I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in my classroom! So this year, I’m a little bummed that we are on Spring Break, but who is going to complain about being on a break?
There are a lot of fun activities you can do with your students to really make the day memorable, special, and educational! I like to start my day with a leprechaun story from our class library. I also love the video Leprechaun’s Gold found on YouTube. You can explain the vocabulary words gold, greed, kindness and caring to the students after the video. I usually show it during Social Studies. Share with the students that leprechauns are small, mischievous little men you find in Irish folklore. Then, locate Ireland on a globe. I tell students how last year I almost caught one messing up my classroom, but he escaped. I read the poem The Paper Leprechaun to the students. I have them make their own paper leprechaun and pot of gold. The pot of gold is separate from the leprechaun, so they can hide the gold from the paper leprechaun. They give their leprechaun a personality by writing it’s biography. While students are at lunch, I mess up the room, sprinkle gold or green glitter around (even in the toilets), make little green footprints on the floor that lead to an open window and leave gold chocolate coins on their desks with a note from Lucky the Leprechaun. I have a pair of green felt little pants that I made myself, and hang from the open window. I pretend to try and grab him, but only have his pants. The kids always giggle thinking there is a leprechaun running around in it’s underwear! For math, I buy Lucky Charms cereal to pass out to the students. They have to sort, graph and solve math problems using the lucky marshmallows found in the cereal. After I check their work, they get to eat the cereal. (As always, check for food allergies prior to this lesson.) I send home a Family Project for student’s to create a trap for a leprechaun to build that home connection. Finally, I let them make leprechaun headbands and Shamrock GLASSES to wear during story time. If the kids are having fun learning, they will develop a lasting relationship with you and want to learn!
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LOVE is in the air this February! I’m so excited to let you know about the group of Teacher Authors who created a great Giveaway just for YOU! Teachers love sharing, so let me share some of the ways we celebrate Valentine’s Day in Kindergarten.
My kids love candy (I know… not many who don’t love it!) So I ask parents to donate conversational hearts to the class. Students get to sort them by color, graph them, and estimate how many hearts will fill up the heart graphic. (This is a FREEBIE, you can find on TPT.) My students who are in high school now, tell me this was one of their favorite memories of my class on Valentine’s Day!
Students play I SPY Missing Letters games, solve valentine themed word problems, make mini books and crafts which can be found in my Valentine’s Day CRAFTS and PRINTABLES. We make hats and fun glasses to wear all day, so everyone know it’s Valentine’s Day in our classroom!
Of course, a Valentine’s Day celebration would not be complete without passing out Valentine cards! I ask parents to send in a decorated Valentine’s Day shoe box with student’s names clearly on the box to help students pass out their valentine cards. This is a great writing activity for parents to to with their children too by sending home a list of first name, so students can address the envelopes. This is the other favorite activities my older students talk about! Some still have their box! So, now I have students write positive words to each student, so they can keep that in their box too. This will hopefully make them aware of how special they were to others in kindergarten. Hope you build some great memories with your students this year! Join the Rafflecopter Giveaway below and hop on over to the next great post at Teach Magically!
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Groundhog Day is celebrated in America on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The legend is that the groundhog comes out of his burrow and if it sees it’s shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it is cloudy and there is no shadow, it is an indication of an early spring. Each year we create crafts and make predictions about groundhogs in my kindergarten class. Here are some ideas:
Pass out sticky notes and have a chart to make predictions on if the groundhog will see it’s shadow or not on February 2.
Go to the Groundhog Web site to share the history of Punxsutawney Phil and watch the video LIVE STREAM of Punxsutawney. http://www.groundhog.org/ (You can see the replay here also.)
Previously, when I taught kindergarten, 34 sight words were standard for students to master before they went into first grade. So when the standard went from 34 to 86, I was stressed about how to teach these words to kids who continue to struggle with retention and application. Sight words are important to being successful at reading. The goal put a lot of pressure of me to find new ways to help my students learn these words. Here are some strategies I tried successfully. I put 5 to 10 sight words on the class Word Wall each week. Students learned how to use them in sentences, practiced writing with them and are encouraged to use the Word Wall Words during all writing activities. The most effective way I found to get them to remember sight words is to make the activities fun. During centers, students use paint dabbers to create sight words, play sight word games and sing sight word songs found on You Tube. The Sight Word Necklace has been a huge hit with motivating students to learn the words in class and at home. Start the students out with a few words on their necklace. By the next week see what they know. If they know it, they keep it. If not, the word goes off the necklace and home for practice with the parents. For every 20 they master, they get a special card that rewards them with a treasure box treat in our room (you can use anything… a certificate, a hug). When they reach all the words they get to eat lunch with the teacher and a friend. Another game they like is the Fly Swatter Game. Two groups of students a picked, the teacher calls out a word and whoever swats the word on the word wall first get a point for the team.
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This year our school decided to do a door decorating contest. Although I didn’t win, the contest made the school look festive, challenged teachers to a little friendly competition, provided a fun tour of doors for the kids, and inspired me to share some of my favorites in this blog post. Enjoy!