Picture Word Hunt


  • I use the picture word hunt activity during reading rotations with my beyond-level kinder readers. About half way through the year I will introduce it to the other students when they are more comfortable with letter sounds.
  • I let the kids work with partners on this one. They chose a picture, circle items in the picture, and try to write the word in the letter box that it begins with (ex: pirate would go in the “p” box).
  • This can be frustrating for students initially, but I found that they work much better with a partner! Most of my students are now partially spelling 10-15 words per picture!

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.AFollow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.BRecognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.CUnderstand that words are separated by spaces in print.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.DIsolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.


Spider Counting

  • I made this activity around Halloween but my students can’t get enough! I keep them out all year and they get plenty of use :).
  • We use EnVision math curriculum at our school, which requires the kids to practice writing the numbers that come before and after quite a bit. This activity is very helpful for that.
  • There are 2 versions…one for approaching-level students and one for on-level and beyond-level students.

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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.2: Count forward beginning from any given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4: Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.AWhen counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.4.BUnderstand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.

Color Words


  • This activity is geared towards beyond-level kinders but my approaching and on-level students have fun with it also. 

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CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1: Print many upper and lowercase letters.
CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CC.SS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5.C: Identify real-life connections between words and their use.

Alligator Mouths


  • The kids love this activity! I laminated them on construction paper and use during math rotations. It took the kids a few days to catch on, but now they are using them during free choice :). This is also a great way for kids to practice marking objects as they count them.

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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.7Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.