This is a dynamic packet of literacy activities for centers/stations, small groups, and whole groups. If you are looking for a bargain group of wonderful printables for your students to use, you have found it! Ten different printables are included!!!
Alphabet Knowledge, Pigs in a Pen game: Have your kindergartner, other children, and members of your family play. Use this sheet, a pen, and ABC flashcards. Show the first player a card. If he or she gets the letter and sound right, have him or her make a vertical or horizontal line in between two dots. The next player gets a different card. If he or she gets the letter and sound right, he or she also gets to make another line. This is played until a box is made. The player who made the box gets to draw a pig in the middle. Play the game until all the boxes have been made or until time runs out (about 15 minutes). If your students have mastered the alphabet, use site word cards instead of alphabet cards. This was an absolute favorite in my kindergarten classroom. The students would beg to play! The printable can be blown up to a poster size, laminated, and used in whole group/small group instruction.
Book Talk written response: This is a great printable page for independent book responses. Model the activity during whole group read alouds and then put this book response in place during centers or reading time. They also look great up on bulletin boards.
Draw the Word, phonetic reading activity: These five worksheets contain words that are easily sounded out. Practice with students in small group sounding out words and then illustrating the word. These worksheets are great for literacy centers.
Fishing for Knowledge-Literacy Center Favorite: This is a student favorite that encourages reading, writing, cooperation, and turn taking! Enjoy a ready to print record keeping sheet for students who are actively learning a teacher directed skill (alphabet knowledge, names, site words, etc.). Once you have used the supplied template to make your paper fish (and have magnetic fishing poles available), you will have a literacy center to last for years! Directions: Page one is the printable for students to record their work. Providing clipboards for the students to use during their fishing is helpful. The single fish below is the template for you to print out, cut out and use as a tracing guide. I used large sheets of construction paper in various colors and traced as many fish as I could fit on the page. Then with a sharpie, write alphabet letters, student names, word wall words, etc. Laminate the pages and cut out. To make the fish magnetic (enough to cling to a store bought fishing pole), staple at least 5 staples where the fish’s mouth is. Test out the area with your pole and if the magnet doesn't pull it up, add more staples. I teach this activity in both whole group and small group lessons where the students take turns fishing and each student records their “catch.” To use this activity for literacy centers/station, fill a plastic tub with 2 fishing poles, the printable above, clipboards, and the fish (with your targeted area written on them) in a ziploc bag. This is a student favorite that encourages reading, writing, cooperation, and turn taking!
Happy Face Book Review: This is another great printable page for independent book responses. Model the activity during whole group read alouds and then put this book response in place during centers or reading time. They also look great up on bulletin boards.
Comparing Names Printable: Help your students learn to recognize their names and the letters within the names! First introduce this printable worksheet in a small group or whole group learning time. Choose a child and write his/her name in the first box. Then count and discuss the number of letters in the student’s name. Use a class list that is posted or index cards with other students’ names written on them to search for names that are shorter, longer, and the same length as the student’s name. If a child cannot find a name to fulfill one of the criterion, teach them to write, “none.” After three or more practices in a group setting, this activity can be moved to a language arts learning station/center.
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