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Guided Reading in October ~ Kindergarten Style!

Happy Hump Day friends!

With today being the LAST day of September {holy smokes ~ where is this year going?!}, I figured it would be a good day to show you all about my newest pack for October!

Can I just say that I am absolutely *loving* kindergarten?!  I'm sure I have already said it multiple times... but I really do!  I never thought I could truly find myself enjoying this different world (because yes.... Kinderland is definitely in it's own category!) but I am enjoying each and every day!

One of the big changes moving down to kinder is they are brand new little readers!  Like... brand SPANKEN new!  As in... I'm still working on writing my name, identifying more than half of the alphabet by identification, and learning the very basic of sight words!  Don't get me wrong, there ARE some of my kinders that know all of their letters, came in writing their first AND last name, etc...  but the majority are brand new {which is why I think I love it!}

So.... our guided reading groups/small groups look a little different than the world up in first grade, but I knew I wanted a variety of activities for my kiddos!

Guided Reading for Kindergarten - October Edition is mainly packed with a variety of small group learning games and activities as well as 2 emergent readers that students can use!

I just wanted to show you tonight what the activities include in this FUN pack!

Feed the Pumpkin!
Students will be identifying the two letters on the pumpkin card.  IF the two letters match, as in the capital and lowercase are the same letter, then they "feed' it to the pumpkin!  If the two letters are NOT a match, the pumpkin gets boiled!

Not-So-Scary Sounds!
This fun activity will have students identifying the picture with the "not-so-scary" skeleton and finding the letter that the picture begins with!  There is one picture for each letter!

Sight Word Memory
This traditional game of concentration can be played with these 15 basic and beginning sight words!

Emergent Readers {2}
Each of the fall-themed emergent readers include 6 pages each (only three are shown above) which are perfect to begin reading with!  

Build a Sight Word
This fall themed sight word building activity is perfect for students to work on the words they need practice with {or your words of the week!}. 

I also included a tree with leave letters to help build words as well!

Spin a Sight Word
This Halloween/fall themed spin-a-word works on the basic sight words as well as a blank spinner to write in your own words!

I have included recording sheets to trace and read the words as students spin a word.  I just placed mine a sleeve to re-use!

Match the Picture
For our beginning readers, an important strategy is looking at the pictures to help us read.  This activity includes sentence cards (for the teacher to read!) and the students will have to find the picture that matches the text!

Blazing Rhymes
Students will be matching rhyming pictures together!  

Letter Potions
Students will be matching the capital letter with the lowercase letter.  

All nine of these activities are included in my Guided Reading for Kindergarten - October Edition

I also wanted to show you my super simple {and Not-so-Fancy} way I store these activities throughout the month!

I place each of the activities in a ziplock bag (fancy right?!)

I take a 9x12 manila envelope and just write what will be inside!  Again... fancy! :)

And put all of the bags inside!  Wa-La

I have a basket that I keep by my teacher table that holds this envelope as well as our sight word/alphabet cards and anything else we need for small groups!

If you want to check out this pack (AND IT'S ON SALE RIGHT NOW!) Just click on the picture below :)

Since you have stuck around this long....  you can WIN a FREE copy of this pack.... just leave a comment below!

The first two comments will get the pack for free!  {Remember to leave your email address or I will go to the next comment!}

And YES.... I do plan on making these every.single.month!  
What would you like to see in November?!

Have a great week :)

Jessica Travis
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Apple Overload {with freebies!}

Goodbye summer.....  hello fall.

While seeing summer in the past has me a little sad, I must say that I absolutely LOVE fall!  {like really love.  a whole lot}

This week has been no different, and even though it's only the first day of fall, this entire week has been prepping me for my favorite season of all!

If you haven't guessed or noticed from my abundance of pictures via social media.... it's the famous "Apple Week" in school this week!  It's the best smelling week of the year!

I just wanted to pop in real quick tonight to show you a few of the apple activities that we have been doing, but my favorite will happen tomorrow.  That's right... we are making applesauce.  The smell.... ahhhhhh.... I can smell it now.

Last week I made some large apples to use as anchor charts this week for whatever I could think of!  Wipe on/Wipe off.... over and over!

We ask that each student bring in an apple {their choice!} on Monday and it is these apples that we use throughout the week to observe, taste, use as manipulatives, and even cook!  These babies are definitely proud of their apples!

We discussed how we can sort our apples and did just that!

I used another apple to discuss a few story elements... nothing fancy, but again, dry erase markers allow this be re-usable!

In Math, we have been working with the number five for the last two weeks.  Anything to do with FIVE... we've done it!  Compose, decompose, five frame, tally marks, adding, subtracting, building the number, etc...

Our favorite activity by far this week was our "Apple Toss" game.  I made a quick apple with the numbers 0-5 mixed up and a large five frame.... students had to "toss" an apple {just a ball of red paper!} on the apple.  The number they landed on was the number they built in the five frame... using REAL apples!

After working with our five frames for a while, we made these cute little apple/caterpillar five frames!

You can grab this FREE craft and activity sheets by clicking the picture below:

The past couple of weeks, we have also been studying nouns {focusing on one part of nouns each week} and this week we finished up with "things" and "animals".

