Have you considered jumping into research projects with your primary students? My kindergarten friends were thrilled to choose their own topics and gets started! To help guide your planning and their research...I've made these freebie research templates! Click below to grab them! Have an excellent week :) - - Tara
Hi there! Tara West from Little Minds at Work! Today I am passing along a very detailed and in-depth post ....geared towards kindergarten close reads! If you are looking for a fun and engaging way to bring life back to reader's workshop time - - close reads are where it's at! While there you can also grab these freebie cards for teaching students the strategies to tackle unknown words! Click the image below or HERE to visit my site!
Tara West from Little Mind at Work here! I am stopping by to share with you a new post all about fun and engaging ways to practice combinations of ten! We've been working on addition for a few weeks, but I really wanted to take our focus on making ten!
The following two make ten practice activities are part of the freebie packet that you can download below!
Click on the image below or HERE to head to my blog and download the freebie packet and grab a few more great ideas for your instruction!
Writing strips in the k-1 classroom! An engaging, effective, and independent word writing activity! Writing strips build strong writers! Best of all? They are FUN! Tara West from Little Minds at Work here! I love to use these strips e.v.e.r.y. day in my classroom! We use them back at the guided reading table and the students also use them as a choice during their literacy centers! The kids eat these up and beg for new sets once they've mastered them! I also like to use the writing strips as a way to get the kids started back at the reading table before I make my way back. It usually takes me a minute or so to get all of the students settles into their daily five so I leave the strips back at my table. The students are able to quickly get started on them without me there!
I've made a variety of skills for the strips, but here are a few; CVC, CVCe, blends, digraphs, vowel teams, and CVC/CVCE mixed strips!
I also created a freebie set of strips! I used these strips at the beginning of the year as we were getting started! You can grab these by clicking below!
Hey there! Tara West from Little Minds at Work...I am stopping in to share with you an exciting giveaway going on over on my blog! Each month I like to host a monthly giveaway that will help get you through that month! I also post a couple of monthly freebies!
When you head over to my blog you'll be able to snag these freebie April writing paper!
These springtime opinion story starters are also a freebie download!
After signing up for the giveaway and downloading your freebies, you'll also be able to check out my spring pinspiration board!
You can click on image above or HERE to sign up for the April giveaway!
Did you shrink your students' leprechaun hats yet?? If so, you can swing on into MMMB to grab a freebie to get them thinking and writing! They will draw their hats before and after, then write how they think it happened! You will get the GREATEST ideas from them (albeit not necessarily to scientific!). It is so fun...then it is your choice if you choose to bring science into and explain how it was "likely" done. I opt to let them imagine and figure it out later in life....but it is entirely up to you, as well as the age of your students! Enjoy!