Five for Friday: November 25

Hi friends!

Welcome to another Five for Friday where I share 5 things from my week!

1. I Like Myself Writing

My teammate shared this activity with me and I knew we had to try it too! My kids loved looking at the mirror and drawing themselves. I set out the book "I Like Myself!" and and the prompt "What do you like about yourself?" to encourage discussion and writing :)

I had a lot of questions on Instagram about the faces. My teammate says they are from Scholar's Choice!

2. Measurement Bulletin Board

Last week we wrapped up measurement so we finally put up our learning on our outside bulletin board.

To show our learning we put out comparing names writing, capacity writing...

hot and cold t-charts and heavy and light t-charts. Some of the girls also decided one day to measure the length of the table using unifix cubes so I documented that as well.

All of the printables you see on the bulletin board can be found here.

3. Tower Building

We learned about 3D figures after measurement. One activity they enjoyed was this tower building activity! Students were encouraged to make a tower and record their tower. I also asked the students to tell me about their tower and documented what their knowledge of 3D figures.

I also challenged some of them to find all of the different ways they could build the tower using the figures they were given!

If you want to try this activity with your class, you can grab the sign and recording sheet by clicking here or on the image below:

4. Sight Word Play Dough

Most of my kiddos this year have learned most of their letters and sounds already but they still love play dough so I wanted to make something a little more challenging than the alphabet play dough mats I had been setting out.

So I made these:

I like them because the kids who are still working on letters can still practice forming them and identifying them but the kids who are ready can start to practice making sight words! I also added the "read it" section at the bottom. I used pre-primer sight words and a picture cue so that it would be easily decodable by emergent readers.

If you would like to grab these mats, you can find them in my TPT store.

Click here or on the image below to check them out!

5. Literacy Assessment Binder

So many of you have been asking about my literacy assessment binder after I shared my numeracy assessment binder. You can read that post if you are interested here.

Truth be told, my literacy assessment binder is nearly not as comprehensive. But I thought I'd still share in case it is helpful to somebody.

In my inside pocket I keep my Reading Progress Letters that I send home after I do running records (with the SK's and the JK's who are ready) to help parents understand their child's areas of need and what they can do at home to support them.

Our board's expectation is a PM Benchmark level 6 at the end of Kindergarten, so that is stated on the sheet.

You can grab the Reading Progress letter for free by clicking here or on the image below:

The back of the reading sheet are the reading strategies. Often times I will write a reading strategy to practice on the front and then highlight the strategy on the back.

You can find this sheet in my Reading Strategies pack on TPT here.

The first thing I have in my binder is this clear binder pouch where I keep the letters/sight words my intervention kids are working on. I put 10 letters or sight words on their ring at a time and they practice them for a week. I check their rings once a week and if they have mastered the letter/word it gets a checkmark and I take it off the ring and replace it with a new word/letter from this pouch.

The printables for the letter and sight word rings can be found in the packs below:

The tabs I have in my literacy assessment binder are:

- Whole Class Data
I keep a whole class data sheet of:
1. Letter ID (Uppercase)
2. Letter ID (Lowercase)
3. Letter Sounds
4. Running Records
This helps me see general progress and needs of the whole class.

- Letter ID

I assess all kids on their letter ID at the beginning of the year and reassess as needed throughout the year. I keep track of this using the sheet below (included in the alphabet ring pack above).

- Oct - Concepts of Print
- Nov - Hearing Sounds in Words
- Dec - Word Test
- Jan - Writing Vocal

The four tests above are all taken from Mary Clay's Observation Survey. We submit this data to our admin each month. I keep the originals in each tab.

- RR - Sept
- RR - Oct
- RR - Nov
- RR - Dec
- RR - Jan
- RR - Feb
- RR - Mar
- RR - Apr
- RR - May
- RR - Jun

Each month I do running records with the kids who are reading. They go into each tab by month.

- Writing - Term 1
- Writing - Term 2

Although I am assessing during guided writing, through inquiry writing etc. I also make sure I pull out my writing rubric and assess at least one piece of writing at the end of term 1 and term 2. I staple the writing to the rubric and keep a copy in my assessment binder. My writing rubric can be found here.

- Intervention Planning/Tracking

I keep my tracking sheet for my sight words here so I can highlight them as they master the words on their sight word ring. These can be found in my sight word ring resource above.

I try to highlight in a different colour each week so that I can see how much progress they are making week to week.

I get a lot of questions about the printables I use in my literacy binder.  I pulled them from various files originally, but I recently put them all in one place.

You can find the bundle by clicking here or on the image below:

That's it from me this week!

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  1. How do you get the freebies? When you click "on the image below" it only allows you to pin the image, rather than direct you to the freebie or link!

    1. If you click more to the side of the image (rather than in the middle) it will send you to the page where you can download the files in google drive. I will also go back and add links in the text so you can download them easier. Please check back in about 10 minutes or try what I have suggested above!

    2. Ok I went and added text links but also disabled the pin it button on the download images. I hope this will make it easier to download the files now!

  2. I the activity with the book I Like Myself. Do you read the book before you send the students to the center? Where do you get the little signs?