Friday, July 8, 2011

Pirates, Free Literacy Center Downloads and Pete the Cat


This is how I manage my literacy centers.  The pirate ship was made using styrofoam sheets and paint. 
You can buy the sheets at most craft stores.  You draw your shape onto the sheet and then cut it out with a hot wand.  Super easy! 
The little pirates are birthday party invitations that I bought at Target.  Each child is placed in a group...pirates, anchors, pirate ships, jolly rogers or maps.  So you can see that today the pirate ships will complete the activities at the abc center and then they will read in the loft.  Each day I move the group icons to the right and the last one comes to the front.   
Below you will see the group charts.  Each child's picture is attached with velcro so that I can move them to another group if I need to.  (Excuse the starfish..my district is very strict about showing pictures of the kids). 


This is my word wall.  I LOVE how bright and colorful it turned out.  It is made out of fleece and felt.  The letters are hot glued on and the words are attached with velcro.



It is so hard to find classroom themed items for pirates so I had to make my own color charts.  I found clipart that I liked and used a paint program to change the colors.  I cut out the letters on my cricut machine.  I have no idea why I capitalized the first letter.  Grrr! Don't ya just get so mad at yourself when you get something finished and then realize you made a mistake!  :(  Click on the picture to download the pirate bears. 

Below are a few freebies for you.  My ABC center stays pretty much the same from week to week.  At the beginning we do font sorts and playdough letters and such.  After we've done quite a bit of letter work we start doing letter sorts.  Each week we focus on two or three letters during this time.  The kids cut out the pictures and sort them based on their initial sound. The kids who are working at a higher level  stretch their words and write the sounds they hear.  You will notice that there are also some colored ones as well.  These go in the abc center so that they kids can sort them in the pocket chart.  Click on the picture to download them.

Another center that stays the same from week to week is the Listening center.  In this center they listen to a story and then do a story response.  In the beginning these are very simple.  I've attached the ones that I use during the first months of school below. Click on the picture to download them.


Here are the icons for the pirate ship and the group charts.  Click on the links or  pictures to download the items.


Learning center Icons
Large group charts to attach the kids pictures to.


Mercy!  This is such a busy month for me.  I'm busy working on my presentation for Frog Street Splash in Dallas, Texas on the 22nd and then as soon as I get back from Dallas we go back to school.  Teachers report to work on July 25th and the kids start August 1st.  Wow!  That is quick!
We love Pete the Cat!!! :) You can click on the Pete the Cat picture to take you to the unit.  I love this class art project.  All of their cats seem to have their own personalities!



NOTE:  This unit is now called,  Colorful Cats and all references to Pete have been removed.  






56 comments:

  1. Awesome Pirate centers! Thanks for sharing :)
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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  2. First of all - this looks awesome! I love the pirate theme.
    I have a question - do you do guided reading while doing these centers? If so, how does that play into the rotation?

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  3. Do you keep your Names Station going all year? I am wanting to add this station to my rotation, however not sure how to change up the activities to last all school year.

    - Lauren

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  4. Deanna, the Thistlegirl pirate clip art is really cute. Have you seen Scrappindoodles has a new pirate set out? It is very cute. I really like their stuff too! You don't have to buy a commercial license either!I have a direct link from my blog.
    Tammy
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

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  5. Sorry to comment here, but no other way to get in touch with Lauren. :-) Creative Teaching Press has a book, "Name Games" and it has some great ideas in there. I use the name station all year. First semester I use first names and then switch to last names 2nd semester.
    Tammy
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

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  6. This is absolutely amazing!! Will you come do my room:) teehee!! Love it!!

    4th Grade Frolics

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  7. Deanna, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I am doing a pirate theme in my classroom this year. I was thinking I was going to have to do a pirate/beach theme bc I wasn't going to find a lot of pirate stuff but you have shared so many useful things! Did you make the crab and tree on your word wall? I love your ship! Do you not have dramatic play or blocks in your classroom?
    Ke'Andra

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  8. Thanks so much for the freebies. I bought your Pete The Cat last year and loved it. I can't wait to see the updates. I love the pirate stuff. Can't wait to use my Cricut for this project!!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  9. love the pirates, thanks so much for sharing

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  10. What an amazing blog!! Thank you so much for all of your great ideas. I am so in love with the crab and palm tree on your word wall. You really inspire me to be a better teacher. I just created a cute little pirate themed word wall. You can download it for free at my TPT store. I would love to know what you think!
    Thanks again for your generosity!!
    Fredia Shumway
    Frogs in First

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  11. AWESOME, AMAZING pirate ship!!! You've got my brain on high speed with all kind of ideas. I purchased your Pete the Cat unit last year and recently ordered the new book that will be out soon. How would this work if we already have the unit and your are updating it? Just curious. Thanks for all you do and thanks for sharing.
    Smiles,
    Kim
    schneiderk@stillwater.k12.mn.us

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  12. I love the pirate ship! What a fun theme, I've played with the idea of using this theme for some time. Pretty sure you just inspired me to go for it, thanks!

