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Easter Activities for Kindergarten

Hi friends!
Sorry this is coming so late, but I figured better late than never!

I'm re-sharing some of my favourite Easter activities from previous years and also sharing some new ones we tried this year! I hope you can use some of these ideas either next week or next year.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES:

1. CVC CRACK & SCRAMBLE


My kiddos LOVED this centre this year! Each CVC word letter tile and corresponding picture is in a different colour so the tiles/pictures won't get mixed up.  I put each set in an Easter egg that is the same colour as well.  Students open an egg, look for the picture, identify the word, unscramble the letters and write the word on the recording sheet.  I though it might be a little bit tricky but even my JK's were rocking it at this centre!  This centre is included in my Kindergarten Easter Activities pack on TpT.

2. EASTER EGG SPRINKLE WRITING TRAY


Writing trays are great because they are so versatile!  For this tray, I used Wilton Sprinkles - Colorful Egg Mix that I found in the baking section at Walmart.  We added letter cards in the mornings and number cards in the afternoons.  You can grab these letter cards here.

3. DECORATE & DESCRIBE


I found this awesome felt Easter egg decorating kit at Dollarama for only $2 and knew I had to have it! So I made this recording sheet to go with it.  Students were invited to decorate the egg and then record and describe their egg when they were finished.  I thought this one might be a little tricky too but my kids did such a great job with it! I know not everyone might have the same things in their egg decorating kit so I included an editable version in my Easter activities pack.  Or there is an option to decorate the egg right on the paper.

4. MY BOOK OF EASTER WORDS


My kids love these thematic books and I love them because almost all of my students can complete them independently.


You can grab this Easter word booklet here.

5. MAGNETIC EGG SIGHT WORDS


I got this idea from Marsha at Differentiated Kindergarten and my kids loved it! I picked some sight word cards, wrote the letters needed on the eggs and then a magnet in the egg and held it in place with some plasticine.


You can grab the sight word cards you see above here.

6. EASTER WRITING

After reading the story "The Littlest Bunny: An Easter Adventure" by Lily Jacobs we prompted the kids to write about where they would hide their eggs if they were the Easter Bunny! They came up with some good ideas!

This one was my favourite:


"If I was the Easter Bunny I would hide my eggs at school under Miss Naka's desk."


In case you need some context, I store a lot of things under my desk and it is almost always a huge gong show.. This girl definitely knows what makes a good hiding spot! lol

7. SIGHT WORD FLIP & TRACE


I put this centre out last year and it was a hit this year as well! Students flip the foam shapes, read the sight word, find it on the recording sheet and trace it.  The first week (above) I laminated the recording sheet and the students traced with a dry erase marker.

The second week (below) we switched to the foam bunnies and I set them out with paper recording sheets and  coloured markers that matched the colour of the bunnies.  Little changes goes a long way in making an activity seem new again!


I grabbed these foam shapes at Dollar Tree.  
You can grab these recording sheets by clicking on the image below:

MATH ACTIVITIES:

1. EASTER EGG NUMBER MATCH

My kids loved this centre again this year! I wrote numbers 1-20 on one half of the eggs and corresponding dots for 1-10 and tally marks for 11-20.  Students dug through the Easter grass, found the matching halves and put them in their baskets.


2. EGG TRAY RACE

This one was a hit from this year! This is a partner game.  The kids take turns rolling the dice (which I made by writing on a small wooden cube) and adding or subtracting that many eggs into or from their tray.  The first person to fill their tray is the winner.  A lot of my kids need practice differentiating the plus and minus sign so this was perfect for practicing that in a fun way! I wrote +2 (twice), +1 (twice), -1 and -2 on the dice.


3. EASTER EGG PATTERNING


Remember the felt eggs I used for the "Decorate & Describe" centre I shared above? Well Easter egg decorating pack I bought came with a ton of felt Easter eggs so I decided to put them out for patterning!


They had the option to record their patterns in these patterning books.  This is also included in my Easter activities pack on TpT.

4. EGG-CELLENT EASTER STICKER COUNT

This is another idea I got from Differentiated Kindergarten's April Fine Motor Morning Work Stations blog post.  The kids decorate the outline of the Easter egg with stickers and count how many of each kind and how many stickers they used all together and record that at the bottom of the page.  I wanted to be able to use most of the stickers so I made a second sheet that has hearts, gems, and bunnies.


I bought my sticker book (pictured above) at Wal-Mart.

You can grab the printable with the hearts, gems, and bunnies by clicking here or on the image below.  The first sheet with eggs, birds and flowers can be download from the blog post mentioned above!

