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Bookshare- A Resource for Students with Print Disabilities

If you are parent of a child with a print disability or a teacher with students with print disabilities in your classroom you will want to check out Bookshare.  Bookshare is the world’s largest online digital library which is available for FREE for students and adults who have a print disability.  There are over 1/2 a million book titles in the library including most textbooks found in schools. So for students who qualify, this means that their textbooks or books they are reading in class (oh, let’s say a book such Charlotte’s Web) as  can be downloaded directly onto a computer or a device, and using a reader (super easy to download the app on the iPad) have the words read directly to them.  This opens up a whole new world to our kiddos who just need access to print, not only able to read what is required in school, but to read for just pure enjoyment.


 Just click HERE to learn more about Bookshare.

So, who qualifies for Bookshare?  Children and adults who have a print disability.  It’s estimated that 2% of today’s school children have print disabilities. This may mean that they have a reading disability such as dyslexia, a visual impairment or a physical impairment which impacts their ability to access text.


On the Bookshare website there are resources that will help you determine if your child, or your students, qualify for this service.  It’s important to know that parents can enroll their children for individual accounts or a school district set up accounts for students who qualify.  If you are a school and wanting to set up accounts for students, I highly recommend working with your tech department right away to help set up systems for management. It isn’t difficult, it’s just for a district, there are decisions that will need to be made such as who will download the books, which devices will be available, etc.

You may find this video helpful as it describes using this resource from a student’s perspective.


 Jus click HERE to watch a video of students with learning disabilities talking about their experiences with using technology.

In recent years technology has come such a long way. For those of you who download books on a Kindle or an iPad just for your own enjoyment, you know how easy that is. Well, that same technology that we use for ourselves, whether it’s on a device or even a smart phone can make such a difference in lives of students with learning disabilities.  Please be sure to check out Bookshare.



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Fun and Simple Pirate Hats

Let’s welcome back, Kyle, as our guest on the Make, Take & Teach blog!

This week’s theme at our preschool was Pirates with Dads. As a room mom, I was nominated to set up a Photo Booth and take pictures of the Dads and little pirates together. We love pirates at our house and have a few costume items that fit 3-5yr olds. I didn’t want to go out an spend a ton of money on a simple prop that would be used for such a short stint.

I decided to put a simple spin on the old newspaper hat. I bought large black paper from the dollar store, a few colors of curling ribbon, and drew my own skull and crossbones graphics.

They were so fun & simple to do!

Click here to Print a PDF including the girl & boy skull and crossbones


 Supply List:

  • 18” x 24” paper
    (depending on the size of hat you want. mine were large to fit adult or children heads)
    These are made from poster board weight paper from the dollar store.
  • Curling Ribbon
    Captain Hook = black & silver
    Girl Pirate = gold & cream
  • Scissors
  • Exacto
  • Glue Stick
  • Packing Tape

Pirate Blog

 Make It:

1.Trim the paper to 18” x 24”

2. Fold the paper vertically in 1/2, then turn so that the fold is at the top

3. Fold it again and make a light 1” crease to find center.

4. Bring the top corners in to meet each other in the middle.

5. Fold the bottom up & crease, flip the hat over and repeat

6. Use a glue stick to adhere the flaps up. This way, when you paste the graphic on, it will sit tight to the hat.

7. Cut the graphic following the outline. Use the glue stick and adhere the graphic to the center of the smooth side of the hat.

8. Now, cut 36” lengths of curling ribbons.

Cut a minimum of 8 strips of each color.

9. Use packing tape and line up the ribbon. Then, stick the tape on the inside of the hat. Two spots on the front, and two spots on the back of the hat work well.

10. Wear proudly & proclaim “Arrrrrrr” wherever you go!




Basketball Themed Activities for Phonics and Sight Words


St. Patrick’s Day is over and right on the heels of the holiday is college basketball season!  Well, who’s your favorite team? I have to say when it comes to college athletics, I’m all about those Michigan State Spartans!  That team plays with such passion it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement and Tom Izzo, well…. he’s quite the coach. Whether your team makes it into the finals or not, your little basketball fans are going to enjoy these basketball themed activities for practicing targeted phonics skills.

First up is the It’s All Net activity for practicing the consonant + le syllable type.  When you download this activity you will receive the template and 45 basketballs with words containing c+le.  Students sort the words depending upon the open vowel, short vowel closed syllable and a short vowel closed syllable with a double consonant.




 The It’s All Net for Consonant + le activity is available through my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Many of my first grade friends are learning the three sounds of -ed. The It’s All Net! activity for practicing this concept is a fun way of learning this skill.



 The It’s All Net Sounds of -ed activity is also available through my TpT store.

I love the “Swish!” activities. They are fast-paced activities that offer multiple practice opportunities. Not only is this activity available for the Dolch Sight Words, but for CVC Words, Fry Sight Words, BlendsDigraphs, R-Controlled Vowels and Vowel Teams.


The Swish! Dolch Sight Words activity can be found in my online TpT store.

 Enjoy the next few weeks of college b-ball!


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Teaching the Consonant+le Syllable Type


It’s always so much fun listening and watching our young readers figure out those “longer” words. Many of our little ones are pretty solid decoding one-syllable words and are now ready to learn strategies for decoding multisyllabic words. So, really, what is a syllable? Simply put, a syllable is a unit of pronunciation containing a single vowel sound. “Syllabication” is the process of analyzing the pattern of vowels and consonants in a word to determine where a word is broken into its syllables. The ability to break a word into syllables helps students decode those longer words as well as helps the student remember spelling patterns. Understanding the 7 syllable types helps students to become better readers and writers.

