Friday, July 21, 2017

How to Build Relationships with Students

Back to school is an exciting, but busy time. Your students are excited about their new classroom, teacher and friends. You are excited about your new students, your freshly decorated classroom and you're probably full of new ideas. But with all this excitement, there is no doubt a few reservations: coming from you AND your new students. Building relationships early on makes for a happy and productive classroom - 100% guaranteed! That's why today's post focuses on how to build relationships with students. 

Learning how to build relationships with students is essential for every teacher - new AND veteran alike! This blog post will outline ideas and strategies you can use to build relationships with your students and their families in those first few weeks of school. It'll take just a few extra minutes of your busy day, but the end result will be more than worth your time. Great ideas for the preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade teacher to using during back to school!

There is one thing that is a necessity in any classroom, from Kindergarten up to high school - TRUST. Students need to be able to trust their teacher. They have to know that their teacher likes them, values them, and has their best interest at heart. Students will work 10 times harder for you if they trust you. They will work harder to learn and to please you. Building that trust relationship though can be challenging.

Learning how to build relationships with students is essential for every teacher - new AND veteran alike! This blog post will outline ideas and strategies you can use to build relationships with your students and their families in those first few weeks of school. It'll take just a few extra minutes of your busy day, but the end result will be more than worth your time. Great ideas for the preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade teacher to using during back to school!

So where do I begin?

You genuinely need to be concerned and interested in what is going on in each of your kiddo's lives. A few simple steps will help your students know that you are concerned and care about them. 

First and foremost - SMILE! Greet your kiddos in the morning with a smile as they walk through the door of your classroom. It's easy to use student arrival time as an opportunity to chat with other teachers or finish up some last minute task, but taking the time to greet your students lets them know that you're happy to see them and happy they came to school. As a bonus, saying a simple phrase like "I'm so happy to see you!" will only support your smile.

Secondly, GET TO KNOW your students. Ask them questions! A great beginning of the week question is "What did you do this weekend?" Spend five minutes on Monday morning listening to their stories. {This is great for developing oral language and taking turns!} 

If a student receives a special award from an after-school activity (such as soccer of baseball), invite them to bring it in and share it with the class. At the beginning of the year, have students bring in pictures of their family. These can be displayed throughout the year. Young students love to tell you stories and share about what's going on in their lives and this just makes your relationship with them strong!

Learning how to build relationships with students is essential for every teacher - new AND veteran alike! This blog post will outline ideas and strategies you can use to build relationships with your students and their families in those first few weeks of school. It'll take just a few extra minutes of your busy day, but the end result will be more than worth your time. Great ideas for the preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade teacher to using during back to school!

Another great way to get to know your students is to spend time with them. I know mornings can be a busy time, but consider spending a few minutes before class starts interacting with your students. As they get settled, walk around and have short, one to two minute conversations with a few of them one on one. Bend down and get on their level. Pick a few different students the next day. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, it can make a world of difference and it lets them know you care.

Mornings are also the perfect time to spend a few minutes one-on-one with those couple students who need positive attention. Encourage them to have a good day and follow the rules. Maybe set a small goal together. Rather than acting out to get your attention in a negative way, they start their day with positive attention from you. This is going to show them you care and makes a big deposit in that bank account of trust you are growing!

We all need to eat, and kids LOVE to eat with their teacher! Now I know that lunch is the time we make copies, run to the bathroom, and just take a deep breath. But one or two days a week or even a month, consider inviting a small group of students to eat lunch with you in the classroom. Lunch time is the perfect time to have casual conversations with the kiddos in a relaxed, comfortable environment. What a great way to get to know your littles than over a fun lunch! Not only will you build a relationship with your students while filling their tummies, you'll create an environment  where your kiddos feel loved and safe!

Another key on how to build relationships with students are using positive comments. This is probably one of the easiest to implement. Say something like, "I love your shirt," "Wow, your handwriting looks beautiful!" or I am so proud of how you.....!" These are just a few examples of how positive comments can help build relationships among your littles.

