency, name writing, writing words, beginning sounds, opinion story writing, oral counting, writing CVC words, cubes in “real life”, reading words, ABC pattern, counting by 2’s, multiple meaning words

Week 6: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 17, word problem, teen numbers fluency, address writing, writing words, beginning sounds, persuasive story writing, oral counting, writing CVCe words, cones in “real life”, reading words, AABC pattern, counting by 5’s, multiple meaning words

Week 7: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 18, word problem, teen numbers fluency, family name writing, writing words, beginning sounds, narrative story writing, oral counting, writing blend words, cylinders in “real life”, reading words, AABBCC pattern, counting by 10’s, multiple meaning words

Week 8: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 19, word problem, teen numbers fluency, letter writing, writing words, beginning sounds, informational story writing, oral counting, writing digraph words, spheres in “real life”, reading words, sound pattern, counting by 2’s, multiple meaning words

Week 9: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 20, word problem, mixed addition and subtraction fluency, family name writing, writing words, beginning sounds, opinion story writing, oral counting, writing CVC words, ovals in “real life”, reading words, sound pattern, counting by 5’s, multiple meaning words

Week 10: number writing, 1:1 counting, ways to show the number 25, word problem, mixed addition and subtraction fluency, address writing, writing words, beginning sounds, persuasive story writing, oral counting, writing CVCe words, shapes in “real life”, reading words, sound pattern, counting by 10’s, multiple meaning words

The Pre-K version includes Alphabet and Number Sense Drill Sheets! These are perfect for parents that might not have flashcards, etc already at home!


The first grade version utilizes this included blends and digraphs review chart!


Each grade level also has an included parent note!


The Summer Learning Mats are editable and include SPANISH versions!

You can view the Summer Learning Mats HERE or clicking on the links below!

>>Pre-K Summer Learning Mats<<

>>Kindergarten Summer Learning Mats<<

>>First Grade Summer Learning Mats<<

>>Second Grade Summer Learning Mats<<

**Just a special note that the mats are designed for the grade the kiddos are in RIGHT now! For example, if you teach Pre-K you’d get the Pre-K version! If you teacher Kinder and they are headed to first, you still get the kinder version!**


I also have that stopping the summer slide FREEBIE parent flier for you as well! You can snag this INSTANT freebie by clicking >>HERE<<  or the image directly below!


Thank you so much for joining me! May you have the best ending to your school year and an even sweeter SUMMER!

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Thanks so much for joining me today! We are going to talk all things… WRITING CENTER. I absolutely love the writing center or work on writing for daily five! However, it can be TOUGH finding appropriate material to replenish the writing center each week/month. After you swap out the material then you have a new dilemma– teaching the sheet so that the students will be able to do it independently.  That’s when I decided to tackle these two issues and create my new writing center! My new writing center offers MATERIAL on MATERIAL… you will never run short! I also use the same 12 activities for each theme! That means you’ll just need to teach the 12 activities ONE TIME and then you’re S-E-T! Below I will be sharing more about the writing center! I will also be sharing a  giveaway!


What is included in this Thematic Writing Center?

– 450 nonfiction word cards (5 word cards per 90 themes)
– 12 activity posters (2 sizes available)
– 7,800 activity sheets (870 pages per month)
– Start Up Guide

What makes THIS writing center so unique?

This writing centers rocks SIMPLISTIC BLISS! What does that mean? This packet allows you to teach the 12 activities and then have them simply repeat for each theme! This allows you TIME that you are not repeating directions each month!

This writing center offers SO MANY themes that you can easily combine and swap themes. If you are teaching life cycles, you can pull out all of the life cycle themes and teach them at once!

Watch a video of the writing center below!

Writing Center - Vimeo

The Thematic Writing Center includes word cards and independent writing sheets for the entire school year. Each month covers ten themes for a total of 90 themes. The themes can be interchanged between any months. The themes are independent of one another and can be swapped to fit your needs.

Each theme has 5 word cards for a total of 450 word cards. These cards come with nonfiction/realistic photographs. The cards can be displayed for students to access. Along with the word cards, each theme comes with twelve activities. The twelve activities are repeated for every theme so that the task only has to be taught once.


Below you can see the writing center set-up a bit closer!

The writing center covers 90 THEMES!

