Color Code Fun!

Looking for great morning work activities? I absolutely love color codes and I made these for my students to use just as a fun activity that is also geared toward various subjects. It covers sight words, nouns, even and odd and much more! I am going to continue to add to this pack so get it now while it is at such a low price! The pack is also differentiated so there is a lower level and a higher level.Take a look at some of the great activities! You can pick it up here!


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Classroom Light Filters Review

This is a product I was asked to review and I was very interested in learning how they work. They reduce the flicker and glare of fluorescent lights, and create a more calming and pleasant atmosphere with our Light Filters for Every Season! These  patterned fabric panels feature three seasonal designs: fall, winter and spring/summer. Heat-resistant and flame retardant, the filters easily attach to standard ceiling light fixtures with six sturdy, built-in magnets. Perfect for the classroom, library, and the office. Improve concentration levels, reduces eyestrain, tension and anxiety while supporting a positive performance. Light filters are 2′ x 4′ heat-resistant panels in fall, winter and spring/summer designs. The fabric panels fit over standard ceiling fixtures with sturdy, sewn-in magnets; the fabric contains a flame retardant coating.


I took them out of the package and they were so easy to install. You just stick them to the light and you are done. The magnet is very sturdy. It covers the light perfectly and creates a nice atmosphere. I really like the change it made in the room and so did my students! There were 3 different designs that came in the pack. I do wish there were a whole package of one season so that you can use at least 3 of the same season in your room. That is just me wanting to be consistent! LOL





I really did like these and they are approved according to our school fire code rules because they are made of fire retardant material, so we can have them in the classroom. Overall they were a good quality material and easy to install. Be sure to check these out on Amazon here!




Win an AMAZON $50.00 gift card and 2 BUNDLE PACKS!

It is about time for a giveaway! I am giving away 2 of my largest bundles and an Amazon $50.00 gift card! Buy some books for your class or spend it on whatever you want! AMAZON GIVEAWAY

I have received some of the best reviews on these products and it excites me to know that others find it as useful as I do.

The 1st pack being given away are my Word Families Work Bundle.

This pack contains all of these activities for 21 sets of word families! The pack is over 1,000 pages!

Read and spell cards
Word Family Read and Draw
Word Family Read and Match
AM Sorting Cards
Read Build Write Mats
Word Family Posters
Word Family Assessments
Word Family Cover
Word Family Writing
Word Family Stamps
Word Family Trace
Word Family Interactive Page
Word Family Flip Book
Word Family Word Ladders
Word Work Buttons
Word Work Cover 2
Word Work Progress Monitoring
Word Family Sentences
Word Family Reading Comprehension
Word Family Sort
Word Family Find
Word Work Task Cards
Word Work Sentence Mix
Real Photo Cards
Using My Schema Writing Activity

Check out some of the activities inside!

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Second,  are the Interactive Sight Word Mini Books:

There are over 230 six page emergent readers with reading comprehension questions and text evidence questions in every book!

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This giveaway is valued at over $200.00! These are two of my biggest and favorite products because I use these every day with my kids. They are staple resources in my classroom.

I work with Kindergarten and first graders and a lot of non-english speaking students. My kids are reading and they are reading WELL. If you give students  a strong foundation anything is possible and these resources help me to do that.  My kids know how to blend and chunk words, they have excellent decoding skills. They are mastering all their sight words, they are using text evidence, and have excellent reading comprehension. If your kids are struggling in any of these areas these products will help with that.

If you want to read more about either product check them out here.

Word Work Word Family Bundle

Interactive Sight Word Books

Both products will be on sale for the duration of the giveaway. If you purchase to be on the safe side and win the giveaway, I will refund your money. Just enter below. Thanks!

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I teach word families one chunk at a time! Mastering reading includes mastering word recognition and having the ability to chunk words. Word families are an important tool in word level literacy and essential for fluent reading. Students struggle with them all of the time so I have to make them fun and engaging through interactive activities and games.  Word Families are one of the best ways to strengthen your students reading skills so we are always spending time working on them.  I wanted to share with you some of the best resources that I use daily in my classes. 

I keep everything in the nice little word family kit. You can use a case or binders. All activities for each word family are included. This kit comes with all of the resources you need to teach word families!! All you need is one of those accordion cases from Target or Walmart and then add the tabs and then add all of these resources to each pocket. Laminate the games and put them in baggies and slip them in the pockets! You are done all of your resources for teaching word families are neatly organized and sorted. Just choose which printables and activities you want to use for each lesson. Print out your assessment and progress monitoring sheet that is included and you are done! I keep the progress  monitoring sheet in the front of each pocket so that I can grab it easily as I am observing or assessing students.