I would add that being specific in your positive comments is critical! Your compliment means more when you are specific. Rather than saying, "Great job lining up," say, "I love how you went to the door without talking to your neighbor!" This lets the students know exactly what they did right so they will want to repeat the behavior. But it also encourages the rest of the class to follow in that positive behavior without pointing out the negative behaviors. This of course is much easier to accomplish and for the kids to react to if the relationship is already forming!

Learning how to build relationships with students is essential for every teacher - new AND veteran alike! This blog post will outline ideas and strategies you can use to build relationships with your students and their families in those first few weeks of school. It'll take just a few extra minutes of your busy day, but the end result will be more than worth your time. Great ideas for the preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade teacher to using during back to school!

There's one more piece on how to build relationships with students, even though it doesn't actually have anything to do with the classroom. Regardless, it's still important. Make positive parent contacts. This creates a positive relationship between the teacher, student, and parent. And if you have that positive relationships built on trust, it makes working together so much easier. Making a positive parent contact early on will help make any negative contact you may have to make later in the yer go much more smoothly. 

Simply calling, texting, or emailing a parent to tell them their child has done something super that day (while being specific) will work to create a positive home relationship that will help make for a stronger partnership and a productive school year. 

So smile, ask questions, have a special lunch, be specific on what you like that your kids are doing, and you will develop a relationship built on trust! Incorporating these small, simple steps into your day creates the type of learning environment students can thrive in and really makes an impact.

Plus your students will remember you for years to come!


Thanks so much for reading along. Best of luck to you this year as you work to build relationships with students. :)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Letter Recognition and Alphabet Activities for Kindergarten

Learning recognition and letter sounds are such an important skills for students to master. It's just about impossible to teach students to write or read if they haven't mastered those two skills. They need to know it and they need to know it well. As Kindergarten teachers, we spend a ton of time the first few weeks and months of school build this foundation. We work day in and day out to strength and solidify these important skills. 

Even though these may seems like an easy thing to teach, it doesn't come easy for some kiddos and they struggle to master the skills. As teachers, it's our job to provide lots of different opportunities for students to practice these beginning skills. This is where having a variety of resources that we can easily pull from comes in handy.  I am so excited about this latest resource. It includes SO many activities that you can easily prep and add to your bag of tricks. 

But let's back up for a second. Before we just jump in and start teaching letters, I think it's a good idea to determine what our students already know, don't you? This is how we show growth! I put together this little letter assessment freebie for you. It includes student uppercase and lowercase pages and a teacher recording page. 

There are two versions of the student page: a black /gray and white version and a color version. The lines are different colors to make it easier for students to track the print. I just slide the two student pages in back-to-back in a page protector and it makes a quick assessment a breeze!

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

You can download this freebie by clicking on the picture below.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

This alphabet bundle includes nine different resources to help your students practice and build their letter recognition skills. The activities are either super low prep or no prep at all. 


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

 Students use mini erasers to form the uppercase and lowercase letters on the mat. They'll use a dry erase marker to trace the letter at the button. You could also use plastic linking cubes {or any small classroom manipulatives} with this activity if you're short on mini erasers.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

 This activity is similar to the one above, but students are having to form the uppercase and lowercase letters on their own. Again, you could use other types of manipulatives as well.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

This is the third activity in the packet. This is a great activity for a guided reading group as you introduce letters. 


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

This activity, called Find and Cover, presents letters in a variety of fonts. This will help students begin to recognize letters in a variety of settings, such as environmental print. Students will need red, orange, yellow, green, and blue plastic cubes to complete this activity. And can we say hooray for easy prep?! Just print, slide in page protectors, and add some plastic cubes. DONE!

This packet includes six different types of Write the Room activities. Each activity has more than one version so you're not constantly re-explaining the directions. Here's a peak at some of the activities.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students will count the uppercase letters on the card. They will find the matching lowercase letter on their paper and record how many uppercase letters they counted. There are two recording sheets for this activity {A - M and N - Z}. Note: This activity only uses numbers 1 - 5.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Similar to the activity above, students will count the lowercase letters on the card. They will find the matching uppercase letter on their paper and record how many letters they counted. There are two recording sheets for this activity as well {A - M and N - Z}. Note: Numbers 1 - 10 are included in this activity.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students will identify the shape on the card and match it to the one of their paper. They will write the uppercase and lowercase pair on their paper. There are two color-coded version of this activity included.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

For this activity you'll want to put the letter cards near the picture cues on the paper. Students will find the matching objects in the classroom and record the letter pair. There are three color coded versions for this activity included.


