Smart Board for Kindergarten and Preschool
USING THE SMART BOARD AND NOTEBOOK SOFTWARE ACTIVITIES
Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms are now being supplied with Smart Boards. The question is: How can these be used as an effective teaching tool? We hope the ideas and videos on this page will help answer this question.
Note: Similar activities can also be done even if you don't have a Smart Board. These are outlined within each theme unit.
FAMILY AND PETS SMART BOARD ACTIVITY
ALPHABET REVIEW USING THE KOOSH BALL
The Smart Board game shown above reviews the previous letters that were introduced in the "Alphabet Program" (c, u, a, t, m, e, q, n, f, h, d and i) related to the "Family and Pets" theme . Distribute the alphabet picture cards found under the heading "Alphabet Program" that represent these letter sounds (at least two pictures for each letter). Each student takes a turn throwing the koosh ball at the smartboard. If a child has a picture card beginning with that letter sound they come forward. Together determine if this is the correct match. This is adaptable for a Center activity.
ALPHABET RECOGNITION AND NUMBER RECOGNITION GAMES
Each student is given a bingo card (if you are a member these are supplied for you). You can also find bingo card generator tools online. A student would select a hidden grid from the Smart Board table. A picture will be displayed. Each student would mark off the letter that represents the sound on their bingo card. The first student who has three letters that go across or down would have BINGO.
Number Recognition Using the Ten Frames
The number cards would be turned upside down. The students would draw a number card and move that many black dots to the ten frame. The ten frame would represent the same amount as displayed on the number card. This could continue as a Center activity.
Instant Number Recognition Memory Activity
Allow the students to see the ten frame briefly then cover it with the screen shade. Allow them to discuss how many black dots they saw. The students should share their strategy on how they saw the dots. After, display the ten frame to confirm what they saw. Example: One student may have seen 5 and 1 which makes 6. Another student may have seen 4 white squares and knew this was 6. Sharing the strategies is an important part of developing math number sense. This could continue as a Center Activity.
A posting on our blog demonstrates how this game was created.
NUMERAL IDENTIFICATION AND PRINTING
The video demonstrates how numeral printing and identification is introduced through using the Smart Board. It also demonstrates how children are introduced to the concept of how a number can be shown in a variety of ways.
Printable Versions Found in Math Focus Curriculum
Teen Numeral Printing and Identification
Teen Numeral Printing
Printable Versions Found in Math Focus Curriculum
FIRST DAY/WEEK SMART BOARD GAMES
The students will play games that would require them to identify activities and objects found in their school environment. These are simple games that will allow them to become familiar with the Smart Board and notebook software. These games can also be played on the computer that has notebook software downloaded onto it. There is also a printable version of game two available.
Smart Board Game File
Printable Game Board for Game Two
ZOO THEME GAME USING THE SMART BOARD
Students roll the die and move that many spaces accordingly. They would either mark off the letter sound that represents the picture or the matching picture. There is also a hard copy of this game board if you do not have a smart board.
SCIENCE ACTIVITY USING THE SMART BOARD
Living and Non-Living Sorting
The living and non-living sorting pictures would be copied and cut. The students would sort them according to if they are living or non-living.
Sorting on the Smart Board
The students will move the pictures to the correct vortex (Living and Non-Living) that they represent. If they move it correctly the picture will dissolve into the vortex or otherwise it will be rejected. After the sorting activity is completed; it can be reset to play again.
OCEAN THEME - ALPHABET REVIEW GAMES
The students will move the words on the Smart Board to the correct picture that represents it. This requires the children to have a sound knowledge of their alphabet and initial sound identification in order to complete this activity. They will look at the beginning letter to assist them in completing this game. This game would be displayed on the Smart Board or could also be played on computers if the Notebook software has been installed. This game is also available in a hardcopy format if you do not have access to a Smart Board.
SIGHT WORD OCEAN GAME
The video above is a tutorial of how to play this alphabet ocean sight word review game using the Notebook software. This would be played on the Smart Board or computer if the software has been installed,. This is also available as a hardcopy game that can be copied and played using regular dice.
SPACE AND ROBOTS THEME - MATCHING, RHYMING AND SIGHT WORD GAME
The video above is a demonstration and tutorial of how the downloadable version of the game found in the "Robots and Space Theme" has been transferred to the Smart Board. The game focuses on developing the concepts of matching, rhyming and sight words.
TRANSPORATION THEME - ALPHABET REVIEW GAME
The video demonstrate the Smart Board version of the game. The students would click on a planet and move the corect spaceship that corresponds to the initial sound of the picture displayed on the planet.
COMMUNITY HELPERS - IDENTIFYING COMMUNITY HELPERS - INITIAL LETTER SOUNDS - ENDING SOUNDS
Smart Board Version of the Game
The students would identify the community helpers displayed in the picture and move the letter that represents the intial letter sound of the picture displayed. This is a good review of their initial letter sound recognition.
Smart Board Version of Ending Sounds Game
The video demonstrates the Smart Board version of the ending sounds game. The game would be displayed on the Smart Board. The students would move the letter to complete the sounds heard at the end in relation to the picture displayed.
SPRING THEME - RHYMING GAMES
Smart Board Version of the Game
Students will roll the die and the Smart Board and move their players to the corresponding rhyming picture. There are two games available. This could be a more competitive game where the person who has has the most rhyming matches is the winner or a cooperation game where they work together to find the rhyming matches. The video demonstrates how the game is played.
DINOSAUR THEME - ALPHABET REVIEW GAME
Students will select a cell from the table. If they select a letter that represents a picture of that letter sound on their game board then they move their player to that picture. There are two game boards. Each player takes a turn selecting the different covered cells. The first person who has their picture game boardl covered with players is the winner. This could also be a cooperation game.
Ten Frame and Other Activities for the Smart Board
As a member of the Kinderplans site you will have access to all the Smart Board activities I have created.
NUTRITION THEME - RHYMING AND SORTING
Students will be listening and matching the correct food pictures with their rhyming partners. They will also be sorting pictures according to if they are healthy and unhealthy choices.
FAIRY TALES THEME - CVC GAME CREATION - MORE DIFFICULTY
The students will be clicking on the picture and listening for the individual sounds to create the word related to the picture. They will be dragging the letters that represent the word of the picture. This will require them to have a sounds knowledge of all their alphabet sounds. If the "Alphabet Program" were followed some children will be ready to complete this task.
This version is easier than version one. The children must drag the correct word to the picture displayed. They can use their knowledge of initial letter sounds to complete this task.
The students will match the word to the picture using their knowledge of their alphabet sounds. The students will also drag the correct vowel letter to complete the word that matches the picture. This allows them to practice their knowledge of CVC sounds.
BUGS OR INSECT THEME
The students will be sorting the pictures according to if they belong to the insect or non-insect category through using the Smart Board. This can also be done on the computer if notebook software has been installed. This activity is downloaded from the member site.
WEATHER THEME - LETTERS "C" AND "U" ACTIVITIES
The video demonstrates a Smart Board activity that was created and can be used during Center Time. If you have Notebook software downloaded on your student computers the games can be played on them as well.
Letter Uu Smart Board Actvity
This video demonstrates a Smart Board activity that was created and can be used during Center Time. These games focus on the letter "Uu" and its corresponding sound. If you have Notebook software downloaded on your student computers the games can be played on them as well.
APPLES AND NUMBERS THEME - LETTER A
Letter "Aa" Smart Board Phonics Activities
This video outlines activities I have created for the Smart Board to help childen hear the sounds of short and long vowel "Aa" sounds.
ALL ABOUT ME THEME - Review Letters Cc, Uu, Aa, Tt, Ee and now Qq
The students will touch the spinner and determine the beginning sound heard in at the beginning of the picture and associate it with the corresponding letter.
HALLOWEEN THEME - WHAT'S IN THE CAVE?
In the link below you will find the Smart Board literacy activity that was outlined in my blog post related "What's in the Cave?"
What's In the Cave Smart Board Activity
FAMILY AND PETS - Letters Dd and Ii
This Smart Board activity is used as an introduction of the "Dd" sound an review of the letters "Qq and Gg". The students sort the pictures according to the inital letter sound they hear.
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CHRISTMAS - All Alphabet Letters
The video demonstrates several games available used to review alphabet lettters and sounds, as well, introduce the math concept of "more or less". These are available in printable versions and for the Smart Board.
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