Attendance Through the Year

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My students love to use the SMARTboard every chance that they get, so I have it ready first thing in the morning. When the students enter the room, they sign-in at the SMARTboard with whatever attendance activity I have displayed. In this Notebook you will find an attendance theme for each month of the school year. The themes are as follows: Apples, Pumpkins, Scarecrows, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Groundhogs, Valentines, Leprechauns, Raindrops, Bees, and Flowers. Using these templates on the SMARTboard makes taking attendance simple and fun!

Don’t Forget!

Who Let the Letters Out?

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Students love to sing, so what better way to learn our letters and sounds than through music!  I created this SMART Notebook activity to use with Dr. Jean’s song, Who Let the Letters Out?  This song is found on her CD, Kiss Your Brain, and it is definitely one of my class favorites every year.  It is sung to the tune of “Who Let the Dogs Out.” There is a page for each letter of the alphabet, so the pages are turned as the song is playing. At the end of the song, there is an activity where the students match pictures to their beginning sounds. I also pass out letters on dog bone cut-outs for the students to hold during the song.  Every child will have 1 or 2 bones depending on how many students are in my class.  When the students hear and see the letter they are holding, they wave their bone in the air.  My students ask to listen to it over and over!  You can also write words that begin with that letter around the doghouse in the sky.  If you don’t have the song, you can still use this Notebook as a teaching tool!

 

Kerpoof!

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Kerpoof is one of the sites I plan to use with my students this year.  I haven’t been able to play with it much, but I love the activity “Spell a Picture.”  After students choose a background, they can click on letters to spell words that might be found in that background.  For example, I chose the “space” background and began typing s-t- and a picture of a star came up.   Other activities include making cards, drawing pictures, making movies, and telling stories.  This website is perfect for creative students, but will also help those students who aren’t!  My 7 year old is going to love this!

Counting Money SMARTboard Activity

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counting money Many students struggle with counting money, especially combinations of dimes, nickels, and pennies.  I created this SMART Notebook activity to engage students in counting combinations of coins.  It is grouped into 3 parts.  The first part is an Erase to Reveal self-checking activity.  The students will count combinations of pennies, nickels, and dimes, write the amount, and erase to reveal the correct answer on the pig.  The second activity gives the student the amount of money to make using pennies, nickels, or dimes.  The coins are cloned for easy manipulation.  The third activity is hands-on.  The amount for each student to make is on the pig, and the students use coin manipulatives at their desk to make that amount.  It also includes a song and video for coin recognition and a link to a website with a fun interactive counting game.  The activity is in the format of the Cycle of Instruction.  Pages can be cloned to add more pages of each activity. This would also make a great math center!  Have fun teaching about money!

 

Strawberry Adjectives! YUM!

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 This SMART Notebook Activity is a lesson on adjectives.  It is centered around the story The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.  Activities include a video reading of the story, locating adjectives in sentences, using adjectives to describe a real strawberry, and a descriptive writing activity.  Graphic organizers such as a single loop venn diagram and a word web are included! Links to websites are fun for the students if you need time fillers for the few extra minutes before PE or lunch.  My students loved this lesson and enjoyed using their 5 senses with their very own strawberry!  (Strawberries not included.)

 

Happy Birthday To You!

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This SMART Notebook activity is a great way to help your students learn their birthdays.  I use this notebook in my All About Me unit that I teach during the first couple of weeks of school.  This Notebook could be easily adapted for use in your early childhood classroom.  It includes a birthday chant, a birthday graph, making patterns with balloons, age graph, counting and matching numbers, and a writing prompt.

 

Letter Tiles for Phonics Lessons

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These letter tiles can be used in your SMART Notebook reading lessons! Your students will love using the letter tiles to build words and manipulate sounds on the SMARTboard. Great for phonics lessons!

The Kissing Hand- First Day of School Activities

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Kissing Hand pic What a great way to start your first day of school by reading The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  This story is perfect for every child whether they are excited or scared when they enter your classroom.  I created this SMART Notebook activity to enhance the story by using poems, songs, patterns, and art activities.  I have included links to great websites and activities found on the internet.  There is so much more you could do, and I am sure that I will add more later.  Use this template to start, and add to it those wonderful activities you already use in your classroom!  I would love to hear your ideas with what you do with The Kissing Hand in your classroom! I hope you have a great First Day of School with your students! 

Classroom Rules and Procedures the SMART Way!

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Start your school year off right by having your rules and procedures ready on the first day of school!  Along with my rules and procedures that are posted on the wall, I use this notebook activity to help my first graders have fun and stay focused!  This Smart Notebook activity is easily adaptable for any classroom. Feel free to change anything to make it appropriate for your behavior theme! I use apples as the behavior theme for the display in my classroom.  In the Notebook activity I have included a picture of my display along with my classroom discipline plan, behavior calendar, and behavior report.  I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think!

 

Never Miss a Student’s Birthday

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Kids love their birthdays, just like we do!  I like to make sure that my students have a little something to make their day even more special.  At the beginning of each year I would make sure to have enough hats and stickers for each child, but I wanted to be a little more creative.  A few years ago, I decided to make each of my students a treat bag to give to them on their birthday!  If their birthday fell on a weekend, I would give them the bag on Friday. For my summer birthdays, I would give them the bag during the last week of school.  Each bag had a box of crayons, a pack of gummy snacks, a birthday pencil, and a couple of small trinkets.  I got a big bucket, added some curly ribbon, and used my Cricut to cut vinyl letters to make “Happy Birthday.”  Before school starts, I make enough bags for every student in my class.  In the bucket I keep the birthday bags, hats, and cards.  I also have a cute and cuddly Happy Birthday Teddy Bear that sits with the birthday boy or girl for the day!  So I am never surprised when a child enters with a big grin and says, “It’s my birthday today!”

How do you celebrate your students’ birthdays in your classroom?  I would love to hear your ideas!

 

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