OTHER:

1. EASTER PLAY DOUGH


I love setting out play dough with loose parts because it promotes creativity, fine motor development and oral language.  The kids enjoyed creating their own chicks and bunnies with the materials provided in this tray!

2. EASTER BUILDING CHALLENGE


I got this awesome Easter building idea from Pocket of Preschool.  The kids loved building a house for the Easter Bunny and engaging in pretend play at the block centre!  I set out the invitation to build with a bunny, Easter eggs, carrots and some chicks (not pictured) and flowers (not pictured).  This one was a huge hit!

3. EASTER EGG PRINTING


Here is another idea I got from Pocket of Preschool.  Students were invited to make print art with Easter egg halves and paint.  So simple but the kids loved this new way of painting!

I hope this post gave you some ideas to use around Easter to engage your kids in learning! The printables that were not offered as a freebie in this post are all in the pack below.  Click here on the image below if you are interested in checking it out!


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have a great long weekend!

- Yukari
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Five for Friday: April 7

Hi guys! I hope you had a great week with your kids! I'm here to share 5 activities my kids have been enjoying this week :)

1. MY BOOK OF EASTER WORDS


My kids always love these thematic word booklets! They are simple enough for them to complete independently and a great way to encourage them to work on their printing.


You can grab these booklets by clicking here or on the image below:


2. EGG-CELLENT EASTER STICKER COUNT

I saw this idea on Differentiated Kindergarten's April Fine Motor Morning Work Stations blog post and knew I had to try it too! The kids decorate the outline of the easter egg with stickers and count how many of each kind and how many stickers they used all together and record that at the bottom of the page.  I wanted to be able to use most of the stickers so I made a second sheet that has hearts, gems and bunnies.  


I bought my sticker book at Wal-Mart.

You can grab the printable with the hearts, gems and bunnies by clicking here or on the image below.  The first sheet with eggs, birds and flowers can be downloaded from the blog post mentioned above!

3. ROLL & ADD/SUBTRACT EASTER EGGS


After we learned addition and subtraction I realized a lot of my kids were mixing up the plus and minus signs! So I came up with this game to help them practice distinguishing them.

This is a partner game.  Each partner gets an egg tray.  Partners take turns rolling the dice and adding or subtracting that many eggs from the tray.  I wrote +1 (twice), +2 (twice), -1 and -2 on a wooden cube to make a custom dice for this game.  The first person to fill up the tray is the winner!  The kids loved this game and played it over and over!

4. MAGNETIC EASTER EGG SIGHT WORDS


Here is another fine motor centre I copied from Marsha over at Differentiated Kindergarten. The eggs stay up right and stick to the cookie sheet because there is a magnet in it! You put a magnet in the tray and hold it in place with some plasticine. #brilliant


The kids are asked to take a sight word card and use the bunny tongs to grab the eggs they need and build the word.  They loved this centre! I bought the bunny tongs at Party City.

If you are interested in the sight word cards I'm used here, you can grab them by clicking here or on the image below:


5. "YOUR" SIGHT WORD MINI BOOK

Our sight word this week was "your" so we set out these mini books for them to practice with.

On the cover, students write their name, trace the word with their finger, trace the word with a pencil and then write the word on their own.


Next, they open up the book and trace "your" on the left hand side and write "your" on the line on the right hand side.


On the last page, they find and colour the circles with "your" in them.  Then they count and write how many times they found the focus sight word.


You can grab this printable to use with your class for free! Click here or on the image below to grab it!

I'm linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky.  You can click on the image below to check out more posts:


I hope you were able to grab some ideas to use in your classroom! Have a great weekend!
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Five for Friday: March 31

Hi guys! I can't believe it's already the last day of March! Here are some things that we have been up to this week!

1. BRICK BY BRICK LEGO BOOKS

When I saw Antoinette from @shoelacesandsugarcookies post about these lego books on Instagram, I knew they were just what I needed to bring purpose and intention back to our lego centre! Unfortunately, they are only available from Barnes & Nobles and the shipping was a little on the pricey side but the books themselves are a steal for the quality! I also signed up for the e-mail newsletter to get 15% off one of the books.


I love how most things only need simple bricks that I already had!


I also like that it tells you how many of each brick you need.  This encourages the students to practice counting in an authentic way!  They have been loving these books and I can see them being obsessed with creating the items in the books until the end of the year!


If you are interested in purchasing these books, here are the links:


2. "MY" SIGHT WORD BOOKLET

Our focus sight word is "my" this week so I brought back our sight word booklets to place in our writing centre.