September: Apples, School, Transportation, Fairy Tales, School Helpers, Park, Family, Feelings, School Supplies, School Subjects

October: Halloween, Fall Animals, Fire Safety, Owls, Fall, Pumpkins, Jungle Animals, Three Little Pigs, Three Little Bears, Three Billy Goats

November: Thanksgiving, Native Americans, Then and Now, Scarecrows, Veteran’s Day, Maps & Globes, Community, Harvest, Reptiles, Mammals

December: Reindeer, Gingerbread, Christmas, Holidays, Needs, 5 Senses, Polar Express, Winter, Colors, Manners

January: New Year, Arctic Animals, Snow, Bears, Winter Sports, Woodland Animals, Hibernation, The Mitten, Penguins, MLK

February: Dental Health, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Germs, My Body, Friendship, Groundhog’s Day, Castles and Kings, Western, Travel

March: St. Patrick’s, Dinosaurs, Moon, Snakes, Spring, Pond, Pets, Construction, Exercise, Healthy Food

April: Easter, Frogs, Butterflies, Plants, Weather, Farm, Bugs, Space, Ponies, Chickens

May: Zoo, Ocean, Community, Pirates, Beach, Summer, Bedtime, Koalas, Picnic, Camping


There are 12 activities included for each of the 90 themes. Each of these systematic activities allow you the simplistic bliss of teaching the activity only one time for the entire school year. Each of the activities include five versions for variety and differentiation.

Greeting Cards, Label it sheets, Tune-Ups, Word Writing, Alphabet, Booklets, Mail It (Letters and Post Cards), Lists, Sentence Scramble, Free Write Story, Story Starters, and Mix It! Fix It!

Below is a breakdown of the 12 activities!

ACTIVITY 1: 

Story starters are perfect for those reluctant writers or students in general that need idea boosts. The students will write a story to match the clip art image. There is also an included checklist for students to check over their work. There are five versions of this sheet included.

ACTIVITY 2:

Alphabet sheets are perfect for the beginning of the year when our students are still learning their ABC’s. However, ABC sheets are beneficial throughout the entire year when we are differentiating our writing center for all learners. There are five included versions covering tracing, color-by-letter and connecting the dots.

ACTIVITY 3:

Lists are an excellent way for students to get several ideas down onto paper without writing lengthy sentences. There are five lists provided for each theme. These lists include open-ended and closed lists.

ACTIVITY 4:

Free write templates are a way for students to create their story of choice. Included on the template is the writer’s checklist. There are multiple versions of writing paper included.

ACTIVITY 5:

Booklets are one of the advanced writing activities included. There are five versions included that cover the five writing genres (informational, procedural, persuasive, opinion, and fiction).

ACTIVITY 6:

This word writing activity encourages students to practice writing the vocabulary words. There are multiple versions included. There is an open-ended version and tracing version as well. Along with word writing there is also sentence writing practice.

ACTIVITY 7:

Tune-ups give students an opportunity to apply mechanics skills they’ve mastered. The students will work on spacing, capitalization, and punctuation. Once the sentence has been corrected, the students will rewrite the sentence and illustrate it with a matching picture. There are five versions included.

ACTIVITY 8:

This labeling activity encourages students to utilize the included word bank to label the picture. The students will also color the illustration. There are five versions included.

ACTIVITY 9:

The students will choose between a postcard or a letter. The students will write letters or postcards to friends and family members. You can also include a mailbox at the writing center. There are multiple versions included.

ACTIVITY 10:

The greeting cards encourage students to write a greeting card of choice to a friend or family member. The students can also color the front cover of the greeting card. There are five versions included.

ACTIVITY 11:

Mix It! Fix It! is an activity that has students first cut and build the sentence. The students can mix and fix the sentence multiple times before gluing it down on their sheet. The students will then write the new sentence and illustrate a matching picture. There are five versions included.

ACTIVITY 12:

This sentence scramble activity includes five sentences that the students must unscramble.  For additional differentiation, there are included word cards to place on top of the picture card.

Setting up the writing center is also easy-peasy!

STEP 1:

Create a space where you will implement your writing center. This could be on a bulletin board, dry-erase board (using magnets), or even directly onto the wall.


STEP 2:

Next, choose which size of activity posters you want to print. There are full and half-sheet versions available. You can hang these up in the writing center with clothes pins, staples, Velcro, etc.


