Print on card stock for durability. I connect string to the top and bottom and put a little bead on them to help students "retell" the story. When we are working on a story I have the students bring the bookmarks to the rug. We move our beads on our bookmarks as we discuss important aspects to the story. BME stands for Beginning, Middle, and End (FYI. HAHAHA) I cannot take credit for this idea. I saw it multiple times on the internet and just decided to create my own for my class. Hope you can use it too.
Math wall, for me, can be tedious. If I'm feeling that way, I'm sure the kids are too. I decided to do some research online and think of another fun way to get kids counting, practicing their math skills and so much more. I created the following power point to be shown on the ELMO right before our math time. It's a math warm up activity for my kiddos. Within the slides, there are pictures of various action moves. I let the kids hop up and move around to the action whenever an action slide pops up. Then they must stop and sit back down when the next slide appears.
In the beginning I do only a few slides at a time and I always engage with the students through each slide. There are many math talks that start with the slides. We discuss things such as, "How can you count this quickly?" "What would this look like as an equation?" "How many more do I need to make 10?" "Could you count this more efficiently by grouping them and/or counting by 2's, 5's, or 10's?"
Before I flash a new slide, I remind the students my #1 rule. Stop and think. Then when I say, "Release", they are allowed to yell out the answer. They must think, keep the answer in their heads, then share out. This gives my slower/lower students time to think before all the noise and commotion of answers being shouted out. Hope you can use this as much as I have. My kids LOVE this activity.
This group of kinder kiddos need lots of practice with writing, so I created this little page to place in our writing center.. We have been working on small, tall, and fall letters and labeling our pictures. Hope you can use this page too. Just click on the picture for the freebie.
By far one of the easiest to set up centers I've done. In my class we use this as a center all year. It's simple. Have the kids say the word before they remove the card to see if the mystery "picture" is behind it. If it is, they are next to "hide" the picture. Fun, engaging, and easy to use.
Use the following pages as a resource for a poetry center. You will need to first copy the poem onto sentence strips for students to use. Click here for the free TPT file.
The kinder teachers over at Newland love using Pete The Cat to welcome back our Kindergarten students. There are always lots of cute ideas on the web to use. I just made a few more to add to my collection. Help yourself if you like them. You can get them free below. Here's to a great year!!! I love Teaching in the Tongas adorable cat clipart. Reminded me of Pete the Cat.