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Earth Day Exploration Stations or Centers

Earlier this year, I created a set of Kansas Day-themed stations that I absolutely fell in love with.  Similar to my morning work tubs, I really enjoy creating activities that work perfectly in tubs or at centers and their format really allows me to be creative.  With Earth Day coming up, I decided to go a similar route and I created this brand-new Earth Day Exploration Stations/Centers pack!

I created these activities so they can be used in a wide variety of ways.  They are good for centers during the month of April.  Or, if you spend Earth Day doing Earth Day activities, you could create a station set-up with these activities around your classroom.  Whenever I've done this in my classroom, it's always been a win-win: the students get a small break from the norm and get to move around the classroom, and I know they're still learning important skills and having time for independent practice!

There are 15 activities in the pack.  There are five literacy activities, five math activities, and five that are a mix of science, fine motor, and sensory.  Many of the activities include a corresponding practice page or recording sheet and I included both color and black-and-white options for the majority of the activities, too.

Here's a look at what's included!  *This post contains affiliate links.

Letter or Sight Word Cards

The sight word cards are editable!  These work with sand trays or students can write the letters or words on mini white boards.

Earth Day Vocabulary Cards

There are ten word cards included.  If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you already know that I love these small magnetic cookie sheets for word building activities!  These are the magnetic letters that I have.

Beginning Digraph Sort

This activity covers digraphs ch, sh, th, and wh.

Save the Earth Sentences

This activity includes five color-coded sentence cards plus a matching picture card.  Students will unscramble the words to build a sentence that matches the picture.

Earth Day Picture-Prompted Writing

There are two picture cards included and students will be able to write about one of the pictures.

Earth Day Ten Frame Cards

This activity includes ten frame mats for numbers to 20.  You can use plastic linking cubes or any other small manipulative.

Earth Day Graphing

I feel like kindergarteners always love roll and graph activities!  My own six year-old has already completed this activity at home a couple times!  :)  If you don't own a pocket cube (like this), I also included a cube template that you can print and assemble.

Real-World 3-D Object Build and Sort

One of my favorite ways to teach about real-world 3-D shapes is by building with playdough.  I created a set of "Build It" cards with pictures of recyclable objects.  Students will build the object with playdough and sort it onto the correct recycling bin.

Earth Day Addition

In this activity, students will draw two number cards, add the numbers, and repeat.

Roll and Add

This activity works as a partner activity or independent activity.  Students will roll two dice, add the dots, and color the number.  If students work with a partner, they can take turns rolling and play until one player colors all of the numbers.

Trash or Recycling Sort

This activity is also included in my April Morning Work Tubs pack, but it's one of my favorites so I wanted to include in for those who don't own my April tubs.  I got the plastic trash and recycling bins here.

Ocean Clean-Up Sensory Bin

This is my absolute FAVORITE sensory bin ever!  Students will clean up plastic pollution and save the ocean animals!  I used this pack of water beads that comes with mini plastic ocean animals.  Then I added plastic "pollution", including plastic cups, plastic spoons, plastic straws, six-pack soda can plastic rings, plastic zipper baggies, and milk jug lids.  To add a fine motor component, I added some jumbo plastic tweezers.  I also included these kids' safety glasses just for fun!  I included a recording page so students can draw and write to show what they cleaned from the ocean.

Plant a Forest Sequencing and Sensory Bin

In this activity, I included tree planting sequencing cards.  Then I created a sensory bin with dry black beans, a plastic kids' trowel, miniature trees, and mini plastic forest animals.

Earth Day Cut-and-Punch Cards

Students will cut around the shape and use a single hole-punch to punch on the dots.  If you would like, you can give students yarn or shoelaces and they can lace their picture when they're done!

Colorful Recycling Bin Transfer Activity

This activity is fairly simple, but I love adding fine motor work whenever possible.  You can use the spinner if you want or students can sort in their own way.

However you celebrate Earth Day in your classroom, I hope you and your students enjoy these activities!  I really loved creating them.  If you're interested in checking them out, click here or on the picture below.

Mermaid Letter Tracing Cards

Hey there!  Today, I wanted to take just a second to share this adorable activity that I made for my three year-old!  She is fascinated by mermaids and we stumbled upon this fun tape at Target that reminded us of mermaids.  I decided to turn it into a hands-on alphabet activity for her. 

