Jan 25, 2015

FREE February Journal Prompts

I have some Journal Prompts for Beginning and Struggling writers. This is a sampler pack of my February themes pack. This download includes a journal prompt sampler for Valentine's Day and Groundhog's Day.


Valentine's Day Journal Prompts Sample






Groundhog's Day Journal Prompts Sample





Full version of the February Journal Prompts 


The full version includes thematic prompts for Valentine's Day, Groundhog's Day, President's Day, and Healthy Teeth. If you enjoy the sampler, you can download the entire February Journal Prompts packet here :)








Jan 20, 2015

How to Make Snow

Making snow is so much fun!

How to make SNOW

You only need TWO ingredients.
1. Baking Soda
2. White Conditioner

You just have to play around with the amounts. First, we poured out some baking soda into a round pan. Then, we added a little conditioner at a time. Too much conditioner will make your snow look like whipped cream.



Describe the snow

As the student begins to mix the ingredients, they can describe how it feels. Some words that you might hear are soft, cold, powdery and sticky. This diy SNOW feels sticky when you are mixing the conditioner into the baking soda. Your fingers will be a little sticky so make sure to wash hands with water and soap when you are done.


Beginning Sounds

We had fun naming and adding things that begin with the letter Ss.

Ss is for snow.

Ss is for snowflake.

Ss is for stocking.

Ss is for star.

Ss is for sparkle.We added colorful glitter to make the snow sparkle.

Ss is for snowball.

Ss is for snowman.


How to make snowballs

We finally made snowballs by grabbing a handful of snow and shaping it into a ball. It was so easy. 


Now, you are ready to make a snowman with this diy snow. Make the snowballs and add a hat, eyes, nose and a mouth. So much fun!

Jan 14, 2015

The Mitten FREEBIE and Favorite Winter Books

I love the book, THE MITTEN. It's about a little boy who goes out to play in the snow and loses his mitten. While the mitten sits on the snow, a few fury friends find it and use it as shelter to stay warm on a cold and snowy day. I made a FREE emergent booklet back in 2013. I hope that you are able to use it with your young learners.

The Mitten Printables

Here's a sample of The Mitten printables from the packet. This reader can be used for sequencing and retelling the familiar story of The Mitten. Also available in Spanish on my Bilingual Kinder Alphabet blog.





How to use:

*The students will name each animal as they do a picture walk of this booklet.
*The students will read the sentence.
*The students will write the missing word.
*The students will read the completed sentence.
*After every page is done, students will read the completed booklet.

Other Winter Books

Here are some other winter books that you may want to add to your winter unit.


Dec 12, 2014

Journal Prompts for Beginning Writers

I LOVE our monthly journal prompts! Students in Kindergarten write at different levels. We try to engage them in activities that will help develop their writing skills, but sometimes it's difficult to find something that will fit everyone's abilities. We have always been told to differentiate our activities to meet every student's needs. But, how can we do this in a room full of 20+ kids? I came up with Differentiated Thematic Journal Prompts that include a picture/word bank and sentence starters. How can these journals help? The focus on themes will make their writing meaningful and engaging. The thematic picture/word bank will develop their vocabulary skills. And, the sentence starters will help struggling writers feel successful. There are 5 journal prompts for each theme which will cover a week's worth of writing. Each journal prompt has been provided in three versions. As the students develop their writing skills, the teacher will provide the corresponding writing page. This is how the writing pages are differentiated.

Level 1: These journal pages includes a sentence starter. They may also have extra wording on the picture labels. This will help students write a complete sentence by using the wording on the picture cues.  This format will help struggling writers use complete sentences and have a successful writing experience without the stress.







Level 2: This journal page does not include the sentence starters. Students are encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics skills. They are also encouraged to use any other words that may not be in the illustrated word bank.




Level 3: This journal page is for advanced writers. It does not provide place a for an illustration. This is so that students may have more writing space where they may include details in their sentences. Illustrations may be added to the back of the paper.


I have sets ready for the entire year. If you would like to learn more about them, you can find them all under the JOURNALS tab at the top of my blog. You can also find my Differentiated Journal Prompts in my TPT store.

Nov 17, 2014

Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving time is so much fun. Here's a fun Turkey Craft that will prepare your students for the upcoming holiday. This packet includes two versions of the turkey craft and some writing activities.

Thankful Turkey

This version includes a sentence starter on the feathers. Students will finish the sentence, "I give thanks for ________." It's a good way to help students reflect and be thankful for the good things in their lives.


Patterned Turkey

This other version includes simple patterned feathers that students will color. It' will come in handy as a last minute activity or with younger students who may have limited writing skills.

Writing Activities

This packet includes seven writing activities.


Downloads

The English Turkey Craft may be found here.

The Spanish Turkey Craft may be found here.

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