2 Scoops of Kindergarten

Monday, July 28, 2014

Daily 5 in Kindergarten - First 5 Days

Hi friends, this post is for those who would like to see what the first few days of the Daily 5 look like in my kindergarten classroom.  This year will be my 4th year using the Daily 5! What can I say - I love it! I feel it has made a HUGE difference in the way I teach and manage my classroom. I have less behavior problems and students reading and writing like I have never seen before! 

Here is a document that you can use if you would like..the first 5 days of the Daily 5 in my K class.  Please leave a comment if you would like more clarification. Click on the picture to download your own copy.
This is a picture of 2 "good spots" for Read to Self.
 I take pictures of "good spots" for students to sit in around the room. Then I make a poster of all the spots and rotate my students clips around the poster so each of the students have a chance to sit in all the different spots. Once we have them all down I do allow them to choose a spot but I don't tell them about that - shhhh! Here are the books I use but you definitely can use other ones.

The other item I use are chimes. My kinder kiddos get use to what that sound means and they freeze and listen to directions. When my students first start I pick out 5 books for them and put them in their book boxes. Each book box has a picture of them on it.You can see in the picture below. That helps with easy transitions.  I help them pick out their books for awhile.

Here they are busy with Read to Self

Here is the stamina graph I will be using this year since our theme is superheroes! Click on the picture for your copy. I laminate the graph and we fill in each day as we build our stamina. The cute clip art is from Creative Clips! (Just love her) When the kindergarten class reaches 20 minutes our Principal comes in and reads her book with us! Yeah! They are so excited and PROUD!


3 ways to read with SUPERHEROES!
I don't have a picture of my Read to Self I chart. We create this together every year. I make it on chart paper and review it daily until I feel they have it down. Then I will review it when we need to. I hope this helps. It does seem overwhelming at first ....take your time....and you will see ....it does work! In a few weeks after building up their stamina I will then introduce Word Work next.

Markdown Monday


It's Markdown Monday again and we are here with our friends at
Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations! Today we are marking down a sight word center you can start with and use the whole year! This is our

Scott Foresman Reading Street Sight Word Practice READ-TRACE-BUILD! 92 WORDS!

and it is marked down at 50% off until Friday!

It includes all 40 Dolch Pre-primer & 52 Dolch Primer sight words.
Pages are organized by Scott Foresman unit for ease of use but can be used even if you do not use Scott Foresman. Additional words are at the end of the packet.
Great for word work or morning work! Common Core Aligned.  Our students loved this! Make sure you head over to Kelly & Kim's Kreations to check out other great sale items!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Sale!


Hello friends, it is hard to think of Christmas at this time of year but when Kelly from My Fabulous Class  invited us to join her with a Christmas in July sale ... well, who could resist! I love sales and especially at this time of year when I'm starting to think about getting my room ready and my plans set.....So here is the Scoop...Our store 2 Scoops of Kindergarten is 20% off ...EVERYTHING! That's right - EVERYTHING!  Take a peek at a few of our bundles that already are at a huge savings and are on sale for 2 days! Check out below for more sales in other fabulous stores too!

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Monday, July 21, 2014


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monthly Reading Incentives & a freebie


Do you have a reading incentive for your students? Well, if not I have one for you. It includes a parent note also. In the beginning of the year, we give so much information to parents that they need a special note for this reading incentive. This is so important that students get into a routine for homework and reading especially. I have 4 children of my own and this is something I tried to instill in them early. As they got older they were already into a great habit of reading and homework without me having to tell them. (Well, 3 out of the 4 children anyway...) :) So....anyhoo...included in the letter is the 3 ways to read a book. (One of my students came to school telling me their father told them they cannot read. This child was devastated because I just told them all how they are READERS! They can read the pictures, they can retell a story and they can read some words! They can READ! Well...so I needed to tell the parents all about those 3 WAYS TO READ! :) Next I wanted monthly charts that increased as the school year went by - because... the idea is they will have increased their stamina and they will be able to read longer. So these monthly charts slowly increase as the year goes by. Here is the preview of what this product consists of.
..I have a freebie for you to start the year out...here is the August monthly reading incentive chart. Click on the picture and have fun reading! For the complete product ...click here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Markdown Monday

It's time to visit our friends over at Kelly & Kim's Kindergarten Kreations again! They are having a Markdown Monday Linky Party!  We have marked down our newest product My First Number Book at 50% savings for this week only, Monday - Friday! It's only $1.50! Here is a preview...

