I simply CAN’T believe that it is November already. Where oh where has the time gone? I find myself having to warm up my car in the morning and have been LOVING wearing colored pants with comfy warm sweaters and scarves! In our kindergarten classroom, my sweet students are starting to really GET IT. They are making such gains and I could not be prouder of them. So many of them are starting to put together CVC words and master a handful of sight words. In guided reading we are working hard at all of our essential phonics skills and bless their hearts, they are doing great. I love when they read a word or sentence and smile with pride in knowing that they can do it! It’s so much fun to see.
In math, we have now learned the numbers 1-20 and are focusing on the “teen numbers,” coins, and number sentences this week. Through hands-on centers and small group games, I have been helping my students really understand these abstract concepts.
To help my students begin to understand addition, we have been playing “War” with dominoes. This has also helped solidify the concept of greater than and less than for some of my students. To play this game, I put all of the cards inside a cup.
To play, my students reach in and pull out one card and then count the number of dots.
Finally, they compare the two numbers and the person who has the larger number gets to keep both of the cards.
Another skill that we have been working on is rolling two dice, counting up the dots, and then covering the correct number. Some of my students still need some extra practice with number recognition and this is a fun way to practice the skill. The version of the game that we are currently using uses two “turkey work mats.” My kids think they are SO cute!
Because we are really working on solidifying number recognition, I give each of my students a playing mat when we play this game. They then take turns rolling the two dice, counting the dots, and covering the correct number on their mat.
We have had a great time playing this in our small guided math groups. Another skill that we have been working on is recognizing coins. Of course we needed a fun game to help us with this! For this one, my students take turns spinning the large spinner and saying the name of the coin they spun.
Then they find the same coin and fill in the correct ten frame on their playing mat. The person to fill up ALL of their ten frames first, wins! However, they have to be careful for the silly turkey who makes them lose a turn! (they LOVE this!)
To really help us understand number sentences, I created a game that draws in some “dramatic play.” For this game, again, my students spin two spinners. These spinners determine how many Native Americans and how many Pilgrims they will need.
My students have really enjoyed telling the “number sentence” stories which will then help us as we grow deeper in our knowledge of story problems and addition and subtraction equations! (I also put magnets on some of my pieces and let two students work on my magnetic board to “act out” the story problems quietly during center time.– This is a FAVORITE amongst some of my students right now!)
As our sight word center extension this week, my students had a BLAST digging for their sight words in our sensory table. To do this I simply wrote sight words on the backs of these Carson Dellosa leaves. I made sure that I had two of each sight word that we had learned.
Then my students carefully looked through the beans to find the matching words.
Once they found a match, they hung them up on our “clothesline.”
After they had found ALL of the matching words, they were able to make their favorite word with jewels. This was a huge hit as I’m sure you can imagine!
I placed glue into mini cups and gave my students Q tips so that they could place the glue carefully on each letter. They then got to place the jewels on their letters to make their words. They worked so diligently to make their words “beautiful.” I loved that they would say things like, “I’m making the word ‘like’ you are making ‘the’ as they worked.” It was a great activity to reinforce our words!
Finally, as a read aloud extension, we read the book “The Littlest Pilgrim” and discussed how she changed throughout the book. My students came up with some great sentences to describe how she changed. We then made a cute craft that I had seen on Cara’s blog “The First Grade Parade” many years ago! She always has the best craft ideas and my students LOVED this one!
My students worked super hard writing sentences about Mini and then we hung up their crafts and sentences on our bulletin board!
(Remember, we are still in kindergarten so our writing is not perfect yet!) On the anchor chart I wrote down the words that my students came up with to describe Mini.
So far, November is off to a great start! I hope that you are having a great month, too!!