Saturday, July 23, 2011

Keep It Super Simple (KISS)



Soon summer will be behind us and the leaves will start to change color. Fall will be upon us and we will be back at school. Here is a simple worksheet I like to use as a simple cut and paste to build sight word knowledge. We really stress that the children not say "a" so they understand the difference between a letter and a word which is one of our kinder standards. When the kids practice reading this they are convinced that reading is easy as pie!


I hope you are not getting tired of these little strip books but I use this one a bit later when the kids are working on writing sight words and often we practice on wipe-off boards first before we go to this little book. After we fill it in students like to practice reading it together. This goes in their literacy bag to practice at home. If you want your own copy click here and just leave a comment. Let me know what activities you have success with.

46 comments:

daleseb said...

Another wonderful idea!!! Are you going to be selling these on teachers pay teachers?
Dalese

Barbara said...

Love the suggestion to say
"a" as a word.
Well got my Pete the Cat TPT Packet and tried it out on my Granddaughters today.
They loved everything.
It's official.
It’s a winner.
Kid Tested!!
Fondly, B.

Hadar said...

Love it! And love that little owl!! I am obsessed right now! p.s. I have an interview at Oak Creek on Tues! Wish me luck!!!!! :)

Hadar
Miss Kindergarten

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Hadar,
Any school in this district would be so lucky to have you. If I was on the kindergarten team interviewing you I would insist everyone look at your blog since it truly reflects the effective strategies you are using in your classroom to keep little ones engaged. Good luck but you will have no trouble selling yourself.
Fran

Mrs. King said...

I love all the great ideas you share. I've been blog stalking your for awhile and finally started my own. I'ld love it if you would take a look and give feedback. I'ld also love to know how you make your postings look like scrapbooks. So cute.
http://kingskindergarden.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

Hi Fran!
I love EVERYTHING you make and post. Your talent amazes me! Thank you!
Beth
btroutman70@gmail.com

kathy said...

I love your "a" strip book! Strip books are great for conserving paper.
Kathy

Kari said...

I love the idea of strip books and this is another great one! Thank you for sharing!! Also, I bought your Pete the Cat unit and am excited to use it. You have such fabulous ideas!!

Kari :)

Marisol Perez said...

I love your strip books and they save on paper.

Ashley DeMazza said...

Hi my name is Ashley DeMazza. I live in Falls Village CT with Mr. DeMazza, also a teacher, and the two DeMazza daughters. I am also Mrs. DeMazza to lots of 5 year olds at North Canaan Elementary School. I am so glad I found your site. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas!

Brittany said...

Thank you so very much for all of your wonderful ideas. I have been out of the classroom for 6 years staying home with my kiddos. I am going back to work this year and I am so blessed to be teaching kindergarten. You have helped me so much with your ideas. Thanks again.

Sarah said...

Love it!! what a CUTE way to get students motived and READING!!! LOVE!
Sarah Hetrick

mrszimm said...

I love your strip books. T"hey will be going in my kinders' book boxes that they use at independent reading time. THANK YOU!!

Pam said...

Love the idea of teaching 'a' as a word. Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas!

Pam

billi said...

I can't say it enough how motivating you are for someone who has been feeling the classroom "burn out". I love everything you share and for the first time in a few years am actually excited to get back to school. Thank you so much.

nikkibag said...

Super cute and the kids will be very successful with this!!! Great stuff!!

Miki said...

Thank you Fran!! I LOVE this!! Do you have a link for the first worksheet...the one that you cut and paste the "a"?? I can only find the link for the awesome strip booklet. Thanks again...you are AWESOME!!!!!

Meredith said...

Thanks for taking the leap into fall...another "Fran-tastic" idea!

Jennifer said...

Love this idea. I tell my children that they would not be allowed in my class if they could not read. Since they are in my calss, I KNOW they are readers. We use names, pictures, environmental print, etc. Making them believers is the first key step. Too bad, it gets a bit harder very soon. With your ideas, I will be able to keep them convinced longer:-)

The Peterson Family said...

Thank you for sharing - as always, another cute and wonderful idea!

http://mrspetersonsroom.blogspot.com/

Karen LeBlanc said...

Love it!!!

Judi said...

Fran, Thanks so much for all your hard work, great ideas and for sharing so much with us. I always look forward to the beginning of a new school year (this will be year #38!!!)with all the new challenges and adventures. The beginning of this school year will be even more special with all your great ideas that I have collected from your blog!

Kristen said...

Love it!

Ke'Andra said...

Another great creation:)
Ke'Andra

mystrerdr said...

I love all of your ideas that you post. You make everything seem so easy. I would love to sit in your classroom for a day or two.

Jodi said...

Another great printable!! Thanks so much!!

hovestj@gmail.com
kinderkats.blogspot.com

kindergarten crayons said...

Thanks for the great ideas! Sure helps to give me a "jumpstart" for the new year. Carol

Mrs.Kazanjian said...

Hi. Saving the a sight word book to use this year! I am so excited to get started using all the great things I have found over the summer! Have to say that after working with different teams of people with some never wanting to share anything you really set a good example of sharing with others! Thanks again for being so creative!

Wintaka said...

Hi,
Would you be willing to give a little lesson on strip books. They look so intriguing. You have creatyed so many fabulous things. My students are going to have wonderful things to do this year.
Terry
THYordan@aol.com

KinderKween said...

I used to live and teach in So Cal. Wish I still did so I could meet you! I love your style... and thank you for these items. Students will love and be able to "read" right away! :)

Sharon Shervey said...

I've been one of those bogstalkers who gets very energized at things you post and make me think. Thanks for keeping your ideas so intriguing for all levels of children in kindergarten.

Angela Wageman said...

Thank you Fran! These are wonderful. I agree with the poster a few messages above who said she would love to sit in on your class for a few days! What a learning experience that would be!
Angela
Just Love Teaching

Judy Dillon said...

Thanks for all your hard work! Love it!

Jenny said...

Super cute as always!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Ashley said...

Love this and all the strip books!! You are great...thanks for sharing!

Cathy said...

Thank you so much! I'm loving the strip books, especially since I am saving paper at the same time :)

Unknown said...

Love it thanks.

Cassie said...

Thanks for sharing!

msbossier said...

I am new to reading blogs this summer, and I am wowed by all the great ideas and creative, dedicated teachers out there. I have downloaded a number of your terrific little books and workmats to try in my classroom this fall. Thank you not just for your ideas but your enthusiasm and belief that we can improve our instruction and make it fun for the kids also.

Chris said...

Thank you for sharing your talent. The resources are amazing!

KinderLearningBunnies said...

I love all of your work. My students really benefit from your time and talents. Tracy

Mrs. Glennon's Beach Buddies said...

Love this idea! I am new to your blog, but I am loving it! I would love to know where I could get these. Please let me know!

Mrs. H said...

I LOVE your stuff! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!

Patricia said...

So creative, thank you!

Jeff and Kira said...

Love it!! Thank you!

Jeff and Kira said...

I love your stuff! Thank you for making it possible to sure your creativity!!