Hello and happy Saturday. It’s been the longest while since I last created and put a resource up for sale in my TPT store. What is crazy is that it’s been an even longer time since I last created a product that I could actually use with my current students, but here I am, writing this post about not one but two products I created for my classes, and which you can now get and use for yours.
In my school, we work with the Splash books for Pre-K and Kindergarten, and then with Journeys for Transition (1st grade), and sometimes those books by themselves and activities they propose are not enough, at least not for me as a teacher. I’m a creator at heart, and I love developing new materials, so whenever I see the chance to make a new worksheet or even something more complex, that I know will benefit my students (or other people’s students) I go for it.
With my Kindergarten boys we are working on nursery rhymes and folk tales, as part of the theme “established” by the books. As part of my own planning, I decided to work with the rhyme “Jack Be Nimble,” and so the idea is for students to recite it, we even reenacted it, and to work on some basic vocabulary.
For this, I thought it would be fun and challenging enough to have the boys complete the rhyme using drawings, given that they don’t write in English yet. I used the Mother Goose Club version for the lyrics, and designed this sheet, which has the rhyme with a blank space at the end of each line for students to make a drawing. If you have early finishers, you can encourage them to trace words from the rhyme.
My Transition boys can do more complex activities, so I designed a multi-step worksheet for them as a follow-up to the story Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell. This book comes with the whole Journeys Kindergarten pack that is sold to schools, so I’m not sure whether you can buy it separately. There’s a video of the story you can watch and use in case you don’t have the book, which is actually what I watched when I was designing the worksheet at home.
Basically, what I used both the story and the worksheet for is to review a set of concepts we worked on the previous year. Firstly, the boys had to read the names of numbers (if that actually makes any sense), and trace them the colors I told them. Then, they had to complete each sentence using an action (from the story). It’s important for me to continually review vocabulary related to action words with my boys, and to have them write and read more complex words.
Finally, after each sentence, there is a space for students to draw the amount of turtles mentioned at the beginning of the sentence. This can be seen as the fun reward for them (my boys love drawing!), but it’s also a way for teachers to assess if they really are making an association between then number in written form and the amount it indicates. You can get that worksheet clicking here.
If you get these products, or any of the ones in my store, let me know what you think. If there’s something you’d like me to create, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to help!
Love, Miss Camila