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I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Organization for Differentiation part 2 and another giveaway!

In my quest to get organized this summer I am working on a blog post series called, Organization for Differentiation. This is the 2nd post in the series, you will want to make sure and read the first post so you can see where this started. I have begun to fill several more drawers with differentiated centers, recording sheets, manipulatives and the like. Here is what I have been up to:
This is my Sunflower Literacy Unit which I will be using at the very beginning of the year to help with visual discrimination, identifying uppercase/lowercase, vowel/consonant identification and critical thinking. The first activity asks the child to separate the vowels from the consonants and then there is a practice sheet inside a dry erase pocket. The second activity involves building words with the sunflowers to match the flower pot by picture and by word. The third activity has several dry erase protected practice sheets for the children to complete and the fourth activity has the child picking the letter, writing it and thinking of a word with that letter. This center can also be used with letter tiles, clothespins, stamps etc. I still have not decided how I will separate each activity within the drawer but if i can find very shallow paper trays I will use them labeled 1-4 or possible binder clips? I just don't know yet.
My second literacy drawer for this week involves more activities with my Differentiated spelling unit, right now this drawer is set up for the beginning of the year and will increase in difficulty as needed. There will also be several levels of difficulty within the drawer to begin with to meet each childs level. This drawer can be used to practice spelling with clothespins, letter tiles, blend tiles,word tiles, dry erase markers and pockets etc. Not only do the children have a choice in how they complete this center but will be assigned a level just like the first drawer.
I have started three different math drawers, started being the key word here. My first drawer involves students counting and matching numbers and number words. This drawer will also have number card puzzles, number order puzzles and number/number word puzzles with recording sheets. Since I did not create these activities I did not show them but you can find variations of all of these in some very talented teachers TpT stores. My second drawer will be filled with tangrams. This set of tangram cards ranges from very simple shape learning to very difficult picture building, I will also be including the lakeshore tangram bucket and cards that are colorful and build pictures that the kids enjoy (they are at school or I would share a picture with you). My third math drawer will be filled with my Monster Pattern Challenge Unit Ths unit works on your very basic pattern all the way up to complex 4-5 piece patterns. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own patterns and cut out their own monsters. I will be putting the laminated, loose monsters in a small snap close container since they are so small.
And last but not least I have decided to add a vocabulary drawer that will match each of our themes for the year. This vocabulary center comes from my Where do animals live? Habitat Unit. I have printed out the habitat scenes and animals for each, the children then match the correct animal to the correct habitat. I will also include the read the room sheet for each habitat for the children to write the names of the animals. This is a self checking activity since each mat and card are labeled with a number. I will change this drawer to build vocabulary and writing skills with each of my themes. So, now for the giveaway! Since I used so many of my own products this time I am giving away a $25.00 giftcard to my TpT store. This way you have a chance to get your hands on some of these activities! Good Luck,giveaway runs till the 8th! a Rafflecopter giveaway

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your blog! :)

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  2. With a lot of binders and folders!

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  3. I just got my own classroom. Last year I shared two rooms. So I am organizing everything! I am organizing my bulletin boards, lowering them to kid level, making a word wall. I am organizing my centers to be more hands-on and I am organizing my lessons and planning to be readily available and more efficient! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Jenny from Ohio

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  4. Thanks for the blog posts and the inspiration to get organized.

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  5. Thanks everyone! I haven't even gotten to the binders and folders yet, that may have to be an entirly new blog post series! I am getting the kids stuff organized but haven't even thought about organizing myself!

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  6. I am using binders to organize lessons and blacklines

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    Lamppost in a STEM classroom

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  7. I have no idea how I am organizing my classroom this year. I am moving into a new room and have no idea what type of storage space I will have. I do know that I plan on utilizing plastic tubs to organize centers and manipulatives, and binders to organize lessons, important forms, and sub plans.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  8. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway! Unfortunately, I have not found a teaching job yet, but am very hopeful the perfect classroom is still waiting on me! : )

    Brooke
    brooklynkate09@hotmail.com

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  9. I'm confused..................these are centers for PreK................they seem very advanced for PreK?

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