Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas & Winter Themes in Kindergarten


Look no further for some great Christmas and Winter Thematic units. All of these units are cross-curricular and strategically linked to the common core standards. Here as some of our store offerings.









Also check out our companion sight word readers with some Christmas or Winter flair.



And Also, enjoy a couple Winter, Christmas Themed freebies!


Also remember to become a follower at one your favorite online teacher store so you will be notified when our new christmas freebie will be posted next week!

























Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Around The World: Common Core Thematic Essentials


Check out our new 258 page strategically linked thematic unit Christmas Around the World is stuffed with learning! 






20 countries of study are included and may easily be used in a mix and match fashion, or you may choose to visit all 20 countries for a comprehensive world-wide tour.

 A Scrapbook/Passport Book is included for each student to make to keep as a world traveler memento. The unit culminates with a tribute to “Peace on Earth” and will leave each child with a feeling of love for their fellowmen. Do not miss out on this great unit!

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Scripted Literacy Activities
Australia: Surfing Santa: Segmenting Words
USA: Decorate Away: Blending Phonemes
Russia: Land of the Sweets: Comprehension 
Bahamas: Junkanoo: Using Common Nouns in Complete Sentences
France: Le Reveillon: Rhyming
Greece: St. Nicholas’ Boats: Naming Sounds
Israel: The Star of Bethlehem: Naming Letters (or Reading Words)
Italy: Befana’s Toys: Changing Initial Sounds to Make New Words
Mexico: Poinsettia Race: Naming Letters Quickly


Independent Literacy Activities
China: Christmas Lanterns: Writing Alphabet Letters 


Scripted Math Activities:

German Advent Calendar: Solving Problems Using Mental Math Strategies.
India: Diwali Day: Identifying and Comparing Numbers
Sweden: St. Lucia Day Deliveries: Composing Teen Numbers.
Denmark: Nisse The Elf: Subtraction
Peru: Fiesta de Navidad: Classifying and Sorting Objects
Africa: Candle, Candle: Decomposing Numbers
Canada: Tree Delivery: Making Combinations for 10
Scotland: The Mischievous Elves: Identifying Numbers

Independent Math Activities
Spain: Spanish Shoes: Writing Numbers
England: Stocking Stuffing: Counting Objects For a Given Number



Songs/Fingerplays
Germany: O Tannenbaum
India: Little Clay Lamp
Australia: Six White Boomers
Sweden: Lucia Day
USA: Ring Your Bells
Denmark: Ten Little Gnomes
Spain: Navidad
Peru: Fiestas de Navidad
ALL: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Art Projects
Germany: Star Christmas Countdown
India: Clay Lamp
Sweden: Star Hats, St. Lucia Wreaths
USA: A Gift for Mom & Dad
Russia: Nesting Dolls/Nutcracker
Bahamas: Starfish Santa
Denmark: Danish Christmas Heart
Spain: Balthazar & the Wise Men
Africa: Candle Art
Canada: Strip Christmas Tree
China: Mini-Christmas Lanterns
England: Christmas Cards
France: Christmas Santons 
Greece: Christmas Fishing Boat
Israel: My Star
Italy: My Ceppo
Mexico: Poinsettia Construct
Scotland: Shape Elf



Guided Books
Around the World: Sight Word Reader
Christmas Around the World: Class Made Book
Around the World Scrapbook: Passport Scrapbook Pages, Cover, Final Pages, and Around the World Friend Art

Kitchen
Australia: Pavlova
Peru: Panettone

Writing
Country Scrapbook Pages: All Countries
Country Word Walls: All Countries
Unit Word Wall
Writing Prompt: My Favorite Country
Writing Prompt: My Christmas Tradition


Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving


Today we did one of my favorite activities from our Thanksgiving Unit, the Tangram Indian.

Also take a peek at a few other Thanksgiving Activities.



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Benefits of Mother Goose Rhymes


"Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they're four years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they're eight." -Fox, M. (2001). Reading Magic. San Diego, CA: Harcourt.
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I love to use Nursery Rhymes and Traditional songs as a staple in my Kindergarten curriculum. One program I love to use is Singlish! I found this great resource several years ago at a conference in Texas. I can't say enough to advertise their products. I have found that it truly builds oral language development.

Also, you might want to check out our Nursery Rhymes Thematic Unit. I love using this unit in my kindergarten classroom. My students have always enjoyed acting out the rhymes in our annual performances. This year my class is working on our Spring program, "An Adventure in Nursery Rhyme Land."


I love watching my 3 year old grandson play the games and activities in this thematic packet. It is a great tool to use at home as well as school.

You might also want to head over to Fairy Dust Teaching. She is always full of great ideas when it comes to the arts and traditional tales. She has some great ideas posted