Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring No Prep Word Work

During my guided reading groups, my high group was ready to start working on word families.  I made up these sheets to practice some of the skills they learned.  I made two different versions to differentiate it for my students.  One version has blanks and the other has the words.  

I also made word family puzzles.  We practiced with the colour versions and then the children had to cut apart and put back together the pictures in a little book.

My middle group is working on beginning sounds.  We used real objects to practice and then worked with pictures.

 You can find all the sheets above in my Spring Word Work pack below.  It's on sale for 1/2 price until Tuesday.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas - Sight word stones

I'm so glad you have joined me for April's bright ideas.  I'm excited to show you how I make my sight words stones.  When I first brought these out and put them in my sight word centers, the children could not contain themselves.  Everyone wanted to use them.  So read on, they are really easy and inexpensive to make.

I start by buying a bag of large stones from the Dollar Tree.  They are very inexpensive: only $1.25. One bag did all the words I needed.  Four copies of six words.


I printed out my words on one sheet of paper, with enough space around each to be able to cut them out.

I sorted through the stones to make sure that I had stones in the sizes I needed.

I first laid them out on the paper to make sure that they fit and then traced around each of them.  Once I had traced them, I cut them out, making sure that I kept each cutout with the correct stone.

At the Dollar Tree, I also picked up some puzzle saver.  I had left my podge at school and this was the next best thing.  I first put the puzzle saver on the stone, then put down the word, then put more puzzle saver on top.  I used my finger to smooth everything down.

Once they were all coated, I let them dry.  They didn't take long but I let them sit overnight just to be sure.  

Once dry, they are ready to use.

I used the stones in our sandbox and printed out another copy of the original list I used for the stones.  The children had to dig them up and then mark the words off on their sheet with a bingo dabber.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fishing for letters

I have two children in my class that use augmentative communication devices.  Both use what's called "Unity".  It's a system that concentrates on core vocabulary.  It's different than the regular Boardmaker system that we had been using in the past.  

To help these two little ones become familiar with the location of the alphabet on their systems, we played a fishing game.  We "caught" a letter and practiced finding it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale

I really wish spring would get here.  We are so ready for it.  This week the children have been off the wall.  I think being cooped up inside for so many indoor recesses is finally getting to them.  Today it was still -7 C with the wind chill.  We need to get out, get some fresh air and start working off some of the pent up energy.

This weekend I'm having a Spring Cleaning sale.  It's time to clean out that wish list and pick up a few spring things.  Easter is coming up too and I want to be ready for it.

I'm offering 20% off everything, Friday to Sunday.  Just click on the picture below to head on over to my store.

There's a link up going on.  If you want to find out who else is having a sale, click on the link below.

Georgia Grown Kiddo's

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