Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sneezy the Snowman: Word Melt Freebie!

Hi friends! 
Today I wanted to share a fun activity with one of my favorite winter books: Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright.

I created this activity a couple years ago when I was teaching first grade. I love it because it can be used with any phonics skill Kinder-2nd grade! 
My first grade class had just started studying /oo/ words and all of the different spellings that this sound can have. I happened to read Sneezy to them, and low and behold, that story has a TON of /oo/ words with the oo and ew spellings. I thought that it would be fun for us to do a word sort with these different spellings, and whipped up a quick activity: 

For this activity, I had my students sort between the two /oo/ spellings found in the story. We re-read the story, and made a list of words first. Then we put them on our snowballs: 

Next, we started gluing down our labels on the background: 

The picture above shows this activity with two different CVC word families! As I was doing this activity, I realized that it would really work for any groups of words, especially word families. So I made a sample to show that too :)

Next we glued down our snowballs, and melted snowman in the middle:

Finally, we got to put the face and arms on the melted snowman! My kids loved being able to put these however they wanted on their "snowman blob" :)

Here is the finished product with CVC words:

My first graders just LOVED doing this word sort, and I hope that your students do too! 

Click on the picture below to download this activity for FREE!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Alphabet Football Fun!

Hi friends! 
I'm here today with a fun freebie for you: ABC Football! 
This game is an alphabet game to work on letter recognition or even beginning sounds. 
This game comes with letter cards for both capital and lowercase letters. The letters are printed on footballs. There are also "touchdown" cards included. To play, put all of the football cards and touchdown cards in a container or tin. Students pass the container around and pick a card. If they know the letter, they get to keep it! If they pick a touchdown card, they get to stand up and say "TOUCHDOWN!!" and then they get to go again. :) 

This game is tons of fun to use in small groups or centers. I love using it with my intervention group kiddos for extra practice. 

Because I LOVE football (Go Packers!) I created another fun football ABC game for my students. This is a letter matching game. Students match the lowercase letter found on the football to the "end zone" card that has the capital letter on it. 

I also made some alphabet spinners for my students to practice letter recognition. 
These spinners each have 4 letters on them. I have spinners for capital and lowercase letters. To play, students use a pencil and paperclip to make a spinner. They "flick" the paperclip and watch to see what letter it lands on. 
Then, students can record the letter that their spinner was on, on a recording sheet! 
These recording sheets can even be put into a dry erase sleeve to be used multiple times. 

These fun football games are included in my ABC Football pack! Click on the picture below to check it out in my store:  

Don't forget to download my ABC Football FREEBIE!! Click on the picture below: 

Want more fun with seasonal and themed centers?? 
My students LOVE using themed centers during Math and Literacy time like this apple letter matching game below: 

Happy teaching! :) 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Alphabet Fun & Freebies!

Hi friends!
I'm here today with a quick post about some of my new favorite alphabet activities and printables! There is a FREEBIE at the end of this post. So stay tuned!

Last year I created Word Family Foldables for my students, and they were a HUGE hit: 

So, I decided to create alphabet foldables! I am so excited to use these with my students in August. It will be great to work on cutting, coloring, printing, and the alphabet all at the same time:

Each foldable is two pages. The students cut the flaps on the top page, and then the top page gets stapled to the bottom page. There is one foldable for each letter. You can find these in my store here: alphabet foldables

And I am SO excited to use these alphabet tracing pages again with my students:

These worked great last year. I loved having a separate page for capital and lowercase letters, and having a dot so that my students knew where to start printing was helpful too! 

Of course, I still plan to use some of my same alphabet centers from last year! My kiddos LOVED this center using library pockets: 

This has been a blast in my classroom. You can find this activity in my ABC Centers Pack. 

And my favorite thing of all: my Beginning Sounds Musical Powerpoints!! 

Each letter has its own song! And students get practice with printing the letter, finding the letter, and the sound! Its a great teaching tool.

Finally, here is a new alphabet freebie that I created just for you! It's a quick and easy rainbow letter matching game. Click on the picture below to download:

Check out my alphabet post from last year for another fun freebie: 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Word Family Egg Hunt: Freebie!

Hi friends! 
Just a quick post to share my "Word Family Egg Hunt" activity that I have been doing with my students this week in stations. They have been LOVING this, and I wanted to share the template I made with all of you.

For this game, I wrote a number on all 16 plastic eggs. Inside the eggs, I put plastic letter beads that spelled CVC words. I sorted the beads ahead of times and wrote a master list of all the words that were inside the eggs so that I would have a reference. 
To play the game, the kids take turns "cracking" an egg and dumping the letters onto their mats. They have to unscramble the word and figure out what it is. A strategy that we came up with was to find the vowel first, and put it in the middle of the word. :) 
After they found their word, I have them write it on their paper with a dry erase marker! 
We've played this game all week, and the excitement is definitely still there! 

Want to download the template to use with your students?
Click on the picture below: 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

CVC Games and a Freebie!

Hi friends! It has been a VERY long time since I've blogged. I'm here today with a quick post about some of my favorite CVC games and centers that I have been using with my students this school year. 
If you stick around till the end of the post, there's a fun freebie for you too! :) 

My students have been LOVING these word family foldable books that we've been making. We have one for each word family, and they call them their "flappy books." Students cut on the dotted lines to make the flaps, and then the page with flaps gets stapled to the bottom page. Students practice reading sentences and CVC words. 

We have been loving our milk and cookie CVC matching games in centers too! 

And these CVC blending puzzles are a big hit as well! I love that my students can do them independently. :) 

It's almost spring time, so I made a fun little rainbow CVC word matching game for my kiddos to play this month: 
Click on the picture above to download this CVC RAINBOW MATCHING FREEBIE!! 

Happy Spring! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Classroom Cornucopia FREEBIES!

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? This year I am having a virtual Thanksgiving Potluck with some of my teacher besties! We have so much to be thankful for, and we wanted share our blessing with you!
We created a FREE Classroom Cornucopia of our best selling resources! These are some of our favorite classroom creations that can be used throughout the year. Here's a taste of everything we shared in our Cornucopia...

Emily from Polka Dots Please shared a Tooth Word Bank that can be used for writing folders, anchor charts, or a creative writing center. There are pictures to match every word so little writers feel inspired and supported! (This is a BONUS word bank that is not included in the original set!)

Alisha from Missing Tooth Grins shared Winter Main Idea Passages. These main idea passages are designed for the winter months and help your students understand and practice telling the main idea and supporting details from a short passage. They are consistent, easy to use, and require no prep!

Jessica from Mrs. Stanford's Class shared Post It Note Reminders! These easy to use sticky note reminders are a great way to keep notes home consistent in your classroom. All you need to do is print the template, stick the post its, and print again. Have them stocked up in your drawer for your next writing checklist! Parents and students will love the consistency these checklists can bring to your classroom! Teachers will love the convenience! 

Katie from Simply Creative Teaching shared Place Value Exit Slips from her Math Exit Slips for every Common Core math standard! You can grab exit slips for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade! They are designed to be completed in 5 minutes or less and there are 4 to a page for quick and easy printing. 
Kelly from Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten shared Kindergarten Reading Comprehension Stories that are so much fun for emergent readers! Students read a text with CVC words and sight words while using the tracking dots to point to the words as they read. Students color a star or symbol at the top of the page each time they read. Four comprehension questions are included (multiple choice and fill in the blank). Additional practice is included on the bottom of the page with CVC words or seasonal vocabulary.

Diane from One Giggle At a Time shared her best selling Joke of the Day Set! It's her favorite part of every school day, and it has been rated by her firsties on the Top Ten List of Bests in her classroom for years! Every day of the school year, her class starts the day with a joke, a fact, and a question to ponder together. It is a great way to join together to share some giggles, some deep thinking, and a little each other. Joke of The Day set includes daily cards that can be printed out or a Smartboard version that can be displayed on the screen each morning as the students come in. 

Amber from A Smiling Teacher shared Editable Sight Word Lists! 
They make it easy for teachers to differentiate sight word and spelling practice while giving your students choice! The pack includes 15 word work activities that require little to no prep and can be used with any spelling or sight word list! Students loves the variety of choices and teachers love that students are working on words that are just right for them! EDITABLE word lists are included and make it easy to personalize learning! 

Elyse from A is for Apples shared differentiated reading logs! They are the perfect way to hold students and parents accountable for reading at home while also making it fun! Students color in a picture every time they read a book, and you can choose from over 20 recording pages to meet the needs of all your learners!

Gina from Teaching with Heart shared Work on Writing. You can easily create ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL writing center activities for your kindergarteners or first graders! The pack includes lots of activities so you and differentiate and scaffold to meet the needs of your students!

We are so thankful this year and happy to share our Classroom Cornucopia with you! You can download the whole 43 page pack here or click on the picture below! Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Sight word fluency phrases- PowerPoints & Printables!

Hi friends! I'm here to today to share with you one of my favorite new ways to teach sight words in my classroom. I recently came back to kindergarten after teaching 1st grade for a couple of years. Getting the chance to teach 1st gave me a great opportunity to see what important skills my kindergarten students need to truly be prepared for 1st grade. I have really tried to create more activities this year in my classroom that encourage reading and literacy from the beginning of the school year. I also am working on creating more interactive and visually stimulating activities for my students. My new sight word program strives to encompass all of those skills into one. 
Check out the video below to see it in action: 

So far, this has been an absolute game changer for my students! I already see their reading confidence increasing, and we've only been in school for a short time. 
Let me tell you more about how it works: 

The program that my team uses for sight words goes along with our district's reading/ELA program. We introduce between 1-3 new sight words each week, and the students read little decodable books along with the program. I knew that my students LOVE using pointers and coming up to point to things on our projector screen. So, I created a few fluency phrases for my students to practice reading our weekly words, and put these phrases up on the screen! Well, the results and excitement were incredible! My class responded so well. I turned these phrases into a PowerPoint presentation, and shared with my kinder team so that they could try too. All of the classes and teachers loved it and were having so much fun! 

Each fluency phrase starts with reviewing the sight words that the kiddos already know. The words that will be included in the fluency phrase come up on the screen one slide at a time for review:

Next, the fluency phrase pops up with a "blank" at the end of the sentence, where a picture will go:

Finally, the same phrase comes up with a picture for students to  practice reading. Each phrase includes 5 different pictures/sentences.

I also created PowerPoints that my students will use later in the school year that include the PowerPoint phrases along with CVC words for them to read instead of the picture at the end:

I use these PowerPoints whole class with my kiddos to review and practice. I try to make sure that I do enough different slides so that each kiddo gets a turn to come up and point to the words. I have the student with the pointer read the sentence alone first. Then, I have that student stay up in the front and point to the words again, but this time, the rest of the class reads along with them! 

I've gotten a few questions about why I have the "dots" underneath the whole word rather than underneath the first letter of the word, and I wanted to take some time to address my reasoning for that here. When we are practicing sight words, I want my students to focus less on sounding the words out, and more on keeping track of where they are on the screen or on the page in front of them. I have noticed that over the years, my students tend to touch the middle of the word, or right under the word when they are reading passages. The dots are merely a tool to help them stay focused and have a place to put their finger. There are certainly other ways to practice and encourage tracking, but this is what I have found works best in my classroom. 

In addition, I am training my students with the tracking dots early in the school year, because as the year continues, our reading passages also use dots under the words to help them keep their place. Click on the picture below to read more about those reading passages:

Another way that I like to reinforce sight words in my classroom is through the use of fluency printables in my reading groups:

The phrases on these printables match the fluency phrases on the PowerPoint presentations. My students feel very confident reading these phrases since we have practiced using the pointer on the big screen! When we do these printables together in a group, I have my students read the page 3 times. They color a star at the top each time they finish reading the page. As we are working, I have each student in my group take a turn reading the page individually. The other group members listen and follow along on their own page.

Once we have finished the front of this printable, on the back I give the students the same fluency phrase, but this time with blank boxes. They get to create their OWN sentences. This is so much fun for them! 

My students are super proud of what great readers they are becoming, and I am too! 

Are you ready to try these fluency PowerPoints and printables out in your own classroom to see how your students respond? I created a sample PowerPoint for you, and a printable that matches for you to try with your students. Click on the picture below to download the PowerPoint:

Want to try the printables out too!? Click on the picture below for a sample:

These printables and PowerPoints are currently available on TPT in a bundle with Pre-Primer Dolch sight words. I plan to begin working on Fry words and Primer words in the near future! Click on the picture below to see this pack on TPT:

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading more about my new sight word program!