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Christmas & Winter Thematic Activities on SALE!

Are you looking for some great Christmas and Winter Time Thematic Products that will not only fill December and January with great thematic fun, but will allow students practice in critical early learning skills in Language Arts and Math! All games are strategically linked to the Common Core Standards and right on-target for where typical kindergartners should be during these months.
And, for those students at differing levels, differentiation is included.

Although the rage is "No-prep" worksheets, I promise you that these quality learning games are not only more developmentally appropriate, after you make them once and file them, they really become "No-Prep!"  I just open my file cabinet and go!!You will love these games and so will your students!

Following are Sixteen December and January Cross-Curricular Thematic Suggestions!

These will all be on sale along with every product in our store this coming Cyber Monday & More Cyber Tuesday (Dec 1 and 2). (Remember to use the code at the bottom of this post to enjoy the full 28% off)!
  
        









  




          



  Each of our Thematic Units contain at least one guided-reader! To add to the teaching of reading in your classroom, you will also want to include these emergent readers!      






Fill your carts and enjoy the sale and remember to use the promo code at checkout!






Guided Reading: Building A Bridge to Independence

Guided reading is the bridge between shared reading and independent reading. It is an instructional strategy that helps students become better readers. It can be used in many different grades, but it is most common in kindergarten, first, and second.

Guided reading provides the opportunity to apply reading strategies in a supportive environment. With the teacher’s guidance, students can better use new skills such as: sight words, decode words, use context clues, look at word structure, and decide if a word or sentence makes sense. During these guided times of reading, the teacher is able to scaffold students to a higher level of performance in a risk free setting.


At this time of the year in kindergarten, I am very concerned that students learns to track print. It is my upmost objective during each lesson. I call this strategy: Point at the word your voice is saying. After reading the “real” books, I like to use “paper” books, to provide a take-home hands-on opportunity with text. This set of emergent books with a Christmas Theme, are great examples of paper books that awards opportunity to provide strategic practice with text.

--Portions of this blog post first appeared at Hameray's blog

Making Indian Beaded Necklaces


Here are a few of my favorite past kindergartners performing a traditional Indian dance! 
Do you want to bring the beauty of those Native American costumes into your classroom? 
Then, have your students make a beautiful Indian Beaded Necklace.


How To Make:
  1. Place about 1 cup of salad macaroni in a baggie. (Or desired amount)
  2. Add 2 Tbs. of vinegar. (Per 1 cup)
  3. Drop desired amounts of food coloring.
  4. Seal the bags and then shake vigorously.
  5. Let sit for a few hours, shaking bags every once in a while.
  6. Spread the pasta, in a single layer, on a paper towel covered baking sheet.
  7. Let dry. (You may wish to rub the “beads” around occasionally to speed the drying process.
  8. String the beads into necklaces using curling ribbon, yarn, thread, dental floss or other desired necklace making material.
This necklaces turn out beautiful, and will last forever! 



Twelve Steps to Parent Reporting

Are you looking for a time saving report card option?
Are you looking for a Common Core based report card?
Are you looking for a wide variety of already made, time-tested assessments?

Are you looking for a report card that reports EXACTLY what you want to report?

Then look no further! 










Christmas Around The World Thematic Units & Freebie


Click on the link above to sample our Jam-Packed, Christmas World Tour 4-Part Series. We are sure you will be anxious to share the 20 Countries and 4 Non-Christian Holidays with your students. Your students will love learning new traditions, customs, practicing important math and language arts skills, cooking, singing, crafting, and completing a World Tour Scrapbook!

Christmas Around The World: A World Tour Part One

Part One of the “Around-The-World Tour” is filled with time-tested, quality activities that are strategically linked to Common Core Standards. It is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, social studies, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading.

