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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.

WORD FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Interactive Sight Word Mini Books

 

These sight word readers are pretty awesome! They focus on reading comprehension. For each sight word students interact in hands on engaging activities.

  • First the students cut apart mixed up letters to form the sight word.
  • Then students color the word used in a sentence.
  • Next they cut apart a simple sentence to make it make sense.
  •  Next they trace the word in a sentence.
  • The last page of every book contains reading comprehension questions that helps the student deepen their understanding of the story using text evidence, pictures and/or writing. The student must identify the answer in the text and answer the questions.

I love everything interactive because it helps the students stay engaged and interested in the work that they are doing. My kids love these books and they take them home to read with their parents for more practice.

This bundle contains the first 4 sets and I will continue to add the next 2 sets over the next few weeks. As I add to it the price will increase so it is a deal to buy it now! The pack will eventually contain over 600 pages! So this is a deal! The books are priced about 20 cents each so that is super cheap!

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Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

Interactive Sight Word Readers with text evidence

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Math Action Cards In Action!

I tried out some more of the Math Action Games this week and my kids are really doing well with them.
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They have now gotten used to the format so really no explanation is needed at this point. They know that every game requires their math journals so they get those out automatically. They now realize that all of the games are repetitive so after they finish one rotation they know to keep going. My kids are being constantly engaged and staying on task with meaningful activities and I love it.
In this pattern block game the students had to make an AB pattern with the pattern blocks and then find the value of the pattern if each block had a value of 2. This game reinforced skip counting. They had to also record the number sentences for each pattern in their math journal. It was funny because some of them spent so long making these long detailed patterns and then they realized they had to count all of that! LOL
In this game the students have to represent the flashcard with unifix cubes and then write a number sentence. They must race to complete their deck of cards first. It is a game of speed, accuracy, and a good practice for those math facts. They realize they have to record the right answers because I can go back and check!
In this game the students have to roll the dice and make the amount with tens and ones. They must draw the tens and ones in their math journal. Then they must determine if the number is even or odd.
I use rubber bands on my cards because the kids like to fling them around and the paper clips were not working. I keep them all on a ring so it is easy to flip cards and keep them all together.  I use these in my math stations and it take little to no planning on my part. I do go around and model each game before we begin just to make sure the kids get the idea. After that they are able to read the cards and stay on task themselves without interupting my small group. The cards are written in a simple language on pupose so that they can uderstand them. So modeling the activity helps intially until they get the hang of it. Once they have played all of the games they won’t need help and will know exactly what to do. (At least for the youngers ones.) Well that is it for this week! I will review a couple more next week! I am so loving these cards! Thanks!
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New Year’s Resolutions!

I wanted to share some things we have been working on this week. We have been on place value for weeks now and are still going over it daily to make sure that they have mastered it. One of my parents donated a ton of cereal to my classroom so immediately I started thinking of how I can use it in a lesson. I whipped up a quick little sheet and we really had some fun!
I gave each student a baggie of Boo Crunch Berry cereal and they had to sort out the handful of cereal into tens and ones. Normally I would have them glue it down but since they wanted to eat it I had them trace their work so that I could go back and check for accuracy.
Then they completed the little sheet where they wrote the tens and ones and the number in expanded form. My kids learned a lot and had fun!
Never turn down food donations! 
Next on to morning work…
We started my morning work packet and I must say it was AWESOME! This is the 2nd day in a row my kids have been completely engaged and on task during the WHOLE morning work time. They really take their time on the handwriting and the challenge really takes a while to complete. I teach them the 3 components of solving it which is 1. Draw a picture. 2. Write a number sentence and 3. Explain how you solved the problem using your words.  This prevents them from just copying answers. They do that part on the back if they are one of your higher kiddos.
I love it so far. The best part was they were able to do it independently while I completed my morning routine. Everyone that has already purchased, I am working on the second pack as we speak it will be out soon!
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                          Last, I put together this fun New Year’s Pack so be sure to check it out!
                                 Be sure to grab my number find freebie while you are there!

 

Landforms and Bodies of Water FREEBIE!

landandwaterWe are starting landforms and as I was making my lesson plans, I realized I needed some more good resources. I put together this pack to use. There are tons of great activities in here. We started out with this cut and paste activity today. The students had to label the landforms and bodies of water.

This pack focuses on landforms and bodies of water. It includes activities for mountains, plains, valley, hill, river, ocean, pond, and lake. This pack includes:
2 Venn Diagrams
Land and Water Identification cut and paste
Land Graphic Organizer
Water Graphic Organizer
Landforms Mini-Book
Bodies of Water Mini-Book
4 Land Anchor Charts
4 Water Anchor Charts
4 Individual Landforms Printables
4 Individual Water Printables
Land and Water Assessment
Land Flipbook
Water Flipbook
Here are some printables from it:
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