I can’t remember when I started doing this activity, but I have done it with preschool thru second grade and I LOVE what the kids come up with! It’s a great way to stir up creativity. FYI: the pictures above are an eye and a flower.
Tell the students to think of something that has a circle shape in it (don’t tell them to think of things that are in a circle shape). I start my giving them an example. I make a snowman, with the circle in the middle being it’s body.
I tried to find an example I had from a couple years ago of a boy who made “echolocation.” I thought he was just scribbling on the page but came to find out I was wrong! There are endless possibilities to this activity!
What You’ll Need:
white construction paper with holes cut out of the middle (I use a dixie cup to trace and then cut it out)
My students are OBSESSED with this activity! It started as a whole group, teacher led activity. But…they ask it for it so much, I now use it during reading rotations at small group time. I got the idea from the book Teaching Reading Sourcebook. It’s a fairly thick book, but it has ideas and tips for all ages so you can take it with you if you switch grade levels.
The activity is pretty simple. Fill a big bowl with play items that would go in a salad (you could also print pictures). Get 4 additional bowls or containers and label with 1 sticker, 2 stickers, 3 stickers, and 4 stickers.
Students pick a food item from the big bowl and then clap out the syllables. If there are 2 syllables, he/she puts it in the container marked with 2 stickers and so on.
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My school uses the WONDERS curriculum for reading, and the book Mama is it Summer Yet is one of our weekly big books. The kids really like it because there is repetition so they can read along, and I really like it because of the interesting art work. The author and illustrator, Nikki McClure cuts out black paper to make the leaves and other designs. I thought it would be fun for the students to do this, but with their own twist.
I traced a picture of the the little boy (the main character) feeding his mother a berry. Then I let the kids decide what kind of berry they want to use and cut out leaves to cover the bottom of the paper. They also colored the boy’s swim trunks, the same way the illustrator often colored one article of his clothing.
When the students finished, they wrote the title of the book at the top of the paper and mounted it on black construction paper. I told the students to write the title in pencil and then run it by me. If the title was written correctly, I gave them a black sharpie to trace it with.
What You Need:
A copy of the boy and his mother
Black trips of paper, 8 1/2 inches long
Pink, red, blue, and green squares of paper for the berries and leaves
Black construction paper for mounting
*download the boy and his mother by swiping over MAMA IS IT SUMMER YET TRACING AND CUTTING
This is a great activity for getting the kids up and out of the classroom!
The format goes with WONDERS kindergarten reading curriculum, but anyone can use this.
Each student gets a worksheet with different spaces (rooms) in the school (playground, office, etc…) on it. I give students a clip board or hard surface to write on. We walk around the school, and stop in each room listed. I give students time to look around the room and write down words that begin with the letter of the week.
When we get back to the classroom, we talk about the words we wrote down.
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I started doing this letter building activity this year, and the kids love it! It’s definitely a challenge for my approaching-level students, but I find it to be a great opportunity for the students to help each other.
There are shapes to build each letter, upper and lowercase. Kids get practice cutting and gluing and it also helps with organizational skills. My students glue the letters onto a “letter monster” worksheet, but I have also asked students to glue them in interactive notebooks.
I print the letter shapes on card stock so they’re easier to cut.
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I use this activity for my lower level kinders, and also my students who are starting to add. It’s great for math centers, and/or a math station for kids who finish early.
I laminate the “milkshakes” and include visa-vis pens for easy clean up and ongoing use! I am working on some retro hats the kids can wear while they do it…but my crafting skills might not be up to par for that ;).
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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0-20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20.
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.A When 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.B Understand 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.
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!
*download by swiping over the picture-word-hunt below
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.B.5: Count 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.A: When 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.B: Understand 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.
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.C.6: Identify 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.