Geometry and Pattern Blocks
One of my students favorite morning work activities is to play with my pattern blocks. Once we have gotten the first-of-the-year exploration out of the way, I ask them to make pictures out of their pattern blocks.
I got these pattern cards from Kelly’s Kindergarten. Then I printed them 4 to a page. Because the shape puzzles are smaller than the actual shapes they will be using to build the pictures, the students will need to think a bit harder (versus just placing the matching shape on top of the source document). Debbie Diller called this being able to visualize objects and their spatial relationships (sounds fancy). I created the recording sheet to go along with it.
You can grab the recording sheet by clicking HERE.
Positional Word Scavenger Hunt
This was one of our favorite activities for the beginning of the year. If you have your classroom labeled (example: door, chair, closet…) it really helps students notice these words AND this activity asks them to read the words! WIN! You can grab this free resource at the end of this post.