Spring Activities for Kindergarten

Earlier this month I posted the latest edition of 6 Pack Centers. This time, the theme is Spring - specifically spring activities for Kindergarten! I think spring activities might be one of my favorites to make. It's a reminder that the snow will soon be melting and warmer days are on the way.

These 6 Pack center packets include 6 centers {3 literacy and 3 math} and 6 follow up no-prep practice pages. The practice pages are great for morning work, small group work, sub tubs, remediation, or homework. The recording sheets come with answer keys, teacher friendly directions, and "I Can" visual direction pages for the kiddos. Here's a sneak peek of what's included in the 6 Pack Centers: Spring Edition!

Students complete the number bond by determining how many more are needed to make the whole number. I included frog counters which can be printed on card stock and then laminated for durability.

Here we are working on teen numbers. There's ten bugs in the jar and some bugs got out! Students need to determine how many bugs there are in all by counting groups of 10 and the extra bugs.

I really love when you can practice two or more skills with one activity. Here students count the number represented by the ten frame and record the number in the box with the little flower. They count back to fill in the numbers that come before.

In several of my monthly centers packs I have an activity called "Secret Code Sight Words". I have received so many requests to make more of those activities and to make them for CVC words too. {I'm working on Secret Code packets, but thought I would also include some individual activities in these smaller center packs.}

Secret Code Words are so fun and are without a doubt are always a class favorite! Students identify the beginning sound of each picture to spell a CVC word. Next, they read the word and match the picture to the card. To show their answer, they record the secret CVC word on the recording sheet. {Note: There is a beginning sound reference page included.}

We are blending onset and rime in this Make a Word activity. Students will blend the onset on the top of the rainbow with each ending on the clouds. They will determine which makes a real word. On their paper, they will record the real word and draw a picture to match. {Note: I have the kiddos put a snap cube on the ending that makes a real word. This way they don't forget which one they chose as they are recording their answer.}

And finally, we have the activity called Change the Sound. Students read the CVC word written in the clouds on top, then they change the beginning sound to spell the new CVC word shown in the sun. To show their work, they record the new word on their paper.

Here's one of the no-prep follow up pages for the Change the Sound activity. It's identical to the actual center activity which means less re-explaining!

It's perfect as one of your spring activities for Kindergarten!

This is the follow up activity for the Make a Word center. Students color the cloud to show which ending makes a real word. They write the word on the line and glue the picture on to match.

The secret code pictures in this follow up activity correspond to the ones used in the center activity so the beginning sounds reference sheet works for this page too.

Here's a math follow up activity. Student roll a die and record the number in one of the lily pads. Then they solve to determine the missing number. I used the theme counters for this activity too!

Click on picture below to check out the 6 Pack Centers for Spring! Be sure to download the preview for another peek at the activities, the "I Can" cards, the teacher direction pages.

If you take pictures in your classroom of this resource in action, I would love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram {@theprintableprincess} or send them to me on my Facebook page or via e-mail {theprintableprincess@yahoo.com}.

Thanks for reading along as I shared my spring activities for Kindergarten.

Comparing Numbers Spring Freebie

Have you noticed that I love shopping and seasonal activities for the classroom? Luckily that means great freebies for you, like this comparing numbers spring freebie. I hope you and your students love it as much as mine do!

I found these adorable jelly bean erasers at Target a few weeks ago. They were in the Dollar Spot section, so I had to get several packs (of course!). Each pack contains 20 erasers in 5 different colors. I love the little faces on them. Aren't they the cutest?!

My first thought was to put various colors in the plastic eggs that I bought at Hobby Lobby (hello 50% off!) and have students graph the colors. But the more I started thinking about it, I thought a comparing numbers activity would be a fun twist! This activity is similar to the Reindeer Games freebie that I shared back in December.

To prepare this comparing numbers spring freebie activity I put various amounts of jelly bean erasers in each egg. {If you don't have these erasers, no worries, you can use real jelly beans, or any type of small erasers or small manipulatives.} Be sure to use several of the same color eggs so students don't know how many objects are in the egg. You'll need to print the game mat and add some bingo dabbers or crayons. Students can play with a partner or a small group.