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

This is fun little activity for whole group activity. There are five different year-round themed sets of letter cards and corresponding "special" picture cards. You'll put the letter cards {uppercase or lowercase} in a pocket chart and hide the secret cards behind a few of the letters. Students will take turns guessing which letters the secret cards are hiding behind. 

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Lowercase letters are included in all five themes as well. 

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Also included are two optional prediction pages. Students can write down which letter or letters they think the cards are hiding behind. 

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

I also included a few sorting mats so you can use this as a sorting activity as well.

You could also pass out some of the uppercase and lowercase cards to students and have them find their matching partner.

This packet includes five different types of games. Each game has multiple versions, so students can play multiple times without having to re-explain directions. Here's a peak at three of the games.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students play with a partner. They will roll the cube, count the dots, and cover the corresponding lowercase letter on their game board. The first player to cover all of the letters is the winner. 

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

This game works great during guided reading or in an adult led small group. Students will select a card. If the student identifies the letter correctly they get to cover a picture on their game board. The first player to cover all of the pictures is the winner...just be careful not to pull an AlphaBAM card! Four different themes are included.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students play with a partner and try to be the first to cover four in a row with this activity. You could also use this as a fast finisher activity and have student work independently to cover the lowercase letter after they spin {I wouldn't cut the page apart if you're using it this way.}


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students will match the uppercase and lowercase letters. This activity also works great in a pocket chart!

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

An optional recording sheet is included. 

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students can turn over the cards and play a memory matching game using the cards.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Another recording sheet option. Or have students trace the letters as they make a match.


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. In this post you'll find loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students will need red, orange, yellow, green, and blue plastic cubes for this activity. Simply print and slide in a page protector. Students will identify the letters in the color code and cover the matching letters. 28 activity mats are included.


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Another no prep activity...just print on color paper and slide in page protectors! Students roll the cube, count the dots, and use the code to cover an uppercase or lowercase letter.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

If you have mini erasers to match the beginning sounds, use them! 


Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Here's a fun twist on handwriting practice. A black and white version is included along with a color version.

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Students spin the spinner and write the uppercase or lowercase letter. They continue spinning and writing until the page is complete. 

Click on the picture below to check out the BUNDLE

Letter recognition is an important component in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. Stop by and pick up a FREE letter assessment tool. Plus you'll also find in this post loads of ideas for alphabet practice. Easy and practical activities to help teach your Kindergarten students letter recognition. You'll find low prep activities, games, pocket chart activities, printables, and more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! For more alphabet activities, ideas, and freebies check out this post and this post.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Games and Activities for Kindergarten

Last week I shared some summer center ideas and freebies. I'm back today to share some end of the year / summer activities, partner games, and freebies that are so fun for the end of the year or summer school. These are activities are set up a little differently than summer centers. Rather than simply recording their answers, students use dice, spinners, and cubes to complete these activities. Plus being able to work with a partner is also a bonus!

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

First up is this "Summer Spin Off" math freebie.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Students can play with a partner. They each need a game board, small manipulatives {mini erasers work great}, and the spinner to share. Students use a paperclip and pencil to make a spinner. They take turns spinning the spinner. They identify the number that they spun, find the number represented on their board, and cover it.

You can have students play this game as "4-in-a-row". The first player to cover 4 spaces in a row wins. OR the first player to cover all of the spaces on their board is the winner. 

Quick tip: How do students decide who goes first in partner games? Before the game begins, have each student spin the spinner or roll the dot cube. The player that spins or rolls the bigger number {or smaller number...you choose} goes first.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

You can also have students play individually. Students simply spin the spinner and cover the corresponding number on their board.

Next up is a freebie partner game for practicing beginning blends. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Students need a copy of the game board and a dot cube. Players take turns rolling the cube, counting the dots, and using the code at the top of their game board to cover the pictures. If a player rolls a number and all of the pictures have been covered, they skip their turn. The first player to cover all of the pictures is the winner. 

You can download these freebies by clicking any of the pictures above.