Part One Features:

Germany
Australia
Russia
Denmark
Spain
England
France
Africa
Canada
Greece

The activities include:

Literacy Activities
Australia: Surfing Santa: Segmenting Words
Russia: Land of the Sweets: Comprehension 
France: Le Reveillon: Rhyming
Greece: St. Nicholas’ Boats: Naming Sounds
Italy: Befana’s Toys: Changing Initial Sounds to Make New Words

Math Activities
German Advent Calendar: Solving Problems Using Mental Math Strategies.
Denmark: Nisse The Elf: Subtraction
Africa: Candle, Candle: Decomposing Numbers
Canada: Tree Delivery: Making Combinations for 10
Spain: Spanish Shoes: Writing Numbers
England: Stocking Stuffing: Counting Objects For a Given Number

Songs and Fingerplays
Germany: O Tannenbaum
Australia: Six White Boomers
Denmark: Ten Little Gnomes
Spain: Navidad

Art Projects
Germany: Star Christmas Countdown
Russia: Nesting Dolls/Nutcracker
Denmark: Danish Christmas Heart
Spain: Balthazar & the Wise Men
Africa: Candle Art
Canada: Strip Christmas Tree
England: Christmas Cards
France: Christmas Santons 
Greece: Christmas Fishing Boat

Kitchen
Australia: Pavlova

Writing
Country Word Walls

Guided Reading
Christmas Friends: Sight Word Reader
Class-Made Book: Around the World


Christmas Around The World: A World Tour Part Two

Part Two of the “Around-The-World Tour” is filled with time-tested, quality activities that are strategically linked to Common Core Standards. It is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, social studies, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading.

Part Two Features:
India
Sweden
United States of America
Bahamas
Peru
Israel
Mexico
China
Italy
Scotland

The activities include:

Literacy Activities
USA: Decorate Away: Blending Phonemes
Bahamas: Junkanoo: Using Common Nouns in Complete Sentences
Israel: Identifying Letters or Decoding Words
Italy: Befana’s Toys: Changing Initial Sounds to Make New Words
Mexico: Poinsettia Race: Naming Letters Quickly
China: Christmas Lanterns: Writing Alphabet Letters

Math Activities
India: Diwali Day: Identifying and Comparing Numbers
Sweden: St. Lucia Day Deliveries: Composing Teen Numbers.
Peru: Fiesta de Navidad: Classifying and Sorting Objects
Scotland: The Mischievous Elves: Identifying Numbers


Songs and Fingerplays
India: Little Clay Lamp
Sweden: Lucia Day
USA: Ring Your Bells
Peru: Fiestas de Navidad

Art Projects
India: Clay Lamp
Sweden: Star Hats, St. Lucia Wreaths
USA: A Gift for Mom & Dad
Bahamas: Starfish Santa
Israel: My Star
Italy: My Ceppo
Mexico: Poinsettia Construct
Scotland: Shape Elf


Kitchen
Australia: Pavlova
Peru: Panettone

Writing
Country Word Walls

Guided Reading
Around The World: Sight Word Reader
Class-Made Book: Around the World


Holidays Around The World: Non Christian Celebrations Part Three

Part Three of the “Around-The-World Tour” is filled with time-tested, quality activities that are strategically linked to Common Core Standards. It is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, social studies, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading.

Part Three Features:
Eid
Kwanzaa
Hanukkah
Diwali

The activities include:

Literacy Lessons 
Eid: Reading Sight Words
Eid Variation:  Reading Alphabet letters
Happy Kwanzaa: Reading Nonsense Words
Spin the Dreidel: Naming Alphabet Letters
Spin the Dreidel Variation: Decoding CVC Words
Follow the Lamps: Blending and Segmenting Words
Art Projects
Eid: Crescent Moon
Kwanzaa: Kinara
Hanukkah: Star of David
Hanukkah: My Menorah
Diwali: Rangoli
Writing

Scrapbook Pages:
Eid
Kwanzaa
Hanukkah
Diwali
Songs/Fingerplays
Eid
Kwanzaa
The Dreidel Song
Diwali is Here

Allow students to keep the memories of their world tour by completing A Scrapbook or Passport Book, and then binding into an around the world memento. 