I re-used our red apple chart for nouns today and we came up with some great {and random!} nouns!

To stay in the apple spirit, we made these Noun trees and students had to follow a color code!

{person = yellow, place = red, and thing = green}

You can snag up this NOUN FREEBIE by clicking HERE!

Today.... we turned into apple taste-testers!  

We tried each apple one at a time....

Don't judge.... I could only find a plastic knife {but it worked!}

We made our graph and decided which apple we liked the best!  To my surprise, our class was pretty evenly divided, with red and yellow at {7} and green with {6}.

I had my students make a torn-paper apple craft and complete the sentence with their favorite apple color:

You can grab this freebie by clicking HERE!

Whew.... and it's only Wednesday!!  Tomorrow will be our big day where we "cook" and try some delicious... melt in your mouth... applesauce!  

Hopefully you can use some of these freebies in your own classroom.... 

If you need some more ideas and freebies... check out my posts from last year in 1st grade!

Have a great week!

Jessica Travis
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Fun with Fry's!

Happy Monday friends!

I had a little more pep in my step today .... thanks to an unbelievable last minute touchdown pass by THE Tony Romo to give the Cowboys a victory last night!  #Cowboysfan


I must say that I am enjoying the world down in Kinder-land!  Being in first grade for so many years... I was in a groove and doing my thing.  I was comfortable.  I knew what I was teaching.... and I enjoyed it.  And then I went to Kindergarten.... and I didn't think it was possible, but I *think* I may actually enjoy kindergarten more than first! {insert gasp!}

I'm not gonna lie to you.... the first week {or three!} were definitely exhausting and trying, but now that we are into a groove of things, I am completely head over heels in love with kindergarten!  I absolutely love the content, these little kinder babies say the most absurd and adorable things all at the same time, and I am SO happy!  {I know... I know... it's only week 4....}

One of the biggest things that I have learned so far is that kindergartners are brand SPANKEN new to everything!  Many have never used scissors, never used an actual desktop computer {using a mouse has been interesting}, never walked in a line with other students, not speaking or interrupting someone when they are talking, never held a pencil, colored in lines,  never seen an alphabet letter, and have never seen these little things called sight words.

After teaching first grade for so many years, I knew exactly where I needed to get these kinder babies in order to be successful in first grade.  Sight Words..... are a BIG thing!  I knew I needed to come up with something that would get my kinder friends excited, engaged, and learning these important sight words.   Some don't know a single alphabet letter.... so I knew I had to come up with something!

I wanted our sight word to be visible to my students at all times.  I started thinking... where do my students look the most throughout the day?  What do they see?  .... and then it hit me.... they look at ME  I grabbed a sentence strip, wrote our word "like", and clipped it right on my shirt.

sorry it's blurry.... cell phone picture {gotta love them!  and it was pouring down rain this day}

Did I mention that I am NOT a fan of "selfies"?!  Ugh!

So my kinder friends had to read my word all day long.  I would ask "How many letters are in my word?"  "Read the letters in my word"  etc...

Let me just tell you that these kinder babies probably went to sleep at night reading the word "like" we practiced it so much!  

Sight words clipped on shirt = success!  

This past weekend I wanted to create a resource that I could use throughout the year in small groups, morning work, and other quick activities to reinforce these words!

So while I will still be wearing these words on my shirt everyday.... all day.... I whipped up this little {not so little!} pack of "Fun with Fry's" activity pack {250 pages worth!}

It focuses on the first 25 Fry sight words, which our kids are expected to learn {plus color and number words!} as well as a few extra {including the word "like"}

Introducing "Fun with Fry's"

In this packet, I have created a sight word booklet where students will be identifying the word, tracing the word, writing the word, and building the word.

I also included a no-prep activity page as well as letter blocks to build the word.

My favorite part.... the sight word songs!

Y'all.... I was singing and jingling all weekend as I made up these little quirky songs!  

We jumped right in today with our new word "THE".

I introduced our word as well as our song!

This was the black and white version and I just colored it {saved on some ink!}  but I did include both color and b/w versions in the packet!

The orange letters you see.... are the letters I included where we build the word every morning during our morning message.  I just laminated and put magnetic tape on the back.... super easy!

After singing our song and building the word {way too many times to count!} I gave my kinder friends the no-prep activity sheet to practice with. 

Later this week we will make our "this" booklet!  It has multiple concepts all rolled into one and it simple... yet effective!

There is a tracing page as well as a writing page!  {I did mine in color, but your students can write in crayon, marker, or pencil!}  

I have included a page where students will identify and color the word as well as building the word.

These are the words that I have included in the packet {so feel like just because you don't use the "FRY'S" list... you can't use this!}  These words overlap in almost every beginning sight word list!

I also have the bundle at 50% off right now....

but to give you a free trial, you can join in with us this week and download the "THE" activities for FREE!!  

Just click {HERE} for the freebies!!

And to give you a better look at what is included in the pack... here is a more detailed preview!

Just click on the packet below for a more detailed look and option to purchase!

I'll be back this week with some math activities and more classroom fun!

Until then.... Have a great week :)

Jessica Travis
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