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Hi there and thanks so much for stopping by! Today’s post is all about NONFICTION reading along with a freebie! I have to admit nonfiction wasn’t always my favorite thing to teach…mainly because it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to track down material that was at my students’ level and nonfiction based. Then, when it came to nonfiction readers at the lower levels? Forget about that! It was then I realized that there was a need for leveled NONFICTION readers and readers at varying levels! If you have any of my guided reading mega bundles then you know I’m all about differentiating my readers! There is just something about handing out the “same” book to each of your guided reading groups but then have those books at THEIR level.

I set out to create a line of strictly nonfiction guided reading books! I chose to do two bundles to meet the needs of kiddos in grades K-1! I have a set of leveled A-D readers and a set of E-H readers. Some teachers have decided to get both bundles so that they have the maximum differentiation for their kiddos.

Levels A-D

Levels E-H

With each of the levels the books will aesthetically look the same! The covers of the books will be identical. The only small difference will be the leveling code! Inside the books you’ll find vibrant REAL LIFE photographs, captions, labels, speech bubbles and in the higher levels you’ll find underlined vocabulary words.

One of the best things about the books is that ALL of the levels have these amazing text features. Even at the earliest of levels the kiddos can still learn and apply these text features! This was something I really wanted to make sure I included. I am also super passionate about having the real life photos in my nonfiction easy readers! The kids see a lot of “cartoon” characters and clip art. I wanted to be able to give them an opportunity to really be exposed to such topics and see several images up and close. Another added bonus is for the level A books, students have included tracking dots! These offer those youngest readers a support for using one to one tracking.

When creating the books I decided to make three sets! I have an animals topics set, science topics set and social studies topics set. Each of the sets include 15 topics and again there are  those 4 levels per topic so that makes each set with 60 books. Below are the included topics for each set! Again, each set is offered in levels A-D or levels E-H. If you aren’t familiar with the lettering level system I am using, you can utilize this free chart to compare leveling systems!

Set 1: Animal Topics

Spiders
Owls
Chicken Life Cycle
Rabbits
Lizards
Ladybugs
Giraffes
Birds
Turkeys
Rainforest Animals
Desert Animals
Polar Animals
Pond Animals
Ocean Animals
Pets

Set 2: Science Topics

Snow
Seasons
Moon
Storms
Trees
Fire Safety
Pumpkins
Apples
Light and Sound
Wind
Plants
Rocks
Space
Earth Day
Force/Motion

Set 3: Social Studies Topics

United States Landmarks
Martin Luther King Jr.
Veteran’s Day
Transportation
Community Helpers
American Symbols
Then and Now
Presidents
Women in History
Family
Inventors
Maps & Globes
Wants vs. Needs
Classroom Citizen
Holidays Around the World

Along with nonfiction text features, there is another hidden gem for each reader! On the back of each reader is an included comprehension check! The comprehension check is also differentiated! You can see below the varying comprehension checks! With levels A-D the students will match, check for accuracy and/or write a written response.

Levels A-D


Levels E-H

For levels E-H the students will check for accuracy and/or write a written response. These are wonderful to have built-in to each reader! It allows for less paper and/or the students can take the book to read independently and can do a comprehension check for you to verify their reading and understanding of the text.

I have also included a couple built-in freebies to the packets! Each packet has translated SPANISH books!

Another built-in bonus is that each level also contains English PAPERLESS interactive books! These books will work on any device that has PowerPoint like an interactive whiteboard, Smartboard, I-pad, etc.

Below I will leave links to the individual topics for levels A-D and levels E-H. I wanted to mention that the bundle is currently discounted by $15 off! That is essentially like getting one of the topics or 60 books FREE! How does that work? Well, the bundle contains (3) $15 packets = $45. However, the bundle is currently discounted to $30 which gives you the $15 off and 60 free books!

The bundle contains 180 readers! The bundle also includes the two free bonuses (Spanish readers and Interactive PAPERLESS readers).  You can view the bundles by clicking below or on the images!

Differentiated Leveled Nonfiction Readers (Levels A-D) BUNDLED Differentiated Leveled Nonfiction Readers (Levels E-H) BUNDLED

I think you’ll LOVE the readers as much as I do! However, I want to give you an opportunity to try them for FREE! In the included freebie you’ll find a free Level C and Level H Rabbits reader! At the end of the freebie you’ll also see a clickable link to download the paperless interactive readers! You can download the freebie by clicking HERE or on the image below! Be sure once you open the Google Doc that you click the down arrow in the upper right corner! This will allow you to click on the interactive books!

