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File Folder Phonics Bundled!

These file folder activities have been super helpful in providing added practice with targeted phonics skills. They are perfect for independent centers! There’s a little bit of assembly required, but once laminated the file folders will last for years and years! To keep the file folders organized I picked up these handy file folder storage […]

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Teaching Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Shortly after students master the letters and sounds of the alphabet we teach that several letters actually make two sounds. The vowels (a, e, i, o and u) can make a short sound, as the sound /a/ in the word “cat”, or a long sound as in the word “train”. Before teaching the spelling patterns […]

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Teaching Long Vowel Spelling Patterns

Those tricky vowel sounds! Shortly after students learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet we introduce the concept that some letters, when placed together (vowel digraph), make the long vowel sound. For example, when the letters “ai” appear together, they make the long a sound as in the word “snail”. “ay” also makes the […]

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Even More Make, Take & Teach Activities!

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Consonant-Vowel-Consonant Cupcake FREEBIE!

Ever in need of a quick little activity to support learning CVC words? This cupcake match activity might just do the trick. It’s super simple to assemble. Just print the cupcakes and the recording form. Have your students match the beginning consonant to the word family to see how many words they can make! Fun […]

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Activities for Teaching the au/aw Digraphs

When teaching a phonics skill it’s often helpful to use a key word and picture to help the students remember the sound to the letter combinations. For the au/aw phonics bundle, my fabulous artist created “paw” themed borders and game boards and they turned out absolutely adorable! I just love them! This phonics bundle contains […]

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Teaching Long and Short Vowel Sounds Using Picture Sorting

Shortly after teaching the letters and sounds of the alphabet we introduce the concept that some letters actually have two sounds. The five vowels have two sounds- a long sound and a short sound. We often say that the “vowel says its name” when it makes the long sound. Word sorting activities are great when […]

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Teaching the Soft and Hard Sounds of “C” and “G”

Shortly after students learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet we teach them that the vowels and several consonants actually have two sounds. The consonants “c” and “g” are two of the letters that make different sounds depending on the letters that follow them in the word. The most common sound for the “g” […]

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Baseball Sight Word Bundle

It’s spring and that means it’s baseball season! Many of our little learners are now involved in t-ball and are all about the sport. It’s always fun to incorporate student’s interests into classroom activities. This baseball themed bundle contains several hands-on activities for learning and practicing sight words (I use the Dolch 220 sight words). It’ll certainly […]

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Teaching Defender D

Oh so many phonics rules to remember! From remembering that vowels have two sounds to the more advanced rules- WOW! It’s quite a bit for our little readers and writers. As we teach the rules, it’s always helpful to incorporate visuals and stories. It gives our students something to anchor to when coming across a […]

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Teacher Appreciation SALE!

Oh my goodness! Is it that time again? The annual Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale marks the imminent closing to another school year. This year the sale runs from Tuesday to Wednesday (that’s the 3rd and 4th). It’s a great time to stock up on all those activities that have been hanging around in […]

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Teaching the Vowel Sounds of Y

There are so many phonics rules! It’s really amazing that most of our little ones are able to break the code and become fluent readers. After students learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet, we kind of rock their world a bit by teaching them that certain letters can have different sounds depending on […]

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