This product contains:
Two Scrapbook Cover Options: Color or Black and White
A Scrapbook Page for each of the 20 countries and 4 holidays Found in our Christmas World Tour Series. These pages are available at two levels.
A Culminating Scrapbook Activity to include in the scrapbook.
An original song adaptation of Let There Be Peace On Earth.


Part One Features:

Germany
Australia
Russia
Denmark
Spain
England
France
Africa
Canada
Greece

Part Two Features:

India
Sweden
United States of America
Bahamas
Peru
Israel
Mexico
China
Italy
Scotland

Part Three Features:
Eid
Kwanzaa
Hanukkah
Diwali





Thanksgiving Fun & a Freebie

Are you looking for some great thanksgiving fun? Enjoy this Thanksgiving freebie, a favorite song of my student's each year.

Also. Check out our Thanksgiving Thematic Unit, packed with quality, time-tested Thanksgiving activities. This product is currently discounted!!
The Thanksgiving unit is strategically linked to the Common Core Standards! It is divided into areas of literature, media, music, art, literacy activities, math activities, worksheets, science activities, creative writing, word wall words, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. 



Literacy Activities:
Hop To It: Identifying Letters and Sounds
Turkey Lurkey: Producing and Generating Rhymes.
Turkey Twist: Kinesthetic Practice With Letter Recognition
Dinner Rush: Naming & Generating Beginning Sounds
Thanksgiving Races: Developing Fluency
Rhyming Worksheet


Math Activities:
Turkey Guesses: Making Estimates
A Feast For All: Counting Objects to Show Physical Representation of Numbers
Thanksgiving Feast: Counting Forward From a Given Number in a Set of 10
The Turkey Dance: Identifying Numbers and Recording Results.
Thanksgiving Parade: Ordering 1-10 Ten Frames
The Turkey Bowl: Comparing Groups of Objects

Songs
Gobble Gobble Gobble
5 Fat Turkeys
I Like Turkey
A Very Fine Turkey


Writing Prompts/Word Wall
Thanksgiving
I am Thankful For
Thanksgiving Word Wall

Art Projects
Handprint Turkey
Easy Construct Pilgrim
Construct Indians
Tangram Indian
Draw a Turkey

Guided Reading Books
Happy Thanksgiving

Social Studies
Pilgrim Kids: Compare and Contrast Facts


Scarecrow Thematic Unit

Looking for some great pre-Thanksgiving fun? Give Scarecrows a try.
This year's family take-home project: Scarecrows 

This year's family take-home project: Scarecrows 



Complement our harvest, fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving units with these great scarecrow activities inspired by the book "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" - by Linda Williams & illustrated by Megan Lloyd

The Scarecrow unit features activities that are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. Each activity has clear objectives and are strategically linked to the Common Core Standards.

Unit includes:

Literacy Activities:
The Little Old Lady: Story Elements/Sequencing
The Scarecrow: Using Metacognition
Yummy Pumpkins: Word Substitution
Spin a Scarecrow: Blending Onset and Rime
The Sound Maze: Identifying Initial Sounds
Catching Crows: Identifying Letters
Scarecrow Rhymes: Matching Rhyming Pictures
Find the Crow: Writing Capital Letters
Scarecrow Sounds: Identifying Initial Sounds


Math Activities

Scare-A-Crow: Creating a Picture Graph and Recording Data
The Scarecrow: Using Pattern Blocks to Make a Larger Shape
Scarecrow Scare: Comparing Numbers
Scarecrows Count: Counting Forward
Counting Crows: Counting Cardinality
Team Scarecrow: Comparing Groups

Art Projects
Pattern Block Scarecrow
My Shape Scarecrow

Kitchen
Scarecrow Snack
Scarecrow Supper

Writing
Scarecrow Word Wall
If I Were a Scarecrow
How to Scare Crows
Label-It Scarecrow
Classroom Book: My Scarecrow

Guided Reading Books
The Scarecrow

Songs/Fingerplays
The Scarecrow
Little Scarecrow
How Scary Can You Be?
Scarecrow Turn Around
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow


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