Again, if you’re wanting to snag the bundle you can do so and save $15

Differentiated Leveled Nonfiction Readers (Levels A-D) BUNDLED Differentiated Leveled Nonfiction Readers (Levels E-H) BUNDLED

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Hello there and HELLO near-March!  March is for sure headed here and soon!  I settled on four themes to cover today and then I’ll be back in a few weeks for more “Springy” themes! Today I will be covering: Read Day (Seuss), St. Patrick’s Day, Dinosaurs, Moon and Easter/Rabbits!  We will start with Read Day because it is coming up next week!  Above are some my favorite Read Day books… there are literally so many of them that it is hard to decide!  Today I will be sharing some fun ways to bring the “close read” model to light using these books!  So many of them are great for those “just because” reads, but actually several more contain great content, skill focuses and rich vocabulary!

This first one is for sure a “loved by all” kind of book!  This book is great for rhyming words but word families in particular!  Of course the -am family fits the best!  I love this interactive word building activity in my class! One kiddos holds the rime (am) and other bring up the onset letters to help create new words!  This is a great activity to do before reading the text!  This will draw in the kiddos because they will be excited to hear/see the words they just helped to build!  *This activity will be in  a free download below.


Here are some great “stopping points” within the text:

Page 12- Why do we think he is upset?   Can you make a connection to a time you were upset?

Page 31- Do you think he is convincing him to eat it yet?  Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Page 57- Have students turn to their partners and make a prediction about what might happen next.

Page 59- What has changed?  Why might this change have come about?

Alright let’s move onto the next text!  This one is awesome for reviewing/teaching real and nonsense words!  I love to play this fun whole-group game before diving into the text!  The kiddos all have a real and nonsense (on other side) paddle!  You will hold up word cards and they will decide if it’s real or nonsense! *This activity is part of the freebie download below.

Here are a couple words worth teaching from the text:

Friendly-  welcoming and open to others (possible action- give a pretend hand shake or hug)

Cupboard-  A cabinet with shelves (possible action- open the doors to your pretend cupboard and remove an item)

Stop Spots:

– Read the preface and stop to have kids turn and talk to a partner, making a prediction about what they think this text might be about.

– What do we notice about the boy?  Does he enjoy these friends? What evidence do you have?

Up next is a super fun text that promotes  a TON of rhyming fun!  I have  a couple of rhyming games I love pairing with this text!  The first, rhyming riddles!  These are so fun because they are open ended riddles… the students solve them by finishing the rhyme!  The other fun activity is called “Taking Out the Trash”.  With this game you will give kiddos a set of 3-4 words.  They will let you know which doesn’t rhyme aka the “trash”.   These printables are included in the freebie below!

This text lends itself to a set of  vocabulary words!

slick- sly or sneaky; fast (Possible action- do a sneaky and thinking face)

sew- to make or repair using a needle (Possible action- do a sewing motion with your hands)

fleas-  a type of tiny insect that does not have wings but can jump far (Possible action- use your finger tips as fleas and make them jump around)

breeze-  a light or gentle wind (Possible action- use your hands to motion the wind swaying back and forth)

Stopping Spots:

– Read the preface and have students turn and talk (predict).

–  Who are the two main characters in the text?  How do we know this?

– Page 12- What does the illustration show us?

-Page 30- Make a prediction on what might happen now that there is blue goo.

-What did we notice this book did? (Rhyme)

-Have students think of their own page to the text.  (I see a _____ in (a) _____. )

This one is always a class favorite as well!  A couple of great words to mention in this one:

Mind- The part of a person that does the thinking (Possible action- tap your brain)

Noon- twelve o’ clock in the afternoon; midday  (Possible action- use your arms to go around the clock, and then stop at noon)

Stopping spots:

–  Page 4- He wants a dog and she wants a cat.  Make a prediction with your turn partner on what you think might happen next!

-What does it mean to “make up your mind”?

The last text of course is a well-known by the kiddos!  This one also has some great vocabulary words!

Yelp- to cry out or bark quickly and sharply (Possible action-  allow the kiddos to make a yelping noise)

Disturb- To interrupt; especially by making noise  (Possible action- pretend like you are tapping or bothering someone near you)

Hustled-  To go swiftly  (Possible action- use your arms to motion that you are jogging quickly)

Protect- to defend or keep safe (Possible action- use your arms to mimic guarding over something underneath)

Stopping Spots:

– Why can’t he where the sound is coming from?

