Not every lesson is planned and timed for perfection! We as teachers, are human! Sometimes you just need that perfect printable to take you to the home stretch! Check out these printables along with all of the FREE ones that I have in my shop! Enjoy! Click the pictures to purchase!
Have you checked out my Teach and Print Sort Activities? If you haven’t, you should because they are so convenient and easy to use! I just pull out the subject that I need and the kids can play them independently! Each pack contains a skill sort, skills sort recording sheet, task cards with answers, skills practice cut and paste and a skills check to see what they know! Everything you need to support and reinforce your lesson!
I will use all of the resources in the pack in my lesson. The kids can do the task cards or sorts at a workstation, you can use the skills sheets and assessments to be sure that the students have mastered the skill. This is just a great little addition to add to your lesson that is easy to just implement and is still purposeful and rigorous!
I print my sorts out on different color cardstocks and laminate them. Then I put the sorts and the task cards in their own ziploc baggie. I label them and put them in a bin. The the students can grab what they need to review or practice a new lesson. There is also a recording sheet for the sorts so you can verify that they did the work accurately! These are a must have in the classroom because they save me so much time!
Be sure to check out all of the teach and print activities below.Please be on the look out for more subjects because I will be adding to them throughout the year! Click here to check them out!
I am always searching for ways to make small groups and centers easier to plan for. These clipboard card games are essential to my small groups. Depending on what subject we are working on I just pull out the game and the kids can play independently. Each card game accommodates 2-4 players. The dealer deals each player 5 cards and then rest are place upside down in the deck. Students take turns asking for a match for any card they have in their hand. If someone has it they hand it over and that student gets a match and both players must pull new cards. They must write their matches on the dry erase board and use the sentence stems to help guide their vocabulary. Once all of the cards are gone, the person with the most matches wins! The kids absolutely love it!
I store my cards in these little containers I get from office depot for $2.00. They come in handy and keep things organized! The kids just need a clipboard and there you have it an easy ready to go center!
Also if you are like me, having kids handle cards for a card game is intense! The kids get balled up, chewed up and folded up! I am anal about my cards so this is an easy Dollar Tree Hack for you! Get some pool noodles, cut them to your desired length. Cut the bottom off so that it can sit flat. Then make a shallow slit in the top to hold the cards! POW! Your cards are now safe!
Oh and if you are wondering what is on my clipboard its just decorative Scotch tape! I wrap my clipboards in them and the kids can keep them all year. The kids love the fun colors! I have compound words and past and present be on the lookout for more games!
Each game also comes with a digital version! You do not need google classroom in order to use it. You can share it with your class or use it whole group or small group instruction. Activities include fill in the blank and drag and drop! Your kids will have an awesome time with these games!
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I don’t know if your kids are going crazy about fidget spinner but mine are! Everyone at school has them and not necessarily a good thing! They are intended for students with ADHD or anxiety disorders and when used properly can be an asset to some children. When they are not used for their purpose and become a distraction in the classroom that is where things go wrong really quick!
So I challenge you to take advantage of this spinner craze and get your student minds churning! Have them to persuade you to use them in class. If they build a good argument then maybe give them 15 minutes or whatever your heart desires to reward them! Even if your kids don’t know what fidget spinners are this packet will work for them because it explains exactly what they are with two leveled passages. Included in this pack are: Click here to get it!
2 What are Fidget Spinner Texts
Color you own Fidget Spinner printable
lined writing prompt
handwriting writing prompt
extra pages for writing
3 graphic organizers
I am so excited to share my sticky notes graphic organizers with you! I love using these with my kids during small group instruction. I print out a set for myself and use them with my small group. There are usually no more than 5 children in my group. If you prefer you can print a small group bundle and give each child in the group one to use during instruction. Either way works just fine.
After I go over a quick mini lesson on the related topic. I pull out the organizer that aligns with what I am teaching or what I need to cover with that particular story. I give the students sticky notes and they write their answers and stick them to the organizer. Then we discuss as a group our answers and see which ones were on target and why some were not. This really helps my students visually understand the concept.
They love doing it and keeps them engaged. My non writers or ESL kids can draw their answers so I can reach students on all levels. I do this during every reading group session just to reinforce a particular skill depending on what we are working on. Be sure to check this pack out here. This pack covers the following skills:
- main idea
- authors purpose
- cause and effect
- point of view
- central message
- beginning, middle, end
- character traits
- fact and opinion
- compare and contrast
I am always looking for ways to teach my students through hands on engaging activities. Even this late in the year I have some ESL kiddos that are struggling with letter recognition. I use these activities with them to help strengthen those skills. I complete a letters recognition and sounds assessment to pinpoint those letters that they do not know and then we get to work on various activities to help them masters those letters.
This file folder pack focuses on each individual letter. It focuses on letter recognition, patterns, uppercase and lowercase, and beginning sounds. There is also writing practice on the back of each file folder game.
Several of the file folder games can be converted to cookie sheet activities an I have included those for you! My kids love anything with magnets!
I also have these awesome cookie sheet activities that the kids love! It covers, tall, fall, and small letters, uppercase and lowercase letters, letters in the alphabet, missing lowercase letters, missing uppercase letters, uppercase match, beginning sound match and CVC words.
I keep adding to this pack as I need more resources for my kids so be sure to grab it now! Be sure to let me know how much your kids love them!
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!
And be sure to check out the ISpy Holiday Bundle! These are also great to pull out for morning work!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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! 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.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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
We have so many word family activities that we use, it us hard to cover them all, so these are just a few.
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