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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kindergarten RTI lesson and a Christmas Freebie

I love my little group of kinders, but sometimes I wonder what the heck I'm doing.  Kindergarten is NEW territory for me and well, I want to make sure that I'm doing what's best for them and their needs.  Though we focus on letter recognition, and letter sounds daily, we've have also been talking  about words and letters within words.
Before I explain this activity above, please note that 
1) I'm a Title Teacher now (though I've taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades.)
2) Many of my kiddos are not exposed to nursery rhymes stories, fingerplays 
or fine motor activities before starting school.
3) Some have a language delay...
My list of things could go on with why my activities may seem simple to others.
But it is at the developmental needs of my students, 
and hey--they are making gains! :)

When we did the activity above it was a mini-lesson to gather what my students knew.
I only had TWO of my kiddos this day.  TWO!
So I "winged it".

I started with the word the.  I wrote it on a sentence strip and gave it to both students.
I said this is a word.  It has three letters. Count the letters.  They agreed that they saw three letters.
On a different color sentence strip, I wrote the word the again and cut it apart.  
I said these are the three letters that are in the word "the."
Build the word the.  And they did. 

We repeated this activity for the words cat, is, and black. 

I said each one of these green letter strips make a word.  
Each one of the pink words together form a sentence.
I wrote down the sentence on a separate colored paper strip.
We added a dot to each word and counted the words.  
Then they built the sentence.

They quickly saw that letters make words, and words come together to build a sentence.

I kinda liked this quick little activity.  It went over well with my lil kiddos too.
It's a hard concept for some to grasp.

You know what else is hard...ALPHABETICAL order.
But my kiddos LOVED this ativity.
Based off of their enthusiasm, I knew I had to share it with you.

I was originally going to make a Christmas pack of station activities and put them on FB,
but because I'm such a last minute Lucy, I thought maybe you could use it now.

How I played this little activity in my small group.
1) I placed the letter cards face down in a pile.  On their turn students chose one.
2) They had to name the letter for me.  
3) We wrote the letter down in the first light.  I always said the yellow light.

4) We used the alphabet chart as needed to help us complete our strip.
They had to write the next three letters in the sequence.

 **When we used the alphabet strip, I told them to tell me when to stop as I came to the letter.
This helped them skim and scan quickly as well.
My little group is very well behaved and always quiet, but this activity broke them out of their shell just a bit.  The excitement by the 2nd go on the alphabet strip was just to much.  They were shouting (happily) STOP when I got to our letter. They were rereading the letters on their strips.

The excitement, engagement and the learning process that took place on this activity was awesome.
You want a copy?
Check it out. 

There are two I Can posters depending on how you want to use it (With or without a recording sheet)

 9 Letter Cards (with a number on each in case you choose to use the recording sheet)
Light Strands--I laminated them and had the students write on top.
One of my sweeties said, Really--we can just write on top of them and that's okay? :)
Yep---it's like magic! :)

 And the recording sheet should you choose to use it.

If this looks like a station you can use, click the image below to download.
Kindergarten RTI freebie


  1. Thank you SO much for sharing this, both ideas are GREAT! :)
    I am also at a Title 1 school and have varying degrees of abilities in my Kinder class.

  2. Thank you for sharing these ideas! You always have something new to tell us, he-he :) Sometimes it feels like I'm starting to be repetitive with my tasks and I can't come up with new games right away. And kids love those, you must find means to entertain them all the time. I even applied to custom paper writers to get help from experiences educators. But I guess it requires personal experience and imagination. I should simply keep teaching and enjoy it. Anyway, thank you once again, you are doing a great job.

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