Spring Activities for Kindergarten

Spring is only a few weeks away! I love all of the themes that we teach each spring. A few of those themes include life cycles, plant life, Easter, and more. Here are a few of my spring resources. Click each link to grab any of them in my tpt store.

The kiddos will each create one of these plant parts posters. They can either use the labels that I have created that explain the function of each plant part, or they can write their own information on the second set of labels.

This is one of my favorite activities that we complete year after year. This frog life cycle crafts turns out to be so adorable, and they make your classroom look "springy" once hung up. 

Kids love any math activity that includes candy. Jelly beans are a perfect math manipulative during spring. I created a set of 10 different math activities that all use Jelly Beans. I ask each student to bring in one bag of Jelly Beans so that we have plenty to use for all of the Jelly Bean math activities.

These life cycle hats are perfect for a spring learning center. Your kiddos order each life cycle and then glue them to their hat. They then decorate, staple, and wear.

I love to keep a variety of emergent readers in our book boxes. This set of 6 spring themed emergent readers do just that. We read them whole group in class, individually during guided reading, and then place them in our book boxes. They then become our reading homework after we have perfected them!

We love to use poems during shared reading! These spring themed sight word poems are perfect for teaching sight words, fluency, tracking print, rhyme, and spring topics. We create a poetry notebook for Spring, and add to the poetry notebook. These are used during guided reading, read to self, book box time and more.

The kids love to learn about animals! Each spring we learn about the life cycle of a chicken, frog, and butterfly. I created these non-fiction chicken slides to teach them about the characteristics of a chicken. The kids are always more engaged if I use the projector. We also complete many chicken life cycle activities including an emergent reader, craft, sequencing activity, fact/opinion activity, writing book, and more!

After we complete our chicken life cycle unit, we will create this "just hatched" chick. These turn out adorable and make a great spring display. Grab the template here!

Crystal McGinnis

Word Family Poems for Shared Reading

Do your kids love poetry as much as mine do? Poetry can be such an engaging way to teach so many reading skills including fluency, rhyme, sight words, tracking print, and more. I just completed this set of 21 word family poems, that will help young readers learn the basic word families in text. I tried to include the most common word families, while still keeping the poems simple enough that they would not overwhelm new readers. 

Here are a couple examples from this word family poetry set.
This poem is for the word family ig. After reading the poems whole group, we will highlight all of the words that have ig.

I also created a second version, that will let the kiddos write the missing words "ig" words in the blank. We will do this after practicing the regular version a few days.

This poem practices og. It is very predictable for new readers!

If you would like to get all of the 21 word family poems, click here to get them in my tpt store!

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Crystal McGinnis

March Activities for Kindergarten

 It is so hard to believe that March is only a couple weeks away. This has been the longest, coldest winter EVER here in Missouri. I wanted to share a few March resources that you can use in your classroom this March.

The kids create these I'm Lucky to Have....hats. They decorate the hats, and then write what they are lucky to have on each section of the shamrock.

The kids create these cute leprechaun crafts, and then write what they would do if they found a pot of gold. These make an adorable hallway display. You can use the kids' faces for the leprechaun by snapping a quick picture and then printing a 4 X 6. You can also use the face template that I provided if you choose not to use pictures.

We can never have enough emergent readers in Kindergarten. These emergent readers are perfect for guided reading, and filling up those book boxes. This set includes 6 books, and include the topics of St. Patrick's Day, Colors of the Rainbow, Weather, Spring, and More!

You may also like my weather pop-up cards. They are a perfect supplement to a weather unit!

Crystal McGinnis

Word Family "Pockets"

Word Family Pockets

I created this set of 28 "Word Family Pockets" to use as a word work activity while we are practicing word families. These pockets are simple to create (just fold and staple), and they can be used in a variety of ways over and over again (easy to store).  The kiddos will create the pocket, and then cut out the words and place them in the pocket. The pockets are then ready to use during word work activities.

Here are just a few ideas for using these pockets in your classroom

You can call out a word and then have your students find it in their pocket. The kiddos can then build the word using tiles or magnets (whichever you have).

Your kids can write the word family words on their white boards.

Play-doh is always a hit! You can call out a word, have your students find it, and then build the word with play-doh. You could also place these pockets on your students' desks in the morning, and have them build all of the words for morning work!

You can call out a word, have your students find it, and then ask your students to write a sentence using the word.

Other ideas include
 *Drawing each of the words (in the word pocket) on scrap paper

 *Giving your kids clues and letting them find the words according to the clues

*Practicing onset-rhime by breaking a word apart and then seeing if they can find the word in their pocket of words

*Let the students practice reading their words to a partner

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Crystal McGinnis