You already know how important it is to teach vocabulary. You likely also know that we need to be directly teaching important vocabulary words. I’ve provided these examples to give you an idea of ways you might structure lessons to teach vocabulary. The examples are in a pdf format and ready for you to download and use.
Using Data to Form Flex Groups – Kindergarten Writing
You’ve likely heard about using data to inform student achievement. You’ve also likely used assessment data from your state tests to try and do that. There are many ways to use data, including the kinds of data you collect in your classroom. This short piece describes how to use data from a rubric to form flexible groups for instruction. Download the pdf to learn more about how to use this data strategy.
You may also want to download a copy of the kindergarten rubric that is used in this strategy.
Kindergarten Developmental Rubric
This three-page handout has an example of a developmental rubric that can be used in kindergarten.
Download the pdf of the kindergarten rubric and ideas for its use.
You may also want to see my post related to using the data from this rubric to form flexible groups.
Learning to Count
When teaching students to count, there are a couple of basic tools every teacher needs. Here’s the great news: These tools cost almost nothing and are very simple to reproduce and use. DOWNLOAD MY HUNDREDS CHART and perhaps print one for each of your students. DOWNLOAD THE NUMBER CARDS and make a number line and/or use the cards in a variety of other ways.
Counting Sort With Sentences
This is another sort that I designed when I put together the Content Card for Counting (Kindergarten Level). In this activity, students practice using sentences that have a number. DOWNLOAD THIS ACTIVITY and your students will soon be making sentences.
This is a sort in which students count to answer “how many” questions with up to ten things. This is for Kindergarten and goes with my Content Cards for Counting. DOWNLOAD THIS ACTIVITY for a tool that willl help students sort pictures as well as their corresponding numbers and number words.
Content Card – Counting 1, 2, 3
One of the things I do to determine the quality of a curriculum is to review the actual content the curriculum will include. This is the content card I developed for the common core’s DRAFT grade-level kindergarten standards that deal with counting. I’ve also reviewed the the corresponding standards for the State of Michigan and the Commonwealth of Virginia. See what you think! DOWNLOAD THE CONTENT CARDS.
Kindergarten Data Sheet – Can students write their names?
One of the things kindergarten teachers like to track is how students are coming along with writing their names. So here is an idea for doing that. What is great about this tracking sheet is that the interventions are built in! I’ve put in a few illustrative examples to show you how to connect interventions and strategies to the data. Notice how simple using data really is.
I’ve included a number of things you may want to download and try: The overview sheet with tips about using the tracking chart, the tracking chart in a PowerPoint so you can customize it how you wish, and the tracking chart in EXCEL for those who might like to keep the records electronically.