The other day I shared with you some of the math centers we work on during the month of January. You can read about that here. Today I’m going to share my winter literacy centers for Kindergarten.
Let me preface this post by saying I likelove am super passionate about teaching anything related to literacy. Learning to read and comprehend is one of the most important skills a child can possess.
A few weeks ago we went on The Polar Express train ride and I was trying to sneak in a conversation about text to self connections with my daughter. After discussing a few connections, she said “mom can’t we just ride the train?!” It’s hard to take that teacher hat off.
As I mentioned in my math post, it is super important to differentiate activities for students. It is even more important to differentiate the activities that students are working on independently.
With that being said, there is often a wide range of skills being worked on during our literacy time… because there is a wide range of independent levels in the classroom.
In this “Beary Beginning Sounds” center students are identifying the beginning sound of the picture and recording the letter. Other students are working on a similar activity to practice ending sounds.
I use bingo dabbers a lot in the classroom. I didn’t realize how much I used them until I started noticing them in almost every picture! They make any activity more fun, which motivates the kiddos to want to work hard. Dabber centers are always the class favorite! If you want to get your own dabbers, you can use my affiliate link and purchase some from Amazon by clicking here.
In “Snowy Syllables” students are saying the name of the picture and dabbing the mittens to show how many syllables are in each word. It’s so sweet to hear them clapping while trying to complete the activity.
Students are working with rhyming words in this picture. They say the name of each picture to determine if the two pictures are a rhyming match. If they are a rhyming match they dab the happy face. If the two pictures are not a rhyming match they dab the sad face.
Real & Nonsense Words
“Super Silly Penguins” practices real and nonsense words. The activity also has sorting mats (not pictured) so we also use this activity in a pocket chart.
In keeping with the bingo dabber fun, in “Polar Pal Vowels” these kiddos are dabbing the CVC word to match the picture.
Short Vowel Sounds
One more bingo dabber center, these little guys are working on distinguishing short vowel sounds in CVC words. Rather than writing the missing vowel sound, you guessed it… they dab it!
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