Weekly Round-Up: September 15

Hi guys! Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week.  Here are some of the things we've been up to in our class!

1. CO-CREATED NUMBER POSTERS


We finally finished up our co-created number posters! We worked in small groups to write the numeral, the number word, create the number on a ten frame, create the number with our fingers and trace the number formation song.  The number formation song is from Dr. Jean's "Numeral Song".  You can find it on YouTube here or in this very old blog post

2. CO-CREATED ALPHABET POSTERS


We also co-created alphabet posters like last year! Again, it was originally inspired by this post by Anamaria at Wonders in Kindergarten.  We brainstormed things that begin with each letter and either collected them from around the room or I collected them after school.  Then we took the photos together and I printed them at home.

One of my favourite books to read before we brainstorm ideas for our posters is A B See by Elizabeth Doyle.

If you would like the editable template for these posters you can download an editable PowerPoint file by clicking on the link below:


3. WHAT LETTERS CAN YOU FIND?


I got this idea from @exploringandlearninginfdk's Instagram account!  I put some letters in beans and added a sorting tray and tweezers.  I invited students to find letters with the tweezers and put them in the sorting tray.  Students were encouraged to identify the letters and if they could, record the letters on the paper.  The kids really loved this!

3. SIGHT WORD BOOKLETS

We started working on learning sight words this week! Our first sight word was "a".  As extra practice, I introduced these sight word booklets for the students to practice with at the writing centre.

On the cover, students write their name and colour the sight word.


On the second page students trace and print the sight word three times.


On the third and fourth page, students trace the sight word in a simple sentence.
On the fifth and sixth page (not pictured), students write the sight word in a simple sentence.


Maybe it's because I don't put too many worksheet type stuff out but the kids flocked to these booklets! I'm hoping I get the same reaction next week when I add the "I" booklet!

If you are interested in these booklets they are available in my TPT store.  You can grab it in Sight Word Mini Books Set 1 by clicking here or on the image below:


Or you can buy it in the BUNDLE by clicking here or on the image below and save 20%!


4. MAKING LETTERS WITH HWWT


I saw this fantastic provocation on Darla's Instagram account (@darlamyersclass) and knew I had to try it! These HWWT wood pieces are great for little hands and for open ended letter exploration! I got these Wood Pieces for Capital Letters from the Handwriting Without Tears website last year.  You can find them by clicking here.

The letter formation cards are in my TPT store.  You can find them by clicking here.

5. ALPHABET SALT TRAY


A surprise hit were these salt trays! I had them out last year as well and the kids liked them, but my class this year LOVED them! They loved them so much that I quickly made up a number version for them to play with in the afternoon.  The trays are from Dollarama.  The rocks are also from Dollarama and I used a white paint pen to write the letters on them.

That's it from me this week! I hope you were able to find some things you can try in your classroom! Have a great weekend!

- Yukari

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