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Last summer I made each one of my students a letter jar. Each letter jar contains all of the letters in the alphabet. I have each container labeled and each letter card numbered on the back with the same number. This makes it easy if I find one on the floor I know which container it belongs too. The kiddos keep these at their desks and if they get done early or are trying to write a word and want to use them for sounding words out to look at spellings to see if it looks right they just take them out of their basket and use them!
This is a game I use to help my students practice their sight words. All you have to do to make it is, decorate a brown or white paper sack. Then, get index cards and write sight words for your grade level on them and remember to make a couple that say BANG!
To play the game students grab a card and if they can read the card they can keep the card. If you draw out a BANG! card you have to put all your cards back in the stack. I always tell my kiddos no one wins it's just a fun game to play. I don't want them fighting or being mean to each other so I don't have a winner.
This is a really simple alphabet game to make! All I did was go to dollar tree and buy circle foam squares. Then I cut then into half pieces but I cut a design into the foam so that way no two pieces of the alphabet would match up except the uppercase and lowercase. This makes the game self checking. It's quick, simple, and cheap!
This was a inexpensive literacy idea! All I did was go to the dollar tree and buy foam circles. I took my foam circles and wrote all the letters uppercase & lowercase on a circle. I took A and added pipe cleaner antennas. Then, I mixed up the letter and it's an activity where the student puts the alphabet in order! It's a really easy activity to make and it's very useful in my literacy center or if a student gets done early.
This is a quick & simple idea as well! I went to Sherman Williams, told them I was a poor teacher and needed some paint sticks for a literacy activity and they hooked me up! All I did was write sentences on the paint sticks and get word cards from the dollar tree and they students just have to clip on the right word. The word cards I got have several animals in them so really there is no right or wrong answer and the student can continue practicing the same sentence. So they get practice with the repetition of the sight words on the sticks. Easy! And cheap!
This game is so easy to make! I took a paper plate and cut it into 3 pieces. I wrote the uppercase letter, lowercase letter, and found a picture of something that started with that same letter. I did this for the entire alphabet and then I put them in a bag all mixed up. So, as a literacy center or working intervention I just pull this handy quick game out and I can assess letter sounds and letter matching. It's quick & simple to make!
I free handed the bus and then I made extra wheels and put them on with a brad. So this can actually be used for several different activities I use it to play an addition game. I have one child spin the front wheel and another child spin the back wheel and together they have to figure out the sum of the two numbers together. The kids love it and they love the team work! One of them this year says this is great because when I use a friend I have 10 extra fingers to use! Gotta love Kindergarten!
These are my addition mats! I have the kiddos turn these to the side and count out counters for each number in the seperate boxes. When they are ready to start adding they move them over to the box after the equal sign. This lets my kiddos count them and move them so they don't end up counting a counter twice or forget which one they were trying to count. Once we get into addition I let them choose they can use them or not use them, but most of my students wanted to use them even when they didn't have to have them.