Color Word Match it! FREEBIE

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The very first sight words I teach in the school year are Color Words! I like to start off with them because most kids know their colors (and its a great assessment to see who doesn't!) and you can really do SO much with colors and color words for those first few weeks of school! I made this fun Color Words Match it! for students to practice matching the color words while strengthening their fine motor skills with clothespins. Best of all, it is FREE! 

I love this Match it! set because it can be used as a quick and easy-to-prep center. You could print the color version, or the black and white version and use crayons to color it in to save on printer ink!

 After cutting out the pieces, you will need to attach the color words to the clothespins. You could use double sided tape, glue, or hot glue- especially if you choose to laminate for durability! I love using clothespins in my centers because you can get SO many for super cheap, and students are strengthening their fine motor skills while learning!

To save time, you could also just use a Sharpie and write the words onto the clothespins!

All materials for this center fit perfectly into a gallon sized baggie. It can hold the Match it! circle, half page recording sheet, and the clothespins. That way, both teacher organization and student clean up are super easy.

For the activity, I teach students to reference the color posters I have hanging i my room if they need extra help!

This freebie comes with 2 recording sheet options. This one is 2 to a page and students record the color word under the matching picture.

For the other recording sheet, students use each color word in a sentence.

If your kiddos love this center, they may also love these Phonics Match it! Centers. This Alphabet Match it! with beginning sounds is a great way to review letters and sounds. Click the pictures to check it out. 

I also have a bundle of all of my Phonics Match it! sets. Click to see!

 Grab your FREEBIE by clicking the button below.

Check out the rest of these fun Color activities from some awesome bloggers! The links are below the picture.

Color Word Match It! // The Primary Post
Color Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Coloring Sheets // Playdough to Plato
Color Safari // Literacy with the Littles
Color Hunt Around the Room // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Walking Water Rainbow // The STEM Laboratory
Color Games // Fairy Poppins
Add, Color and Build Flowers // Happy Days in First Grade
Rainbow Train Color Graphing Game // Stay at Home Educator
Color Matching Fish // Teach Me Mommy
Matching Colors and Numbers // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Color Sorting Mats // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Learning Colors Memory Game // Sara J Creations


Butterfly Life Cycle Mini Book Freebie

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Spring is FINALLY here! It's time to get outside and explore for our little ones. One of my favorite Spring activities in the classroom is getting Butterfly larvae so we can watch them grow and change into butterflies! The kids LOVE this activity every year and learning about the Life Cycle of a butterfly. I created this FREE Mini Book to go along with your Butterfly Unit!

I always purchase my caterpillars from Insect Lore. I just discovered that they are actually on Amazon Prime!!! SCORE! The first year I did this, I bought the entire Butterfly Garden, but after you have that, all you'll need each year is the Caterpillars. You can find them here:


Here is one of our beautiful butterflies from last year:

We spend several weeks observing, journaling, and learning all about butterflies in the Spring. It is such a cool process from start to finish for students! They really gain an understanding of the life cycle. This LOW prep Mini Book will be perfect to add to your lessons!

To prep your Mini Books, you need to print one book per student. Each book is only ONE PAGE! That is what I love about Mini Books. They only use 1 sheet of paper, and every student gets to take home a book to read over and over again. You could also print them in color and laminate them to use year after year. 

To fold the books, lay the page flat:
You will fold down once on the middle gray guideline:

And then again on the other gray guideline. That's it! Super easy to prep.

You could also print them in Black and White to allow students to color in each picture.

Grab your Butterfly Life Cycle Mini Book by clicking the button below!

Check out these other bug activities from these awesome bloggers! Links are below the picture. :)

Ladybug Life Cycle Wheel // The STEM Laboratory
Bug Subtraction Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ladybug Editable Sight Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Ladybug One More One Less Activity // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Counting Ants Math Game // Mrs. Jones' Creation Station
Insect Theme Prewriting Practice // Stay at Home Educator
I Spy Bugs Sensory Bin // Teach Me Mommy
Bug Counting Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ladybug Counting Cards 1-20 // Powerful Mothering
Homemade Butterfly Playdough Kit // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Bug Matching Game // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Bug Story Problems // Recipe for Teaching
Bugs: How Many Syllables? // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Bug Theme Bingo Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Ten Frame Game More and Less // Sara J Creations
Buggy Partner Cards // Simplified Classroom


Letter Data System

I don't know about you, but the beginning of the school year for me is always chaotic! I am trying to collect paperwork, make sure all my kids eat, send them home at dismissal correctly, communicate with parents, OH and get to know my students both personally and academically! Our plates are definitely full, so I wanted to create an easy and organized data collecting system that would help me know where they were with their letters and letter sounds right off the bat.

This Letter Data System is one of my biggest "Labor of Loves" that I have worked on. It allows me to  immediately start testing students at the beginning of the year, have them practice their letters, and involve parents right away by using this system.

The system consists of 5 components:
1. Progress Monitoring Tools
2. Student Ring of Letters System
3. Parent Note
4. Student Letter Data Sheets
5. Letter Data Walls

Keep reading to find out how to use each component!

The first component of this product is Progress Monitoring. The dates on this form are editable so you can test students as often as you need. My goal is to always test weekly at first- so I can tell who is really growing and who needs more remediation. This tool is especially great for RTI kids when you need to pull data for them. I keep all of my kid's assessments in my data binder for quick reference when we are working in small groups.