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  13. Hi Deanna!
    Thanks so much for the "freebies" and the pictures, especially the pirate ship. What a neat idea-what is a hot wand for cutting? Also, several months ago , I asked about the spelling chuncks and how they are cut. Are the posters after printing out glued on cardstock paper and how do you mount them on the cupboards?
    Thanks so much for sharing and I can't wait to try the pirate ideas. I am on my way to Target for the pirate party invitations!! Also, thanks for "Pete the Cat". I am definetly going to use this book this year!
    Have a great weekend and wish I could go to the FROG SPLASH to see you!
    Thanks,
    Maryann
    brennemm@carlisleschools.org

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  14. I purchased your Pete the Cat unit a while back. I can't wait to see the updates you make. Will it also include Pete the Cat Rocking to School?

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  15. I can't believe all the AMAZING stuff you find time to do. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. My school is doing a school-wide pirate theme this year and I can't wait to go back and share with all of them too. Every time something is printed in our color printer in the library that looks like your stuff somebody comments to me that it must be mine since I sing your praises on a daily basis to anybody who will listen... YOU ROCK!

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  16. How cute! You are so creative. Now, I'm thinking how I can change my workboard.

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  17. How cute! I love the pirate theme. I am doing a beach theme this year but maybe next year I could expand into a pirate theme. I was just afraid I wouldn't find many things. I really love your word wall and how colorful and attractive it is. I definitely need to work on mine so thank you for all the great ideas.

    Cindy
    Teaming Up To Teach

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  18. I LOVE the ship - so creative!!! Thank you SO much for sharing your cute ideas!
    I will be teaching Kindergarten in the Fall & your blog will be a great resource!

    I just started my own Kindergarten blog & would love for you to check it out & let me know what you think! :)

    http://gigglegigglekindergarten.blogspot.com/

    Haley

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  19. I'd love to know more about your center time! :) This will be my second year teaching kinder and I'm still working out the best way to do centers. Looks like you have 5 groups, with 3 each? What is your time frame for centers and how do you go about pulling small groups during this time? Thanks for all of your hard work and great resources! Julie

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  20. Your students are so very lucky to get you. You are so creative. Thank you for the freebies.
    http://k5teachermeade.blogspot.com/

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  21. Please help!!! I am on lettering delights and did all of the steps you told me to do. When I type my words in the try me box and hit the copy button down by the print and retrieve button It gets confussing. I open a word doc and paste my wording in there, but it comes up with the lettering delights logo in background. I own these fonts and have already purchase these. Please help!!! I am frustrated... Also how do you get the black and white border around your labels... I am sorry for all the question. You have a great site!!! Love it

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  22. Also insteading of sending from Anonymous I tried to do it through my google account but it just kept taking me back to the sign in screen.. Any suggestions...

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  23. Lettering Delights help- go to the post I made and click on the link to download the Creative Delights Companion software then follow all the steps I listed. If you still have problems call me and I will give you tech support! LOL 407-929-7868. Deanna

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  24. Anonymous - read this post about fixing your comments. Someone sent it to me and it fixed my problem :)

    http://scrapbookontheside.blogspot.com/2011/06/having-trouble-leaving-comment-with.html

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  25. I love your crab as well. I can't figure out if I want to do a monkey or beach theme. I keep going back and forth.

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  26. GRRRR! I just spent 20 minutes typing in a response to your questions and when I went to hit post it disappeared. Blogger can be so frustrating sometimes! I will have to make a post instead of a comment to answer your questions so I will try to do that tomorrow. Sorry, y'all!

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  27. Love it! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful and creative ideas!

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  28. I would love to see your class schedule!!! I'm wanting to incorporate Daily 5 next year and was curious to see what you do!!! You rock Mrs. Jump!!!

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  29. hehe! i love the goofy grin on the skull and crossbones! Nice work!

    シ Tracey
    Our Cool School

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  30. Oh, Deanna! You have great stuff and ideas to share. I bought your Pete the Cat unit last year. I didn't have time to cut out all of the pieces for the construction paper cat, so we improvised and did a directed drawing for your innovation on the book instead. They came out super cute! Can't wait to see your P the C updates! Thanks again.

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  31. Deanna you have inspired me! I'm not doing the pirate theme, instead I'm doing a ladybug theme... but I plan on taking your ideas and making them work for me. I love the colors ideas, I had just recently bought a pack of standard colors, but I'm gonna take it back and do ladybugs in different colors with the words. However, I can't figure out what program to use to change the colors. Any suggestions?? I use a mac.

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  32. Thanks for the fabulous ideas... again! :)

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  33. Also, I am so excited about Pete the Cat!

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  34. Deanna,
    Your blog (and classroom!) are aMAZing and I cannot thank you enough for all of the ideas and inspiration. You must have been in my brain this week, as I have been thinking of making listening center response sheets for the past few days! THANKS for the freebies :) Keep up the great work!

    http://livelaughteachrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  35. Just wanted to let you know that I was at Target today and they had a few cute pirate things in the dollar section. It made me think of you. :)

    Love your ideas! Super cute.... thanks for sharing such wonderful inspiration!

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  36. Thanks for the great ideas. I am new to professional blogging and I am completely addicted because of blogs like yours:)

    hoppykindergarten.blogspot.com

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  37. For anyone who was inspired by Deanna to do a Pirate theme like myself, go to Frogs in First's Blog and she a Pirate themed word wall on TPT for FREE! It is super cute. Her sight words listed are for First grade but Kinder can still use your ABC cards:) She also has other themed Word Walls.... Just thought I would share.
    Ke'Andra

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  38. ok I have a question about the laminator by scotch at Walmart that you mentioned another time. Can you buy the big sheets and put smaller things in then cut it apart? Does it stay sealed? I have to say that I just found your blog and I love it!!!

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  39. Snave- yes I use it to laminate little stuff all the time. Just leave an edge when you cut it out.

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  40. Popping by to say Hi. You were spotlighted in my Blog Mix Linky Party.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

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  41. Thank you for your generosity!

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  42. Thanks for all your WONDERFUL ideas! I had to grab the Pete the Cat and I think pirates are going to be all over my class this year! Love it!
    Kim

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  43. Free downloads? YAAAAY! I also featured you in the Blog Mixer Linky Party!

    Marcy @ http://busybeesandcupcakes.blogspot.com/

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing. These are absolutely adorable and I appreciate it! :)
    First Class with Mrs. Mac

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  45. Deanna you are so talented! I loved your Pete the Cat unit & was telling the illustrator about your unit when I met him in New Orleans. I want to buy your updated P the C, is the old & new rolled into one now? Thanks for all your great ideas!

    Laurie
    Biz1967@hotmail.com

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  46. You have so many amazing ideas I can't wait to incorporate into my K class this year! I love your center cards, but wanted to add a few more. Do you remember where you found the adorable kid clip art? I've tried to search online but can't seem to find it. Do you have another link with more cards to print? Thank you in advance for any help you can send my way!

    -Rachel

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  47. Hi Deanna. I went to Splash this year and loved all the new ideas I learned. I am new to this blogging stuff and would love to know how to save the fun things that you are sharing. I saved it to my computer but can't figure out how to copy it to be able to print it. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
    Cindy Clark

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  48. I have just recently started blogging and I was wondering how do you get word documents to show on your blog? I know how to add pictures and videos, but I can't figure out to to post an activity set that I have created. Thanks for your help.

    diaryofa1stgradeteacher.blogspot.com

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  49. I was so excited when I saw this post! I was just introduced to Pete the Cat this week during my Master's class and I fell in LOVE with it! I can't wait to use it this year!!! Cute ideas!

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  50. Etsy.com has some AMAZING clip art--including some gReAt pirate themed things (example of shop: paperspixel) and many have deals like buy one get one, etc. Check them out!

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  51. Deanna,
    Thanks for all of your freebies:) Can you post the rest of your learning center signs? I would love to have the pocket chart sign.
    Ke'Andra

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  52. I just purchased your Pete the Cat and Erica Boher's traveling bag and books idea. I'm so excited... Pete the Cat is a new character for me and I can't wait to introduce him to my students. Thanks for sharing your talents!
    Lory
    Lory's Page

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  53. can I buy more literacy center cards? or where can I make them? Thanks

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  54. Hi Deanna

    Thanks for sharing the literacy center cards. I was hoping to make a few more to accommodate all my learning centers and want them to look similar. Can you tell me what font you used from lettering delight? Will you make more and sell them on TPT. I would love to have your whole learning centers package would be worth buying. I love all your unit and have bought many. Thanks ahead of time and you are my go to person for all my units.

    Kelli Lundie
    kellilundie@yahoo.com

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