Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Kindergarten RIGOR (Ahhh) and a Sight Word Freebie!

Afternoon all!  (Sigh)... I am so excited... my major paper is completed, not submitted but completed and so it is a HUGE weight off my shoulders!  It's time for a grad school break I think!  (I technically am not really going towards a specific program so in the long run it's probably better I not waste my money!)

Anyways!  I did a post for the PreK and K Sharing blog about increasing rigor in Kindergarten!  You should stop by and read it.  It has practical ways to increase the pace and expectations in your classroom!  And... the REAL definition of RIGOR... it's a must see! 

Along in that post is a Freebie that I am SO excited about!  Sight Word Motions!  Seriously.. how could I have taught 10 years and not thought of this?  Basically, I have specificed a specific motion for each word... why not, we do motions for everything else!  Let me tell you... IT WORKS!  My kids are saying these words on their own in centers and using them more appropriately in writing!  And every time they do, they do the motion.. it makes me cry!  So here is about 20 words as a freebie!  I promise to add more as I go! 

Lastly I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE winter projects!  (And guess what, it meets the expectation of RIGOR!)  We always make snowmen this time of year, but about 5 years ago when 'arts and crafts' was taken way I had to get creative.  So, we make these super cute snowmen, the students write stories for thier bodies, and they assemble in about 20 minutes TOPS!  (Which too if you write the directions on the board is reading and following directions.) 

But the best part about these snowmen is their noses!  I take break off the kids orange crayons and hot glue them on!  They are abosuletly adorable!

So if you want to make these, here are my tips. 
1.  Staple the plates together before hand.
2.  Create tracers (mittens, hats, and boots.)  Show kids to trace them on the backs of pattern paper.
3.  Let kids glue on all the peices except the story, that part is probably best you do.
4.  Hot glue the noses yourself too for safety reasons (just to state the obvious.)  Apply the glue, blow on it, then put the crayon.  If you do this it won't melt and fall. 

Ok... I am off to edit.  Hopefully you found something to use!  Really though.. the sight word thing will change your life!  =)

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