Sunday, April 26, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party (April 27th - May 1st)

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This is a fun literacy center to help your children identify the letters of the alphabet. Included are all the letters of the alphabet, upper and lower case, and three follow-up assessment options. Children will match a lower case letter (frogs) to a capital letter (lily pads).

 First, the children lay the lily pads out in alphabetical order.

Then, the children work to match the lower case letter to the capital letter. This adorable clipart helps to add to the fun! All children loved this center, no matter their level! Sometimes throwing in a few "easier" centers can be a real confidence builder for many children.

We have also included three different assessments for you to chose from.
In this assessment, children draw a line matching the upper case to the lower case letter.

In the next assessment, children will read the letter that is already written and write its letter partner. It might be a lower case or a capital that is needed. 

The last assessment is a cut and paste activity where the children will match the frog friends by matching lower case and upper case letters.

We hope your children love this Leaping Letters center and follow-up activities!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 20th - 24th)


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Fascinating Frogs is a thematic bundle that includes reading, writing, math, science, and art for your classroom. This is a great pack to use during your study of ponds, frogs, or spring!

Frog Lifecycle
During this theme, we teach the frog lifecycle. We do this by reading non-fiction text as well as singing songs about frogs. The children complete their own lifecycle too!

Frog Life Cycle Cube Game
We absolutely love playing cube games in our classrooms. Not only do they help our students learn how to use tally marks, graph, and interpret graphs; they are also good for vocabulary development, sharing, working in groups, etc. The best part is the children love them too!
 This cube also reinforces the stages in the frog's lifecycle. We like to put our children in groups of 2-3 children. First, they roll the cube:

Then they state their roll in a complete sentence. "I rolled back legs."

For each roll, the children make a tally mark:

When the game is complete, children transfer their data over to their graph.

Children then interpret their graph but answering the questions provided.  

Predictable Readers
Students will practice their reading skills by reading about the lifecycle of a frog. These predictable readers include high frequency words the children are learning. There are two levels included.

Text Based Journals
This book is a great read while you are teaching about the frog lifecycle. This adorable little tadpole wishes he could jump like his mommy. She reassures him that one day he will. This starts the tadpole's fun adventure. He meets several animals along the way that also like the jump.
After reading, children complete their journal: What was your favorite part of the story and why?

Harry can't wait until he is able to catch is own food. As he sets out to look for something good to eat, he discovers it isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Just as he is about to give up, he sees something he has never seen before.....
We like to work on predictions while reading this book. We stop reading on the page shown below. Children are taught to use what they already know about Harry from the previous pages in the book, as well as to examine this page carefully to see if they see what Harry sees. 
The children then go to their tables to make their prediction.
After they have made their prediction, we come back together and finish reading the story. We check our predictions against the story. It's okay if our predictions aren't the same as the story, as long as they make sense. They then complete the journal by writing what actually happened in the story.

This is such a fun book to read. The big wide mouthed frog hops along on a journey meeting new animals as he goes. He doesn't know these animals so he asks them, "Who are you and what do you eat?" Since he doesn't know them, he uses one of their body features while addressing them. For example: "Hey you big black nose!"
Before reading, we read our children the clues that represent what the frog called the animals to see if they can guess what animals the frog will meet before we read. 
Big Thumping Feet
Big Black Nose
Animal Hanging Upside Down
Three Long Toes
Knobby Brown Log

After reading children complete a journal by writing a new clue to an animal the big wide mouthed frog could meet on his journey. How you have children complete this assignment is up to interpretation. We have done it many different ways. One way is to have the children write their clue in the same pattern as the book. You could also have the children write clues to a new animal that doesn't give the animal away and the other children will have to try and guess. 

Write the Room
We have included four different Write the Room papers in this pack. Each word is related to the frog theme: amphibian, froglet, tadpole, and lily pad. Children will look around the room for a word that starts with each letter of the bigger word and copy the word. Write the Room is one of the children's favorite centers in our classrooms!

Paper Plate Frog ~ Art Activity
You will love this fun art activity! All you need is a white paper plate, black and green paint, construction paper, and the pattern we have included in this pack. 
First, paint one side of the paper plate black. After it dries, paint the other side green.
After the paper plates dry, children will cut out the pattern and assemble the frog.
The final product! These frogs are adorable!

Frogs vs Toads
What are the differences between frogs and toads? What are the similarities? We have included facts about each for the children to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two. You can do this activity after teaching in a whole group or you can use it as a challenge for individual work. Here you see two children researching the information to complete the activity together. 

Digraphs
Students will name the picture on each lilypad and find the frog with the word's correct digraph to put on the lilypad. We have included several words for each digraph. The digraph may come in the beginning, middle, or end of the word.

Subtraction
Children will read the story problem and complete the part/part/whole chart included. This is a great center for your children to practice their subtraction skills.

This pack also includes a KWL chart and several bw versions of the venn diagram that we have not included in the photos. We hope you enjoy this pack. There are so many possibilities!
Have a great week!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 13th - 17th)

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Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to "markdown" until Friday, April 17th.
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We LOVE this Frogs on a Log literacy center! Your children will have fun spelling CVC and CVCe words with these adorable frogs. Using their knowledge of consonant and vowel sounds, children will sound out the word for the picture that is shown on the logs. They will then build the word by putting the frogs on the log. 

First, the children lay out the frogs in random order so they can see the letters clearly. We have made the consonants and vowels different colors for easy identification.

Next, they start building words!

We have also included a recording sheet for children to record their answers. We have included both a color and a black/white version for you to choose from.

We separate the CVC words and the CVCe words into two different sets. You could mix them too if you want to give your students more of a challenge.



We hope you enjoy this center! Have a great week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 6th - 10th)

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This is a fun center for your students to practice isolating the beginning sounds of words. This center includes 26 flowerpots with letters and 26 flowers with pictures on them. We have also included words for the children to match to the flowerpots for more of a challenge if they need it! 

The flowerpots each have a letter of the alphabet written on them. Children should first put the letters in correct alphabetical order. 

Next, the children will add the flower to the correct flowerpot. Each flower has a picture on it. Children will say the word out loud and determine the beginning sound of the word. They will then match the flower to the pot with the letter that has the beginning sound of the object pictured.

After all the flowers are in the right pot, children will then add a word to the top of the pot. The word will match the picture that is in the middle of the flower. We have included some tricks too, so they really have to pay attention to the letters and sounds in the whole word. 


We have recently updated this pack to include a few assessments for you to use for a center follow-up, seatwork, or even homework! Children will find the words that begin with the letter on each flowerpot, then color the pictures, cut them out, and glue them to the correct flower.

Super springtime fun! Ta-da!

We hope everyone has a great week!
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