I bought a couple containers of blue and silver glitter and some clear hair gel.  Once we got home, I made a quick hair gel sensory bag by putting the hair gel and glitter together in a gallon-sized zipper baggie.  The blue and silver glitter mixed together makes it look like an ocean!

Then I sealed the bag and sealed it with a few layers of the tape.  I taped the opposite end as well. 

Since my daughter is only three, I picked a handful of letters for her to practice writing on the bag with her finger.  She knows how to write the four letters in her name, so I included those plus 6 other letters she knows really well.  It was a hit!

If you're looking for the same tape, I found it at Target but it's also available on Amazon here (affiliate link). 

Click on the image below to get these cards in my store!

November Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

Hi there!  I'm very excited to share my November Literacy Centers pack with you today!  If you recall from my posts about September and October, I'm working on a growing bundle of non-thematic literacy centers for the entire school year.  I am really excited about the activities in the November pack and I'll give you a sneak peek today.

The November pack builds upon the skills practiced in the September and October packs.  Some of the activities from the first two months repeat this month with different letters, word families, etc.  This repetition helps build student independence and makes the best possible use of their center time!

Here's a look at all 20 activities in the November pack.  I've included affiliate links to some of the materials on Amazon if you're curious about where I got something.

Sight Word Centers:  As always, you'll be able to add your own list of words to the sight word activities.  The first two activities (Hair Gel Bag Writing and Magnetic Letter Word Building) will automatically generate the words onto word cards and students will use them to write and build the words.  The second two activities (Rainbow Writing and Cover-Up Cards) will automatically generate the words for those weeks onto cards for those activities.

Sort It Out Centers: This month's four Sort It Out centers are -ig/-in/-it sorting, First Sounds C/F/L/I sorting, Syllable sorting, and a Medial Vowel sort with short vowels "a" and "i".  I like to provide a pocket chart for students to sort in.  Here's a large pocket chart that I love and here's a tabletop version that I have as well.  If you do use a pocket chart, you could add the header cards to the pocket chart ahead of time.

These activities also include a corresponding practice page.

Letters and Sounds Centers:  The four activities for this skill area are Missing Letter Cards, Spin and Smash/Spin and Cover, -ig/-in/-it Missing First Sound Cards, and Middle Sound Sticky Cards.  There is an uppercase version and a lowercase version for the missing letter cards.  I designed them to use each letter of the alphabet once, so you'll need one set of letters for the uppercase or lowercase version.  The Spin and Smash activity uses balls of playdough.  You can also use the Spin and Cover version with mini erasers or other small objects.

These activities also include a corresponding practice page.

I use these hook-and-loop fasteners with this activity, but that's optional.

Literacy Spotlight Centers: Like in the previous months, these centers cover a variety of phonemic/phonological awareness skills and any other literacy skills that I know kindergarteners need.  The four activities are Make a Sentence, -in/-ip/-it Sticky Words, CVC Clip-It Cards, and Rhyming Vertical Clip-It Cards.

These activities also include a corresponding practice page.

I'm a Writer Centers:  As always, I have included a variety of opportunities for you to differentiate these writing center activities for your students.  The four activities are Draw a Word, Make a Grocery List, Label a Picture, and "I like ____." Writing.

The grocery store list activity is my favorite activity ever!  The students will "shop" by sticking five pictures to their shopping basket (I used these hook-and-loop fasteners).  There are labeled and non-labeled versions of the pictures so you can choose which is most appropriate for your students.  Then they will write their five items on a grocery list.  I love how interactive it is!

For the "I like ____." writing activity, you can see two different writing page options below as an example of the type of differentiation I provide in these center packs.

 This is editable so you can type words for your students to pick from.  They'll pick one word and use it in a sentence.

 This is part one of the labeling activity.  Students will label the picture...

 ...then they will use this writing page or the one without a word bank and label the picture.

For more of a challenge, don't have students complete the labeling mat.

 This is one version of the final writing activity.  Students have the most support with this version.  The food words are listed for them and they simply have to write two of the words.

This is the most challenging version of the final writing activity.  As you can see, there's no word bank and it's completely open-ended.

Just like the other months, November's pack includes a separate file with organizational and centers management tools and ideas!

You can find the November centers pack in my TpT store by clicking on the first image below.  I also have a discounted growing bundle available!  The growing bundle will have 180 literacy centers once complete.  Click on the second image below for more information.

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