Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Quick Line Order Procedure!

A Quick Line Order Procedure!

Whenever I place my students in line order; it seems to lessen cutting and saving spots.  I write the exact list down on paper and students have to follow the line format. I form LINE 1 and LINE 2.  Students line up with the same classmates in front and in back of them for the entire year.  Please feel to make necessary adjustments if needed. 

Let’s hypothetically say Mary (LINE 1) and Steve (LINE 2) are the line leaders this week and Jill and Pete are behind them.  Mary and Steve hold the line leader spot until the following Monday morning.  Mary and Steve now go to the back of the line and Jill and Pete are now the line leaders for the week.  All students get a chance to be the line leader for the week and formations rotate in this manner the entire year.

If a student has to leave the line for any reason, they go right back to their space.  This has saved arguing, cutting as well as saving spots.  I hope you enjoyed this line order tip!

Now if you really want to throw a curveball, ask the class to line up in a circle!  If they line up in a circle, then who is first?  Who is last? 



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Probability Lesson


I taught a fun math lesson in my class recently.  We were learning about probability and I used colored blocks to show the differences with the terms likely, unlikely, equally likely, certain, or impossible.

I began the lesson by talking about probability, predictions and outcomes.  I provided a few examples of each and the students seemed to grasp the varying definitions.

Next, I placed one green and one yellow block into a bag and informed the class that I would have ten draws.  The students had to make a prediction of which color would be pulled more often… or would the results be the same?  They wrote their predictions on their dry erase boards (one of my favorite teaching tools).  It ended 6-4 in favor of green.  The students comprehended that the chances were still equally likely of either color being pulled.

In addition, I placed two green blocks and one yellow block in the bag and I did another ten draws.  The results pretty much held true to form.

Finally, I placed nine green blocks and one yellow block into the bag and the whole class drew this time.  Odds had it that the entire class pulled green.  They knew that the odds of green getting pulled were roughly 1/10, therefore; three yellow blocks should be drawn. 

The lesson was hands on and the entire class was involved.   The excitement level was high and learning was taking place.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Daily Morning Worksheet Student Samples


I am providing a few samples of how my students answer questions on my Daily Morning Worksheets. These common core aligned worksheets are designed to be used in grades 3-5. They include language arts, math, puzzles, grammar, synonyms, antonyms, and geography questions.  The creativity behind the worksheets stemmed from years of daily morning work questions that I would make up on my own.  The point of the critical thinking sections is to challenge students' thinking and not to come up with one "correct" answer. The class discussion that occurs is the most important part of these exercises. This built in differentiation leads to very high levels of class participation!

Students are expected to complete the sheets in about ten-fifteen minutes every morning.  In this timeframe, students will use dictionaries, thesauruses', atlases, learned math and vocabulary skills, critical thinking, and the understanding behind solving patterns. We review the answers as a class.

My students have honed their skills by using their resources every day. I taught my students how to use dictionaries, atlases, thesauruses, index, glossaries, etc., earlier in the year.  These reference materials stay on the students’ desks all year long for easy accessibility.

I will provide more examples of Daily Morning Worksheets in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in trying this out in your own classroom, here is the link to my free sample on TPT.

Thank you,


Student Sample 1

Student Sample 2

Sunday, March 10, 2013

All in the Family

Hi everyone!  I am Christina Killeen.  I am Sean's wife and I am a Kindergarten teacher in the same school district as my husband.  In fact, we were set up on a blind date through a mutual friend that also works with us!  So I guess you could say that we really are keeping it "all in the family!"

I have recently begun to collaborate with my husband on Kindergarten products for his TPT store.  I am enjoying the creative process, the challenge of creating common core aligned materials that are fun and engaging, and juggling my roles of wife, mother, full-time teacher, and collaborator.

Here is a freebie from my St. Patrick's Day Pack.  Hope you enjoy!

You can check you the rest of the pack here.  St. Patrick's Day Kindergarten Pack