100th Day

I have been working on a few 100th day projects. I tried to make an easy packet so that my prep work was very simple. Here is a sneak peak into what I have created. You can get it in my TPT store by clicking the link below.

100th Day Pack Click Here

Crystal McGinnis

Christmas Winter Projects


Help! Santa is stuck.... This is a new craft that I will be doing with my kinders before Christmas. We will build this chimney with Santa hanging out, and we will write about how we can get him out. I will then display them.
Build a Snowman in a Snow Globe Craft
My kiddos will create these snow globe build a snowman crafts soon. They will put together the snow globe, build the snowman, and attach the poem to the bottom. I have a template for this craft available in my TPT store if you are interested! Click here to see it.
I created this snowman craft to display in the hall following Christmas break. Students will create this snowman and then write about what they will do when it is a snow day. Simple as that!

We created these cute little deer this week. The legs are made out of clothes pins. Very Simple!
Here is the outside of the cards that we created for parents. I found this idea on pinterest. I love pinterest!
Wild About Winter! 11 Kindergarten Common Core Winter Math 
This is my word blending station. Students match the onset with the word ending to create a real word. These are then recorded on a recording sheet.

This is my favorite. This is my addition build a snowman center. Students build a snowman by placing a snowman head with two snowballs for the body. The snowballs must have a matching addition problem and answer. After all of the snowmen are built, students complete an independent practice activity.

This center has my students ordering numbers to build pictures.


This is my digraph center. Students sort picture cards into beginning digraphs including sh, th, ch etc.
These are a few of the math and literacy stations that I have created to use while I am working with small groups. I usually have 9 literacy and math stations going at a time so that I can keep the numbers low at each station. These are just a few of the centers in my winter and math center pack. You can get it at the link below. Thanks for looking!

I love polar bears and penguins! That is why I created his polar bears vs. penguins pack so that I can teach my kiddos about them both. This pack has cute writing crafts, books, experiments etc. I cannot wait to use it! If you like it, it is available in my tpt store below.

Here is a sneak peek at my new Common Core Christmas Pack. I
created this pack to use the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I created a variety of math and literacy printables that are simple for me to just print and go. This pack has 55 pages of printables that are Kindergarten ready.
Check out the pack at the link below and login to my TPT store for some Christmas Freebies!

This is the morning work that I use every morning. It is Common Core aligned for my kinders.  You can get the set in my TPT store at the link below.

These are some of the predictable readers that I created for my kinders book boxes. I am always looking for readers to go with our reading series, so I thought these would be perfect for the holiday season. Here they are. You can get them at the link below.

My kinders are finally ready for writing! Here are some pics from my December Journal. It includes 20 holiday writing prompts, a cover, and blank pages. You can get it in my TPT store by clicking the link below.

Crystal McGinnis

Teaching Stuff

I created these little charts to help my kids remember the difference between the 6 and the 9. I have a saying called "six kicks and nine shines."  I tell them that circle of the six sits on the ground like a ball (six kicks). I tell them that the circle on a nine sits in the sky like the sun (nine shines). This has really helped them to remember the difference. I am not sure where the idea came from (a teacher friend shared it with me). I created these posters as a visual aide for my kids.

I created this place value display to help my kids with their ones and tens. In the past I used the common place value pocket chart but it was hard for the kids to see inside the pockets and very difficult for them to manipulate. Each day we change the ones place to count the days of school. I placed my number cards on index card rings, and I glued magnets to the back of place value blocks and that is basically it.  These numbers are a freebie in my tpt store if you would like to try it.

I created these digraph posters for ch, sh, ph, th, and wh because some of my kinders are ready for this skill. I keep these posted and we review them every morning as part of our morning routine. Our morning routine consists of two letter sound songs from you tube, one alphabet chart review,  one blend chart review, snapping tapping and clapping our word wall words, counting our days in school, and reviewing these digraph posters.
 These posters are also available in my tpt store for 1.00!

We created these adorable "Mr. Turkey" crafts that I created this morning. Our writing that will go along with the craft says "Mr. Turkey, Mr. Turkey, Who Do You See? I see _______ chasing after me!" They will draw a picture of themselves chasing the turkey. You can get this craft in my TPT store. Click below!

I worked this weekend on some predictable readers that are Thanksgiving themed. I will use these during my guided reading sessions. After reading each book, students will cut and paste their own sight word sentence together that matches the "predictable" sentences in the books.
I created these little robots for our Halloween Party this week. I found this idea on Pinterest. I used juice barrels for the body, applesauce for the head, smarties for the arms, and nerds for the feet.
 This is a picture of my kiddos working on their bat book fact sort. We read the emergent reader book together, and then sorted bat facts. I use these plates while my kids are cutting to make sure that pieces are not lost. These plates are a must have!
This little craft is super simple. All you need are plastic cups,  popsicle sticks, and my bat template. Students color and cut out the bat. Glue the bat to a popsicle stick. Push the stick through a hole in the cup and glue the little tag to the other end of the stick. Simple as that. Students can make the bat move up and down in the cave.
The above pictures are some printables that I created to use during my bat theme this week. This pack has 10 bat themed activities to use with my kindergarten kiddos. I included a bat themed emergent reader to give my kids some bat themed facts. I also created a bat hat, bat labeling, bat can have are chart, bat addition, bat sentence builder, bat rhyming, and bat beginning sounds. I think my kids will like it. It is for sale in my TPT store. Thanks for looking!


Here are some pics from my new Thanksgiving Common Core Printable pack that I finished this weekend.  I enjoyed creating this packet as it got me in the mood for the holidays. I also noticed that I was able to start putting in some higher level thinking skills as my kinders are really beginning to "take off" now. As always, I tried to price this packet very reasonable ($2.25) for 45 pages. I always try to think about what I would like to pay for items when I am pricing them. Thanks for looking!
I created this little Turkey Day craft to use as a hallway display. Students will write about what they think the Turkey will eat for Thanksgiving Day. The template for the turkey and three writing prompts are available in my tpt store.  Click the link below to see it.

Get Your Turkey Here!
Crystal McGinnis