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December Centers for Kindergarten

Can you believe that it's nearly December?  A few weeks ago, I started planning ahead for December and realized my December centers pack on TpT needed an update.  I wanted to share about the centers today and let you know what the updates are, just in case you need to go re-download!

When I updated this pack of centers, I added a black-and-white version for each center.  You could save color ink by printing these on holiday-colored paper.  Each center also has either a recording page or a practice page.  Evidence of learning? Check!  And yes, answer keys are included as well.

I have always had student instruction pages with these centers, but I've found recently that I really like having cards with real-life photos of the activity.  So, I added half-page student instruction cards that are similar to the cards I recently added to my Halloween and Turkey centers.

There are six literacy centers and six math centers.  Here's a peek:

(Top Row)

1. Reindeer Rhymes Clip Cards
2. Reindeer Writing (Writing CVC words)
3. Reindeer Roll and Read (Short a and short i sentences)

(Bottom Row)

4. Rudolph's Vowel Sort (includes pictures and sorting cards for all five short vowels)
5. Spin-a-Letter (color by ending sound)
6. Syllable counting (words with 1, 2, or 3 syllables)

Here are the math centers:

(Top Row)

1. Reindeer Number Tracing
2. Santa's Workshop Counting (counting sets of 11-20 objects)
3. What's the Number? (missing numbers from 0-20)

(Bottom Row)

4. Ornament Sort (sorting 2-D and 3-D shapes)
5. Reindeer Addition (addition within 5)
6. Compare the Numbers (numbers 0-10)

Here's an example of the newly-added student instruction cards.  They're half pages so they fit nicely in a plastic tub!

I hope that these centers add some Christmas and reindeer-themed fun to your classroom this December!  If you're interested in learning more, click on the image below.  Have a good day!

Clip, Check, Draw: Self-Checking Activities for November

Good evening!  I have a brand-new resource that I'm SO excited about!  I know that November is already halfway over, but I've been working on this and I'm glad it's ready to share.

My Clip, Check, Draw pack for November includes ten sets of self-checking clip cards and a turkey feather drawing mat.  Students will pick a set of clip cards.  As they look at each card, they'll clip the answer they think is correct and flip the card over to check it.  If they're correct, they will draw a feather on the turkey!

I love this pack because not only is it really versatile, but it's also really motivating.  I like to provide lots of different colors of dry-erase markers which, in my experience, kids LOVE to use!  I also love the clip cards because they're self-checking.  You'll make them self-checking by adding a dot sticker to the back of each card to indicate the correct answer.  I use the Target brand dot stickers!

As I mentioned, there are ten sets of clip cards.  Five of them cover math skills and five cover literacy skills.  The skills covered shown below!

I picked skills that my kindergarteners are typically working on in the month of November.  Since you'll most likely use these as independent practice, I wanted to pick skills that students have some familiarity with and will feel confident working on.  This activity is great for learning centers, early finishers, or even as a small group activity.  In a small group, I would make a turkey mat (in a page protector) for each student in my group.  Then, I would have each student take a card, clip and check, and draw on their mat.  We would rotate around until the cards were gone.

To store the cards for long-term use or even student use, I have a few suggestions.  You can simply place the activity in a bin for center use.  You could also place the activity cards and a clothespin in a zipper baggie or envelope and have students grab a turkey mat for center use or early finisher work.  

To grab this resource, click on the image below.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Veteran's Day Activities {Freebie Included!}

With Veteran's Day approaching, we're all thinking of ways we can say "thank you" to the veterans in our own lives.  I've had several students whose parents, siblings, and grandparents are veterans and many schools are celebrating veterans this week with assemblies and activities.

In kindergarten, the concept of Veteran's Day and "What is a veteran?" can be tricky to explain.  Like with any topic, I love to tie in some good-quality read-alouds with our activities.  Here are a few of my favorite read-alouds for Veteran's Day:

There are several activities you can do to accompany read-alouds and discussions, including thank you cards, crowns, and academic activities with a Veteran's Day theme.  Today, I'm going to share some sneak peeks of my Veteran's Day activities pack.  It's full of activities that can be used all week to supplement your discussion about Veteran's Day.  

