Sunday, January 19, 2020

Catching a Leprechaun: St. Patrick's Day Fun in the Classroom!


I have to admit, I don't usually do much for St. Patrick's Day. I mean, I tend to wear green and grab a Shamrock Shake but that's about it. Last year, my coteaching partner and I decided to do a little more than usual for the month of March. We decided to do some academic tasks centered around catching a leprechaun.

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First, I read students the book, How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace.  I love starting off with a book because it really gets the students' imaginations going!

Click here to add this to your classroom library! 
After I read the book, we brainstormed some ideas on how we would catch a leprechaun. You can do this whole group on chart paper or however works for you! After this, students can fill out their graphic organizers and draw their leprechaun traps. These pages are included as a freebie, so keep on reading to grab them! ☺️


This graphic organizer follows the same sequence as the books below!

Once we filled out our graphic organizer, we started our books! Students wrote their own books on how they would catch a leprechaun. I differentiate these by giving some students sentence starters that follow the graphic organizer. I also add picture pages too!


"I would look in the drawers. I would move the clothes. I would look under the clothes."

Students designing their trap.

Students designing their trap.

"I would keep him. I would play a game with him."
Students really enjoyed writing their books and they turned out SO cute! Grab the books here!

Click the photo to check out the books!
Finally, the most exciting part...students got to make their traps! We put students in small groups to make their traps. You can collect items from your home to make the traps or you can ask parents for donations too! Here are some ideas of easy and almost all free supplies you can use:


The thing I love most about these traps is that you can really just give students supplies and let them go! It's amazing to see what they come up with! I love to hear them explain how their traps work too! Check out some of the awesome traps our students created below!


I love this one! They cut a little trap door under the rainbow and coin!






Make sure you put these traps together early in the day or right before specials or a break like lunch/recess. That way the leprechaun can visit your classroom! While your students are away, go through and pull strings, take gold coins, knock over chairs and boxes. Make it look like the leprechaun visited their trap but didn't get caught! 

The leprechaun was here! 


Please clear this one with your custodian first, but you can always sprinkle the traps with some glitter too!


Sometimes I can be a little extra...after our traps had been destroyed, I pretended to call our secretary to see if she could print out the video footage from the camera in our classroom. That way, we could see what happened to the traps! 😂No, we don't really have a camera...

While the kids were at lunch and recess, I borrowed a step ladder and took some photos of the classroom. 

Oh hi. 👋Just up here taking pictures from our "camera"
If you look closely, you can see that I added a little leprechaun to the fake video footage. You can grab the freebie video recording template with directions below!









It's hard to "destroy" students very creative traps so don't forget to leave them something special from the leprechaun! Originally, I had planned to put these on their traps for after lunch but..ya know... I forgot...... so they went on their coats at the end of the day. I printed the tags and added a chocolate coin with some washi tape. 

Grab these free printable tags as a small gift from the leprechaun! 


More St. Patrick's Day Fun!! Click the photos to check them out:


  

  




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Monday, December 2, 2019

Letter and Number Interventions: Includes Freebies!



Hi friends!

If you're new to my blog, I'm an intervention specialist for kindergarten and I absolutely love the age group and students I get to work with! It's hard to believe we're almost half way through the year! With that being said, typically it's our goal for students to have secured all letter names, letter sounds, and numbers (0-20) by the end of December. At this point, I still have quite a few students who have not yet mastered this. Due to this I restructured my intervention time and some of the strategies I have used for my students. By making these interventions data driven and multisensory, I have already seen so much growth!

I'm sure these tips, startegies, and freebies will help your little ones too! This is great for your intervention or RTI time. I would recommend using these startegies for students who are on IEPs, ESL learners, or students who are not making or making minimal progress towards these skills.


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Step 1: Flashcards
During the first few minutes of my intervention time, we play "my pile, your pile" I've found that this is a little more fun and motivates students more than just doing flashcards. I show students the number or letter flashcards. If they get it correct, it goes in their pile. If they do not get it correct, it goes in my pile. Students "win" this game, so they really enjoy it! ☺️

Students love this quick way to review! We call it a game and they always win! :)

After we have gone through all of the cards. I take my pile (letters/numbers students did not know) and quickly show them and tell them the number or letter. I do not have them try to identify it. I just quickly go back over the letters/numbers to give students more exposure to them.

The number cards are a freebie! Keep reading to grab them!

Step 2: Take Data
From here, you can also take data on numbers/letters students know. Once a week, I do a quick - (minus) symbol next to the letters/numbers students missed. While I am recording the data, I let students graph how many letters/numbers they knew. Seeing it in a graph, usually helps motivate them too!

You can use this information to: track the effectiveness of your interventions, drive your instruction, report on grades/IEP progress/student progress, and/or take this information to any kind of RTI meetings.

 
An Example of Data Collection. Get this free! :) 


Step 3: Flip Book
After I have quickly taken data or just mentally noted a letter/number students did not know, I choose a flip book based off of a letter/number that the student has not yet mastered.

There are two ways to use this! One option, would be to laminate it and put it on rings. This will allow you to reuse it. Another option is to just print it and staple it like a “mini book.” This will allow students to write, draw, paint,  or use a dauber directly on it.


Get your tools ready! These help make learning FUN!
See more about what I use at the end of the post!

My favorite way is to laminate it so I can reuse it again and again! However, I have printed it and made it into a mini book for some of students who enjoy using a dauber due to fine motor needs. 


First, here are some ways you can use these if you choose to laminate: 

Adding some puffy paint is a great way to engage your tactile learners! Students can trace or tap with their fingers! Laminate then add the paint. :) 






Manipulatives, mini erasers, and play-dough are some of my favorite things to use!








Dry erase markers are a great tool to use with these!









Finally, I store these in a small box in alphabetical and numerical order so I can easily grab them!



You can also print and staple these to make a mini book for students! 


Students can dab, dab, dab on these!








Students can use markers, highlighters, and pens to write or draw directly in these!

 






 

Use letter/number tiles or magnets on either option too!



See them in action!






Step 4: Reflect/Document
I understand that as teachers, we are so limited in our time and we don't always have time to do much reflecting. However, I have found it very important just to quickly write down what letter/number we worked on that day. Also, if time allows, a quick note on how the student did with it. This helped me for a few reasons.

  • I was able to focus on a variety of letters, without repeating the same one too much....my memory is terrible when it comes to this! Especially when I do this intervention with a few students, I can't even remember the letter /number we worked on the previous day. 
  • It also showed me how many exposures students had to each letter/number. If I have exposed them to the same one several times and they still do not know it, I need to change my instruction.  This can also provide insight  if your student can be successful with tier 2 support or they may be in need of tier 3. 




Ready to try out this resource?!? Click the picture below or right HERE! You can try it out with the letters b and d and the numbers 2 and 5! These are the letters and numbers that are often mixed up!





Again, I love these interventions because they are easy to implement, effective, and fun for students! Part of what makes these so much fun are the tools students get to use! Scroll down or click here to check out my favorite tools for assembling these rings and engaging students!


First, my students LOVE anytime they get to use these daubers! I've definitely found that having a pack (or three...) of these really engages students!

For my manipualtives, I always really like using mini erasers! I get them from the Target Dollar Spot or you can find some similar ones here on Amazon!
For the "fill it in" or "sequence" page I like using letter and number magnets

Love these 2 in 1 dry erase markers! Kids do too!

To Assemble...

Of course you can copy these on regular paper but I like to do different colors! :) I am a big fan of Astrobrights!


I grabbed a pack of these off of Amazon so I could assemble all of my rings!





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