Saturday, January 26, 2013

JOINING NUMBERS and a freebie!

Hello kindergarten friends and families!  We are getting ready to wrap up our unit on addition and we have been busy joining numbers, modeling addition and writing number sentences.

Take a look at Zoo Animal Addition.  I created this activity to help little learners practice joining numbers and recognize symbols for addition...  a plus and equal sign!

Zoo Animal Addition is available on TeachersPayTeachers!
Teacher friends, here is a simple document to help your little learners in joining numbers and developing fluency in adding numbers.  Print the document on card stock, cut out the cards and place in a zippy bag.  Directions are included for at home practice.

Click picture to download!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's time for the FAIR!

Kindergarten Families!

Throughout the next two weeks your child will be participating in FAIR testing.  Please take a look at the FAQ's below to see what FAIR means for you and your child.

1.  What is FAIR?  
The FAIR is a state-wide assessment for grades K-3.  It stands for Florida Assessments for Instruction in reading.  The FAIR is given 3 times throughout the year.  The purpose of the FAIR is to screen, diagnose and plan for reading instruction.  It is just one of the many measures teachers use to see the progress in their students' learning and plan for future instruction. 

2.  What kind of assessments are included in FAIR?
In kindergarten, the FAIR assessments include Letter Name and Sounds, Phonemic Awareness, Listening Comprehension and Vocabulary.   The last FAIR assessment (in April) will include Sight Word Reading and Reading Comprehension.  The assessments are done in a one-to-one setting and take from 5-10 minutes to complete.  

3.  When will parents be notified of student results?
All kindergarten families will be getting a letter that will help parents support their child's growth in reading based on their child's assessment results.  
Click here to for more information!
Specific results can be obtained by scheduling a conference in person or over the phone.   Please email me to schedule a time to meet!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Guest Blog Post: Frosty Addition Craftivity

Kindergarten friends and family!  Welcome to my very first Guest blogger... Crystal from Ms. Jones'Junction.  Be sure to come on over to Hippo Hooray for Second Grade to see my guest blog post! 

Hippo Hooray for Second Grade
Greetings Bloggy Friends!!  This is Crystal from Ms.Jones' Junction!  I am a first grade teacher from South Carolina.   I have been blogging since July and have loved every minute of it... so much that I think Ihave become obsessed.  I just recently reached the goal of 200 Followers....  More about that in a minute!!

I am so excited to be a part ofthe guest blogging exchange -  “New Year, New Ideas, New Possibilities Linky Party, hosted by Stephanie, Stephany, and Kathi of  PrimaryPossibilities.  I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger at Primary Pointe a kindergarten blog.

Well I have a lot to cover so let's dive right in.  I have a cute craftivity/math activity that my firsties will be creating next week when I start my snow unit.  I just love this time of the year, but living in the south now, I don't get to see snow anymore.  It is a rarity if it snows at all in South Carolina.  So I try to bring the  snow to my littles.  They will be creating snow pals and practice some basic math facts at the same time with this Frosty Addition Craftivity:

Click on the picture above to download!

Students will cut out all of the pieces

and form into a snowman

Student will then roll a die two times to create a number sentence. They will then use the commutative property of addition and turn thenumbers around to create switched partners.
for example: 3 + 5 = 8   and  5 + 3 = 8
My students always enjoy doing this activity.  I hope this is something that you can use in your classroom with your students.  I love letting my students have some fun while they are learning!!

Before I go I wanted to let you know that I am also having a 200 Follower giveaway on my blog.

 I will be giving away 20 items from my TN store and some sweet bloggy buds are helping me out with my giveaway so hop over and enter for a chance to win some great prizes!!!

I want to thank Julie for having me as a guest blogger.  Now I am going to check out the other blogs that have joined the linky party!

Have a Super Saturday