Every year, I donate 100% of the profits from this pack to the USO!

Veteran's Day Half-Page Cards:

These simple half-page cards are great for reviewing vocabulary from your Veteran's Day discussions.  They're great for pocket charts!

"Thank You, Veterans" Crown:

This crown template has a color version and a black-and-white version!  

Thank You Card Templates 

There are multiple options for this card template.  The template shown above is the simplest, where students trace and sign their name.  There is also a tracing version where students can fill in the name of a veteran they know.  There is also a version with blank lines for writing a note.

Writing Activities

These pages have lots of options!  You can use the can/have/are page as an individual activity for more advanced writers, or you can project the page onto your white board and complete it as a class.  There are blank writing pages to use with this, as well as pages with a word bank.  I intentionally left the writing pages pretty open-ended because I know you probably have some great ideas of your own, too!

Coloring Page

This is a page that I usually have at my students' tables when they arrive to school the day after we begin talking about Veteran's Day.  You can use it in any way you like!

Reading and Math Printables

These printables have Veteran's Day-related clipart images and are great to use during the few days surrounding Veteran's Day.

Word Building Activity

This activity asks students to make as many words as they can using the letters in "Veteran's Day".  There's also a version without the cutout letters, but they make it easier for kinders!

Roll and Color

Last but not least, the pack includes this Roll and Color activity.  Students will roll two dice, add the dots, and color the number on their page.  It can also be used with partners or at an independent math center, in morning tubs, etc.  As a thank you for stopping by my blog, you can grab this page for free by clicking here!

You can grab all of these activities on TpT by clicking on the image below!

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Thankful Activities for Kindergarten {Plus a FREEBIE!}

As a kindergarten teacher, it's always so much fun to hear what my students are thankful for each year.  They have the biggest hearts and are so full of love for everyone (and everything) in their lives!

In my classroom, our first writing activities are always "About Me" activities.  Even the most reluctant writers are likely motivated to write about things they're familiar with or like, which makes writing about thankfulness an activity that your whole class can get excited about!

A few years ago, I created this "I am Thankful" activities pack as a way to incorporate organized writing activities into our class discussions on thankfulness and Thanksgiving.  It includes six different activities that are meant to be spread out over multiple days.  In November, kindergarteners' writing abilities vary pretty widely from drawing pictures to writing full sentences, and these activities accommodate all different ability levels.

The first part of the pack includes a graphic organizer that is a good brainstorming tool.  Students can draw pictures and/or write in each of the six circles.  I suggest projecting the page onto your whiteboard or drawing your own on chart paper and modeling how to do this first.

Once students have completed the graphic organizer, they can move on to some of the writing activities.  I have a basic writing page where they can pick one thing they're thankful for and write and draw about it.

There is also a six-page mini book that corresponds nicely with the graphic organizer.  Students will practice transferring the words and drawings from their graphic organizer to the pages in the mini book.

By November, my bulletin boards are usually in need of a facelift - or at least an activity that isn't about Halloween.  These turkeys are my absolute favorite!  They are as low-prep or as easy to customize as you wish.  By printing on colored cardstock, you can save some time putting these together, but you can also just print on white cardstock and let students color as they want.

These flip-up books are a little more advanced and they turn out really neat! These differ in that there are five pages instead of six just to keep them from being too much work.  These also look great on bulletin boards!

Here's another type of flip-flap book that includes four spaces for writing.

What would a holiday in kindergarten be without a crown?  These crown templates are great because students can draw pictures and practice labeling if wanted.

Finally, there's a class book template!  I LOVE class books and never seem to do enough of them.  The templates are quite simple.  There's a cover that you can customize each year with your name and the year.  Make copies of the writing page for each student.  I suggest laminating and binding for durability.  These are a great addition to your class library!

If you're interested in grabbing this pack of activities, you can click here or on the image below to see it on TpT.  If you do any of these activities with your kiddos, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Facebook or Instagram!  I love seeing your students' work!

Last but not least, because I'm so thankful for everything you do, grab this no-prep printables pack for free!  Click on the image below.  

Have a great week!

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