Apples, Apples, and more Apples!

Our kindergarten classroom just finished our apple week and to celebrate we had an apple party!

Here are a few of the centers we worked on this week.

Rainbow Apples ~ Color Word Center
Students pull different color apple cards from a deck. They then select that color marker to trace “The apple is” for hand writing practice. The students then copy the color word from the card to fill in the blank.

Apple Lacing Center
Students worked on their fine motor skills this week by pretending to lace wiggly worms through different apples. The apples are labeled 1-6 with 1 being the easiest with the least amount of holes to 6 being the hardest with lots of holes.

 

Let’s Cook! ~ Apple Center
This was one of my favorite centers this week. Students used our pretend cooking set to “bake” different apple items. They followed recipe cards for apple pie, apple crisp, applesauce, and apple butter. They then record down how much of each item they used to make the apple dishes. The students loved pretending to cook delicious apple dishes. This was also a great math and following direction center.
Planting Seeds with Johnny Appleseed Center
Students used Gator Grabbers to work on their fine motor skills and math skills. Students glued apple seeds (I had a parent spray paint popcorn kernels black) unto their paper. They glued the number of seeds that the Johnny’s sign had posted.
Apple Write the Room
This is one of my student’s favorite centers. I hid cards around the room and they have to go on a “scavenger hunt” to find the cards and write down the secret clue on the back of the card. Because this is the beginning of the year I made the worksheet that correspond with the cards have a traceable print. The students LOVED this center.
Apple Letters
I created this center to help students with their writing and alphabet recognition. Students pull apple alphabet cards from a deck and use thin markers to trace the letter on their recording sheet. They trace the letter in the color that the card has the letter represented. They are the colors of apples, of course! Red, yellow, and green.
Apple Jacks Sight Word Center
To help practice the sight word “the” students used apple jacks and kid tongs to fill in the letters. Students loved the smell of their finished craft!
Apple Tasting
Of course we could not have an apple party without any apple tastings! We tried apple butter on crackers, apple juice, and made our own applesauce!

 

 

 

 

 
You can find all of these centers and more in my apple unit on TeachersPayTeachers.com
 

 

Habitat Animal Sort


In a few weeks we will be working on a farm unit in my kindergarten class. I am in the process of creating centers and worksheets and I have completed my first center.

In this center the students will sort the animal cards by where the animal lives. We will be focusing on animals and habitats later in the year and this center will help the student’s transition between the two themes.

In the pack:
7 different habitat cards
~tundra
~forest
~freshwater
~desert
~African plains
~ocean
~on the farm

Print, cut, and laminate the cards. Have students pull a card from the deck and place it under the correct setting. Each habitat card has 6 different animals for 42 cards total. 


The Common Core has yet to publish Science standards for  the elementary grades. I am using the tags from the Standard Aligned Systems (SAS) from Pennsylvania. They have adopted their standards from the common core. 
 
SAS tags:
  • 3.1.K.A5
  • 4.1.K.A:
Common Core “I Can Statements”
  •  I can sort and classify animals by their habitats.
  •     I can match animals by their homes.





Earth Day Center ~ Sight Word Match and Memory



We are coming to the end of the school year and I made this center to help my students review their sight words! We will use these cards during our Earth Day themed literacy centers.This sight word cards are part of my Earth Day Unit (Found Here!)
 Print, cut, and laminate the cards.


Ways to use these cards:

1. Use the cards to play memory for a center. Have students flip the cards over and match them through the game memory.
2. Pick cards out of the pack that you are focusing such as the number words or color words. Play memory.
3. Print out the cards and hang them on the word wall
4. Have students sort the cards in ABC order for a center during Earth Day.
Use cards in a game of memory!
5. Print out multiple sets and let the student splay a game of “go fish”.
6. Hide the cards around the room for students to use during a write the room activity.
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If there are any words you are focusing on that are not included in this pack, please send me a message with at least 3 new words and I’ll add them to the pack.

Common Core Standard Tags (Kindergarten)
Common Core Standard Tags (First Grade)
Common Core “I Can Statements”
  • I can recognize and read sight words.
  • I can recognize and read colored words.
  • I can recognize and read number words from one-ten.
  • I can recognize and match sight words. 
  • I can recognize and match colored words.
  • I can recognize and match numbers from one-ten.