I wanted to share some pictures of the "It's All Fun & Games: Summer Edition" packet. The 35 literacy and math activities included are either no prep or minimal prep. You'll find a wide variety of skills included, so there's something for everyone! The packet includes a mix of no prep activities, independent activities, and partner games.

Because these activities use dice, spinners, and cubes students think they are games and love working on them. Most of the activities in this packet can be used as partner games for students to play learn with one another. All activities include "I Can" visual directions. This packet is one of my favorites for the end of the year because these activities are always well-received by students and keep them engaged.

You'll notice that the set-up and directions for all of the activities are very similar. This is intentional. With the It's All Fun & Games series the activities stay the same, but the skills change. This way you do not have to constantly reexplain the directions. Students become accustomed to the directions and know how to complete the activity.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For this independent activity students spin the spinner and count the watermelon seeds. They record the number and complete the addition sentence. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

This is another activity that students complete independently. Students need a paper clip and pencil to make a spinner. They spin both spinners to create a subtraction sentence and solve. There's also an addition version included. 

The next three pictures are examples of the types of activities that can be played individually or with a partner. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Students working individually on this "Base Ten Color and Count" roll the cube and use the color code to color the matching cup. 

If using this activity for a partner game, students take turns rolling the cube and coloring a cup on their paper. If students roll and all of the cups have been colored, they lose a turn. The first player to color all of the cups is the winner. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

To use this as an individual activity, students spin the spinner and read the number. They find a bubble with the corresponding number of dots. They color the bubble using the color from the spinner. 

If using this activity for a partner game, students take turns spinning the spinner and coloring a corresponding bubble. If they spin a number and all of the bubbles have been colored, the player skips their turn. The first player to color all of the bubbles is the winner. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For "Up, Up, and Away" students roll the cube and find the corresponding number on the cloud. They color the cloud using the color code. This activity can also be turned into a partner game by providing each student with their own recording sheet and having them take turns recording their answers. If a player rolls a number and all of the clouds have already been colored, they lose a turn. 

Quick Tip: You could also slide any of these recording sheets in a page protector and have students mark their answers with plastic linking cubes or mini erasers. 

Here's a sample of some of the literacy activities. Just like the math activities, these can be completed individually, as shown. Or students can play these as a game with a partner and take turns spinning the spinner or rolling the cube. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

That magic e can be tricky, so here's an activity to help! Students spin the spinner and say the name of the picture. They find the matching word on their paper and use the color code to color the popsicle. 

Or turn this into a game by having students take turns spinning and coloring or covering the answer on their recording sheet. Just like with the math activities, if a student spins a picture and all of the popsicles have been colored, they skip their turn. First player to color all of the popsicles is the winner. 

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Beginning and ending digraph practice. Use this as individual practice or a partner activity. Picture names for all ELA activities are included in the packet.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

With "Spin a Blend" students spin the spinner and use the color code to color the pictures with the matching beginning blend. Or turn it into a partner game! 

For any of the partner activities above, you can slide the recording sheet in a page protector and play as a "BUMP" game. Students will need their own set of manipulatives to cover their answers. 

BUMP Directions: Students take turns rolling the cube or spinning the spinner and covering a corresponding answer with their manipulative. Students can either cover a new picture or BUMP their opponent off and place their game piece on top of the picture. If a player rolls/spins the same number/blend/picture/etc without being bumped off, they can stack their manipulative {think of a "king" in checkers} and can no longer be bumped off. The game is over when all of the spaces have been filled. The player with the most spaces covered is the winner.

The next two activities are ones that students complete independently.
Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

For "Draw a Word" students spin the spinner and read the word family. They write a word from the word family on their paper and draw a picture to match.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

I love this activity for a writing center. Students spin the spinner to determine which picture or "topic" they are going to write about. Students create and record a simple sentence and draw a picture to match.

You can check out all 35 activities in this Summer Activities and Partner Games for Kindergarten.

Looking for some learning games to keep your Kindergarteners engaged at the end of the year or during summer school? Check out the math and literacy freebies and ideas in this post. You'll find activities to keep your kiddos on task and having fun!

Or you can find this packet in the 2nd It's All Fun & Games BUNDLE.

Thanks so much for reading about these summer activities and partner games!