Fall is here and as a Kindergarten teacher, I’m all about the thematic units! There are huge benefits to using thematic units in your early elementary classroom. And I go all out! All the way to my math and literacy centers. Your students will love these fall themed literacy and math centers!
I get asked a lot about my classroom management and centers. Small group teaching is a must in my classroom. The only way I’m going to have an effective small groups meeting is to have the rest of the class engaged in activities.
Consistency and expectations are the most important when integrating centers into your classroom. If your expectations are not carried through, nothing gets accomplished! My students use an easy to follow schedule that makes transition a breeze! Yes…even Kindergarteners can follow it!
FALL LITERACY CENTERS
I see a lot of growth in my kindergarteners at this point in the year. We’re moving away from letter recognition to the first steps of reading. This fall unit is a great transition unit! Check out the centers that I include in this unit:
- Initial Sounds– learners look at each picture and decide the initial sound of each word. Have your learners use a clothes pin or paper clip to clip their answer on each card.
- Letter Matching– using magnetic letters, have learners find the lower case letter for each upper case letter.
- Letter Sorting- using a pocket chart, have learners sort each letter card by uppercase or lowercase.
- Syllables– have students look at each word card and decide how many syllables each word has. Learners transfer their answers to the response sheet.
- Sight Words– place sight word cards around the room for a Write the Room activity. Students walk around to find cards while writing the sight word on the response sheet.
FALL MATH CENTERS
We are moving away from number recognition to more number sense activities. What I love about these centers is that you can decide who completes them. Centers vary from number order all the way to beginning addition.
- Counting- learners count the pedals on the sunflowers. Use paperclips or clothes pins to clip the correct number. Transfer answers to the recording sheet.
- Number Formation– use playdough for learners to form numbers. Use counters to practice one to one correspondence.
- Addition– students work in pairs to build addition problems. Roll two die and use each number to find the sum.
- Number Sort– sort various number cards and put them in number order. Cards represent different ways to make numbers.
I created these thematic units to help teachers save time. No more spending hours trying to come up with center ideas. All of your centers are done for you! Click below to find out what else is included in this fall thematic unit!