There are 7 types of syllables that occur in all words of the English language. Every word can be broken down into these syllables. These 7 syllables include: closed, open, magic e, vowel teams, r-controlled, dipthongs and consonant le.  Let’s focus on one of those syllable types: Consonant + le

The consonant+le syllable type is known as a “final stable syllable” because it can only occur at the end of words.

cle poster

 The Seven Syllable Types Posters can be downloaded for FREE in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

When breaking the word into syllables the c+le is the ending syllable. If the first syllable ends with the vowel (e.g. bugle, cradle, cable, eagle), it is considered “open” the vowel says its long sound.  If the syllable ends with a consonant (e.g. mumble, puzzle, giggle), the syllable is considered “closed” and the vowel says it’s short sound.


The -le becomes its own syllable at the end of the word. The consonant that comes before the -le always stays with the -le ending (never separate the “ck”). The final vowel “e” is always silent, but it creates a new sound for the consonant+l. The schwa sound comes before the “l” and makes the /ul/ sound.

Not every consonant is represented in the c+le syllable type.  The consonants that can join with the final -le include: -ble, -cle, -dle, -fle, -gle, -kle, -ple, -tle, -stle, and -zle.  You may find this word list helpful for teaching the c+le rule. It’s always nice to have a word list on hand when teaching syllable rules and practicing spelling of words to dictation.


To download this FREE c+le word list just click the following link: Consonant + le Word List

One of my favorite resources for teaching and practicing the consonant + le syllable pattern is the file folder phonics activity where students sort the words based on the vowel sound and spelling pattern of doubling the consonant.


The Consonant + le File folder Activity can be purchased separately as one file folder activity. It’s also available in the File Folder Phonics Bundle.


For our sports-minded students, the It’s a Goal! Consonant + le and the Swish! Consonant + le activities offer multiple practice opportunities for reading words containing this syllable pattern.



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St. Patrick’s Day Bracelet

My artist, Kyle, is so creative and crafty and she has absolutely the most adorable children.  I asked Kyle to share her talents and create super fun and easy craft ideas that can be used either at home or at school.  So, here’s Kyle’s first project feature on the Make, Take & Teach blog:

We used this quick bracelet for fine motor and basic math practice. Counting, pattern practice, and colors were emphasized while making these.

Here’s what you’ll need: chenille stems, pony beads, charms (I used a heavy foil table confetti*)

*if you chose confetti push pin or small hole punch

Start by picking a pattern, make a few examples or let the child create their own.

Twist the ends together when you have the correct size. Tuck one side into the beads and leave a ‘tail’ out to hang the charm from (see *a above).

Poke or punch a hole in the clover & thread the stem through. Simply fold back the stem, twist and secure the charm.

Wear it on St. Patrick’s Day!

These can be used to practice simple colors, patterns, counting and fine motor depending on the age of the student crafter.

Have fun!



Easter Egg Activities for Rhyme, Beginning Sounds and Vocabulary


I absolutely love these Easter eggs that Kyle created.  They are so colorful and make for fun and interactive center activities during spring.  I created three different activities for my preschool and kindergarten friends just for learning and practicing the early literacy skills of beginning sounds, rhyme and vocabulary.

When you download the Easter Egg Alphabet activity you’ll receive 26 eggs with upper-, lowercase letters and a picture with the beginning sound of the letter.  Just for the sake of organizing the pieces, a label for the activity is also included.


 The Easter Egg Alphabet Activity can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

The Easter Egg Rhyme activity is one of my all-time favorite activities for practicing the skill of rhyme. Understanding that words are made up of separate speech sounds that can be changed to create new words is one of the key foundational skills for developing readers.  Rhyming activities are perfect for helping students appreciate the sounds in words.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 rhyming Easter eggs.


 The Make, Take & Teach Easter Egg Rhyme activity can also be found in my TpT online store.

Helping students understand similarities and differences between items is important in developing vocabulary.  When you download the Easter Egg Similarities activity you will receive 24 eggs with pictures containing words with similar characteristics. Be sure to have your students explain why the items are similar.


 You can find the Easter Egg Similarities activity in my TpT store.

Hope you enjoy these Easter themed activities!


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St. Patrick’s Day Pot O’ Gold Activity for Beginning Sounds


It’s always so much fun to add a holiday twist into center and small group activities.  The Pot O’ Gold activities have been a hit during the first few weeks of March.  When you download this activity you will receive 25 letters of the alphabet (omitting “x”) printed on golden pots and over 100 colorful beginning sound pictures printed on coins.  This activity is easily differentiated as you can choose which and how many coins to use.


 The Pot O’ Gold Activities for Beginning Sounds can be found in my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This activity is also available for Word Families, Short Vowels, Consonant Digraphs, and R-Controlled Vowels.


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St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIE!


Be sure to jump on over to my TpT store to download this St. Patrick’s Day freebie for learning and practicing sight words.  When you download this file you’ll receive 6 game boards with words from the first 6 lists of the Dolch sight words.  The game boards are great for centers or even send them home for added practice.


 The St. Patrick’s Day Sight Word Game Boards can be downloaded from my online Teachers Pay Teachers store.



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