As we move into our final few weeks of kindergarten I have planned fluency word work stations for my students. I want them to continue to have daily practice with letter names and sounds, sight words and rhyming words.
This week students are playing:
Build a Sight Word: I put five paper bags in a tub with magnetic letters to build all of the words written on the outside of the bag. Students can work with a partner to build the words together or work independently.
Rhyming Go Fish: I found these wonderful picture cards at our local teacher store and then made up the game. Students begin with one card, if another player has a match they ask for it otherwise he/she picks a new card from the pile. The object is to collect as many matches as they can.
Printing Practice: Students practice printing using directional models with shaving cream.
Roll A Letter: Students write target letters on bottom of game sheet. They roll a letter die and if one of their letters comes up then they write it on the next row. If wild comes up then the roller chooses what letter they will write.
Pocket Chart Sort: Students sort picture cards into alphabet pockets using the beginning sound.
It is so nice to be back in the room full time teaching and working with the students. We all miss Mr. Tardif, our student teacher, but we are also enjoying being back to our familiar routines.
I have had to change all of the math stations as they had been in the tubs too long and immediately noticed a change in how independent and focused the students became. This weeks math stations are:
1. Flower Petal Counting: Students pick a number between 1 and 5 for the first box and between 4 and 6 in the second box. They count out the petals and then add on to the first number to determine the sum. Numbers are printed and petals glued.
2. Bump: Students roll a die and place a cube on the matching dot number on the board. If a partner rolls the same number they can bump the partner off and take the spot. Once a player has two cubes stacked on the same number then he/she cannot be bumped. In this game the dot numbers on the game board are not traditional patterns.
3. Foam Patterns: This centre was donated by a parent last year. Students love the colourful, soft foam pieces and picture problems.
4. Water Measurement: This new centre is very popular. Students have to figure out if the different shaped containers hold the same amount of water.
5. Shaving Cream Printing Practice (new): We did this whole group last week to practice letter sound fluency very successfully. I made a letter sound and students printed the letter in shaving cream. Then I made it a work station for number printing. The students follow the printing model for direction and shape. After they have printed the target numbers they can doodle for the final few minutes. Oops I ran out of shaving cream today so had to substitute this great shape building kit instead.
6. Two for Ten: Students lay 10 cards face up. they take turns finding two cards with a sum of ten. As soon as two cards are identified the player takes the card and replaces them with 2 new choices. There should always be 10 cards to choose from. Players can work cooperatively or competitively (this game is from Power of Ten).
7. Ducks in the Pond: Students take turns rolling a foam die and add ducklings to the pond. When the sand timer runs out they count how many ducklings are in the pond and begin again.
8. Board Game: This is a quick pathway game where students move animals around the board. It can be played in 8 to 10 minutes.
9. Puzzle: I love to include a puzzle because it is so satisfying to add that last piece and have a sense of accomplishment. Students use lots of strategies and work together to complete the puzzle.
If you have not used the framework described in Debbie Diller's book Math Work Stations, I highly recommend it. Students continuously work with previously introduced math concepts as they rotate through nine different math stations (one a day).
Some of the math centres like Bump and Two for Ten are wonderful whole group games that can be played while the students are eating lunch or snack. They can also be introduced quickly during guided math in small groups of four. Once students have played the game a few times it easily becomes a math learning centre.
I teach Kindergarten at Departure Bay Elementary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. I love my job and am passionate about providing a play based program for my kinders. I graduated in 2009 from the University of Victoria with a Masters in Early Childhood.