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Frog Frenzy!

This is one of my favorite units.  The littles love learning all about frogs and it is a great time to do some opinion writing.  :)

We start our unit by charting our schema about frogs.

We read lots of nonfiction books about frogs and create our own book based on what we learned.

 This unit is packed with fun games for math and literacy centers.

This one is a fun subtraction game called, Munching Flies


This one is called, Frog Warts.  The students try to make sums of 10 
(I also added a sums of 20 version for first grade)
by matching the number of warts on the frogs to the numerals on the flies to make 10.

This game is called, Leap Frog
it is a comparing numbers game.  It has several sets of cards to choose from.
The students can use addition cards and compare their sums,  use place value cards and compare the numbers, or use numeral cards to compare.  One game.... lots of ways to play!

place value cards shown below.

Five in a Row center to practice blends.

This song was a class favorite!
We put all of the pieces in a pocket chart and sang the song each morning during Shared Reading.

The Littles got to color a book of the song so that they could take it home and share it with their family.

Watching tadpoles in the Science center!

I also have a companion Froggy unit on TPT.  Here's a blog post about it.

Have a great week!  I'm leaving for San Antonio tomorrow to run in a 5k.
Pray for me!  Mercy!! :)

I'll be back next week to blog more about my center stations.  

Literacy Centers Part Three Big Book Station and ABC center FREEBIES

Kids love Shared Reading time.  There's just something about being actively involved in reading a story that you love.  Each week I introduce a new big book. We spend a week reading the book, closely analyzing the text and getting to know the characters.  Joy Cowley is one of our favorite authors.
After we've spent a week on a big book I don't just put it away and forget about it.
The big book joins all of the other big books in the big book center so that the Littles can continue to enjoy the stories.  Allowing them to reread and interact with the text over and over is an authentic way for them to work on Fluency and  develop a deeper understanding of the story.

The Littles can do lots of different things with the text besides just rereading it.

Some of the things they can do are:

I have a variety of tools for them to use at this center.
Wikki sticks,  Post it notes (for covering up words and writing new ones, making lists, etc;), word frames, word slappers (mini flyswatters),  Highlighting tape for finding letters, words and word chunks, clipboards and paper and a variety of pointers for them to read with.  

This center has a lot of choices but it is so easy to maintain.  There is no work to do except add the book that you read the previous week.   

So....  last week I blogged about some things the kids do in the ABC center and I didn't quite have my new Alphapalooza 2 unit finished yet.  Now, that it is finished I thought I'd share some of the activities.
You can click on the picture to download 6 pages from the unit.  

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After my last post I received a lot of GREAT questions!!
So before I move on I thought I'd take the time to answer them all in a blog post in case other people had the same questions.  

I hope that helped answer your questions!  I'll be back tomorrow to talk about the Big Book station!

What are the other kids doing? Literacy Centers POST TWO with Freebies!

click on the picture above to download the large icon Freebies.

Each day this week I will share you with you some of the things we do in each center.

The activities above will be included in Alphapalooza 2 which will be posted this week!

Any flashcards that you have are perfect for matching games. These flashcards can be used for a variety of purposes in a variety of ways.   Have them match capital and uppercase letters and letters to pictures.
Teach them how to play Concentration or Go Fish with the cards! 

Picture sorts are a great way to practice Letter Sounds.

click here to download these for free from a previous blog post.

Deedee Wills also has a great packet of picture sorts.

Roll a letter or letter/sound

Sounds Fun!  Easy, fun center games pack coming soon!!

The magnetic letter center is OPEN ended with lots of learning possibilities.
I use magnetic cookie sheets from the Dollar Tree and I also painted the back of a book shelf to make it magnetic.

Hope that helps a little!  I'll be back soon with a closer look at the Big Book center!


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