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February Morning Work Tubs

With all of the excitement with the holidays behind us, I can't help but feel like February is still a pretty busy month.  Between parent/teacher conferences, the 100th day of school, and Valentine's Day parties, February is usually its own special kind of busy! 

Although it's a busy month, it's always nice to have some solid routines in place that can help maintain some sense of normalcy.  If you've been using my morning work tubs this year, I hope that your mornings are running pretty smoothly by this point in the year!

Today I'm sharing about my February morning work tub activities.  Just like every other tub activity pack, this month has 20 activities that touch on a variety of skills.  Many of this month's activities have a Valentine's Day theme!

Although most of the materials used for the activities are commonly found in many classrooms, I'll provide Amazon links to certain materials that you may not have or might be curious about!

1. Valentine's Day Word Building: I included eight vocabulary word cards that can be used for word building with magnetic letters, writing on mini white boards, or in any way you choose.
2. Counting Hearts Clip-It Cards: These feature numbers to 20.
3. Letter Building Cards: This is a fun activity to use with mini erasers!
4. Colorful Hearts Transfer Activity: Although this activity seems simple, I increased the difficulty this month by using metal tweezers instead of jumbo plastic tweezers and pony beads instead of pom-pom balls. 

5. Hearts Cut and Punch Cards: My students have always loved using single hole-punchers.  I printed the hearts on a variety of colors for students to cut out and punch on the dots.  
6. Spin and Cover: This has a 1-6 version and a 7-12 version.  Here's another great way to use those mini erasers we all love!
7. Pinning or Tracing Pages: If the thought of your students using jumbo push pins keeps you up at night, it's okay!  You can have students trace the pictures instead.  But I've found that the vast majority of students will take the responsibility of using push pins very seriously, especially with guidance and practice.
8. Uppercase/Lowercase Clip-It Cards: This activity may be too simple for some of your kiddos at this point in the year and, if it is, you'll have to use something else instead.  This is one of those times when it's hard to make printable activities that are guaranteed to work in 100% of classrooms!  But for those kids who need a little extra practice, here's a great activity.

9. Missing Number Hearts: There are THREE versions of this activity: 1-10, 11-20, and 21-30.  You can pick and choose one or more versions to use based on your students' needs!  If you want to make it a little more fun, add some sticky-back hook-and-loop dots to the number mats and heart cards.
10. Bobsled Ten Frame Puzzles: With the winter games coming up, here's a simple-but-fun thematic activity!
11. Love Bug Counting Cards: I used these bug counters for this activity.  The cards go up to 30 and there are editable cards if you want to use larger numbers.
12. Onset/Rime Puzzles: There are 20 puzzles included with this activity.

13. Letter Building Mats: Most kids I know can't get enough of playdough, so I included another set of these letter building mats this month.
14. Real-Life 2-D Shapes Find-It Bag: I used multi-color dyed rice in a gallon-sized bag for this activity.  You'll put the object cards in the bag, tape up the zipped end, and give students the shape cards.  When they find an object in the bag, they'll locate it on the shape cards and cross it off or color it in.
15. Love Monster Addition or Subtraction Sort: You can choose the addition or subtraction version for this activity.  Both versions include numbers within 10, but you can pick and choose the cards you want to use.
16. Sequencing Puzzles: I had dozens of requests for more sequencing puzzles, so here are a few more!

17. Playdough Food Mats: This activity really allows your students to be creative!  Each of the six mats lets students add to the food picture using playdough.  For example, they'll add toppings to a pizza or add gumballs to a gumball machine.
18. Valentine Word Families: Students will sort the picture cards under the correct word family envelope.  You can make this even more fun by writing the word family endings onto real envelopes!
19. Line Tracing: These cards work on vertical lines.
20. Heart Pattern Cards: There are AB and ABC pattern cards included. 

If you have any questions about this month's activities, please let me know!  To check out the pack on TpT, click on the covers below.

Exploration Stations or Centers for Kansas Day

If you're a Kansas kindergarten teacher, you likely know that Kansas Day is coming up on January 29th.  I grew up in Iowa and although we learned about Iowa symbols and history, I don't recall taking a specific day to celebrate Iowa.  But when I moved to Kansas and started teaching kindergarten, I realized that Kansas Day is definitely celebrated here!  It's a fun day full of sunflowers and fun, and I am excited to share a brand-new resource with you today!

I have several Kansas Day activities in my store already, including a sunflower counting by tens craftivity (one of my all-time favorites!), a flip-up book, and a set of mini books.  In the last couple years, I've had several teachers ask me for more ideas on ways to celebrate Kansas Day.  I love finding ways to incorporate themes with everyday learning activities, so I decided to create a set of activities that could be used as exploration stations, centers, morning tubs, or in any way to celebrate Kansas Day.  I ended up creating 12 different activities that focus on different literacy, math, science, and fine motor skills!

If you need evidence of learning or would like practice pages, I've got you covered!  The math, literacy, and science activities all include a corresponding activity page.  I also provided black-and-white versions for most of the activities!

Letter or Sight Word Sand Tray Writing:

These prairie animal-themed cards can be used in a variety of ways.  I love sand and salt trays, so I added some gold glitter to white sand for this activity.  There are uppercase and lowercase letter cards and editable sight word cards.

Kansas Vocabulary Cards:

If you're familiar with my morning work tubs, then you'll recognize these for sure!  I included ten cards for a variety of Kansas vocabulary, including Kansas, sunflower, wheat, and cottonwood.

Honeybee Hive Word Sort:

The honeybee is the state insect, so I created this word sorting activity with a fun bee theme. 

Scrambled-Up Sentences:

Here's another morning work tub favorite with a Kansas twist!  Each of the sentences is color-coded with mixed-up words.  The picture supports the text and will help your students put each sentence together.

Sunflower Seed Counting:

This is one of the more simple activities, but sunflower seeds are a fun counting object!  I recommend buying the unsalted sunflower seeds.  :)

Sunflower Ten Frames:

There are ten frame cards for numbers to 20.  I used plastic linking cubes, but you can use whatever objects you want: cubes, mini erasers, sunflower seeds, etc.

Sunflower Counting or Addition:

There is a counting version of this activity and then there are 0-5 and 0-10 addition versions.  I love using pony beads because they're great for fine motor work!  Students will either show the number or the addition sentence using the beads.

Kansas Graphing:

For this activity, I provided a cube that you can print and assemble or you can print the cards and place them into a pocket cube.  

Planting Sunflowers Sensory Tub and Sequencing Cards:

You will have to create the sensory tub; I used dry black beans for "dirt", artificial sunflowers, and plastic gardening tools from this set.  I'm including sunflower sequencing cards for students to put in order as well.

Sunflower and Honeybee Cut and Punch Activity:

Students will cut out around each shape (the honeybee is more complex, FYI) and then use a hole punch to punch on the dots.  

Rainbow Sunflower Transfer Activity:

This is a simple activity that I use tongs or tweezers for to add a fine motor component.  The spinner is optional but most kinders can't get enough of using spinners!  I laminated the spinner mat and hot-glued one of these spinners on top.  You can add more difficulty by adding a six-sided die and incorporating that into the activity.

Line Tracing Cards:

These cards feature a Western meadowlark (the state bird) with lines toward a nest.  The cards practice left-to-right directionality with a variety of tracing line styles.  Laminate them and provide dry-erase markers so they can be reused.

Check out this activity (and more Kansas Day resources) in my store by clicking on the image below!

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!

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