To play the comparing numbers spring freebie game, each student selects an egg from the basket. They open the egg and count the number of objects inside. The student with the least amount of jelly beans wins that round. They dab {or color} a circle on their game board to show they won that round.  {Note: with this activity you can decide if you want students to practice identifying the number that is the least or the greatest.}

Then they put the objects back in the egg and return the eggs to the basket. They take a different egg and repeat the process of counting and comparing. The player with the least amount in the next round dabs their game mat, and so on.

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They continue counting, comparing, and dabbing until one player has filled their entire game board.

You can download the game mat and directions by click on the picture below.

If you take pictures in your classroom of these ideas or resources in action, I would love to see them! Please tag me on Instagram {@theprintableprincess} or send them to me on my Facebook page or via e-mail {theprintableprincess@yahoo.com}.

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St. Patrick's Day Activities for Little Learners

Earlier this month I shared with you some fun DIY word family hats that are perfect for St. Patrick's day.  Today I'm back and sharing some read aloud ideas and fun classroom activities - St. Patrick's Day activities for little learners

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Read Alouds are one of my favorite times of the day. I usually do a real aloud after lunch and/or recess. Usually our read alouds correlate to a holiday, theme, or author we are studying...and sometimes, they are just for fun! As a classroom teacher it is so important that you make time to sit and read to your students. Kids love to be read to. There might be a child in your class that doesn't ever get read to, so always make time to read...and read for fun! Pictured above are some of my favorite read alouds for St. Patrick's day.

The other day I was at Party City and took a quick stroll down the St. Patrick's day aisle. I couldn't believe how much St. Patrick's day stuff they had! A lot of it was perfect for the classroom! Normally I stock up on seasonal items in the Dollar Spot at Target. But I wasn't having much luck finding St. Patrick's day stuff. Thankfully Party City came to my rescue! The items were a little more than \$1, but I thought the prices were still pretty good! Now my St. Patrick's Day activities for little learners can be a total hit this March!

With the exemption of the small shiny coin in the bottom left corner which came from Hobby Lobby (40% off!!) the rest came from Party City. The stamps were \$4, the black cauldrons were \$4 (but they are SO hard to find..and I can pull them out again at Halloween!) and the rest of the items were between \$2-\$4.

I found these St. Patrick's day erasers there too. They were \$4, but you get 144 of them! There's so many uses for them, but I thought they would be great to use for graphing!

If you want to shop from the convenience of home, you can buy them directly from Party City

We usually graph cereal, but I thought it would be fun to mix it up and graph erasers. I'm big on theme erasers so my kids always look forward to using them. It's like Christmas when new erasers appear!

To prepare this activity, I put some erasers in a little cauldron (so sorry, that didn't make it into the picture) and then we sort the erasers on a paper plate. I find it's a good idea to give kids work space boundaries when there's lots of little pieces involved. A paper plate works great for this! Students sort the pieces, graph their findings, and then use their graph to answer questions on the right.

This is a fun little partner game is similar to the winter version that I blogged about here. Students play with a partner or small group. They take turns spinning the spinner and placing that many manipulatives on their game board. The first person to reach 30 wins, Towards the end of the game, students need to spin the exact number on their game mat to finish the game. So if they have 28 and they spin a 2, they lose a turn. Same with the number 29, they need to spin a 1 in order to win the game!

You can download the game mat by click on the picture below.

This is one of my favorites!

I used gold coins to make a real and nonsense word sort. I took a Sharpie marker and wrote real and nonsense CVC words on the coins and put them in a cauldron. (Just a tip...go slow when you're writing on the coins, the raised image on the coin was a little challenging to write over). The students read the word to determine if it is a real word or a nonsense word and then record it on their paper. This is such a cool center just because of the shiny coins and cauldron.  You can cut yellow circles from construction paper, if you don't have coins. Or use my affiliate link to grab some gold coins from Amazon.

You can download the recording sheet by clicking on the picture below.

Here's one to get your kiddos up and moving.

Who's still practicing those CVC words? We practice and practice and practice some more. I made some shamrocks using the die-cut machine. (You could use foam shamrocks or these cutout shamrocks from Amazon too). To make this activity, program shamrocks with the CVC words to match the pictures on the paper. Students hunt the room looking for the shamrocks and then record the CVC word next to the matching picture.

