Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sight Word Centers!

I am always trying to think of fun ways my students can learn their sight words.  My district requires kindergartners to learn 75 sight words by the end of the year.  This is a large amount of words that requires LOTS of practice!  To help them learn these words, I incorporate many sight word activities throughout my centers each week to prevent sight word instruction from getting boring.  I have found that my students love the following activities that you can find in my TPT store.

Sight Word Hop: Students work with a partner by hopping on sight words that their partner reads.

Pancake Flipping for Sight Words: Students use a spatula or tongs to flip over pancakes that contain sight words.  They place their read pancakes on the cookie sheet.

Magnetic Sight Words: Place each mat on a cookie sheet.  Students read each sight word and build the word using magnets.  

Fishing for Sight Words:  Students will use a toy magnetic fishing rod or you can make your own like the one I made below.  Children will use their fishing pole to "fish" for sight words.  They will read the sight word on each fish they catch and place it on the jar.

100 sight words from Fry's Frequently Used Word List are included for each activity.  If you are interested in getting all four of these centers, check out the bundle here: Sight Word Centers BUNDLE!

I hope these activities add some fun to your sight word instruction!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kindergarten Addition!

We have been working on our addition skills!  There are many fun partner activities that I have had my students do to help strengthen their addition skills and increase their fluency.  Here are some of the activities we have done:

Addition Plates: I got these from the dollar store.  They are a great way to help students visualize addition and to have them use manipulatives to solve.  Children take turns rolling a die. They place a set of cubes for each number in the two smaller portions on the plate.  Their partner writes the number sentence.  The children solve the problem by placing both sets of cubes in the large part of the plate.

Addition Play-Doh Mats: This is great for a center or RTI!  Have children use play-doh to complete each addition mat.  You can also place each mat in a dry erase sleeve.  In the picture above, I was working with a student for RTI.  These mats help children visualize addition and solve problems on their own.  You can find these in my store: Addition and Subtraction Play-Doh Mats

Making 10: Children work with a partner and use ten frames to find out how many more they need to make 10.  They use a dry erase board to write number sentences.

Other addition activities I used came from Miss Ricca's blog.  She has many great and FREE activities that you can find here: Miss Ricca's Addition Activities .

I hope these activities help add to your addition learning in your classroom!