– What does it mean that a person is a person no matter how small?

– How is he protective?  Use evidence from the text.

-How are the others treating him?

-At the end of the text, how does everyone work together?

I have created picture cards for all of the vocabulary words mentioned above!  You can download these and the fun word work games HERE!

I also wanted to share with you my Read Day centers! This packet is for K-1 and then I have additional Read Day centers for Pre-K in their Pre-K center bundle!

Each of the centers are available in a kinder and first grade version! This works perfect for differentiation! You can have your high-flying kinders work on the firstie version and the firsties that need a little bump working on the kinder version! Both versions visually look the “same”. The difference is the skills that are covered!

What is included? 

– 5 kinder literacy centers
– 5 first grade literacy centers
– 2 kinder math centers
– 2 first math centers

You can view a preview of the centers HERE.

Snag the entire set of Read Day centers HERE!

Okay!  Let’s move onto our next March theme… St. Patrick’s Day!  This week we pair two Tomie DePaola books!  This week is from KinderLiteracy Unit  8 (Supplemental Weeks).  The main text, Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato is the main text and the paired text is completely optional but I do love pairing it with Charlie Needs a Cloak!


Theme for the week?  Of course!  St. Patrick’s Day!

This week’s essential question is about moral!  This is always a tricky concept for kinders to grasp but with lots of real world modeling… they get it!

Our vocabulary words for this week and possible actions:

Avoid- Cover your eyes to (avoid) what you see

Crept- Use your arms to motion a crawling motion

Wail-  Pretend to cry loudly

Prattie-  Have students choose their favorite way to eat potatoes and motion that

Ponder- Tap finger to chin to indicate you are thinking

Plenty-  Use your arms to open showing all that you have in front of at the dinner table


This week’s poem!

Defining the words for the week!

Listen and draw- prattie and plenty!


Illustrating Jamie at the beginning, middle and end of the story!


When pairing with Charlie’s Cloak!


The Jamie O’Rourke craft is a fun and silly prattie!


Time to talk a little DINOSAUR!  Dinosaur week is part of Unit 5 of KinderLiteracy!


This week’s essential question has the kiddos taking note in FACTS!  We of course have covered facts through the weeks prior, but we are now honing in on all of the knowledge that is stuffed into on book!  Our second essential question offers up a time for the kiddos to predict, What if dinosaurs still roamed the earth?  Your big thing this week is all about EVIDENCE!    I would suggest that you even write it across the board!  As the kiddos answer questions throughout the week…you will ask them what EVIDENCE they have to prove that!  This week I pair with Harry’s Bucketful of Dinosaurs!  However, any fiction dinosaur book will work!  We just want to draw their attention to the differences in the fiction and nonfiction versions!

This week’s poem!

This week’s vocabulary words and possible actions:

Extinct- pretend to fall over “dead”

Fossil- pretend to hole a fragile fossil in your hands

Museum- pretend to walk into a building and look up in amazement as you “see” a dinosaur

Paleontologist- pretend to carefully dig up old bones

Listen and Draw!

Two types of dinosaurs!


The kiddos will label a dinosaur whole-group and as independent practice!

Dinosaur Can/Have/Are reports with playdoh dinos!!!

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Hey and hello almost February!  Today I will be sharing the ins and outs of four KinderLiteracy themes!  President’s Day/American Symbols, Dental Health, Kindness and Bodies!  I’m going to jump right into the first theme!

It was requested to add a KinderLiteracy President’s day units soooo here you go!  This close read read is set up completely different from my other weeks!  I help to walk you through that!  This week uses TWO books!  Both of these books can be purchased from Scholastic or Amazon!  So sorry it took two … I just couldn’t find one nonfiction book I liked that covered both topics!

On Monday, you will be reading about the president and his job!  You will also discuss the vocabulary words for this book on Monday.  (This is different from all other KinderLiteracy weeks.)  On Tuesday, you will read the second text and discuss the White House!  You will also discuss the vocabulary words relevant to this book on that day as well!


Since we are using two texts… there are more vocabulary words!  Below are suggestions for vocabulary actions!

Book 1:

Law: use your hand to represent a gavel

Speech: use your hand to make a pretend microphone

Countries: Use both arms to represent a giant sphere (Earth) and spin around to represent the Earth spinning

Military: marching motion

Book 2:

West Wing: Point west and then use your fingers to represent ‘walking’ as the presidents walks to the West Wing to work

Oval Office: use your hand to pretend that you are busy working and signing papers

White House: Use your arms to make a “roof”

Carpenters: use a hammer to build


The poem for the week!