Okay kindergarten teachers, you know that some of your students will think this is easy peasy but some and I have had a few....that don't know how to use a pencil or get frustrated when having to write anything.  That is why I differentiated this packet. All of the numbers have 2 different versions. One for the children that need extra support and then one for those that can follow your directions when writing their numbers. 
The other component that is added to this packet (Common Core aligned) is giving your students new strategies when they think of numbers. At this time I feel six different ways is a start, I will add more when we get into the year. Here is the poster I have added to this packet.

The ten frame is already on their paper for them and so are the dice squares. In both cases they just need to fill them in. Here is the example:
I know my kinders will love this and it will help those students who need the extra guidance! You can click on the picture below to send you to 2 Scoops of Kindergarten's TPT store to get this at a 50% off discount until Friday of this week!


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Project Based Learning: Butterfly Garden

This year Kindergarten jumped into a Project Based Learning (PBL) lesson! At first I was a little nervous about this....was kindergarten able to handle a less structured project?....were they going to buy into it and be excited....were we going to get this done in time for the end of the year?  So many questions but we went ahead and plunged in and boy we were so glad we did!
I felt it was effective and at the same time such an enjoyable way of teaching! So here is my experience from April til the beginning of June. I will be exploring it some more this summer and checking out more training, as well as investigating this curricular model.
What is PBL?  The Buck Institute (the PBL gurus) define Project Based Learning as "a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge."  You can check out more about PBL here, but the big components of a true PBL project are quality content, 21st century skills, inquiry, a solid driving question, need to knows, voice and choice, revision and reflection, and a public audience.

Here is my journey into PBL:
It worked out that we were studying the life cycle of a butterfly. We did some great activities in the Butterfly Bundle from Kelly and Kim Kreations.
and read many stories about butterflies. We watched as the caterpillars turned into butterflies when this question came up from the students, "Where are the butterflies going to live when we let them go?" Well, I did not have a clear answer for them. Some students had butterfly gardens at home and talked a little bit about their gardens. Will our butterflies stay at our school??? So...our big question was...How can we attract butterflies to Butterfield School? This question fueled many of our lessons for the rest of the school year.  
The other kindergarten class joined us in our project and so did our Technology Specialist. 
Our Tech Specialist downloaded our progress using the site called Trello  (https://trello.com/)
 Both teachers could also access and add to this site. It is free and I would absolutely try it out.(You will see this in action in our imovie below)

 We started out with a class discussion and a KWL chart. What did we know about butterflies and gardens? What did we need to attract butterflies and who should we ask our question to? What did we need to do first? 
We decided our first thing we needed to do was ask our Principal if we can have a butterfly garden at our school? We wrote letters and delivered them to her. After getting the o.k. we needed to find a location for our garden. We were in luck! There was a courtyard that was not used - we could make this educational for the whole school!
Not very pretty yet!

Next, we needed to ask questions from others to find out what exactly we needed to attract butterflies so we could add them to our garden. We wrote letters to Home Depot (they did fund part of our project) and researched. We paired the kindergartners up using an ipad and gave them a packet where they could write down what they learned. We used the app  for Symbaloo. Here is the site http://www.symbaloo.com/  It is a free account. Click here to see our symbaloo.

For additional information we went to The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. They have a beautiful butterfly garden there!  
We were ready to plant and water! Kindergarten finalized our project by putting together this imovie and giving tours of our butterfly garden to our parents, grandparents and administrators! Watch our imovie! :)

This is a work in progress!