Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Hoppenings

Spring is here or at least it is according to the calendar, right. Things here in the South Subs of Chicago during the early to mid part of Spring is....well, not the prettiest time of year. When you see pictures and books of Spring, you get this idyllic version of grass, small buds on the trees, light jackets, breezy, sunny days for flying kites, and baby birds chirping. Now let me describe what is actually happening; the grass is far from green and is pretty much sopping wet, the trees are bare until May-ish, one day it is 65, but it is cloudy or rainy and super windy, the next is 35 with blinding sun. Last year on the first day of Spring, my husband took me to Hot Dougs. A somewhat famous hot dog place. We waited in line outside for over an was snowing. The day before was warm and beautiful. Spring in Chicago.

Well, the way I present Spring in my classroom is the idyllic version, no point in making my classroom all brown, wet, and cold. :) I shall attempt to be optimistic...Spring will make an appearance sometime in mid April.

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The Literacy Goods
Beginning Vowel Sounds Sort

Spring Sight Word Find

Rainy Day Sight Word Scramble Cards

Rainy Sight Word

Rainy Day Beginning Blend Match

I Have, Who Has Spring Sight Word Edition

The Crazy Carrots game came from I changed it by making it a C-V-C game instead of letters/sounds.
Crazy Carrots CVC Game

The Math Goods
The Jelly Bean Adding worksheet...if you noticed the first one isn't adding. I have a few students who just aren't ready for adding yet, and I really need to work on developing activities that give them that sense of accomplishment. If you scroll further will see the adding ones with a few different levels.
Jelly Bean Adding and Color Code

These cards can be used to just match the number to the tally, a memory game, or my Hoppers favorite...Go Fish.
Umbrella Number to Tally Match

Rainy Day Subtraction

I buy these cute Bunny Mallows in the Spring. We sort and graph them. I give students a Ziploc Sandwich baggie and let them go to town. The fun part of course is they get to snack on them when they are done :-)

Graphing Marshmallow Bunnies

You can do several things with the What Comes Next Worksheet to offer different levels of differentiation. Here are some options...have students use traditional dice (depending on students level...give 1, 2, or 3 dice), have students use double dice, students can use any of those crazy dice that can have up to 20 sides, or you can make number word dice....OR for the very students who just beg for the challenge...
give them two dice with the actual numbers on them and add them together or give them one dice with numbers on it (one that has between 10-20 sides) and one traditional dice with dots and have them practice counting up.

My Kinder-Hoppers love using dice; however they are always flying off the tables, especially when they are give more than one dice...I will be ordering these very soon!
Dice Domes Deluxe

**Students roll the dice and fill in the first box. Then they write the numbers that follow.
What Comes Next Spring Edition

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