As a way for students to keep track of the letters they know and don't know, we use their Ring of Letters. I try to keep 2-3 letters they DON'T know on the ring for practice. They slowly build up the amount of cards they have to go over as they learn their letters. The cover pages for these Rings are editable so you can add your kid's names.

My FAVORITE part about this system is the Parent Note. This is a quick way to let parents know about their child's progress.

Students love tracking their own data with these Data Sheets that they can color in or use stickers on! There are several options to track Letter Recognition or Letter Sounds.

The last part of the system is the set of Data Walls. There are also several options for this one, so you can choose to display Letter Recognition or Letter Sounds with Ice Cream scoops or using clothespins on posters.

If you would like a sample of my work, I have created a set of the Flash Cards from this system as a FREEBIE for my TpT Store! Click the picture to check it out.

I hope this post gave you some ideas for how to teach and track letters in your classroom!

Happy Teaching! :)

Spring 5 Senses Mini Book FREEBIE

Every year it seems that I have a good bit of students who don't have ANY books at home to read. It makes me so sad! I know this is often the case in a lot of classrooms, so I wanted to change that. I make copies of recording sheets or worksheets, so why not create something that uses the same amount of paper- just 1 page per student, and make it a book where they can take it home and READ it to themselves or with their families?

Would you like to try out this Spring 5 Senses Mini Book for free? Keep reading to learn more! :)

Mini-Books are a favorite because they only use 1 sheet of paper per student, and they are SUPER low prep! I have created a packet of Mini Books for each month that feature monthly themes and holidays. Currently, it is a GROWING bundle, so it is super cheap! Check it out HERE or click the picture below.

This 5 senses Mini Book pairs perfectly with my Science Mini Books for Kindergarten. They are one of my new favorites in my store. You can easily cover your Science Standards with this set of 23 Mini Books. Here is one of the Mini Books from the packet. Students learn all about what is in the day and night sky and then illustrate their own findings.

Science Mini Books

This Spring 5 Senses Mini Book is perfect for the (hopefully) warmer weather we have coming up! Engage your students with reading, coloring, and identifying their 5 senses!

PREP your Mini Book

To prep this Mini Book, print the page and make enough copies for your students. After that, the only prep you will need to do is fold! This is a great opportunity for your kiddos to work on those fine motor and folding skills if you want to involve them! There are light gray guide lines that make folding super easy.

Start with the paper flat:

Then fold over once.

Fold over again, and you're done! Your mini book is ready to go!

Reading your Mini Book

This Mini Book is a great way to integrate Science into Reading. You could use it in your Guided Reading groups, Literacy Centers, or send it home for Homework to review 5 senses!

Students can read and color each page while they review their 5 senses.

As an extension, you can have students circle the senses as they read: see, hear, smell, taste, touch. They could also underline the objects that are being sensed: butterfly, birds, flowers, popsicle, rain puddles.

While reading, some discussion questions you could ask are:
- What else do we use our senses for?
- What is the weather like in the Spring?
- What is your favorite part about Spring?
- What are some things you might use your senses for in the Summer, Fall, or Winter?

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If you are interested in more Mini-Books, check them out HERE.

For more Spring ideas and freebies, check out these other awesome posts linked below!

Editable Spring Sight Word Game  // Letters of Literacy
Spring Color by Sight Word // Sara J Creations
Spring 5 Senses Mini Book // The Primary Post
Flowers CVC Word Building Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Flower Roll and Cover Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Roll and Graph Spring Math Activity // The Kindergarten Connection
Spring Letter Recognition Game // Stay at Home Educator
Spring Tree Fine Motor Math // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bird Life Cycle Puzzles // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Growing Beans in a Bag // Science Kiddo
Flower Color Matching // Teach Me Mommy

Positional Words

This quick and easy way to teach positional words is super engaging to students! All you need is a solo cup, a bear manipulative, and a permanent marker!

To prep this activity, you will need to draw a "door" on the solo cups. We call the cup "Mr. Bear's House," so it has a playful meaning to the kids. I used a thick permanent Sharpie like this one.

I like to do this activity during math rotations in my small group. That way, I can closely watch each student and how they are manipulating the cup and bear. When I introduce this activity to the kids, I start with just showing the "house." I teach them that the door is Mr. Bear's front door- which is very important for them to understand once they start manipulating the bear. Each child has a cup and we work on pointing to the bottom, top, inside, outside, side, front, and back of the house. Once students have the parts of the house down, I introduce them to Mr. Bear.
I give them a little time to play with the cup and bear and practice putting him in and out, then we start to manipulate the bear and practice our positional words! Keep reading to see each word we practice. Also- I use these posters in my classroom once I introduce each positional word so students can use them as a reference.

We practice the following positions:

Put Mr. Bear behind his house.

Put Mr. Bear below or under his house.

 Put Mr. Bear beside or next to his house.

 Put Mr. Bear above or on top of his house.

 Put Mr. Bear inside his house.

As students are moving Mr. Bear around, I pay attention to who understands each positional word. This standard for math is more of a vocabulary understanding and will just take some practice until they learn the meaning of these new words. 

Another helpful tool I use for this skill, is this Positional Words book.
 Students can write, trace, or read the book depending on which copy of the book you want to use. In this book, students fill in the positional word as they read. This is also a great activity for Math Small Groups.
As a summative activity or center, I have students complete this sheet to show what they know!

You can find these activities in this packet on TpT. Link is below! :)

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