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We do all sorts of different activities in small groups, whole group and one on one settings. The games above are not included in the kit but we use them to reinforce the lessons. Most of the time we start our lesson by making a word family chart and discussing the pattern in the words and identifying the rhyming words. I explain how “chunking” words helps us decode new words. We make a list of all of the words we know in that particular word family. I sometimes write those words on index cards and pin them to each students shirt. I call out a word family and everyone in that family has to stand up. If you have a a child that does not stand you know that he or she may need some practice with that particular family. While we are doing this group activity, I am using this as kind of a pre-assessment  to gauge where everyone is and who knows what. So then I know exactly what needs to be taught and how much.

Next, I will share with you some of the word work resources I love best. We read words, we identify words,  manipulate words, match them to sentences, and so much more! 

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One of my favorite resources is the real photo picture sorting cards and the Using My Schema writing prompts provided for every word family. The kids LOVE these.

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word family activities

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There is an interactive notebook page for each word family. We add those to our reading journals every time we begin a new lesson. The kids can easily refer back to it for help as they do their work or as a reference.

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We pull out our word family posters and do partner talks about what we see and observe about these words. I usually project these on the board/mimio and we observe and discuss the patterns we see.

word family activities

I use a lot of our word work activities in centers during reading time. The students also love these word family flip books. They have to match the correct chunk to the first letter. Then they match the picture to the word and staple it all together. They can use this to refer back to at any time or to take home and study.
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The students use ink and stamp out the spelling of each word or they use letter tiles to form the word in this word work activity.  I use the word family buttons for more practice.  Students color and glue on the little round picture buttons or you can have them cut it out and glue the letters to construction paper. They have to figure out which buttons have the correct sound. 

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word family activities

word family activities

My kids love these word family task cards where they can explore books and magazines to find words.We use tons of activities that help deepen their understanding of each word work family. These can be done independently, in small groups or whole group.


The kids love these word family read and spell cards. The students identify the picture and then find the letters that spells the word correctly. The read build and write mats are spectacular also because the kids practice reading the word by “chunking” it. Then they spell the word and then write the word several times. My kids love hands on activities and it helps them to gain a deeper understanding for what they are learning.

word family activities

word family activities

Here students must read the sentence, write the sentence and then draw what they think the sentence is describing.

It is important to assess the students at the end of your lesson to make sure they have mastered the skills. There is also a progress monitoring tool included to keep track of who has mastered which word family and who still needs more work.

word family activities

word family activities

word family activities

word family activities

We also use the reading rods and the the picture puzzles during our center time to reinforce what we have learned. We use the reading comprehension sheets in small groups to read and practice using our words in text. We spend about a week on each word family and build on more as we go so we are always doing different activities. I hope that some of these activities inspire you to use them in your classroom also. Every one of my students master word families through repetition and practice using purposeful activities. 

word family activities

We have so many word family activities that we use, it us hard to cover them all, so these are just a few. If you liked any of the printable activities you can find out more about them here.

Be sure to get your freebie! Click here!

Free AT word Sort


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Guest Post: Cyan Books

On November 2nd 2015, The Helena Joy Company, LLC launched the first of a series of books under the brand Cyan Canvas. The first book is called Cyan Canvas Presents: TRACI. The books will explore the journey of four young girls of different ethnicities and backgrounds that begin their discovery of art and each other. First, we meet Traci, a young African-American girl with Caribbean roots whose dream of getting into an art career is awakened by a school assignment.

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Traci A. Brown is a typical 10 year old, in a typical American family. However her dreams and vision for her life are anything but typical. A school assignment to write an essay about making her dreams come through will change Traci’s life forever, but she must first overcome her family’s expectation that she “fits in.” Traci finds an ally in her grandmother, who years before chose a career path that was unconventional on the Caribbean island where she was born. With her grandmother’s wisdom and support, Traci gains the confidence she needs to be true to herself. Along the way Traci finds out that she is not the only one with unusual goals. In fact, she finds three other girls whose dreams might bond them together for life.

Traci is the debut character in the “Cyan Canvas” series created by breakout author Maria E. Manning. “I wanted to create a wholesome book that explores the world of art while inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams – no matter how unconventional they may be,” Manning said. “As I developed the character of Traci, the idea of a book grew into a series of books that seek to empower children.”

Manning said that the central themes of the book also include self-esteem, friendship and career choices, but told through the eyes of her characters – who are of different races, ethnicities and backgrounds – makes the book an interesting read for children and adults alike. Although created for 2nd to 4th graders, Manning said she hopes that parents read the book with their children because it can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Cyan Canvas Presents: TRACI is the first book in the “Cyan Canvas” series, produced by The Helena Joy Company, LLC.

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