Monday, April 27, 2015

Word Work Freebie

We have been working on beginning sounds and word families.
Word families are still a little tough for some but most of my kiddos have got beginning sounds.

To grab a free sample of my Spring Word Work pack, click on the picture below.

Morning Work FREEBIE

Greetings friends! I have looked high and low for morning work for my students. There are several great things available online, but I was seeking something more independent for my students. I didn’t want to have to explain each section every day. I created this set to buy me 5-10 minutes each morning to do attendance and lunch count. J My thought process when creating this was to explain the objectives on Monday, and repeat the same concepts for the remainder of the week. Each week has a duplicated worksheet with minimal changes so students can be independent. Each day students will color the day of the week at the top. Since our pacing guides may be different, you can follow your students and choose the week’s work based upon their needs. My goal is that my students will not need to ask me questions past Monday. You can also put these worksheets in a center or send home as homework too. Here is a one week preview FREEBIE for you to try in your classroom. Click the picture to download it. I hope you love it! Best of luck!

Love and virtual hugs,

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Writing Freebie!

Greetings friends! I created this 5 Star Writing page for my students as a self accountability piece. Each morning after completing our morning work, my students write a story on the back of their paper.  I've shared a few examples below. J We usually take one minute to vote on the topic (camping, fishing, storms, etc. ) and I write six vocabulary words on the board to help them with spelling.  The remainder of their writing must be word wall words or words they sound out on their own.  Before turning in their work, I have them check their mini chart to make sure they have completed all stars  of their writing.  This has provided a great visual for this quick writing activity.  During Writer’s Workshop, students get to choose what they write about.  Morning work is teacher directed.  They use the chart for both times. J I have a larger poster on the front board and keep the smaller charts on our supply bench so students can access them at any time. I hope you love this as much as I do! J Click the pictures to take you to the free download. :)

<>< Crystal

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dr Jean Said It Best

Dr Jean posted this fantastic statement that we can all use as a reminder...
of WHAT'S THE POINT of Kindergarten.
Herding Kat's is the creator of the picture version of Dr. Jean's Statement.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Research Freebie!

 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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Closer Look at Close Reads {with a freebie}

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!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ways to Make 10 {freebie packed!}

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!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Plant {Print & Play Pack} FREEBIE

Hi Friends!
This is
Here with another freebie...
that is PERFECT for this time of year.
This freebie printable you can grab...all about PLANTS.
Head to my blog here to read all about the whole unit
and to find out where grab your freebie printable.

Here is a peek at my full unit
which I know you would love to own!

Sending you my blessings on a great week at school!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Writing Strips Freebie!

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! 

Have a great week!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

April Giveaway & Freebies!

 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!