Thursday, March 29, 2012

3-D Shapes

Hi Teacher Friends!   We are learning all about three dimensional shapes in C Scope Math.  Here are a few things we have completed this week.

We used computer clipart from Word to create this Tree Map.  I placed the pictures in a grab bag.  The kids all took a turn selecting a picture.  Then each child compared the picture to the foam shapes and decided where to place the picture on the map.

Three Dimensional Shapes in Our World Thinking Map-Tree Map

Play-dough shapes in 3-D! 

We also listened to Mr. Harry Kindergarten's song "3-D Shapes I Know."

Hope everyone has a great Friday!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Science: All About Soil

Hi Teacher Friends!  We have been learning all about soil for our C Scope Science lessons.  We completed a few journal activities.  We watched one of the short videos on Brain Pop Jr. about soil.  The kids just love learning along with Mobie and Annie on Brain Pop Jr.

Soil under a magnifying glass.

We read this great book about soil.  It has some really neat pictures in it.

We read If You Give a Dog a Donut as part of one of our C Scope Math lessons this past week.  The lessons were focusing on patterns and on cause and effect.  The kindergarten kids truly enjoy all the If You Give... stories.  They just can't seem to get enough of them.  I had to read this one twice. :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  :)


Friday, March 16, 2012

Sight Word Practice

Here is a fun idea for practicing sight words.  The kids love doing this center each year.  Place sight words inside of plastic Easter eggs.  The kids take turns opening an egg and reading the sight word.  Then they practice writing the sight word on dry erase boards.  This center is always a hit.  It combines two favorite things for kindergarten, marker boards and plastic Easter eggs! 

There are lots of different skills the kids could work on with this center.  You could place addition problems, CVC words, alphabet letter cards or numeral cards inside the eggs for the kids to practice.  The list could go on and on.  Just type the practice material, print it, and then cut to fit.  One of my kindergarten co-workers types simple sight word sentences and places them inside the eggs for a reading center.  Love that idea!

If you are interested, this activity and more are in our April centers packet on TpT.

The cute clipart used is from KPM Doodles.  Please check out her blog at

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  :)


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Centers for March Giveaway

Here are a few pictures of our March centers.  With all the extra activities revolving around reading and our regular curriculum activities, we didn't get to work much with these before our Spring Break.  We will continue with these centers once we return from the break. 

If you are interested, these can be found in our March Center Work for Kindergarten packet on TpT.  We have updated and changed a few things.  So if you have purchased this already, please go and re-download to get the updates.

March Measurement Using Non-Standard Units.

March Patterns.  We added the pattern spinner to this center as another option instead of the pattern cards.  The kids can take a turn with the spinner and then build that type of pattern.

Here is another idea for using the individual pattern cards.  Print the cards on the back of scrapbook paper (Many thanks to Growing Kinders  for the scrapbook paper idea) to create a memory, matching game.  You would only need to use two of each pattern card.

Here is the student response activity for the pattern center.  The kids can color and glue the pattern cards onto a sentence strip to create a pattern hat.  Don't all kindergarten kids love to make hats?

Our state C Scope Math lessons had us learning all about fractions a little while ago.  This center uses an old favorite, the memory matching game.  The kids match the cards to create pairs with the whole and half shape cards.

Subtraction practice.

We are allowed to substitute Saxon Phonics for the Word Study lessons in our state C Scope ELA lessons.  We have been working on alphabetical order.  This center practices "ABC order" as the kids call it.
Read and Write the Room Center.  Who knew that adding the colored pencils would give this center a fresh, new appeal for the kids?  I like to have these words posted in the classroom because the kids enjoy using the seasonal words in their writing journals.

Here is another class favorite.  Spin and Graph Color Words.  After graphing the results, the kids analyze their data on the back of the graphing page.

The clipart used in making these centers is from the very talented KPM Doodles.  Please check out her blog at  Her artwork is so-o-o cute!

We would like to giveaway this center pack to the first three who leave a comment.  Be sure to include your email so we may send the packet to you.

Update:  Thank you for the nice comments about our March centers packet.  Check your email for your freebie.  My sister and I appreciate the kind words and they mean so much to us.  Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. :)