On Wesdnesday, you will be completing the text dependent questions for book 1 and book 2!  The essential question for this week: How can we use the text features to expand our learning?  The students will be focusing in on text features!  On day 3, the students will answer a mixture of text-dependent questions and text feature questions!  On day four, the students will go on a “text features” hunt!  If you have a doc camera then you can place the book on that so students can really see those text features: captions, labels, digraphs, headers, table of contents, etc.  The students will also help you create a text features anchor chart!


I have also included this American Symbols teacher reader!  This would be great to display on the smartboard or print and  bind!  The kiddos will be introduced to ten American Symbols!

To follow up with the reader, the students will help you to label each of the American symbols!


On Friday, the kiddos will be creating their own White House!  Once finished, the project is “3D”.

That’s it for the KinderLiteracy President’s Day unit!  This unit is part of both the bundle and KinderLiteracy Unit 8!


Up next is Dental Health week!  This is another edition to Unit 8 of KinderLiteracy!  This week pairs the main text, Bear’s Loose Tooth, with a nonfiction selection!  This week’s essential question also focuses on looking closing at text features!  With this week, the students will be noticing text features in both a fiction and nonfiction text! Below are some suggestions for the vocabulary words!

Nibble: pretend to eat something

Savor: save a bite and then make a satisfied sound

Fret: put hands towards face and look scared

Perch: extend one arm out and use other hand to pretend to”land” and sit on the branch (arm)

Pry: pretend to use a hammer to get a nail out

Flutter: use your hand an sway it back and forth


This week’s poem!  This one gives me WAY too many visual of loose teeth in the classroom ha… pull that thing out already!


Also included in the unit are these adorable teeth headbands!


As mentioned above, this week the kiddos are focusing on text features!  I include the pieces needed for your nonfiction anchor chart.  However, I would also illustrate some additional fiction text features examples!


The kiddos also get to help you label the parts of a tooth!

This week’s craft is just TOO CUTE!

Again, the Dental Health weeks is part of KinderLiteracy and found in Unit 8 of KinderLiteracy!

The next two weeks are AWESOME for Kindness month! These two close reads ask that the students look inward … this can be TOUGH for kinders and can need a lot of modeling and front loading from us!  Up first is A Bad Case of Stripes!

This close read week hinges on the use of the main text,  A Bad Case of Stripes!  You are also asked to use the nonfiction book, My Amazing Body!  This week’s essential question: How do the illustrations alone tell the “story” in our texts?  Again… working on using the book itself to gain additional learning!  We learn from the words in the text, but we can also learn from the pictures alone!  The “life-based” essential question tugs on the heart strings… How does the way that someone looks affect the way that you treat them?

Below you can see the included vocabulary words and optional vocabulary actions!


Lawn: use your hands to motion the sprawling lawn in front of you

Ointment: squirt ointment out and pretend to place it on your arm

Contagious: pretend to cough

Fret: pretend to be worries

Sob: Pretend to cry

Below is a look at the listen and draws (lawn and sob)…

Using the book, My Amazing Body, the kiddos will learn the different parts of the body and the body functions!

In writing, the students will be writing information reports about their bodies!

One of my favorite writings for this time of the year is The Best Part of Me!  The books is great and so powerful!

I then take a quick picture for the kiddos and they write their own stories to match!



On Friday, it’s craft time!  There are many different ways you can do this craft but this has been the easiest I’ve found!  Give each kiddo a set of colorful strips.  They will glue them down onto the paper.


Students will then draw a large circle for their face!  You can have them color on the hair then or use additional scrap pieces.


Looks how adorable Daisy Days for Learning’s turned out!

This KinderLiteracy unit is found in the bundle and in Unit 4 as well!

Up next is one of my favorite books!  It’s not a traditional kid book so make sure you read it before reading it to the kids or you might all end up crying haha!! Not really but the book is POWERFUL!  I feel that with young kiddos they need to “see” situations to full grasp them and apply them to their lives!  The week we pair two fiction stories, both revolving around kindness!


On the bubble chart we wrote ways to show kindness!


Below is a look at the day one independent task!  The kiddos are asked to represent the changes throughout the book.


The poem for this week is about treating all friends the same!

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