Saturday, January 25, 2014

Assessments, assessments, and a Freebie!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for their Five for Friday party! (yes, I know, it's Saturday but, better late than never, right?)

There was just so much going on this week that I thought it would be easier to share using this amazing linky party! So, here we go!

1. My kiddos are learning about bug nursery rhymes this week (specifically spiders) so I made up a little sight word game for them! I just used some leaf clipart and added sight words to them to make word cards then cut out a little spider to hide behind them. The kiddos took turns coming up, pointing to a word they knew, reading it, and then checking behind to see if they found the spider!

2. I also wrote the Little Miss Muffet rhyme on the board for us to discuss. We are talking about rhyming (obviously), patterns, prepositional words, writing sentences with uppercase letters/word spaces/punctuation, and, of course, sight words so we used different colored markers to kind of label our poem. We started by finding the rhyming words and underlining them which helped us label the AABCCB pattern of the poem. We then circled the prepositional words in blue and drew red rectangles around the sight words we have learned so far. We then talked about when to use an uppercase letter and circled them in green. Finally, we finished up by talking about periods and exclamation points, when to use them, and reminded ourselves to use a finger space between words so our writing doesn't look like one big long word.

3. This week has been all about assessments. (yep, it's that time of year) So, to make my assessments a little easier (and much more motivating for my kiddos!) I made up a little skills tracking set. It's designed to assess early skills like handwriting, letter and number recognition, phonetic reading, and even behavior!!

I actually laminated the assessment pages and bound them into a book so I can reuse them over and over!

Plus, I put the record sheet inside the front cover to make it easier to record when one of the kiddos makes it into a "club".

Once a kiddo passes an assessment, they get their name on a little tag that goes up under the club poster for all to see! They get so proud!!

Plus, for each club they get into, they get a little membership card that they get to keep with their name and the date they made it in!! Makes for GREAT motivation to keep working!
4. This is an example of the writing assessment that I use for the Writing Rockstars club. I simply have them write each uppercase letter, lowercase letter, and single digit number in the blanks and, when they are able to do so legibly, they are in! Although I have this one laminated and in my assessment booklet, I still copy it off for each child. Having it in the book just helps me remember where it is ;)

5. If you want to check out this assessment set for yourself, you can find it in my store or you can check out the Educents bundle that it's in right now with 27 other amazing products!!
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  1. I love how you motivate your kiddos with assessment! That is a great idea! I am sure my first graders would love all of those membership cards too!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Learning to the Core

  2. The membership cards are a great idea. Great post!

  3. I really like the membership cards. Thanks for sharing!! Super cute idea.:)

    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures