Sunday, September 17, 2017

Phonemic Awareness and Sight Words

First, this is like crazy.  I haven't blogged, or created much of anything since January.  Well, I can't say that I haven't created anything because if you follow me on IG, you know that I've created some things.  Here are some of my creations. 

So, maybe it isn't school related, but it is a great stress relief.  For those of you that are new to following me, I have wanted a bakery for quite some time.  I get orders now and again at home, but I'm still holding out for a mobile bakery. Some day---but for now, the teaching gig.

I began my reading groups last week.  I knew that the students I was working with were low.  I feel that this new group of first graders may be lower than those in the past by looking back at old lesson plans.  I needed to go back to Kinder skills and make sure we truly master those skills before moving on.  I  believe that a lot of times we are under so much pressure to cram things in that we don't always know how much information is being absorbed.  That's the great thing about small groups.  You can focus on specific skills, and work on those problem areas.  

This past week, I spent time in my Intervention groups working on rhyme.  The majority of my students (15 of them)  couldn't tell me if given words rhymed, let alone orally produce rhyming words. I spent class time reading rhyming stories, having the students repeat the rhymes, giving them silly name rhymes (for example Nayden Jayden).  They thought that was a hoot.  I would go around the table each day and give them a new rhyming name.  We also played rhyming games, and we did quick assessments with a thumb up, thumb day based on pictures of rhymes.  It is definitely important that they repeat those rhymes.  Some students didn't want to repeat me, and they had the most difficulty.  Most often, if they are repeated, in a series of rhymes, they can hear the difference. 

By Friday, I was impressed with how well they were rhyming.  I was left with 2 that couldn't produce a rhyming pair.  We worked with a rhyming activity and assessment out of this pack as well. 
Literacy Stations
There are several literacy activities that are coming in handy as a review for my students in this pack.
Click the image above to see what is included in this pack. 

Just a little background.....
I am currently a Title teacher serving 1-3. 
The majority of the students I service are being monitored closely.  
A portion of my day includes me tracking data, and filling out paperwork for SSMT.
Last year, around 10 students that I had worked with qualified for an IEP.
My job as a Title teacher isn't what I envisioned, but it is definitely what is needed in my building. 

So when you see me post things that I am working on with my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd graders
and I post on IG or FB, keep in mind that my students may be performing up to 2 years behind their peers.  I felt that may be important to say to help clarify some of the things I may have posted. 

BUT, the good news is, most of the students I serviced last year, I am not seeing in my groups this year.  I truly believe that my 2nd graders retained their sight words. I fully believe that the fluency reads helped them master those. You can check those out by clicking the image below.  If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Fluency Reads

All of my first and second grade groups have been working out of our Roll and Read fluency binders.
Roll and Read Game

I have taken the pages from this set, and placed them back to back in a sheet protector.
I am able to work on tracking print, or letter naming with my first grade groups, and short vowel sounds with my 2nd grade groups.  They have enjoyed these games and ask to play them often.
You can click the image above to check it out on TpT.  It's a $3 set, and it has been a lifesaver for me and great for time fillers or sub planning! :)

Another activity that my first graders have enjoyed is our popcorn game.
I just placed all the pieces in a popcorn container. 
Students have to name the letter, and the letter sound.
It has been a fun way to review (or in some cases) learn their sounds.
You can pick up this FREEBIE from this old blog link.
Click HERE!

Finally, if you have made it this far with me, here are a few things I am working on with groups next week.  This is several days of instruction as I review letters/sounds daily, and only have my groups for 20 minutes.  We will be working on letters/sounds/sentences, and number of words in sentences.
I have for you an 18 page activity reviewing those skills with sorts, teaching points, and independent activity for checking mastery.  This is my way of saying thank you for still supporting me though I have slacked as a blogger.  I do try to post on FB often, so be sure to check me out there! 

The last few pages is a sight word activity.  I used a little pocket chart at my teacher table often. (All of these activities were actually designed with my teacher table or pocket chart in mind.) 
With the sight word activity, the first colored background are the first 25 FRY words.  The yellow colored set is for Fry words 75-100.  
To play the game, sight words are placed in the pocket chart with the squirrel card hiding behind 1 of the sight words.  Students take turns saying a sight word.  When the squirrel is revealed, the game is over.  My kids like these silly games, so I hope to make one with all Fry words for each month/season.  This game, because they always ask me the name of it, is, The Squirrel stole my nut!

If you would like this activity pack, please click HERE to be taken to the Google Drive link.

Now,  I have to get back to the kitchen because I have jar cakes to finish. 
Here's the order for today. 
Oreo! :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Back to Life--Back to Reality

Okay, am  I completely dating myself with my blog post title?
*Still singing*
 Back to life, back to reality Back to the here and now---
now I make up some lyrics because for some reason, I never remember song

Okay, anyway---
We just had our OFFICIAL first FULL day back since Christmas break.  We had an inservice last Wednesday, and started back with students Thursday, only to have an early release due to incoming weather.
Then Friday, with weather and cold---we were closed. 
Friends, let me tell you---the first day back after vacation is BRUTAL.  I felt like I was dragging by 10:00. 
But, I survived---and all in all,  it was a good day.

Before we left for break, my firsties were working on place value.  I wanted a fun little game to review with them before moving on in our lessons.  They truly enjoyed this game, and wanted to play it again.  

Tens and Ones Freebie

 How I played with my group:
They had to draw a card and read what it said.
Example:  4 tens 2 ones. 
Then they had to tell me what number it made.  42
Finally they got to put the piece on if it matched.  If it didn't match a game board (as there are 6 and I only had 3 in group today), then we put it into a discard pile.

I am glad I played it this way because I got to hear who needed more guidance.  For example, I have one that is still struggling with numbers in the teens.  He wants to read 50, as 15--and has that confusion for all tens, and teens.  We will definitely continue working on this for him. 

If this game is something you think you could use, please click the image at the top with the game directions.
Have a great week!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Reinder Reindeer (A Christmas themed reader)--AND a Freebie

Several years ago I created this little reader for a group of firsties I had.  They loved it! 
I have used this little reader every year since--and now that I teach Title, it is just the perfect fit for my kids.

Here is how I use this little activity.
First, I introduce the vocabulary with a read and write the room.
I not only use this as our vocabulary for our unit, but it gives us review of proper letter formation --
something that many of my students struggle with.  
We use Fundations, and the program uses the words sky line, worm  line, etc.  
We review these words and also talk about them being tall letters, short letters, and letters that hang. 

Then we work on sight words.  
There is a roll and write activity included, should that be a skill that your students need. 

Some groups use the picture matching activity.
This is also a good lips the fish activity--and teaches them to look at the whole word.
For example, both Santa and snowman are listed words.
We review that names begin with capitals as well.

I have used this activity AFTER reading the story as well.
Students go back to the book and find the matching words and match pictures that way.
What a good intro activity for having them learn to go back to the text to find answers!

Then of course, we read the story.
What's great about this little reader is it's predictable text, repeating pattern--
and to make it easier for some of the more difficult character names, when it is printed in black and white, the images align in the book and you can see it "hidden" beneath the image of the page you are reading.
It makes them feel super smart that they know what the next image is--AND can read it! :)
Then of course, we do the sequencing and writing component--
but I unfortunately don't have an image of that as it is tomorrow's lesson. :)


Below is an overview of what's included--

You can click the image above to see this on TpT--and read feedback from others.
While reindeer are on the brain, my first grade math group is working on tens and ones.
I made a quick activity for our lesson tomorrow that maybe you could use for a math station
 or teacher table time as we head into the last days before Christmas break. 
Included in this freebie is your I can statement card with center directions.
 You have 12 tens/ones cards with matching feed sack numbers to help assist for self-monitoring.

 And the recording sheet!

I want to KG Fonts and Creative Clips for the ADORABLE Graphics in this set! 

If this is something you can use for your students, 
click on any of the images for this activity above to download your own copy.  
If you download it, please leave me a little comment so I can see where all it has traveled! :)

Happy (we're getting there) almost Friday!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Photo Dump--A Few Days of Randomness

Lets start with math. Last night I shared this tens and more activity.  My students really seemed to enjoy it...and considering I am trying like crazy to hold their attention for the next 11 days, I am happy with that! Click the image below to read about the game.

We have also worked on sets of ten.  I had made loops from colored yarn, and the students physically looped each set of ten as they counted them out.  This was a great visual for them.  We counted by tens, and the numerals were written and placed under each set as they counted by tens.  I asked them if they noticed anything about the numbers.  They recognized that the numbers were getting bigger, and that each one had a zero.  I took that answer and ran with it.  I covered up the zero, and had them look at the first number.  This number tells us how many sets of ten we have. The number was underlined. I then placed out a few more sets and gave students the numbers and they ordered them for me under each set of ten.  I stopped at 50 and asked what the next number would be, and how many sets of ten would we have.  They were able to identify that it would be 60 which is 6 groups.  WHOO!  We nailed it!  I was worried about doing it this way with this group of little learners, but they did very well, and I believe that the visual helped with manipulatives much better than looping a group of ten from a math worksheet.

 We have worked on fact families, fact fluency, and missing addends.  Here the students were to sort number sentences by family numbers, and determine the missing addend.  AND how cute are those graphics?? Anything with a cupcake is perfect to me! :)  You can see more about these activities by clicking the images below.

 We also practiced our double facts to 6.  We shake our dice in little containers picked up from the Dollar Tree (as well as using red and green dice that also came from the Dollar Tree.)  If you want this little activity, it was a freebie from a few years ago.  Click the image to grab your own copy.

Doubles to 6 Game

One way I've been working with my students with math facts is by using a deck of cards.  They were so excited when I got these out.  (I have also picked up character cards from the Dollar Tree with Minions, Frozen, and Jumbo cards.)  I shared this on IG last week.  You can read my post on my IG photo below on how we used playing cards as a manipulative for subtraction.

For reading, here are some fun things we've been doing.  Of course I have to refer back to my sight word fluency reads.  I have passed these out to coworkers, and parents to use at home.  I see a huge difference when these are being used.  These little triangles are by far one of my favorite go to activities, and the students really feel successful when they read them as well. It's a great way to work on sight words IN text, and NOT in isolation. They have been made in both Dolch and Fry Words.  I do use both of those sets as the words may overlap between the two lists, BUT the fluency reads are DIFFERENT in each set. You can click below to check them out. I also have a few blog posts on them HERE.

Sight Word Fluency Reads

One of my groups of kiddos are still working on CvC words. We are using activities in the Reading Detectives pack. We tapped out/read all the CvC words and colored/highlighted the words that followed the vowel sound we were focusing.  Then we transferred that sound into a story where we read it, and illustrated it for simple comprehension.  The next day, we read the story again and answered the comprehension questions (not shown).  If you are interested in checking these out, there is a blog post with a freebie HERE.
You can also check these out on TpT and see what other teachers are saying about these packets--just click the images below.

Finally, this game was a HIT with my kiddos. 
They had so much fun reading the sentences and determining the missing word.
Great for skippy frog activities, sight words, cloze exercises, AND comprehension.
They wanted to play again and again.  Hey, when they are reading, who is to argue with that? :)
You can check this game out by clicking on any one of the images below.
 And just look at those ADORABLE graphics!!!

Okay, well my phone, I think has been cleaned up for now.

I hope that you have a GREAT rest of the week!! 

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