April Centers

April is a fun time in our classroom!  The activities in this unit are hands on and help build on the vocabulary used throughout the months of April and May.
In April we spend a lot of time working on sight words.  I try to make it as fun as possible.  The boys and girls love Spring Sight Word Search seen below.  They search the room for the fun spring pictures and write the sight word next to the picture on the recording sheet.  They can color the picture to match.
Building sight words is a great way for students to look closer at the spelling of the sight words and will help them see the differences in the words.  We talk quite a bit about bees and their importance in the spring.  This is a cute way to get the boys and girls to discuss and review bees.
I always hold the boys and girls accountable for their work.  After they build the words they record it on the sheet below.
Spring Sight Word Race is a fun quick, no-prep activity.  The boys and girls roll the dice and write the word next to the matching number.  I let the boys and girls use colorful marker.  They color the winning spring animal.

We work hard on word families throughout our third trimester.  Most of the boys and girls can identify the beginning and ending sounds of words.  The boys and girls choose a flower and identify the picture.  They try reading each of the words until they find the matching word. They mark the word using a bee (attached to a clothespin).  They write the word on the recording sheet. 
Flower CVC Cover-up and Write is another fun activity see if students can identify and spell simple CVC words.  The boys and girls will identify the simple pictures and match the word to the picture.  They are color coded for struggling students.  Higher students may not need to use the petals.
The activity is a fun way to look closer at words.  The boys and girls will sort the raindrops under the matching digraph cloud.  They will identify the digraph and color it on the recording sheet below.

Farm Centers

Farm Literacy Centers for Kindergarten is our new unit.  This unit is perfect for kindergarten in the spring.  This unit is bundled with Farm Animals Vocabulary and Sorting (with real pictures).

This is one of my favorite activities in the unit.  The boys and girls will love the cute farm animals at the top (and you only have to print and it is ready to go:)).  The boys and girls at the center will roll a dice and write the word next to the number rolled.  I always encourage students to use lots of different colored pencils.  The animal that is reached by the words first wins.  The boys and girls color the winning farm animal.

My students love to build sight words, especially when there is an animal involved.  Students choose a card and then match the baby chicks to each letter to rebuild the word.  The boys and girls LOVE to write the word on the hen and baby chicks.

Who Lives on the Farm?  Is a word work activity that I love.  Students practice writing farm words and discuss animals that live on a farm.

Using the same vocabulary cards, the boys and girls will create the flip book below.  The boys and girls will practice giving each other clues and hints as to which animal is behind which barn.  That way when they get home they can have their parents guess.

I love to use crafts whenever possible.  You could hear a pin drop in the room during this activity.  Prior to starting we brainstorm all of the -en words that we can think of.  We decide the which words are real and which words are not real.  Then the boys and girls complete the step of the project to make their own Hen Family craft.  I like to read this with The Little Red Hen.  
Here is a Farm Freebie!! After discussing the life cycle of a chicken the boys and girls will enjoy this fun crafty project!  Click on the picture and it will take you to my TPT site to download!