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If you don’t know about this…

you need to!

Lots and lots of awesome ideas for literacy centers and small groups!


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Printables Galore!

I am going to organize all the links to my favorite printable sites right here! These sites have some awesome ideas for any kindergarten classroom!

Mrs. Kilburn’s Printables

Making Learning Fun 

Printable Books from Hubbard’s Cupboard

Math Blackline Masters


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The Kissing Hand



Reading raccoon coloring page/clip art

Ideas from Teaching Heart

Characters and props for retelling

Puppets and drawing activity from the publisher

Tons of ideas from The Virtual Vine

Raccoon Heart Craft

The Kissing Hand number match game

Racoon Cut and Paste

Sight Word Puzzles

Color Word Stamping

Number Flip Book

Dot to Dot

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Sight Words




These are the sight word cubes I created for my kindergarten students to use during literacy center time

These are the sight word cubes I created for my kindergarten students to use during literacy center time

During my assessments I noticed that I had several students who did not do well with the 25 kindergarten sight words that we teach.(I think the first grade list is over 100, so I always try and teach part of that list as well.) I decided that this weekend I was going to make some new centers that really focus on exploring and using these words. I have also been focusing on ways that I can differentiate more in my classroom to meet the needs of every child. The following is a list of ideas I am working on now and ideas that I either have used in the past or found on line.

Buzz, Bang,Splat: This is a game that teachers have been using for years. There are lots of different names for it! At the end of the explanation I will note a version my kids created the other day. Write all sight words on cards several times. Also, write the key word (Buzz, Bang, Splat, etc…) on some cards, not too many. Lay all the cards on the table face down. Students one by one choose a card. If they know the card they keep it. If they do not then they put it back. If they select one of the key word cards they put all their cards back into the main pile. I created a recordning sheet called a Buzz Board which will allow the students to record their words after each game.

I had this in a center the other day and a group of three students laid out all the cards on the table. They were individually picking up cards as fast as they could and naming them, if they got the Buzz card the put all cards back on the table. If they did not know a card they asked one of their friends and put it back into the group. (These are the moments that make a teacher smile.)

Bean Building: I took navy beans and write different letters needed to spell our kindergarten sight words. (I also noticed that several students are having difficulty gripping their pencils, so fine motor is another are we are working on.) The students will use the beans to build the 25 kindergarten sight words. They will then write the words on a recording sheet. Recording sheet coming soon!

Sight Word Cube Toss: In my closet I found a box of small wooden cubes and wrote our sight words on them. I am going to have the kids either complete a graph of the amount of times they roll each word or color in a chart for the amount of times they roll the word. After this I will have the students write the word on a recording sheet. (I am thinking of having them do this for the 100th day of school and calling it… Roll 100 words!) Lots of ideas here!

 Kindergarten Sight Word Race (directions on printable)

Mrs. Kilburn’s Sight Word Ideas

Heidi Songs! to teach sight words by singing. Heidi also has some wonderful ideas on her blog.

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The 100th Day of School!

 Wow! There are so many great ideas out there from teachers around the country… Here is a list of ideas I have done in my room and ideas that other people have created!



100th Day Trail Mix:The teacher provides 10 different small snack items like pretzels, marshmallows, cereal, etc… Students take 10 of each piece and fill their bag.

100 Tally Marks Recording Sheet

I Can Write 100 Words

100th Day Writing Prompts

A note to parents about the 100th day

100th Day of School Crown from the Virtual Vine!

Blank 100 chart

100th day printable book made by me.

A list of ideas

100 Fingers Quilt

Kindercritters ideas I especially like the sticky dots idea. I am going to do this when we celebrate this year.

100th Day Poem by ABC Teach and Songs 4 Teachers

Wacky Wish Poem 

 Have the students draw a picture of themselves at age 100 or some teachers have asked their students to dress up s if they were 100 years old.

100 Collection: Send home a zip top bag with students and have them collect 100 items at home. Buttons, cereal, dry beans, pennies, etc…

Jump 100 times or do other physical activities 100 times.

Build a chain with 100 paper or plastic links

Take 100 steps outside the classroom and see how far you can get

Write 100 with different colors 100 times, use each color 10 times to have a math link.

Collect 100 signatures or write 100 words from around the classroom.


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Cut Up Sentences

Work samples from the 2006-2007 school year.

Work samples from the 2006-2007 school year.



Here is a sample of work that was done that year by some of my students.
Cut up sentences are one of my favorite things to do in kindergarten. If you take a look at the picture above the words have all been cut off the bottom and glued onto the top of the paper. At the beginning of the year the sentences start off in order. As the year progresses the sentences become scrambled and more complex. This is also one really good way to differentiate this activity to meet the needs of all students in  your class. This is a really good activity for first grade students.  Modeling is a really important part of these as well. I also do lots of these as a class in the beginning of the year so that everyone will feel comfortable completing the activity.
Steps to a successful cut up sentences:
Students write their name of the top of their paper.
They cut off and cut up the words from the bottom of the page.
If the sentence is in order the student will glue their sentence the same way at the top of the page.
If the sentence is scrambled the student will mix and fix their sentence until it makes sense. They will then glue it on their paper in the correct order. (I encourage my students to read their sentence several times before glueing in place.)
The student then writes the sentence. (I have seen it where the students write the sentence once or twice, again, this would depend on the group of student.
The final step is to have the students create a picture that goes with their sentence. (This is usually the students favorite part because many days I do silly sentences like I see the fat blue cat!)
The cut up sentences allow for practice with oral language because students can read their sentence and talk about their picture. They can also talk about the steps they took in order to complete the work.
This is a great way to check for knowledge of print… capitol letter, spaces, punctuation, etc…
I am in the process of creating a whole file of these.  I have posted some of these on the literacy section, click on literacy at the top of this page. 
Cut up sentences make a great addition to a literacy center and I enjoy using them as a follow up activity from a guided reading group. The possibilities are endless!


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