March Small Group Intervention

March is here and it is filled with holidays this year (one being my birthday!).  I have been pulling small groups each day to work on basic skills.  Some of my students are writing sentences independently while others still struggle with letter sounds.  I am using this March Small Group Intervention Pack to easily pull small groups to target my students' learning needs.

The themes in this pack include:
St. Patrick's Day
March Madness

We will be focusing on:
letter names
letter sounds
first and last sounds in a word
sentence writing 
CVC words

My students love to find the first sound in a word but isolating the last sound is extremely difficult for many of them!  I like showing these colorful picture cards to practice isolating sounds.

Here is a fun fact, I played basketball in college and so I HAD to incorporate basketball into this unit.    

Learn more about my March Small Group Intervention pack here!

Hello readers of Apples & ABCs!  I'm so thrilled to be guest posting today! This is Kate from Teach with Kate, and today I'm going to give thanks to some of the most important educators out there: Kindergarten Teachers. 
On my outdoor, Southern California school campus, the sixth grade teachers don't really mix with the Kinder teachers.  I mean, they're lovely people and fabulous teachers.  We know they're doing good work within their colorful walls, farm bulletin boards, princess days, and hot chocolate centers. We see their cute laminating in the work room and occasionally, in the lounge, get to pour half and half in our coffee simultaneously. Sadly, the school day sucks us in and we're lucky if we catch a glance of the back of their head during recess. But even though our interactions are limited during a normal week, we are fully aware of the benefits we reap as sixth grade teachers -- benefits that are a direct result of some major Kindergarten awesomeness.  Here are six important things my class o'tweens learned from you.

How to sit in one spot with others.  It's something we take for granted in the upper grades, but having 29 students who know how to sit in one spot for certain parts of the day is invaluable. I know it required an incredible amount of energy to make sitting in one spot...well, fun, but you somehow managed it! You sang songs, did chants, awarded points -- and now I can use my math time focusing on solving ratio word problems without kids who randomly skip over to the window.  Thank you!

  How to walk quietly in the hallway.  Believe it or not, the 'bubble in your mouth' trick doesn't go to far with 12 year olds. Shocking, I know. That's why I'm so glad you spent your mornings walking past the office with big-cheeked 5 year olds. You happily prance and explain, "Keep that bubble in your mouth, friends!!" They smile and watch their friends to see if anyone will lose that invisible bubble. They're engaged and excited.  And now, I have a class who can walk quietly by the library without so much as a concern.  They get it! So thanks. 

How to be curious. If you're not chasing leprechauns, growing butterflies, making clouds out of shaving cream, or hatching chickens, you're up to something that sparks those little minds. Your students are full of wonder and you cash that in like a Vegas pro. You show them how fun it is to question and explore, to discover and experiment. It catches like a fire and when my sixth graders are tasked with building an earthquake-resistant structure, they are eager and dedicated.  They know the journey will lead to something spectacular.  They've done that before.

  How to get along. I know that recess drama can get you down. Who stole this ball, who tattled on whom. Where's my special pencil and so-and-so won't let me go down the slide.  These experiences, while frustrating for you, have ultimately helped these littles navigate the complex social structure of the recess yard.  I know you spent a lot of time role-playing and practicing "what to say when you are mad", "how to be a good friend on the swings", and "why throwing sand at someone's face isn't a 'good' choice".  But because of this work, work that you never get to fully witness the results of, I have a class of kids who can skillfully implement and execute an organized game of kickball completely tearless. Tearless! It's amazing. 

  That reading is magic. Do you have any idea how much your over-emphasized renditions of Pete the Cat or Chrysanthemum have sparked a love of reading? You taught my kids that reading is fun, that reading is worthwhile. You taught them how to imagine the characters and "see" the story.  You talked about the story, and showed them that stories open a whole new world where friends can experience an adventure together. Because of this, I don't have to fight to have students read 'The Road Not Taken' and discuss potential symbolism. I get the buy-in. They already know that those words are the page are magical because they saw it first hand. With you.   

  That school is a safe place for their hearts. You are the ones who show our kids that school is not only a fun place, but a safe place where they can be loved as they are and where people care. And I know, usually it's easy to love a sweet almost-six year old who hugs you almost daily, but I also know that sometimes you're tired.  But even still, you look in their eyes and listen to their 35th story of the day and you smile.  So they learn that teachers can be trusted, that teachers love them.  They come to you with their problems and you help.  At five, it's a big deal. But at 11 3/4, it's huge. When my kids walk into my room on the first day of school, with worries about divorces or sick grandmothers, with an growing awareness about the world they already know I'm on their team. I do absolutely nothing, and they know I'm going to be there for them no matter what. You showed them that, and they remember. Kindergarten teachers, you are appreciated.  These little people learn some big things in your class. 
 Thank you for everything.


Silly McGilly: St. Patrick's Day Fun in the Classroom {Giveaway}

Move over Elf on the Shelf, Silly McGilly is coming through!  I am excited to share with you a fun little friend to liven up the classroom in the month of March.  Silly McGilly loves visiting homes and classrooms during the St. Patrick's Days season.  What I LOVE about Silly McGilly is he is a stuffed toy that comes with a book, you set him on the windowsill a night, and it invites the REAL leprechaun to come and play a trick as the kids are sleeping or away from school.  This gives me the freedom to pick how often a leprechaun will come and play some fun tricks in our classroom.

Three Irish American sisters were inspired by their own children to create Silly McGilly.  They were brought up to appreciate their Irish culture but they realized there wasn't a defining story or character for children to embrace, so Silly McGilly was born! 

The book is an adorable story of the mischievous little leprechaun Silly McGilly.  The illustrations are beautiful and it comes with an adorable stuffed toy of Silly McGilly himself!

I shared some photos of what the leprechaun will leave behind for my class during the month of March.  The first couple of days he is going to leave little decorations, and then I will start having him leave our St. Patrick's Day activities.  These will be normal books or practice pages that we would have done anyways, but now the leprechaun will leave them for us! ;)

On the first visit, he will leave little shamrocks on all the students' desks!

He is going to leave us counters and manipulative for our math bins and language arts sensory bin!

Silly McGilly will leave us shamrock number cards for us to practice putting the numbers in order and number recognition! 

Then he will leave our class different St. Patrick's day sentence practice pages!

I have two different St. Patrick's Day books that the leprechaun will leave our class.

A fun activity to leave behind are these shamrock necklaces that I cut up.  I bought these from the Dollar Tree and just cut them at different lengths.  The students pick a strand, count them, and write the number on a whiteboard.  You could have them make addition sentences too, if they are ready for that!

Silly McGilly is going to leave these fun pot of gold 10 frame to practice counting!  I have them for you as a FREEBIE!  (I made it for numbers 10-20)

The most exciting part of this post is that you can enter to WIN a Silly McGilly for your own classroom!!!  Enter to win below.

I had to show you this picture....  I was photographing Silly McGilly and Hercules wanted to play with him SO BAD.  In our house, any stuffed toy belongs to him.  He couldn't understand why I wouldn't give it to him!

To learn more about Silly McGilly click here!