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Holiday Build-A-Sentence Bundle!

I was creating some new items for Teachers Pay Teachers today and my daughter came up and started asking me questions about it.  She wanted to know what I was designing on the computer, so I showed her the process of finding clip art, resizing and formatting, adding fun fonts and text boxes.  Here’s what we were working on today:
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She was fascinated when I printed out what we had just made and she could hold it in her hands!

 

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She gave me some ideas and did the page as a sample for me!  We had a lot of fun, and even expanded my original idea into a whole bundle of worksheets!

Then I *tried* to explain to her how it works when I sell resources on TpT.  The whole abstract concept of a digital download is a little confusing for a six-year-old.  But you know what she does understand?  CASH.  She has now come to the realization that money can buy you things, and that money is not free.

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So I decided to use this as a “life lesson.”  Since she helped me so much with this resource, I’m going to give her a portion of each sale (that is, if it sells!).  Why not start teaching her the value of hard work and creativity now, right?

If you’d like to check out this bundle, you can find it on my TeachersPayTeachers store here, along with many other winter-themed resources!

Happy Holidays!

-Laura and Kayla

 

Winter Theme Resources for Kindergarten!

Hello teacher friends!

Thanksgiving is over and we are on to my favorite time of year!  There are so many fun things to do in the classroom during winter.  Here are some fun, easy to use resources for the month of December!  I hope you find something that is useful for you!

Winter Theme Writing Prompt

This is a bundle of 3 printable one-page writing prompts, with cute clip art, thanks to Sarah Cooley and NinjaWoman! Also included is a blank prompt so you can create your own. Just print, copy, and you’re ready to go! Great for the days when you need something to fill time, but you want a useful lesson as well.  Check the link for CC alignment and more details!

Winter Theme Leveled Reader Pack (Level A-E)

Kids love little printable reader books that they can write on, highlight and color.  I used these for guided reading, for all levels from my lowest readers to my high group.

This download includes:
-Level A Reader, ready to print
-Level B Reader, ready to print
-Level C Reader, ready to print
-Level D/E Reader, ready to print
-Teacher/Parent guide for each reader highlighting skills to promote learning in guided reading.
-Guided Reading Skills Checklist for Levels A-E
-All readers are winter themed, with snowmen, and no holidays mentioned.
-They are each 9 pages long, with a cover, parent/teacher guide, title page, and 6 pages of text.
-Text is approximately this level, based on Fountas and Pinnell’s leveling system. Text is decodable and uses picture clues when possible. Tested with real kindergarteners, who loved it!

Winter Weather Graph

This is a simple graph to track the four kinds of winter weather- snowy, sunny, windy, cloudy. Also, the second page, is a graph to track the temperature. It works well with the K Foss Kit Unit on Weather, but could be used by any grade. Enjoy!

Winter Theme Unit:  The 12 Days of Winter

This is a 12-day winter-themed unit. We use it the 12 Days leading up the winter break, in kindergarten. It could be used for any grade K-5, with some modifications!

Included are directions for each day.
You would need to have the book 12 Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose. Each day has a winter theme, that goes with a page in the book.

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On the first day of winter, my teacher gave to me…
-A Birdfeeder in a Snowy Tree- Theme is what animals do in the winter and the students learn about animals who stay. They make a bird feeder!
-Two teddy bears- Theme is hibernation. Students help create a bear cave in the classroom and read books in their “cave.”
-Three penguins- Theme is penguins. Students play a math game to create penguin.
and so on…

Included
– Parent volunteer directions
– Recommended titles to support the learning
– “I Can” statements that support Common Core for each day’s theme.
– Directions for each day’s project and theme.

I hope you enjoy this unit and this book! It’s a great way to get the kids excited about learning about weather, seasons, animals. And it makes a fun end to December!

 

What are some of your favorite winter theme plans?

Laura