Here's some other festive activities. These are from the St. Patrick's Day edition of my 6 Pack center series. I am loving this series because they have 3 literacy centers, 3 math centers, and 6 no-prep practice pages to reinforce the centers included in the pack. Each activity also includes teacher friendly directions and "I Can" visual direction pages for students.

Students color the shamrocks on their recording sheet to match the ones on the activity card. They count each color of shamrock and record how many of each color on their paper.

In the square marked with the shamrock, students record the number represented by the ten frame. They count to fill in the numbers that come before and after.

Students begin counting with the number on the pot of gold and use the coins to count on. They record the addition sentence on their paper. There's two levels included, allowing you to differentiate. The easier level is pictured above.

Students identify the beginning digraph sound. They color the box to show the beginning digraph sound and then record the digraph on the line. You could have students record the entire word as well.

For this activity students say the names of the pictures on the card to determine the two pictures that rhyme. They record the two rhyming words on their paper.

Some short vowel practice here. Students sort the pictures by the middle vowel sound and then record the CVC words on the lines.

Also included in the 6 pack centers are six no-prep follow up practice pages. This way you have some resources to provide your kiddos with some extra practice. You could also use these for morning work, homework, or a sub tub. Here's two samples of what those look like.

Students color the small circles on the spinner to create their own color code (this alone is a HUGE hit). They use a paperclip and a pencil to make a spinner. They spin the spinner and color a picture with the matching digraph sound using their personal color code.

Students cut apart the ten frame pictures and glue them in order from 11-20.

Click on the image below to check out the St. Patrick's day edition of 6 pack centers!

Thanks for reading along as I share the fun of my St. Patrick's Day activities for little learners!

Word Family Hats Freebie (for CVC words)

During this time of year we really focus on CVC words. That's why today I want to share with you our word family hats!

We work hard to move past /c/ /a/ /t/ --> cup to /c/ /a/ /t/ ---> cat. It's so fun to watch the pride on their little faces when they finally get it. We do a lot of word family practice so that kids learn "if I can spell..., then I can spell..."

For instance, if they can read and write hat, then they can read and write: cat, mat, rat, sat, etc. just by changing the first letter. Showing students the connection between the words seems to make the process less intimidating and in the end, makes them more successful.

I made this little hat activity to practice word families and CVC words. It's super easy to put together. I printed the hat template on card stock

(I used green card stock for our word family hats so that I can use it for St. Patrick's day, but you can use any color you'd like). Using them for Halloween? Use orange! Valentine's day? Use red! Easter? Use pastels! You get the idea!

Just laminate and cut out the hats. I typed the word families on the hats so that they correspond to the word families on the recording sheet. Sometimes I am so picky about my own handwriting, so it's just easier to let the computer do the work for me!

Next, I printed the CVC words on white card stock. (Here's an affiliate link to the cardstock I use - 65# cardstock) I used white because I wanted the words to be easy to read and stand out, but again, you can use any color.

Students will read the word family and then match the CVC strips to the corresponding word family hats.

To show their work, students will record the words on the recording sheet. The first one is done for them so they get the idea of what to do.

For the rest of the word families, they will record the CVC words that correspond to the word family on the hat.

Click the picture below to download the FREE recording sheet, hats, and CVC strips.

Just a little tip...when printing be sure to set your printer setting to "scale to fit" so the border on the recording sheet doesn't get cut off!

Here's another activity idea for working on CVC Word Families. I don't know about your class, but spinners are ALWAYS a hit in mine. When I use spinners, I swear the kids have so much fun that they forget that they're learning too! It doesn't matter the skill, there's just something about spinning that paper clip around and the anticipation of what they'll land on.

I made a CVC packet entirely focused around the concept of spinners. This packet is so easy to prep {which is the part that I love} but is SO fun for the kids! Just print, cut, and laminate the spinner. Print the recording sheet and you're done. There's also an "I Can" chart included.

Students use a paper clip and pencil to make the spinner. After they spin, the say the name of the picture that they spun. They find the matching CVC word on their paper and color it.

My favorite part of this activity is that it's color coded so that I can check their work once they are finished. There's a small dot on the spinner that tells the student what color to color that word.

There's a total of 22 short vowel word families included...that's enough for 22 center activities! Check them out by click on the picture below.

Want to try the activity out with your class? Click on the picture below to download the -en family!

Thanks for reading along! I hope you and your students enjoy the word family hats!