Tuesday, November 29, 2011

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. :)

Our K team has decided to have a "Grinch Day" this year! I'm not sure which of my December favorites I'll have to put aside for next year to make room for the grinch (soooo many fun things, not enough time!), but I couldn't resist joining my team in a theme day....complete with matching t-shirts!

While searching for Grinch ideas, I was inspired by some other bloggers and some of my peers, so I revamped a couple of ideas to make them kindergarten friendly. ;)

I googled grinch ideas and came across some fun stuff from Babbling Abby. She had a great idea about mixed up words. I made a K version and after talking to my amazing teacher friend, Leslie Bjelde, I added some word cards for students to match (match the "Grinch Word" with the "True Word"). You could have your students use letter tiles instead of the word cards if you're not feeling like printing and laminating or you could do the activity whole group as well.

The Grinch Who Stole Words

The next activity was inspired by my teaching neighbor, Heather Stromme. We make a great team when it comes to creating new math and literacy ideas! Heather was inspired by a Grinch game she saw where students had to fill in the missing number. After talking it through, we came up with the following idea.

Grinch Stole My Numbers

I hope the result of my inspirations can inspire you! :)
- Sheyna

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cookie Race

Okay, I'm having way too much fun with this whole blogging thing! It all started because I was trying to procrastinate and not work on report cards. Well, here I am again, not working on report cards. :)

This little math game isn't my original idea. I actually found a version of it at Growing in Pre-K. I'm a sucker for cute clipart and DJ Inkers never lets me down. I recently purchased these adorable gingerbread men from their site and couldn't resist making my own version of this game. I like to try to follow the whole "work smarter, not harder" motto, but it never works out for me! :)

Cookie Race

Gingerbread Man Pocket Chart

Here goes nothing and everything all at once...I've decided to venture into the wonderful world of blogging! I occasionally like to create things and share them with my K Team, so I figured I'd share them with anyone who chooses to read my little bloggie. :)

My team and I have been on a huge pocket chart/color word kick and here's the latest one I put together. I made two response sheets to differentiate for some of my little learners. The words to paste onto the sentence strips follow the response sheets.

Let me know if you have any questions! 

Can You Catch the Gman Pocket Chart