St. Patrick's Day Activities + Free Download

 


St. Patrick's Day is one of those silly little holidays that don't bring much meaning, but are fun to learn about in the classroom.  Over the years, my favorite crafts have been my leprechaun hats and my I'm Lucky Pots of Gold.  The pots of gold always turn out so cute, and are an amazing family gift.  Students most often writing about how lucky they are for their family.  The best.



But the other night, I went down a rabbit hole of leprechaun folklore.  And because my students absolutely love readers, I thought it was the perfect way to learn about leprechauns.  So I created a new resource that includes a The Legend of the Leprechauns reader in both color, black-and-white, and Google Slides™ plus a super-fun build-a-leprechaun craft.  I posted it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but I wanted to add it as a freebie, exclusive to my blog!

 

CLICK HERE for my Leprechaun Reader and Craft FREE download!

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FREE Valentine Craft


 

Valentine's Day is such a fun holiday in the primary classroom.  Unfortunately, we are still learning remotely so we won't be having any Valentine parties. 


But I wanted to give my students more options to make valentines for their families and friends.  In addition to my new fave Dinosaur Valentine Crafts, I'll add these koalas to my virtual classroom for my students to print at home.


This is the same koala I have in my Australian Animals Crafts and Writing, and I'm so glad I found another fun way to use him!


CLICK HERE to download the Koala Valentine Craft for FREE!

 

Thank you all for being KOALA-TY friends!  And for more fun valentine crafts, click below!




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Chinese New Year FREE Download

 

Chinese New Year has increasingly become one of my favorite holidays to learn about in kindergarten.  There is so much history, and the Zodiac animals are so interesting.


Over the past few years, Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee has been my favorite read aloud for the holiday.  It has a great plot while also teaching about the 12 zodiac animals.  And it gives me fun fairy tale adventure vibes while reading it.  And who doesn't love a classic "going to grandma's" story?!


My FAVORITE craft is my Chinese New Year Lantern.  It's so easy for kindergarteners to complete, and almost no prep for teachers!  It includes student-friendly picture instructions, all 12 zodiac animals, and comes in both color and black-and-white!  I print on cardstock, with the handles on red cardstock.  But any type of thick paper would work as well.  

 


And it's time for another F R E E download!  In December, I worked on a new Holidays Around the World bundle.  I wanted my students to learn, read, and write about various holidays (other than Christmas).  They loved them, and you can get the Chinese New Year resource for free at the link below!  It includes a fact page, various writing pages, a word bank, and a reader.  It also has a Google Slides™ version to share easily with students and their families at home.


CLICK HERE to download the Chinese New Year unit for FREE!

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Groundhog Day Free Download

 


 

I'd be lying if I didn't say that whenever Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, I'm a little hopeful for an early spring.  

 

Groundhog Day is such a silly little holiday.  But I love it in kindergarten.  It's the perfect excuse to do fun themed centers and activities and to talk about the weather and seasons.  And I have a free download for you!


A few weeks ago, I worked on some Groundhog Day printables and Google Slide™ activities for my students while we are distance learning.  I wanted them to have opportunities to craft, learn about groundhogs, talk about the weather, and predict the outcome of the day.  And one activity we always love are our emergent readers.  This one is great to teach about Groundhog Day and to record the outcome.


I was also working on more intervention activities for my students who are still working on letter naming, so I created some fun themed centers.  In the free download, you'll get both a color and blackline version of a Groundhog-themed letter match game and a Boom Card™ digital task card game.  


CLICK HERE to download the Groundhog Day Literacy Centers for FREE!


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100th Day Free Download

 


The 100th day of school is such a fun milestone in kindergarten.  It's a day to celebrate all we have accomplished in the school year, to count to 100, and to have fun.


I don't do too many special projects or centers during the day, but I do have a few favorite crafts I like to do.  My three favorites are my 100th Day Poster, 100th Day Crown, and my 100th Day LanternYou can get them all in the bundle HERE.


This year, we are still learning remotely, so I created some 100th Day Digital Slides with high hopes that I would remember to send them to my families.  I wanted my students to take pictures, draw, or show off a collection of 100 things.  But of course, I forgot to send them.  Maybe next year.


CLICK HERE to download my 100th Day Poster for FREE!

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Google Slides™ Literacy Center Free Download

 

I love Google Slides™ for a few reasons: they're free, easily accessible, and easily customizable for most teachers.  During distance learning, I have learned so much about Google Slides™; how I can use them for distance learning, and how my students can use them independently.  They have really changed the way my distance learning curriculum has gone, and I'll never look back.


I have worked on a few Google Slides™ bundles: 

  • Back-to-School Digital bundle where you can find a digital calendar, Zoom expectations, digital rewards classroom management, and more
  • Digital Literacy Bundle where you can find letter formation slides, letter sound slides, a digital version of my Personal Word wall, and literacy centers
  • Digital Literacy Centers Bundle where you can find a matching set of adorable crayon-themed centers for essential skills: sight words, CVC words, letter matching, letter sounds, rhyming words, beginning sounds, middle sounds, and ending sounds

 

And if you haven't seen how Google Slides™ can work for your kindergarten classroom (or kindergarten student at home), I encourage you to do so!  Most of these slides have audio, and when played in Present mode, the audio plays automatically!  The below link will take you to a full freebie of one of my new crayon literacy centers.

 

CLICK HERE to try my Crayon Letter Match Google Slides for FREE!

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New Year's Activities for Kindergarten

 

 
The first day we come back from winter break, I always spend some time talking about new year's resolutions.  In kindergarten, many students don't understand what a resolution is and what it means.  I love to do an interactive read aloud of "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" by Pat Miller to help with this.  It's such a great story about helping friends; a trait we are always talking about in school.


This year, as we come back from break while still in distance learning, I created Google Slides™ for all of us to complete.  After reading "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution", we will quickly brainstorm more ideas on what we would like to resolve to do in the new year; both in school and at home.  I anticipate a lot of my students saying their resolutions are to "help friends" and "help family", and that is just fine.  I love getting more creative, but making a resolution as a five-year-old is a tricky task.  


I anticipate it will take us a few days to complete a slide for all of us.  I'll screen share my slides and type in what they would like to say.  I love when my students share their ideas and goals with each other, they really are the best.  


Click here for my New Year's Resolutions Google Slides™!  Happy New Year, friends!

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