For this booklet, I added some vocabulary cards that they could colour, cut out and glue on to the pages.  Then they could use the word on the card to help them complete the sentence.  This helped increase the independence at this centre!


They had the choice to draw their own pictures and write their own words, but they loved cutting and gluing on the pictures I provided them with!

These booklets are in my "Pre-Primer Sight Word Booklets" pack on TpT.  You can check them out by clicking here.

3. PATTERNING WITH COLOURED POPSICLE STICKS

My kiddos need lots of practice with patterning this year so there is our latest patterning invitation.  I invited them to create a pattern with coloured jumbo popsicle sticks!


I added these pattern name cards to encourage the students to create and name patterns and identify the core.  I have added them to my patterning unit on TpT.  If you own it you can redownload it here to get the pattern name cards!

4. NAME BAG TAKE-HOME LETTER

I finally sent home the name bags we made at the beginning of the year and have been practicing with throughout the year.  If you missed it, you can read more about my name bags and grab the free printables from this blog post.

I sent this letter home so that the parents knew they could keep the name bag at home and how to use each component with their child.


I have had such great feedback from the parents since I sent the letter bags home! I'm so happy to hear they have been using the activities with the kids at home :)

This letter has been added to the Name Bag FREEBIE on TpT.  You can click here or on the image below to download it!

5. COMPLETE THE SENTENCE FREEBIE

I'm always trying to think of easy and fun ways for the kids to practice writing their sight words.  Here is a new activity that I came up with!


Students trace and complete the sentences.  They can get the colour words off the word wall to help them print the word.  Then they colour the picture to match to help them remember what colour they wrote.  After they are done, they read it to 3 friends and have the friends write their name in the box at the bottom.  

The kids loved reading their sentences to their friends! I also let them put their sheet on a clipboard when they were ready to read to friends and using a clipboard is a super popular activity in our class so the kids were all over that ;)

You can grab this printable for free to try in your classroom by clicking on the image below:

I hope you will try it in your classroom and the kiddos love it just as much as mine did :)

I'm linking up with Kacey for her Five for Friday link-up.  If you would like to read more Five for Friday blog posts, click on the image below:


That's it for me this week! I hope you were able to grab some ideas to use in your classroom! Have a great weekend!

- Yukari
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What's Working: Independent Writing

Hi friends!

I'm excited to share something that has been working well in my classroom.  I've always struggled with finding something meaningful but low-prep for my high achievers to do while I teach whole group lessons on concepts that they have already mastered.  I want it to be meaningful and challenging, but still independent so that they could complete the work with minimal support.

So in the morning, when we meet as a class and do a whole group lesson on letter names, sounds, simple sight words and read our poem of the week, my PM Benchmark 8+ readers are asked to write.  Last year, I was having this group write about anything they wanted but found that the time was not being used very effectively.  Earlier this year, my teaching partner told me about how she was getting her students to write a response to a book from their book box (independent reading box).  She said that it had been working really well in her class, so I thought I would give that a try!

So this year, their job is to get their book box (independent reading box, which have books at their reading level), pick a book they have read and write a response to the book in their Independent Writing Book.

I used a duo-tang and put a simple label on the front:


And I stapled a sheet with some questions they could answer for both fiction and non-fiction texts and some sentence starters to scaffold their writing for the kids who need it on the front cover.  Most kids start by practicing responding about their favourite part of the book.

I always ask them to start with their name, date and title of the book.


Then they write their sentences.  I'm encouraging this group to write 2+ sentences so I'm giving them 1 page with the space for a picture and 2 pages with just lines after it to give them lots of space to write!


I also added a personal word wall to the back of their duo-tangs.  Here I add words that are misspelled often so that the student can use it as a resource the next time they are writing the word.


At the end of the month I take out all of the pages from that month and staple it to a writing cover for that month.  I have them write their name on it and they can colour the cover if they wish! Then they get to take it home to share it with their families.


I have 5 students who are 8+ (PM Benchmark) and do independent writing daily.  They work for about 15-20 minutes a day while the rest of the class is participating in whole group instruction.  I was hesitant to start this at first... responding to a book seemed like a challenging task!  But they have really blown me away and have exceeded my expectations in terms of independence and being on-task! I try to meet with them each week to check in on their progress and give them some descriptive feedback, do some editing together and set goals during centre time.

What do you think? Do you think this is something that your high achievers might benefit from? I have compiled all of my independent writing printables into one file.  You can check it out on TpT by clicking here or on the images below:



What do you do with your high achievers? How do you extend their learning?

- Yukari
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